Lemon Rice with Veggies (Serves: 1, Preparation Time: 25 minutes)

One day you serve a dish to your little one that is received with so much excitement that you begin to think that you have figured out that one dish that your baby is sure to like. And then, just another day,  when you serve the same dish the baby completely turns away….if you are lucky he/she may have a bite or two but if you aren’t so lucky, the little one may refuse to even look at it….and there you are….. heartbroken…..wondering what else to cook?  I am sure you can relate ….

My endeavor to impress the ‘little connoisseur’ keeps me on toes to keep trying and adapting various dishes to suit her taste. This recipe is an interesting variant of the lemon rice…try and see if you’re lucky to get your little one to eat a few spoons!

 Age Check: 9-12-month+


  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • ¾ cup vegetables, very finely chopped (could be carrots, french beans, capsicum, red and yellow bell peppers)
  • 8-10 curry leaves, finely chopped (if the leaves are big, take only 4-5)
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • ½  tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Few drops of lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp sugar


  • In a pan/wok heat the oil; add mustard seeds and when they crackle, add the curry leaves followed with turmeric powder and vegetables

  • Season with salt and add sugar (sugar will balance the sourness of lemon)

  • Add about 1 tbsp water, cover and allow the vegetables to cook (cook for 15-20 minutes to ensure that vegetables are tender enough for a baby to chew)

  • Uncover, turn off the gas, add the rice and mix well, now sprinkle a few drops of lemon juice (be careful to not make it super sour – your baby may not like it), cover and leave it to cook in the steam for a few minutes before serving

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Shweta says:

    Trying this one out next week 🙂

  2. Ishita says:

    Hope Indrani likes it….!!

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