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Evening Standard – The best healthy baby and toddler weaning recipe books

Yipee!! I’m really chuffed about this piece of coverage. The Evening Standard has featured and recommended my Flavour-led Weaning Cookbook as one of the best healthy weaning recipe books available to buy in the market.

I’ve included the ‘Best For’ round up from the article below. Sums up my recipes and books perfectly!

The other weaning recipe books in this article are fab too, and I’m thrilled to be featured alongside them. Read the full article by clicking on the below image.

The Flavour-led Weaning Cookbook is available to buy from WHSmith, Waterstones, Amazon and all other good bookshops.

If you are baby-led weaning with your little one, you can buy my Flavour-led weaning cookbook bundled with an award-winning Tidy Tot. Available from Amazon and Tidy Tot’s shop.


Easy Indian SuperMeals in Mother and Baby!

OMG OMG OMG! I had to blog about this one. This really is the cherry on top of the cake for me! My Big and Small Kofta Curry recipe along with my new book Easy Indian SuperMeals for babies, toddlers and the family has been featured in Mother & Baby!

Give the recipe a go today. The small koftas on their own make for a great finger food. Alternatively puree the small koftas with some curry sauce for less experienced chewers.


Mother & Baby Kofta Curry



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Pre-order Easy Indian SuperMeals for babies, toddlers and the family from Amazon.


Matter Paneer (V)

Well yesterday was definitely an experience I won’t forget! My first LIVE cooking appearance on the BBC. It was a nervy experience but simultaneously FANTASTIC; I had a great time!

BBC Radio Leics Interview

I was invited to appear on Rupal Rajani’s show on BBC Radio Leicester and was asked to prepare two recipes from my forthcoming book – Easy Indian SuperMeals for babies, toddlers and the family. Rupal requested her favourite meal – Matter Paneer, followed by a sweet dessert – Gajar Halwa.

My yummy Gajar Halwa recipe is sugar-less so is suitable for babies from 7 months and up. You can find the recipe here. And my Matter Paneer recipe is a delicious family meal suitable for children from one year and up.

Both recipes are very SIMPLE and only take between 20-30mins to cook – this includes preparation time! I however, had slightly less time to cook both recipes on the show as we got started 15 minutes later than what I was told, and I had to cook on an electric cooker! YIKES!!

Anyway, I got my head down, peeling and chopping carrots, chopping tomatoes, lightly frying the paneer all whilst being interviewed. ‘The hubby’ even got in on the action. Imagine his surprise when he got a microphone pointed in his face. HAHA… priceless!

It was a tall order but I managed to prepare both dishes with 10 minutes to spare. There were plenty of willing tasters at the BBC too who sampled both recipes. And the verdict – well there was plenty of ‘umm this tastes delicious’ comments flying around the kitchen which I was very pleased about, and within 10 minutes all the food had disappeared. My first LIVE COOKING SUCCESS!

For those of you who didn’t manage to tune in, you can read some tweet highlights below, along with the Matter Paneer recipe I cooked yesterday for you to try.

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Matter Paneer (V)

A South Asian vegetarian classic, matter (peas) and paneer, a commonly used unsalted full- fat Indian cottage cheese. Once only available in specialist Indian grocers, is now readily available at most supermarkets. Paneer is protein-rich and an excellent source of calcium, essential for building strong teeth and bones.

Matter Paneer

Total preparation and cooking time: 20mins
Serves a family of four
Suitable for freezing

225g (8oz) paneer – cubed
50ml (2fl oz) olive oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp minced garlic
3 tomatoes – washed, chopped
1⁄4 tsp ground turmeric
100ml (31⁄2fl oz) of water
1 tbsp tomato puree
225g (8oz) peas – frozen, washed
Salt to taste (optional)
Red chilli powder to taste (optional)


Drizzle olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan and lightly fry the paneer on medium-low heat until the cubes turn golden. Remove from the pan, place on a paper towel and set aside.

Using the same frying pan, add the 50ml of oil, cumin seeds, garlic and stir-fry on medium- low heat. When they begin to splutter add the tomatoes and stir-fry for 2-3mins. Then add the turmeric, water, tomato puree and allow the sauce to simmer on medium heat for a few minutes until the sauce thickens.

Once cooked, add the paneer, peas, stir and simmer for 2-3mins until the peas are tender, stirring occasionally.

Remove a serving for your little one and set aside. Then add salt and red chilli powder to the main pot and stir. Return to the heat for a further 1-2mins to lightly cook the chilli if you wish. Serve with roti.


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Recipe extract from Easy Indian SuperMeals for babies, toddlers and the family by Zainab Jagot Ahmed available for pre-order now from

Spice It Up! Baby&Me

A fabulous feature of Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook in the March issue of Baby & Me Exclusive Magazine. A luxury parenting magazine for London parents.

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Baby&me is a glossy, intelligent read with stylish fashion photography and challenging features from award-winning writers and covers everything from fashion to family travel and child development to entertainment.

The fabulous ‘Spice It Up’ feature in the March issue of Baby&Me focuses on my Yummy Spiced Potato Pie recipe suitable for weaning babies from 7 months onwards, which is also featured on my blog – give it a try today!

It also includes a great quote about the benefits of using spices in baby food from baby food expert Annabel Karmel.

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01_ipad_hi resIndian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook, is available to buy now for your smartphone (iPhone, android phone), tablet (iPad, Kindle, android tablet) or desktop (windows, mac pc) from, iTunes/ iBooks, and other online retailers. Prices vary.

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Prima Baby & Pregnancy Magazine Feature

EEK! How exciting! This month I was very excited to see that Prima Baby & Pregnancy magazine featured ‘Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook’ within their December issue of the magazine.

What a gorgeous front cover! How cute is the little bubba?!

Prima Baby & Pregnancy Magazine is a monthly pregnancy and parenting magazine in the UK. It has brilliant trustworthy advice, and practical information from health advice to fashion and beauty for every mum and mum-to-be.

It’s a great read and has lots of handy offers and freebies that come along with it to!

I knew Indian SuperMeals was going to feature in Prima Baby & Pregnancy mag but I had no idea where. When I bought my copy I was eagerly flicking through to see if I could find it, and to my delight, my book was featured on the first few pages in the ‘Upfront’ news pages.

Oh happy days!!