Carrot idli for babies is the one of the favorite breakfasts of my four year old beloved son and family too. It is one of the nutritious foods for the toddlers and babies. The soft and spongy carrot idlis can be given to the babies of eight months and above, 

In the current blog, I would like to share the simple and easy recipe of the carrot idli and also the idli batter recipe. Recipe of the batter is equally important to get the soft and spongy idli. Its a beautiful combination of the carrot puree and idli batter to get tasty carrot idli

While idli has the carbohydrates and proteins, carrot has lot of fiber. This combination helps your baby or toddler to have complete nutritious and makes a complete meal. You will be surprised to see how much your family enjoys the carrot idli as breakfast and also snacks.

Carrot idli for babies

How do i made the carrot idli for babies

You can make various idlis for babies and toddlers. One of the most favorite healthy version of idli made in the South Indian Households is carrot  idli .The quality of the idli lies in the batter. I would share the easy recipe of the idli batter as well. This fermented batter makes our carrot idli so soft and spongy

Utensils and time required for the carrot idli for babies

While the utensils needed are available in any Indian Households, it is very important to keep them ready so that there is no running around. This makes the process faster.  While the idli preparation time is less, you must be aware of the time takes for the fermentation of the batter


Mixer Grinder

Idli Cooker 

1 Bowl to mix the idli batter

4 small bowls to soak the ingredients


Over night – Rice

Urad (Black lentil) , Fenugreek Seeds and Flattened rice


10 to 12  Minutes

TiME for Carrot Puree

2 to 3 Minutes

Ingredient for the carrot idli for babies

Ingredients are simple and easily available in the market. We need few ingredients to make the carrot idli. Once you prepare the idli batter, just mixing the carrot puree in right proportions will do all wonders.

Carrot idli for babies


Idli rice – 1 Cups

Urad dal (Black lentils) – 1/4  cup

Water – 2 Cups

Flattened Rice – 1/2 cup

Fenugreek seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt – According to taste

Carrot – 2 

Complete procedure for carrot idli for babies

You can make the amazing carrot idli in the world if you make the idli batter right. I will take you through the step by step procedure in making the fermented batter. I will also be sharing the tips you always need to remember in making the idli batter. Once you master the art of making the idli batter, you can give as many variations as possible to the idlis, Let us get started on the carrot idli recipe.

Soak the rice in a small bowl over night

In a large bowl , add 1 cup of rice and add enough the quantity of water. Rinse the rice twice in the water and clean the rice. You should then soak the rice in a bowl. Make sure you soak the rice in enough quantity of water and rest it overnight.

Carrot idli for babies

Soak the Urad dal (Black lentil) , Flattened rice and Fenugreek seeds in a separate bowls for two hours

Though we call it Black lenthil, the outer black cover is removed and sold in the market. So the lentil looks white inside.

In a  bowl ,rinse the 1/4 cup of urad dal ( Black lentil)  twice or thrice and soak it in the water. You should make sure you use thrice the quantity of water to soak or two hours. Reason being, the lentils swell up double the size.

Add required water in a another bowl and rinse 1/2 cup of flattened twice. Soak it for two hours with enough water as this will also swell up double. This is another important ingredient to make the idli soft.

In a small cup , add 1/2 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds and soak in water

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Grind the Soaked Ingredients into a Batter

Add the each soaked ingredients to the mixer grinder. Grind each soaked ingredient speerately . Transfer the ground paste to separate bowls. You make sure to grind the urad dal or black lentil with fenugreek  seeds together . Grind Flattened rice and idli rice seperately. 

Nice and smooth idli batter will be ready

Carrot idli for babies

Add the ground flattened rice paste to the rice paste and mix well

Take the idli rice paste ta bowl and add the ground flattened rice paste and mix well

Carrot idli for babies

Add the ground urad dal paste to the rice paste and mix well

Now you must add the ground urad dal paste to the poha rice paste and mix well. 

Carrot idli for babies

Add the salt to taste and mix well

Make sure there are no lumps in the batter. You must add salt and mix it well so that you clear all the lumps. 

Carrot idli for babies

Transfer the batter to the large bowl and leave it for Fermentation

Now transfer the batter to a large bowl. You should make sure the batter is only filled half of the bowl. Because after the fermentation, the batter rises to the top. When you fill more than half, the batter might spill over.

Leave the idli batter covered overnight and fermented batter is ready. You will clearly see how much the batter has risen in the bowl.

Carrot idli for babies

Batter has swelled up and risen in the bowl and fermented

Once the batter is fermented , it swells and rises up in the bowl. You can add little water and adjust the consistency of the batter to make sure its not too thick or too runny. Now the batter is ready to be used.

Carrot idli for babies

Peel the skin and cut the carrot to small pieces

Take 2 small carrots and peel the skin with skin peeler.  Cut the carrot into small pieces and add them to the mixer jar to grind them to a smooth paste

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Add cut carrot to the mixer jar and grind it into a smooth paste

After you peel the skin and cut into small pieces, add them to the mixer Jar. Grind it into a smooth paste to mix it with the idli batter

Carrot idli for babies

Add the carrot puree to the idli batter and mix well

Now the carrot puree  is ready. You can add it the idli batter which was fermented and mix well

Carrot idli for babies

Carrot idli batter is ready to be used for making yummy idlis

You can make yummy carrot idlis with this  batter. You can add little water to adjust the consistency of the water if it is too thick.

Carrot idli for babies

Keep the idli cooker on the stove

Take the idli cooker and place it on the stove and keep it in the medium heat. Always maintain the flame in the medium heat not avoid over cooking.

Carrot idli for babies

Add one cup of water to the idli cooker

Take half cup of water and add it to the idli cooker. Its very important not to add too much water in the idli cooker. While cooking the water may be spill over the idlis and can make the idli soggy.

Carrot idli for babies

Grease the idli moulds

You must now grease the idli moulds. Please use ghee or any vegetable oil. Add few drops of oil in each idli mould and grease each of the moulds completely.  In some traditional South indian house holds uses cloth to cover the moulds and add the batter on top of it.

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Fill the carrot idli batter in the moulds

Take the batter in the ladle and pout the batter to the idli moulds. You must now fill the idli moulds with idli batter. You must ensure not to fill the mould until the brim and the idli batter will rise when cooked.

Carrot idli for babies

Close the lid and cook for ten mins in the medium flame

Place the idli stand to the idli cooker, close the lid and turn on the stove.Place the idli cooker on the stove and cook for ten mins.

Carrot idli for babies

Check if the idlis are cooked well

After ten minutes, you can use a knife or fork to poke into the idlis to check if they are cooked well.With a well cooked idli, the knife or the fork will come out clean.

Carrot idli for babies

Remove the idli stand and let it cool on its own

When you are sure that the idlis are cooked well. Allow it to cool for sometime otherwise you will burn your hands while removing the idlis. When the idlis are cool, remove them and take it in a bowl

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Serve the carrot idlis for the babies

The soft and spongy carrot idlis are ready to serve.  You can serve the banana idlis to the babies or toddlers which is also a healthy meal.

Carrot idli for babies

Key tips for worry free recipe of Carrot idli for babies

Though the recipes are very simple learn and follow, it is important to know the essential tips for successful cooking. I am sharing some of the important tips i always follow to have a good cooking experience

1. Keep all the ingredients ready 

Before you start cooking, keep all the ingredients in one place. This makes cooking more efficient and you won’t forget.

2. Do not overfill the idli moulds

Make sure that you do not fill the idli mould to the brim. After steaming, the idlis will rise, so, make sure you leave a little space for them to rise. Ideally, you should fill a little over three fourth of the idli mould.

3. Remove the idlis carefully

Once the idli is cooked, don’t remove it from the mould instantly. If you try that, the idlis may break. Leave it for a minute or two before removing them from the moulds. If you have difficulty removing the idlis, use a sharp object to loosen it from the edges of the idli mould.

4. Remove all lumps from batter

If your batter has turned out to be lumpy, make sure you remove all the lumps using a whisk. If you do not have a whisk, use a spoon or fork to remove the lumps.

5. Keep idli moulds greased before adding batter

Always grease up idli moulds before adding batter.

6. Scooping the idlis easily off the idli mould

You must scoop the idlis carefully using a knife. Wet the knife if the idli is sticking to the knife.

I am sure it must have been a pleasant experience learning the delicious recipes of carrot idli. Please feel free to ask questions and add your comments in the section below. I would be happy to hear your comments and also clarify your doubts.