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Mum’s Chicken Karahi

INDIAN FAMILY MEAL RECIPE – SUITABLE FOR 1-3 YEAR OLDS

My mum’s chicken karahi is a favourite meal of mine. My mouth waters at the mere thought of eating it, yummy! So, needless to say it had to make an appearance on my blog!

– SuperFoods included: onion, garlic, ginger, tomatoes

– SuperSpices included: turmeric, cumin, coriander, paprika,

Contains the powerful antioxidant lycopene (found in tomatoes) which helps to prevent cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Tomatoes are too rich in vitamin C, along with onions, helping to build strong immune systems. The SuperSpices are anti-inflammatory helping to keep infections and allergies at bay; and the chicken provides the protein necessary for healthy growth and development and the anti-cancer mineral selenium.

Total preparation and cooking time: 40mins
Serves family of 4
Suitable for freezing

75ml (3fl oz) vegetable oil
1 onion – peeled, chopped
2 tsp minced garlic
1½ tsp minced ginger
½ tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground paprika
300g (11oz) tinned chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato puree
2 chicken breast fillets (skinless) – cubed
Salt to taste
Red chilli powder to taste
Fresh coriander/ cilantro for garnish– washed

Heat the oil in a pot, add the onions and stir-fry for 5mins until soft and golden. Add the garlic, ginger and stir-fry for 30secs-1min, followed by the turmeric, cumin, coriander, paprika and stir-fry for a further minute.

Add the tomatoes, tomato puree, stir and simmer (uncovered) on low heat for 10mins until all of the water from the tomatoes has burnt away and the sauce is thick.

Pop in the chicken and simmer (covered) on low heat for 15-20mins until the chicken is tender.

Once cooked, remove a serving for your little one and set aside.

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.

Garnish the main serving (and your little one’s) with fresh coriander/ cilantro and serve with rice or roti.

Recipe from Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook

Image and recipe © Zainab Jagot Ahmed and Zainab Jagot Ahmed Indian Baby Food. 2012.

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Lamb, Saag (Spinach) and Aloo (Potato) Curry

INDIAN FAMILY MEAL RECIPE – SUITABLE FOR 1-3 YEAR OLDS

A traditional scrummy meat curry containing the nutritional Superhero spinach!

– SuperFoods included: olive oil, onion, garlic, ginger, tomatoes, white potato, spinach

– SuperSpices included: cloves, cardamom, black peppercorns, cumin, turmeric, paprika, coriander

Rich in vitamin A (for a healthy immune system, skin and eyes); vitamin K (for healthy nervous system and strong bones), it is also anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and rich in iron. Lamb being the best source of iron and is also bursting with essential amino acids, necessary to keep our entire bodies in excellent working condition.

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Spices in Baby Food: The Benefits

Using spices in baby food seems to be a relatively new subject at the moment, and most people are reluctant to introduce spices into their little one’s diet due to the lack of ‘official’ advice available through health care services.

Don’t let this deter you however. If spices are not included within the ‘official’ advice, this does not imply you cannot use them within baby food. It is important to remember that these are only recommendations and guidelines. There are no solid procedures you must follow as a parent. So go ahead and throw out the rulebook!

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Classic Gajar Halwa (V) (carrot dessert)

Gajar Halwa 2_thumbnailINDIAN BABY FOOD RECIPE – STAGE 2: 7 MONTHS PLUS

Gajar Halwa, one of the most famous Indian desserts. Bursting with nutritional value this dish can be served as a snack, after meal treat, or simply for a special occasion for baby to indulge in.

– SuperFoods included: carrots, raisins
– SuperSpices included: cardamom, cinnamon

Bursting with antioxidant vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene) required for healthy skin, eyes and immune system. Naturally sweet; anti-bacterial properties protect against tooth decay.

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Chicken Pilaf with Vegetables

INDIAN BABY FOOD RECIPE – STAGE 3: 10 MONTHS PLUS

 

Chicken Pilaf with VeggiesPilaf or Pulao, a traditional rice dish cooked with either vegetables, meat or both in one pot.

– SuperFoods included: olive oil, onion, tomato, ginger, garlic, lemon, yogurt, cauliflower, peas
– SuperSpices included: cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, black pepper, cumin

Protein-rich, starchy food for energy, rich in B vitamins niacin and vitamin B6, both required to convert food into energy. Contains selenium, a mineralbelieved to be anti-cancer and regulates the hormones released by the thyroid gland, essential for weight control.

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Indian Salmon Risotto with Parsnips and Broccoli

INDIAN BABY FOOD RECIPE – STAGE 3: 10 MONTHS PLUS

Classic Italian meal delicately spiced for an Indian twist.

– SuperFoods included: olive oil, onion, ginger, garlic, broccoli, salmon

– SuperSpices included: nutmeg, cumin, black pepper

Includes essential omega 3 fatty acids required for good brain function, growth and development; vitamin D necessary for building strong muscles and bones, vital for helping babies learn to walk; starchy food required for energy; antioxidant vitamin C and anti-viral properties for cold and flu protection.

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