Clear Moong Dal Cereal For Kids And Babies

Moong dal has long been a popular dish in Indian cuisine. So it is no wonder that many Indian mothers want to bring the joy and deliciousness of this lentil-based soup to their children. Indeed, clear moong dal has been a popular baby food for generations. 

Millions of mothers in India and beyond use this healthy and easy to eat dish to introduce their children to the world of lentils, a food that is found in many, many Indian dishes. But if you're familiar with moong dal, then you know that it's often flavored with spicy ingredients. So how can such a spicy dish be fed to small children?

It's simple. Clear moong dal gets it name from being, well, clear. It's the base form of moong dal and, as mentioned before, used to transition children to eating a lentil-based diet. Many Indians get their start eating moong dal by eating the clean version that is void of the spicy ingredients (minus a few cumin seeds here and there) that could upset a baby. 

We understand that many mothers out there look to broaden their children's horizons and get them eating foods from around the world as soon as possible. After all, the more variety a child is exposed to, the less likely they are to become a picky eater during the formidable years of childhood. One way to accomplish this is by introducing baby foods from around the world and other cultures. 

Moong dal, one of the most popular dishes in India, is a great way to introduce your child to Indian cuisine. The clear version is great for babies as it should not upset their tummies. The spices can be gradually added as they get older and share their tastes with you.


The PaleoHack Cookbook

You will need …

  • 4tsp split, husked moong beans(dhuli moong dal)

  • 1 ½ cups water

  • ¼ tsp of salt, pinch of turmeric (haldi)

  • ½  tsp ghee

  • Few seeds of cumin (jeera)

  • Small pinch of asafetida (hing)

How to make Homemade Rice Cereal

  1. Wash the moong dal thoroughly.

  2. Put in a pressure cooker. Add water, salt & haldi. Put on medium flame. After another whistle on low flame, remove from flame.

  3. Heat ghee. Add few (5-6) seeds of jeera & a tiny amount of hing. Remove from fire.

  4. Add to the dal. Mix thoroughly so that a uniform consistency of dal is obtained. Serve warm.

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Note for you

Moong dal is usually the first of lentils to be introduced in an infant’s diet. Once the baby gets used to this, other dals such as arhar or masoor as well as khichri can be introduced.

Clear Moong Dal Tips:

  1. Before feeding, the jeera seeds can be removed with a spoon.

  2. If a thin consistency is required, depending on the baby, the dal can be strained through a strainer.

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