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Baby’s Papaya Shrikhand (V)


Papaya Shrikand

This recipe takes me back to when my daughter was a teeny tiny little baby (7-8 months). I remember it clearly because it was one of her favourite desserts. I remember how her little mouth kept opening for more as I was spoon feeding her…. and I remember the tears that followed when it had finished. I had to quickly whip up some more to keep her smiling, but that wasn’t a problem as it only takes minutes to throw together.

I decided to share this recipe with you from my book, Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook. It’s a great tropical, fresh fruity yogurt snack or dessert that goes really well with the warm weather at the moment, and also doubles up as a wonderful Eid dessert for babies. So give it a go…


“Shrikhand is a traditional sweet yogurt dessert chock-full of probiotic goodness, and contains the golden orange SuperFood Papaya. This exotic fruit is filled with antioxidant vitamins A (in the form of beta-carotene) and C. Both play a vital role in promoting a healthy immune system. Similarly rich in folate, this fruit will aid healthy growth. Only taking a few minutes to prepare, this is an effortless yogurt dessert. Also delicious prepared with mango.


SuperFoods included – yogurt, papaya

SuperSpices included – saffron, cardamom


Total preparation time: 5mins

Makes 1 serving


½ tbsp of whole milk

2 saffron strands

4 tbsp plain unsweetened yogurt

½ ripe papaya — peeled, deseeded, cubed

Pinch of ground cardamom – green


In a cup pour the milk, warm for a few seconds in the microwave and add the saffron (the warm milk will help the saffron to dissolve). Set aside until it begins to dissolve, the milk will change to a light golden orange colour.

Place the yogurt, papaya, cardamom and saffron milk into a blender, and blend until smooth. Place in a small container and serve to baby.”


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Recipe extract from Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook by Zainab Jagot Ahmed, available to buy now from, WaterstonesWHSmith and all good e-bookshops priced from £4.79.

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