Food chart for your one-year-old: Indian version

Baby food
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As your baby approaches the one-year mark, now is the time to diversify their diet chart including some 'real food' items, brimming with exciting tastes and textures. For parents seeking to infuse their little one's diet with the vibrant flavours of India, we present a carefully crafted baby food chart.

Remember to consult with a paediatrician before introducing new foods to your baby's diet, especially if there are any concerns about allergies or nutritional needs. 

Also note that each baby is unique, so adjust portion sizes and food choices based on your baby's preferences and dietary needs.


Breakfast options

  • Homemade Ragi (finger millet) porridge cooked in water or breast milk, mashed banana on the side.
  • Soft idli or dosa with a mild coconut chutney.
  • Steamed and mashed sweet potato/mashed boiled potato or pumpkin with a sprinkle of cumin powder.
Baby food
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Mid-morning snack

  • Small pieces of ripe papaya or mashed ripe muskmelon.
  • Homemade vegetable or fruit puree (carrot, pumpkin, apple, pear, etc.).

Lunch options

  • Soft cooked rice with mashed lentils (dal khichdi) and a side of mashed spinach or spinach puree.
  • Soft chapati or roti torn into small pieces with mashed lentils (dal) and mashed vegetables like carrots, peas, and potatoes.
  • Soft-cooked pasta tossed with grated paneer (Indian cottage cheese) and finely chopped vegetables like bell peppers and tomatoes.

Afternoon snack

  • Soft-cooked and mashed fruits like pear, peach, or ripe banana.
  • Homemade yogurt (curd) mixed with mashed fruits or a pinch of powdered cardamom.

Dinner options

  • Soft-cooked rice with mashed lentils (dal) and finely chopped mixed vegetables like beans, carrots, and peas.
  • Rice or wheat noodles cooked in vegetable broth with finely chopped vegetables and shredded chicken or paneer.
  • Soft-cooked and mashed moong dal (green gram) with rice or soft chapati.

Bedtime snack (optional)
A small cup of warm milk (cow's milk if the baby is tested and proven to be not allergic to it or formula) with a pinch of turmeric or a teaspoon of homemade almond powder (if no nut allergies).

Remember to introduce new foods one at a time to check for allergies and watch for any adverse reactions. Additionally, ensure that the food is mashed or cut into small, manageable pieces to prevent choking hazards.

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