The apple of your eye has just started toddling and cruising around the house. As a parent, you may have gotten used to blending and mashing up all food that is introduced to the baby. 

However, around this time your little sprout has just started to discover how flexible her fingers are and will want to use them to feed herself everything in sight. And this would also be the ideal time to introduce some big people style, semi-solid nutritious food that she can attempt to eat herself.

Experts suggest that food habits established during this time would be like a foundation for your baby’s food habits for the rest of her life. So get your gloves on to get them started on being an independent eater.

NapNap has put together 5 quick food recipes for you so you can introduce new tastes to your little connoisseur as she approaches toddlerhood.

1. Aloo Paneer Tikki

  • 2 Potatoes
  • 1 tsp Rice Flour
  • 3 tbsp Paneer
  • Salt to taste
  • Pinch of Asafoetida (Hing)

Boil 2 potatoes till soft and mash them up with a fork along with paneer, rice flour, salt and pepper and a few drops of water. Once well mixed, roll into small flat discs and with a few drops of oil, cook till golden brown on both sides.

2. Mini Oats Uttappa

  • ½ cup Oats
  • ¼ cup Rava
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp curd
  • 1 tbsp finely grated boiled carrots
  • 1 tbsp boiled Green Peas roughly mashed
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped tomatoes

Add oats and rava to the mixer and blend to a fine powder. Mix all ingredients together to form a thick batter. Add water if needed. 

With a few drops of ghee on a dosa pan, pour a tablespoon. Spoon of the batter and spread. Cook and flip until well done. Serve with Yogurt.

3. Veggie pasta

  • 1 Onion finely chopped
  • 1 Tomato finely chopped
  • Chopped vegetables of your choice
  • Salt / Pepper to taste
  • 1 cup Fusilli (usually popular with kids)
  • 1 tsp Tomato ketchup
  • 1 tsp Mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil

Boil the pasta with 2 drops of oil and salt to taste. Once cooked, wash it and sieve. In a kadhai, add oil and saute onion till golden brown, and then add tomato. Saute till cooked. Add vegetables and cook till tender. Add salt and pepper to taste along with tomato ketchup and mayonnaise. Cook for 2 – 3 minutes. Add pasta, mix and serve.

4. Mini Moong dal chilla

  • 3 tbsp Yellow Moong Daal
  • 3 tbsp Green Moong Daal
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ tsp Ginger Garlic paste
  • 1 small onion
  • Pinch of Asafoetida (Hing)
  • Oil

Soak the moong dals in water for 2 hours prior to preparation. Sieve and mix all ingredients in a blender to make a smooth paste adding water as required. Heat dosa pan and with a few drops of oil pour a spoonful of the batter to make a mini Chilla. Cook till deep golden brown on both sides. Serve.

5. Banana Pancakes

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup Wheat Flour
  • 1 tsp melted butter
  • ½ cup Milk
  • ½ tsp cinnamon Powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 2-3 drops vanilla essence (optional)
  • Butter or oil for cooking
  • Honey

Mix all ingredients together in a blender and form a runny batter. Spread a teaspoon of butter on the pan, a tbsp of pancake batter and spread just a bit. Flip and cook till golden brown. Drizzle with honey and serve with banana slices, seasonal berries or cream.

And there we have 5 full and nutritious recipes full of energy and good health. These are quick and easy recipes with hardly any prep time needed. Which is handy considering your little tykes may be hungry more often as they jump around. 

Do you have any favorite recipes of your own? Share them with us below.