Stage 2 foods and introducing textures to your baby-7.5 months and above

Jan 26, 2013 1 Comment by

Well , in books stage 2 foods start at 8 months. But with Zoey I vividly remember around 7.5 months old she was ready for textures and here are some very interesting recipes for older babies. They are so delicious I bet you might just make some for yourself too! Haha! Thank god I have saved these recipes, and now can share with readers of Mommygyan!
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A few things I want you to know before you read on….

Once your baby starts to sit up correctly, has a better head control, you should start thinking of introducing sippy cup. Please read my post here for more information YOUR GUIDE TO BUY AND INTRODUCE SIPPY CUP IN INDIA

Avoid giving fruit juices to baby, they are not at all important and are high in sugar. Even if you are very keen at giving juice, you should totally avoid packet juices that might have fillers , artificial flavors and sugars.

A high chair is your life saver, we exclusively used high chair for disciplined eating times with Zoey. These days you are spoilt for choices , get a high chair with detachable tray and something your kiddo is comfortable in.

A good soft spoon is also important for feeding.Philips avent and Chicco both make excellent weaning spoons.

Mee Mee feeding bowl with a cover and suction base is great as well, to keep your food covered till you feed the baby.

It is recommended to only give egg yolks to your baby until the first birthday. The egg yolks need to be fully cooked.

Chicken can be introduced around 7-8 months of age, again fully cooked and mashed, once the baby starts taking textures.

Some water after food should be introduced as you start more complex foods. Use sippy cups and spoons instead of bottles.
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1.Dalia Khajur Kheer – Bulgur wheat sweet porridge 

7.5 months and above for babies enjoying textures

This porridge was a hit withmy daughter. Dalia or bulgar wheat is a great source of energy

1 tablespoon bulgur wheat (dalia)
2 dates (khajur), deseeded
3/4 cup milk


Pressure cook the bulgur wheat and dates with ½ cup of water for 3 whistles. Cool.

Liquidise the cooked bulgur wheat and dates with ½ cup of milk in a blender till it is smooth in texture.

Transfer this into a pan and add ¼ cup of water and the remaining ¼ cup of milk and mix well.

Bring to a boil, stirring continuously so that no lumps remain. Serve lukewarm.


2. Cheesy sweet potato and carrot

7.5 months and above for babies enjoying textures

pressure cook peeled,diced sweet potato and carrot in just enough water.
add shredded cheddar cheese/ricotta cheese…. puree in blender or mash with potato masher.


3. Vegetable Khichdi

7.5 months and above for babies enjoying textures

Khichdi is a complete meal in itself providing plenty of energy, protein and folic acid to your baby. The addition of carrots makes it rich in vitamin A and fibre. This recipe is a good way of introducing a mildly spiced meal to your baby’s diet.

2 tablespoons rice
2 tablespoons moong dal (split yellow gram)
1 tablespoon bottle gourd (doodhi/ lauki), peeled and grated
2 tablespoons carrot, peeled and grated
1 peppercorn
1 clove
a pinch turmeric powder (haldi)
1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
a pinch asafoetida (hing)
1/2 teaspoon ghee
salt to taste


1. Wash the rice and moong dal together and keep aside.

2. Heat the ghee in a pressure cooker and add the cumin seeds.

3. When the seeds crackle, add the asafoetida, clove and peppercorn.

4. Add the bottle gourd and carrot and sauté for a few seconds.

5. Add the dal, rice, turmeric powder, salt and 1½ cups of water and pressure cook for 3 whistles.

6. When it is done, remove the peppercorn and clove. Whisk to combine the rice and dal together. Serve lukewarm with fresh curds.


4.Chicken curry rice

7.5 months and above for babies enjoying textures

2 tbsp of chopped boneless chicken breast
3 tbsp rice
1 spring onion, 1 big clove garlic chopped
1/2 tomato
1/4 cup chopped veggies
1.5 cup water
1 tsp butter/ghee and cumin

a tiny piece of cut green chilly(the light green variety which arent too spicy)
1 pinch coriander, cumin,pepper, salt

In a pressure pan heat ghee, add cumin garlic onion, saute
add tomato, cook till soft on low flame
add the remaining ingredients, add water
pressurecook overcook, remove chilly
mash and serve


5.Yummilacious vegetable upma

7.5 months and above for babies enjoying textures

5 tsp pre roasted suji
1 cup water
1/2 carrot a few peas
a pinch mustard seeds
a pinch cumin seeds
few curry leaves
1 tsp finely chopped onion
pinch pepper pwd
1/2 small tomato peeled and finely chopped

1 tsp oil

pressure cook carrot and peas until overcooked, mash really well

heat oil add mustard n cumin, add curry leaves
add onion and saute
add tomato and cook till done.
add the mashed veggies…
now add suji, pepper,salt, saute


6.Pumpkin and sweet potato soup

8 months and above 

diced pumpkin
1 small sweet potato(peeled n diced)
1/2 tsp unsalted butter
1 oz cows milk
water to pressure cook

In a pressure pan add diced pumpkin and sweet potato ,water. cook until tender
puree in blender(i dont blend it until smooth though,she can now take lumpy textures)
add milk and cook for a few more seconds…

7.Mixed vegetable thick soup.

7.5 months and above for babies enjoying textures

1 carrot,little bottle gourd, peas, pumpkin diced

pressure cook all these in little water ,add a pinch of jeera pwd and turmeric.

puree .

serve this thick soup with easum or mashed overcooked rice.

8.Palak paneer Rice for your tiny diner

8 months and above for babies enjoying textures

1/4 cup rice
1/4 cup spinach (palak), chopped
1/4 cup paneer (cottage cheese), chopped
a pinch cumin seeds (jeera)
1/2 teaspoon ghee or oil
salt to taste

1.Heat the ghee in a pan and add the cumin seeds.
2.When the seeds crackle, add the rice and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.
3.Add the spinach, paneer, salt and 1 cup of water and pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles. Mix well and serve lukewarm with fresh curds or dal.

9.Dal and rice with grated cabbage

8 months and above for babies enjoying textures

This recipe also introduces newer flavours like ginger into your baby’s meals. Add a little ginger in the beginning and then gradually increase the quantity as your lil’ one gets accustomed to it.
2 tablespoons rice
2 tablespoons moong dal (split yellow gram)
1/4 cup cabbage, grated
1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
a pinch asafoetida (hing)
1/4 teaspoon grated ginger (optional)
a pinch turmeric powder (haldi)
1/2 teaspoon ghee
salt to taste

For the garnish
1 teaspoon chopped coriander

1. Wash and pressure cook the dal and rice together with 1½ cups of water till the rice and dal are very soft. Keep aside.

2. Heat the ghee in a pan and add the cumin seeds.

3. When the cumin seeds crackle, add the asafoetida and then the ginger.

4. Add the cabbage and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes till it softens.

5. Add the cooked dal, rice, turmeric powder and salt and mix well.

6. Simmer for 4 to 5 minutes. Serve lukewarm garnished with the chopped coriander.

10.Cracked Wheat with Chicken and Potato

8 months and above for babies enjoying textures

1 cup of cracked wheat (soak in water about 30 mins)
1 potato
2 to 3 big pieces of boneless chicken
1 clove of garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper (optional)
pinch of salt (unsuitable for younger babies – read more here)
2 cups (16 fl oz) of milk
1 cup (8 fl oz) of water
1 tablespoon of butter
1. Melt the butter in a pan, add garlic and fry for about 30 seconds.
2. Add the water and, when it boils, add the cracked wheat.
3. Next, add the potato and chicken and mix well for about 2 to 3 minutes.
4. Add the milk , black pepper and salt (if using) and leave it on a medium flame for about 15 minutes (stirring occasionally).
5. Finally, stir it thoroughly with the spoon until well mixed and thick, like a puree.

11.Baby  Curry Rice

8 months and above for babies enjoying textures

1 and a 1/2 tablespoon Basmati rice
1 tablespoon peas (fresh or frozen)
1 tablespoon broad beans (fresh or frozen)
1 tablespoon onion (finely chopped)
1 tablespoon tomato (finely chopped)
1/2 teaspoon ginger and garlic – take equal amounts of each and crush into a fine paste
2 pinches cinnamon powder
2 sprigs coriander leaves (finely chopped)
2 teaspoons oil
250-300 ml (9-10 Ounces) water
1. Heat oil in a thick bottomed vessel and add the onion. Fry it until translucent.
2. Add the ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute.
3. Add the tomato and cinnamon powder and keep mixing till the tomato turns mushy.
4. Add the washed rice and the peas and the broad beans and mix for a few seconds.
5. Add the coriander leaves.
6. Add water and pressure cook (once the pressure has fully developed heat at medium flame for about 15 minutes).
7. When the pressure becomes normal remove the rice. It will be slightly overcooked.
8. Mash it with a spoon while hot.
9. Discard the skin of the peas, tomato and broad beans before feeding your baby.
I started giving this to my daughter when she was 9 months old and this is one of her favorite meals. I like this because it is a complete food- containing carbohydrates, proteins, fats and different vegetables. Instead of broad beans and peas you can use red lentil (Masoor dal) and/or Mung dal (green gram dal). You could also use a variety of vegetables like carrot and string beans or a mixture of lentils/vegetables/peas/broad beans. While making this for older children and adults reduce the water (to about 8 ounces), add some salt and green chili or red chili powder (if you like it hot). Yogurt is a good accompaniment for this dish.

12.Carrots and Chickpeas recipe

8 months and above for babies enjoying textures

1 big carrot
1 cup soaked and boiled chickpease
1 clove garlic
1 tsp rice

Melt 1 tsp ghee. Add jeera and garlic. Add chopped carrots, presoaked chickpeas…..add rice
now add pepper, salt a pinch. Add a cup of water.
Pressure cook for 7 whistles..

13.Cracked wheat with potato and herbs

8 months and above for babies enjoying textures

2 heaped tbsp cracked wheat(dalia)
1/2 cup milk
1 cup water
pinch pepper pwd
a big pinch mixed dried herbs
pinch salt
1 small potato, peeled and chopped.
1 garlic chopped
1/2 tsp butter
in pressure pan add butter, add chopped garlic, followed by potato.
add pepper pwd, herbs, salt.
add dalia and water and pressure cook
open, mash well, add milk and bring to boil once.
cool, serve

14.Rice with Broccoli+Carrots

7.5 months and above for babies enjoying textures

Very yummy..and healthy

Add all of them and pressure cook.

Add some jeera+turmeric tempuring.

Add salt as per taste..Voila..Lunch ready!

Use grated carrots and cut broccoli into very tiny pieces.

Soak rice for 15 mins. And then pressure cooked everything together. Then just mashed the food


15.Cracked wheat and bell pepper 

10 months and above for babies enjoying textures


Dalia (cracked wheat) – 6 tsps
Moong dal – 3 tsps
Chopped onion
Chopped capsicum (bell peppers)
water – 2 cups (approx.)

Add all of them in a pressure pan and cook.
For tempuring – Take ghee in a pan. Add cumin seeds, turmeric and salt..

Add the tempering to the cooked food.


More complex foods for your growing baby


try masoor dal, chickpeas, paneer/tofu, pulao,maybe she doesnt like bland foods anymore!
try scrambled egg yolks….

16.Masoor dal rice

masoor dal 3 tbsp, 1/4 cup chopped veggies(pumpkin, bottle gourd, carrot whatever)
1 tsp ghee
pinch jeera
chopped onion, 1 garlic chopped
pinch mustard, 2-3 curry leaves
a pinch pepper pwd, salt, turmeric
little chopped tomato(you can opt out!)

pressure cook veggies n dal , mash very well, head ghee, add the dry spices, onion, garlic, tomato, cook for a while,add dal… cook for a minute, serve with overdone rice mashed well

Now is a good time to introduce finger foods a dedicated post on finger foods will come soon on the blog. Stay tuned

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About the author

I am Poonam, a mom to a preschooler , in India.I am a full-time working mom, juggle work outside home,editor for Mommygyan, and take care of Zoey, with a little bit of sanity left. Mommygyan was born, from the combined love of finding exciting new products,parenting tips, product reviews, arts and crafts for kids &babycare. Blogging on infant products is naive in India, and hopefully my posts will help a mother or two You can also connect to her on : Google+

One Response to “Stage 2 foods and introducing textures to your baby-7.5 months and above”

  1. Padmini Ramesh says:

    Thanks Much Poonam, I am desperatly looking for this for my lil one, he is 7 months old now

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