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Baby’s Papaya Shrikhand (V)


Papaya Shrikhand

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.


Baked Gulab Jamun in Honey Saffron Syrup (V)


Perfect for parents intending to treat their little one’s for forthcoming Eid and Diwali Celebrations!

Gulab Juman in Honey Saffron SyrupGulab Jamun, a popular extremely moreish Indian dessert loved by all who have had the pleasure of devouring it. Deep fried and soaked in sugar syrup, these delights are definitely not child-friendly.

So I continued with my mission to make traditional Indian food suitable for toddlers and young children by baking rather than frying, and drenching them in a naturally sweet honey saffron syrup. Yummy!

Please be aware, honey is still high in natural sugars so this really should be treated as a ‘special occasion’ indulgence for kids.

– SuperFoods included: honey

– SuperSpices included: cardamom, saffron, cinnamon

Used for centuries for its medicinal properties, honey, nature’s sweetener is antioxidant, helping to protect the body from free radical cell damage. Free radicals are unstable, highly reactive molecules causing serious diseases such as heart disease, cancer, strokes, Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis later in life. Honey is too anti-bacterial, anti-fungal – great for nappy rash protection and along with cardamom and cinnamon, is great for boosting immunity against cold and flu viruses.

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