Making babies eat vegetables most often poses the greatest challenge. Here are some interesting vegetable based recipes for babies less than one year of age.

For Babies Aged 6 to 8 Months

Peas And Cheese

  • Boil half a cup of peas and one chopped carrot.
  • Blend it with a quarter cup of milk and a little cheese and serve warm.

Pumpkin and Oats

  • Sauté onion in olive oil and then add half a cup of chopped pumpkin to it together with a little ginger garlic paste and chopped coriander.
  • Add water and a quarter cup of pre-soaked oats into it.
  • Simmer for around 15 minutes till it’s thick.
  • Blend it well and serve.

Potato And Chickpeas

  • Boil two tablespoons of chickpea that has been soaked overnight with one chopped potato.
  • Once soft, sauté it in olive oil.
  • Add a few table spoons of milk and blend it well
  • Remember to strain the mixture to remove all the chickpea skin from the food.
  • Chickpeas can make babies with a sensitive stomach feel uneasy. In such cases its best avoided until they are at least a year old.

For Babies Aged 8 to 10 Months

Sweet Broccoli Rice

  • Boil one unpeeled apple and a few florets of broccoli and then blend it well.
  • Boil half a cup of rice and then mash it with a fork.
  • Mix the apple-broccoli puree into it.
  • You can avoid making a smooth paste of it, because by now your child will be getting used to the chunky consistency in her food.

Vegetable And Soya Rice

  • Boil a few granules of soya, peas and a chopped carrot till they are soft.
  • Blend it well and then sauté it in olive oil with a pinch of cumin seeds and onion.
  • Boil a little rice till it is soft.
  • Add the rice to the vegetable-soya mix with a little asafoetida, turmeric and salt,
  • Saute for a few minutes.
  • Add water and pressure cook it for two to three whistles and then serve.

Cabbage Idli

  • Boil finely grated cabbage till its soft.
  • Soak two teaspoons of washed urad daal (split black lentils) and a cup of parboiled rice for a couple of hours.
  • Drain out the water and blend it to a fine thick paste with some coconut milk.
  • Add the cabbage to it.
  • Cover and keep aside for a few hours.
  • Pour the mix into the idli moulds and steam for 10-15 minutes.

For Babies Aged 10 Months and Above

Baked Spinach

  • Boil one chopped potato and two cups of spinach leaves.
  • Saute a chopped tomato with salt, garlic and coriander leaves.
  • Blend the tomato mixture till smooth.
  • Place the spinach leaves and the potato pieces in an oven dish and pour the tomato sauce over it.
  • Sprinkle it with cheese.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes and serve

Beetroot Puris

  • Boil a chopped a beetroot and a little moong daal (green gram).
  • Blend it to a puree and mix it into the dough.
  • Roll the dough into small circles and deep fry it in olive oil and serve.

Carrot and Tinda Pasta

  • Boil one chopped carrot and tinda (Indian round gourd) till tender and then mash it.
  • Sauté the mashed vegetables with a little onion and ginger-garlic paste in olive oil.
  • Boil a few strands of pasta.
  • Place it all together in an oven dish and sprinkle it with tomato puree and grated cheese.
  • Bake for half an hour and serve.