actualli, baby can start eating rice once they are ok with the texture. for my boi, he reject pureed food at 9mths+...then when we give him rice with pureed vege and soup, he eat double of his usual quantity!!!
cos he is teething, gum itchy n he know how to chew e food with his gums already...so we just let him try...he did not choke or make gagging noises, so it is ok...
every baby is different, you gotta try n see for your baby
when cooking the rice, add more water so it is softer, easier to digest my boi has been eating that since 9mths plus, so problems, dont worry...n for starters, mix small amt of rice into the pureed food first...then if can, use spoon to mash the rice slightly over time then give the rice with soup
actualli, by 1 yo, they r suppose to be eating the same food as us, which means rice with vege, meat, soup, etc....but the texture of the vege n meat should be chopped up into smaller pieces for them
my boi onli had 2 lower teeth when he started on rice n my mum let him have small pcs of soft fruits like papaya, watermelon, he loves it!