Friday, 14 November 2014

Easy Indian SuperMeals: A Book by Zainab Jagot Ahmed*

At the moment we are in the middle of weaning Isla and were lucky enough to be sent this beautiful book to review by Zainab Jagot Ahmed - Easy Indian SuperMeals for baby, toddlers and the family.

Isla is a pretty good eater so far but she does have days when she goes off things for no apparent reason and seems to be after something a bit more exciting than plain vegetable puree!

Enter this gorgeous book cram-packed with yummy recipes and lots of helpful information...

The book itself is really eye catching and pretty. The lifestyle photos are beautiful and the colours used throughout the book are so effective. It's a pleasure to read.

I've been reading through all the information and found the section all about spices really interesting.

There are handy tips to suit all age ranges and easy steps on how to get started. There is also a section on foods to avoid and food groups and superfoods. 

The book is split into sections which are easy to navigate and contain some brilliant recipes:
- Veggie SuperMeals
- Fish SuperMeals
- Finger Food SuperMeals
- Sweet SuperMeals 
- Meat SuperMeals
- Family SuperMeals
- Quick Kids SuperMeals

I'm going to be filming a couple of these recipes, that we've tried, for our YouTube Channel and you will also be able to watch Isla's first reactions to the new food!

Here's an example recipe for you to try!

Yummy Spiced Potato Pie (V)

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Indian influenced potato pie lightly flavoured with lots of traditional, fragrant spices. 
- SuperFoods included: white potato, sweet potato, olive oil, onion, garlic, peas
- SuperSpices included: turmeric, cumin, coriander, black pepper
Includes antioxidant vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene) for healthy skin, eyes and immune system; anti-inflammatory to keep allergies at bay; potassium-rich for heart health, and packed with starchy foods for much-needed energy.
Total preparation and cooking time: 20mins
Makes 4-5 servings
Suitable for freezing
1 medium white potato – washed, peeled, cubed
1 medium sweet potato – washed, peeled, cubed
1 tbsp olive oil                                                    
1 onion – peeled, finely chopped                                           
¼ tsp minced garlic                                                      
Pinch of ground turmeric
Pinch of ground cumin
Pinch of ground coriander
Pinch of ground black pepper
60g (2½oz) peas – frozen, washed
1 tsp unsalted butter
2 tbsp of whole milk
Place the white and sweet potatoes in a pot and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil and simmer (uncovered) on medium-high heat for 10-12mins until tender.
Whilst the potatoes are boiling, in a frying pan, heat the oil and add the onion. Stir-fry on medium-low heat for 3-4mins until soft and golden.
Add the garlic, turmeric, cumin, coriander, black pepper and stir-fry continuously for 30secs-1min to lightly cook the spices and set aside.
Next steam the peas in a steamer or in the microwave by placing them in a microwavable dish and adding 2 tablespoons of water. Cover the dish with either a lid (leaving a small vent) or cling film (piercing a few holes), and steam in the microwave on high for 1-1½mins until tender. Once cooked, drain the excess water and set aside.
Once the potatoes are cooked, drain, place in a bowl and add the peas, butter and spoon in the milk and mash the potatoes until smooth.
Add the spiced onion to the mash and combine together for a creamy, tasty pie.
If the consistency of the pie is too heavy for your little one, add some extra milk. Serve to baby warm.'
If you are looking for a baby and toddler book that will widen your child's taste range and provide you with easy, nutritious recipes to try, then this is the book for you. We love it and can't wait to use it over the next few years!

(How cute!!)

*We were sent a recipe book for the purpose of the review but all opinions are 100% our own


  1. This looks like a fab book - we love Indian food in our house and we really hope Jasmine will love it too.

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

  2. It's so great!! Packed with so much info and gorgeous recipes. Made the veggie korma yesterday and filmed it! Theeennnn I ate half of it - bad mummy!!! Thanks for commenting doll xx

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