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3 Healthy Lentil Recipes For Toddlers And Picky Eaters

Are you looking for lentil recipes for toddlers?

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Lentils are an important protein source in vegetarian and vegan diets. They are a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals and provide a variety of essential amino acids.  Toddlers especially need these essential amino acids to support growth and development.


Lentils contain up to 8.9 gm of protein per 125 ml (1/2 cup) and are a rich source of iron and folate.

Lentils are also an important source of essential amino acids like lysine. Not just that lentils have some of the highest antioxidant contents in the legume family.[source]

Now if these benefits don’t motivate you to include lentils in your diet I don’t know what will.

Lentil Recipes - lentil recipes for baby led weaning


Dal or lentil soup is one way to include lentils in babies diet.

During toddler years though some toddlers may become picky about eating dal. I remember detesting the taste of dal when I was a child.

What do you do then? How to include this powerhouse food into your child’s diet.


The lentil recipes I mention here are appropriate recipes for baby led weaning too.

Each of these recipes includes one of my favorite lentil, masoor dal in the whole form and in the split dal form.

Masoor dal is a nutritious lentil for babies and toddlers, it is not only rich in iron and folate. It has a good amount of fiber too.

With anemia a big problem rocking the toddler years, masoor dal must be included more often in dal and other toddler food preparations to boost iron absorption.



Lentil patty is ideal finger food for baby led weaning babies and kids any age. I use whole masoor dal for its high iron content. In order to increase iron absorption from the lentil patty squeeze a little lemon juice on top when offering your child. Vit C rich foods when paired with iron-rich plant foods help in maximum absorption of iron from the food.

You can even use this lentil patty to build vegan lentil burgers and mix things up from time to time. Pair with a sweet and sour sauce like this date and tamarind chutney and your kids will be licking every last crumb.

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Lentil Patties

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 6


  • 4 potatoes boiled
  • 1/2 cup whole masoor dal (whole red lentil) boiled
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 small bunch coriander leaves chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt to taste


  • 1. Mash the boiled potatoes
    2. Add the boiled whole masoor dal and all the spices. Mix well together.
    3. Combine into small patty size balls. 
    4. Use cornflour/roasted semolina flour to coat the patty.
    5. Shallow fry on both sides, until ready. 
    6. Serve with date and tamarind chutney.


Most toddlers love pasta especially spaghetti. Making this one of the best lentil recipes for picky eaters. This is a great dish to hide vegetables in. Adding lentils gives the regular spaghetti bolognese recipe a boost in nutrients.

lentil bolognese

Lentil Bolognese

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 2 people


  • 200 gms spaghetti cooked
  • 100 gms mushrooms finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup whole masoor dal (whole red lentil) boiled
  • 6 tomatoes pureed
  • 5-6 leaves basil
  • 1 onion
  • 3-4 garlic pods
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp oregano flakes
  • 1/4 tsp salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp pepper to taste


  • 1. Saute the onions until golden brown.
    2. Puree the tomatoes and basil together in a mixy.
    3. Add garlic, tomato puree, mushrooms and cook until soft.
    4. Add the boiled lentils and spices. Cook for 5 minutes. Add a little water as needed.
    5. Once this gravy is ready, serve in a bowl on top of cooked spaghetti.
    6. Sprinkle extra pepper, oregano as needed.


This one is my toddlers absolute favorite. He can eat this sambar dal like a soup.

In fact, I used this sambar recipe to introduce new vegetables like drumsticks. Since he already loves sambar he was willing to try the drumstick as well. Adding vegetables to a loved food can be used as one strategy to get your toddler to try them for the first time.

lentil soup - sambar for babies

Lentil Soup

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 4


  • 1/2 cup masoor dal
  • 1 onion
  • 6 tomatoes pureed
  • 1/2 inch tamarind soak tamarind in water, squeeze the juices and use this water to cook.
  • 3-4 pods garlic
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp sambar masala
  • 1/2 tsp salt to taste
  • 4-5 leaves curry leaves
  • 1/3 cup okra
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin
  • 2 sticks drumsticks chopped in medium length size
  • 1 small bunch coriander leaves


  • 1. Flash cook the masoor dal in a pressure cooker.
    2. In a wok, heat oil and add tadka with mustard seeds, cumin seeds, and curry leaves.
    3. When these spices start to pop add tomato puree and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes.
    4. Now add vegetables of your choice, I used okra, pumpkin, and drumsticks for this one. Cook for another 5-7 minutes.
    5. Once the vegetables are nearly cooked add the boiled masoor dal and dry spices like turmeric, garam masala, sambar powder, and salt. Then add the soaked tamarind water. Cook for another 5-7 minutes.
    6. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves. Serve with rice, or enjoy as a soup.

That’s all for now.

Hope you try these lentil recipes for toddlers. Let me know if your toddler enjoyed these dishes.

Do you get creative with lentils too? How do you include lentils in your toddlers food? Leave me a comment below.

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