Rice Bhardi or Rice Kheer for Babies and Kids

rice kheer or rice bhardiThis post is an easy peasy recipe called Rice Bhardi or Rice Kheer. The moment my hubby puts his shirt on in the morning , Anshika starts crying , raising her hands and running to him. She knows its time for her daycare. She is pappa’s girl in the morning and is dropped at the day-care by him. In the evening post my walks and grocery shopping , I pick her up from the day-care.

The daycare is run by a Maharashtrian lady ‘ taayi ‘  as I call her. One thing I often asks her is whether Anshika ate everything I had prepared in the dabbas . Taayi gives me a brief on what Anshika liked , what she struggled to have , for which food she refused to open her mouth etc. This is usually followed by suggestions from her in terms of baby food recipes. This recipe is suggested by her , its called Rice Bhardi / Rice Kheer / Rice Porridge .

Rice is rich in carbs , iron , Vitamin B and protein . Milk is rich in calcium and almonds/ raisins are rich in Vitamin E and antioxidants.

One day back home, I prepared it ; Voila , it was an instant hit with my daughter :) Now why can’t I share this recipe with you all mommas ? So here I go.

rice bhardi

rice kheer for babies

Rice Bhardi or Rice Kheer
Author: Sangeetha Menon
  • Rice (Parboiled / white rice like ponni / kolam ) – 2 tbsp.
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Dates – 2 or 3 deseeded
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Ghee – 1 tsp.
  • Almonds soaked overnight and peeled – 2 to 3
  • Raisins – 1 tsp. pureed
  1. Soak rice in water for about 10-15 minutes
  2. Soak almonds and dates in warm water for 5 minutes. Once cooled blend it to a puree
  3. Drain and wash the rice and grind it to a smooth paste
  4. Boil milk and add the blended rice keeping the heat on medium / low
  5. Keep stirring so that no lumps are formed
  6. Add the blended puree along with raisin puree to the mixture
  7. Stir for about 2 minutes and switch off the stove once the mixture starts coming off the sides of the kadai
  8. Add ghee
1. You can make a powder of the washed , sundried rice and store in airtight containers [br][br]2. Suitable for babies from 8th months onwards. Make sure the nuts are properly ground or smoothed to avoid choking[br][br]3. You can also make it without milk . Prepare it in plain water and add the dates, nuts puree if your baby is entirely on BM

Have you tried making rice bhardi or rice kheer for your baby ? Please let me know how your little one responds to this one.

Sangeetha Menon

Sangeetha is an IT professional, owner of Bumps n Baby and a super cool mom of a 1 year old princess. Her life revolves around diapers, laptop and kitchen these days as she is mastering the art of multi-tasking .

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8 Responses

  1. Rohini says:

    Nice Recipe. My baby completed 6 months(26-Dec-2013). Can i add this recipe in his diet.

  2. chaitanya says:

    Seems to be nice.My baby is exactly 12 months old now and she is a fussy eater.
    I will try this and let you know.

    Thanks for the reciepe.

  3. Priya Shakthi says:

    Nice and nutritious recipe sangeetha, but will it tastes good if we substitute with water my baby is 6 1/2 months now… can you suggest an alternate

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