Pear, Mint and Coriander Chutney (v)
So how many of you are using baby-led weaning for your little one’s weaning journey? Thinking about it, I don’t know know many mums who haven’t used baby-led weaning at some point during their weaning journey with baby. Whether they incorporated baby-led weaning into a daily routine with the traditional purees (spoon-feeding), or solely used the baby-led weaning technique – it’s a great way to get babies interested in their food.
I chose to to use both methods – traditional purees and finger foods for my little one’s daily weaning routine; it worked really well for us. The spoon-feeding was great as I had peace of mind that Aaliyah was eating her meals. The finger foods were great for experimentation – practising her pincer grip and trying different textures.
I did however notice baby-led weaning recipes didn’t leave much room for taste! Bland, steamed vegetables were great for playing around with, but not so great in the taste department. So to add some much-needed flavour to those poor, bland little cubes of veg, I’ve got a fab no-chilli chutney recipe for you to try.
This chutney takes minutes to throw together and has a yummy fruity yet aromatic taste. Dip a couple of cubes of veg in this chutney and offer it to your little one. And remember… weaning is about exposing your little one to as many different tastes and flavours as you can to help broaden little palates. I really enjoy this chutney myself with a sneaky samosa. For a little heat (for the adults), throw a fresh green chilli into the mixer too. Tastes delicious.
Total preparation time: 2-3 mins
Keeps in the fridge for 2-3 days
1 ripe pear – washed, sliced and
Handful of mint leaves – fresh, washed
Handful of coriander – fresh, washed
Place all the items into a blender and blend into a paste. Serve to baby with a finger food of your choice.
Note: Do not leave baby alone with finger foods. Babies should be supervised at all times.
You can find more delicious baby-led weaning recipes in Easy Indian SuperMeals for Babies, Toddlers and the Family. Available to buy now from Amazon. Also shortlisted for the Prima Baby Awards 2015 (Best Family Cookbook) – winner’s announced this month!