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Happy 1st Birthday!

balloonI can’t believe my baby is 1 year old today! Well not my actual baby (she is 2 ½ years old), but my book, Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook.

A year ago today my book was released worldwide and has since sold copies in the UK, America, India, Canada, Germany, France and even Japan!

Thank you to everyone who has bought a copy of the book and for all the fabulous reviews I have received over the last year. 


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For those of you who haven’t purchased a copy yet, as a birthday gift from me to you I am giving a massive:

50% OFF Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook [Only £2.50!]

For 1 week only until Tues 3rd September 2013.





To claim:

  1. Simply visit my publisher’s website here
  2. Click ‘buy book’
  3. Use code ONETODAY in the discount coupon box and click ‘apply’. Your discount will automatically be applied and continue to checkout as normal.


  • The ebook can be viewed on all PCs, smartphones ereaders and tablets.
  • It can be purchased in ANY COUNTRY at my publisher’s website (link above). All you need is a valid credit card, debit card or paypal account.
  • If you are interested in purchasing a copy but are unclear as to how to do this, please send an email to
  • iPad is not included within the offer.

Download your copy today!


Baby’s Papaya Shrikhand (V)


Papaya Shrikand

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.

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.

March 2013 front cover

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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Top 5 Spices to Combat Teething Pains – Part 2

In Part 1 I highlighted my Top 5 Spices which all possess their own unique properties to help combat teething pains. Some of which are widely used within dentistry!

However in Part 2, I wanted to share a simple, yummy recipe with you which not only has oodles of taste (courtesy of the flavour enhancing spices), it also uses a combination of spices from my Top 5 to help towards providing some pain relief for your little one.  So give this one a go!

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries (V) — Stage 2: 7 months plus

finger food sweet potato fries


If your poor little one is teething, this tasty snack may help to sooth those uncomfortable symptoms. The nutmeg not only provides a warm, spicy taste to complement the sweet potato, it also contains the compound ‘eugenol’, which is used as a natural medicine to treat toothaches. Combined with the powerful analgesic properties of cinnamon, this is a wonderful snack to combat teething pains.

SuperFoods included: olive oil, sweet potato
SuperSpices included: cinnamon, nutmeg

Total preparation and cooking time: 25mins
Makes 2 servings

½ tbsp olive oil
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch of ground nutmeg
1 small sweet potato — peeled, washed, cut into 2” sticks

Pre-heat the oven to 200C/400F/gas 6.

In a bowl add the oil, cinnamon, nutmeg and stir. Add the potato sticks to the bowl and give it a good toss to coat them with the seasoning. Lay them flat on a foil-covered baking tray and place on the middle shelf. Bake for 20-25mins or until tender, turning over half way. Allow cooling before serving to baby.

Hardcover front coverYou can find more delicious weaning and finger food recipes in Easy Indian SuperMeals for Babies, Toddlers and the Family available to buy now from Amazon, Waterstones or my online shop for signed copies.

Top 5 Spices to Combat Teething Pains – Part 1


Being a mother I totally understand how difficult it is when your little one starts teething. It can be very distressing to see your little one in so much pain! I remember feeling completely helpless and wished that I could take the pain away, not to mention the sleepless nights that follow… (I was on autopilot for the next year!)

So the very next day I went on a BIG TEETHING SHOPPING SPREE!

  • Teething toys
  • Teething gels
  • Teething granules
  • Children’s medicines

You name it, I tried it… anything to provide some sort of comfort or pain relief for my little one.

Although I used all of these methods (not all at the same time!) usually a combination of them i.e. teething toy and teething gel, I still wanted to do more. So I turned my attention to spices.

Being from Indian origin meant that I already cooked with spices, but spices can be used for more than adding flavour to meals, they have also been used for their medicinal properties for generations, and many of them have been proven to contain natural analgesic properties to help combat pain.

After a period of months researching aromatic spices and their natural health benefits, I began to understand which spices would be of most benefit to my little one, and began including various combinations within my little one’s meals in the hope that they would provide an extra little boost of pain relief (in addition to the traditional methods I had spent a fortune on). Every little helps right?!



1. Cloves – dried flower buds of a tropical tree. They contain the compound ‘eugenol’, a powerful oil widely used within dentistry for natural oral pain relief. It is also used to add flavour to sweet and savoury cuisines worldwide.

2. Nutmeg – another spice which contains the oil eugenol. It offers a warm and spicy taste to meals and  compliments both sweet and savoury dishes.

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3. Cardamom – a flavourful spice commonly used within Indian cookery. Its analgesic properties can help to reduce pain in teeth and gums. It is also believed to cleanse the mouth for good oral hygiene.


4. Cinnamon– A warm, fragrant spice with a hint of sweetness. Great for cooking with, baking with or sprinkling onto fruit – apples and bananas. Contains a natural analgesic property to soothe pains.

Black Peppercorns
5. Black Pepper
– a common seasoning found in virtually every household. It too contains analgesic properties to help relieve pain in teeth and gums, and is believed to promote strong teeth.

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A comprehensive list of resources, references and links to support the above statements can be found within Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook.
Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook is available to buy now for your smartphone, tablet or desktop from, iTunes/ iBooks,, and other online retailers. Prices vary.

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Important: None of the above spices should be applied directly to soft oral tissue; they should all be used within cooking. Spices are suitable for babies from 7 months onwards.


Ahmed, ZJ. 2012. Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook. London: Autharium

Baby Photo Credit: Mommy Page