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Indian food is known for the spice…the masala. One thing that Indian food will never be accused of is being bland.

I wanted to give my 10 month old some typical first foods on an Indian menu. I tried blended forms of Khichdi (a pilaf made of lentils, rice and veggies) and Daal (lentils), but he was not a fan of the grainy texture produced by lentils.

Certain spices like turmeric offer lots of health benefits: strengthening the immune system, allowing better digestion and providing antioxidants are just a few. So I wanted to find a way to begin introducing these into his diet in a way he would enjoy.

Here is my latest creation approved by my toughest critic:

Avocado + Jeera (Cumin) and Haldi (Turmeric)

1/2 Avocado

A dash of Cumin Powder

A dash of Turmeric

Blend all of these ingredients with a little bit of room temperature water. If you want a thicker consistency, you may sprinkle a little bit of baby cereal- I use oatmeal. This is best served warm.

Avocado is one of my baby’s favorites, so all I did was slightly change up the flavor to something he already enjoys. I plan on trying the same with sweet potatoes and peas + brown rice next.

The best way to begin introducing new spices like cumin, turmeric, cinnamon and nutmeg is to add them to foods your baby already enjoys. Start out with a tiny amount and gradually increase the amount of spices. Treat new spices like new foods: allow 4 days before introducing a new item in order to identify any food allergies.

If you try out this recipe, please let us know how your munchkin liked it. I’d love to hear from you! Happy eating from my baby’s highchair to yours!


I am a mom of two and enjoy sharing my experiences of motherhood with my readers. This includes a few triumphs in the kitchen. The recipes provided on this website, although are researched and backed with personal experience, are presented for inspiration and ideas only. ALWAYS consult a medical professional before introducing new foods to your baby.

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