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SuperSpice of the Month: Mustard Seeds

I am very passionate about spices, or rather ‘SuperSpices’ as they are also referred to as, and I don’t think parents are aware of just how beneficial they can be. So in my campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of spices I have created my ‘SuperSpice of the Month’.

Each month I will highlight a key spice and will include some quick-fire bullets about why it is my ‘SuperSpice of the Month’. I hope you will find it useful and perhaps even encourage you to include more spices in your little one’s diet.

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Quick-fire benefits:

Increases metabolism
With rising levels of obesity amongst children in the UK and US, consuming a spice that helps the body to burn calories more efficiently should be a welcome addition to any child or families meals.

Contains the mineral selenium
An anti-cancer mineral also found in chicken

A natural aid for treating asthma
In the UK over 1.1 million children suffer from this condition. Consuming mustard seeds may help to reduce the severity of this in children.


If you want to take a crack at including mustard seeds in your child’s meals but have no idea where to start, try my Super Quick Bombay Potatoes (V) recipe. It’s a fab healthy, tasty finger food snack suitable for 1-3 year olds (and older).


References – The Health Benefits of Mustard Seeds

NHS Choices – Asthma in Chidren

The World’s Healthiest Foods: Mustard Seeds

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Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook by Zainab Jagot Ahmed (available to buy now from,, iTunes, Kobo, Waterstones and WHSmith).


Free Cookbook: Download Now

To date the response to my first book ‘Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook’ (published by Autharium) has been fabulous and I’ve been contacted by lots and lots of mummy’s and daddy’s to say that using it has been a great help for weaning, has made their kids less fussy about food and has inspired them to add a little spice to their normal everyday meals to inject a little va va voom into their meal times.

I want ALL parents to benefit from Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook, which is why I am offering parents a chance to sample my book in the form of a ‘mini-taster edition’ for FREE.

Yummy Indian SuperMeals for Kids: Mini-Taster Edition!


Yummy Indian SuperMeals for Kids: Mini-Taster Edition!’ (published by Autharium), is a tiny glimpse into the bestselling ‘Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook’, the UK’s FIRST Indian baby cookbook written by Zainab Jagot Ahmed.

Containing a small selection of tasty recipes from ‘Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook’, this ‘mini-taster edition’ allows you to try out some recipes for your baby and toddler, to give you an idea of the delicious, adventurous Indian delights the main book has to offer.

With nutritionists recommending a reduction in the amount of salt and sugar children consume, Zainab Jagot Ahmed uses aromatic spices as an alternative and in doing so, produces some absolutely scrumptious meals without the use of salt, sugar or chilli.

All recipes have been carefully adapted to suit babies and toddlers little taste buds without overwhelming them.

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Chicken (on the bone) Jalfrezi | National Curry Week Special


Chicken Jalfrezi, a flavoursome, spicy curry commonly found on the menu of virtually every Indian restaurant in the UK. So it is fitting that I decided to make this curry as our family meal tonight to celebrate National Curry Week, so even the little one’s can enjoy a good curry!

– SuperFoods included: olive oil, onion, garlic, ginger, tomatoes, green bell peppers

– SuperSpices included: cardamom, cloves, mustard seeds, turmeric, cumin, coriander, garam masala, black pepper

Abundant in health promoting ingredients, this curry contains the protein goodness of chicken, necessary for healthy growth and development; tomatoes, rich in antioxidant lycopene; and green bell peppers.

Green bell peppers are bursting with antioxidant vitamin C, necessary for a healthy immune system; they are a source of folate, required for the production of red blood cells, and are rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, helping to keep eyes healthy. Just be sure not to overcook the bell peppers to ensure these health benefits remain.

Also, feel free to give your little one a drum stick (leg) or thigh piece, as dark meat is richer in iron content.

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Delightful smelling food = nutrient-rich diet for baby

When I first began feeding my daughter spicy, aromatic Indian baby food from the age of 7 months, I remember thinking “wow! This smells amazing, I wouldn’t mind a sneaky mouthful of that myself,” as I prepared her meal in the kitchen… so I did! As I spooned in a mouthful, there was a hint of taste (hint according to my chilli abused taste buds) and the scrummy flavours dispersed through my senses. I passed this flavoursome baby food over to my daughter and she wolfed it down in record time!

I’ve never been one to pay much attention to science or biology, but this interested me. Although there was no salt, sugar or chilli in the baby food, the aroma released from the spices and herbs in the food aroused my senses making me want to eat it. Even my husband has come home from work and commented “something smells good… what’s for dinner?” to which I answered “it’s Aaliyah’s (my daughter’s) food.

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