Chicken and Veggie Lunch/Dinner Recipe for Babies (9m+) and Toddlers
At my daughter’s 9th month appointment the doctor told us we could start giving her chicken. And thus started my hunt for recipes. There were lot of recipes for soups and broths, but I wanted a more hearty option in which I wouldn’t have to throw the chicken away. However, considering, at 15 months, my daughter has only 1 tooth, it was very difficult to get her to eat the chewy chicken. Finally, speaking to a mommy friend I hit on this recipe and it has been a hit. So sharing it with you all here.
The magical ingredient of this recipe is ground chicken. It makes the meal so soft and easy for even toothless babies. This is the ground chicken that I use. If you can’t find something similar, you can ask your local meat shop to mince and prepare something like this for you.
I use fresh veggies along with chicken for this preparation to make the recipe more wholesome. You can use a combination of green beans, green peas, carrots, or any other veggie that your child is fond of.
This is an all out Indian preparation, and to make I even more authentic, I use ghee instead of oils or butter. However, this is your personal choice.
How can Indian food be complete without our unique spices. I use turmeric powder, coriander powder and cumin powder. This makes the chicken quite salty on its own so I suggest putting the salt in the end, if you really feel the need.
Use of garlic and ginger not only enhances the flavor but also helps in digestion. You can use fresh garlic and ginger or in paste form.
Now, with that long prologue over, let’s jump onto the recipe.
- Ground/minced chicken: 1 cup
- Fresh chopped vegetables: ½ cup
- Ginger paste: 1 tsp
- Garlic paste: 1 tsp
- Turmeric powder: ¼ tsp
- Coriander powder: ½ tsp
- Cumin powder: ½ tsp
- Salt: Optional/according to taste
- Ghee: 1 tbsp
- Water: 2 cups/based on the consistency you want
Method of Preparation:
- In a pressure cooker, melt the ghee.
- Once the ghee is hot, add the ground chicken and sauté on medium flame till the pinkness goes away.
- Add ginger and garlic paste and sauté on medium flame for 2-3 minutes.
- Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, and salt. Sauté on medium flame for about 2-3 minutes.
- Add chopped veggies and sauté for about 2-3 minutes till the chicken, spices and veggies are mixed well.
- Add water and close the lid of the pressure cooker. Cook on high flame for 2-3 whistles then lower flame to medium and cook for 15 minutes. Let the pressure go on its own.
- Let the chicken and vegetables cool down to room temperature and then blend in a blender to the consistency you desire.
Do try this recipe, and let us know what your little one’s verdict was!
Have you introduced chicken in your baby diet?
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