Red lentils cook to a mushy consistency so they make an ideal baby food, while also being a great source of protein.


  • 1 tbsp red lentils
  • 1/4 cup kumara, peeled and diced (or use baked kumara)
  • 1/4 cup cauliflower, cut into small pieces
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 3/4 cup milk – breast milk or formula will work well.


Rinse the lentils in cool running water passing through a sieve, and put them into a small pot with the other ingredients. Bring to the boil.

Immediately turn down the heat and simmer the mixture until the lentils are cooked and the vegetables are tender – this will only take around 10 minutes if using baked kumara. If more moisture is required, add a little water or extra milk.

Mash well or put the mixture in a blender to remove large lumps.  Cool well, and serve to your baby on a small spoon.



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