Travel Friendly Porridge Recipes for Babies


Today I bring to you the travel friendly porridge recipes for babies – in both sweet and savory flavors. They are

  • Whole-wheat flour porridge or sukhdi –  savory and sweet
  • Lotus seeds porridge – savory

travel friendly porridge recipes

We all love traveling, but the biggest issue with travelling with small babies is ‘food’.

When my kids were small, I used to carry a small rice cooker to cook baby food (sometimes I still do :))

Many a times, we cannot use the rice cooker / cannot cook during travel in train, planes, buses or cars. My daughter never liked cerelac and it used to be a real challenge as you don’t want to give biscuits or fruits all the time.

Travel friendly no cook porridge recipes for babies:

For both the recipes, we will prepare the base powder and add milk or water.


travel friendly porridge recipes

Whole wheat porridge

This is a very healthy recipe. The key ingredients are whole wheat powder and ghee which are beneficial for babies.

Ghee and whole wheat contain some of the healthiest fats required for babies and kids. Consumption of whole wheat also aids in maintaining a good metabolic rate.

Ingredients for the base powder:

  • Whole wheat flour or atta – ½ cup
  • Ghee or clarified butter – 4 tablespoon
  • Almond powder – 1 tablespoon (optional)

How to prepare the base powder for the porridge?

Heat a thick bottomed pan and add ghee to it. Once the ghee is heated a little, add in the atta or wholewheat flour.

Roast on a low flame for 6 to 8 minutes. Do keep stirring to ensure even roasting and avoid burning. Once the raw smell is gone and atta turns light brown in shade, add in the almond powder and roast for 1 minute more and let it cool.

The base powder is ready. Once the powder cools off, we can add the ingredients for salty and sweet versions

For the savory porridge

  • Salt – to taste
  • Jeera or cumin powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Ajwain or carrom seeds powder – 1/2 teaspoon

To prepare the jeera and ajwain powder, roast the jeera and ajwain together on medium heat in a thick bottomed pan for 2 to 4 minutes . Let it cool and then grind and sieve. Powder is ready.

This powder will ensure that the baby do not have any gastric problem.

For the savory / salty version, add in the salt and spice powder (jeera and ajwain) to the base powder. Mix water or milk as required.

For the sweet porridge

  • Sugar (preferably unrefined / organic ) powdered– 1.5 tablespoon
  • Cardamom or elaichi powder – 1 pinch  (optional)

In case, your baby likes sweet, you can add more sugar. To make the sweet porrigde, add in the cardamom powder and sugar to the base powder. Mix well .

Take the required amount of warm water or milk to the sukhdi powder so that no lumps are formed. Sweet porridge and mashed banana or apple make a very good combo.


travel friendly porridge recipes

Lotus seeds or makhana are versatile, tasty and very healthy.They have a fab amount of protein, magnesium and provide a decent number of calories per gram. I often roast them and serve as snack for my kids.

How to prepare the base powder for the porridge?

  • Makhana/ Lotus seeds – 1 cup
  • Ghee/ Clarified butter – 2 tablespoon
  • Salt / sugar – as per taste.

Heat a thick bottomed pan and add in the makhana/ lotus seeds. Keep stirring continuously to avoid burning . Do the roasting on a medium flame only. Roast them for 6 to 7 minutes .

After 6-7 minutes, add in the ghee and roast again for 2 minutes. We want a light golden shade on the makhanas. Once done, transfer in to a clean plate and allow them to cool.

Once the makhanas cool, grind them into a powder and store it in an airtight container. You can also sieve the mixture, in case there are lumps. Our makhana base powder is ready.

Salt or sugar can be added to the powder. One can also add turmeric powder (along with the ghee) for added benefits.

To prepare the porridge, take the required amount of makhana powder and add in warm milk or water. Mix well to avoid lumps and serve .


  • Do try these recipes with the babies before travel to ensure that the baby responds positively to the ingredients and the recipe
  • Store the powders in clean and air tight containers. The powders stay well for 8 to10 days
  • Addition of salt is optional

Hope you all liked these simple and no cook travel friendly porridge recipes for babies and toddlers.

In addition to these, one can always carry fruits, homemade biscuits and cerelac / ready made food items for the complete meals. You can refer to the 20 healthy on the go snacking options for toddlers and kids.

I also recommend reading the 5 travel friendly poha recipes for babies. Do share your go-to travel and no cook porridge recipes for babies in the comments section below. Let me know your comments about these porridges as well.

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About Author

Neha is a Management graduate and a professional working in a reputed IT firm. She is a mother of a five year old son and 2 years old daughter. She believes in giving family a priority over work and has a passion for writing & cooking. She strongly believes that a rich diet is essential for growing kids and believes that innovation in kitchen is necessary to keep kids away from the junk food .


  1. Hey I have a question.. WHen roasted wheat can be used without boiling or cooking.. Then why not roasted rice powder(rice cerelac homemace version I mean)

  2. Hi mam.. your recipes are really great…. I have a doubt. Can these recipes be given without boiling nd cooking? Is it safe for the kids? Just adding hot water or milk us enough?

    • Hello Shilpi,

      The powders will stay good at room temperature for 8-10 days.

      Aplogies for the delayed response.

      Neha C

  3. Wow…. .. the sukhdi powder saved my life.. I was worried about my baby’s food during travel. Now no tension.. he liked the taste of it as well..

  4. Very good recipes.. From which month can we give these ?? Also is sugar n salt advised before 1 year ?? I have been told a no for both n honey jaggery also not to be given .

    • Hello Juhi,

      Whole wheat /aata porridge can be given once you have started solids for the baby (after 6 months).Makhana porridge can be given once the baby is 8 months follow the three day rule.

      Regarding sugar and salt , it is upto you.most of the parents refrain from giving sugar /salt.honey definitely should not be given till the baby is an year old.

      I used to add a small pinch of organic sugar or salt and spices to make the porridge can also use fruits to make the porridge slightly sweet.


  5. Hello Nisha,

    Yes you can add jaggery and skip the almond powder.
    You can also add a pinch of salt (if you want). Do use a good quality jaggery.

    Hope your little one likes the recipe .


  6. The recipe looks good. Want to try that out for my 10 month old baby. I have not yet started giving him nuts. So can I jus skip almond powder in the wheat porridge ? Instead of sugar can i add jaggery?

    • 🙂 Thanks Vandana.

      You can serve roasted makhanas to Vihaan (in case you have not tried them before) . They are a good alternative to popcorn and fried items.

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