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Posts tagged ‘Stage 3: 10 months plus’

Thai Chicken Curry – Stage 3

thai-chicken-curryOnly 7 days to go until book launch! Eek! Super duper excited, I hope you are too. To help you get an idea of the range of recipes in The Flavour-led Weaning Cookbook, here is another recipe I’d like to share. My Thai Chicken Curry recipe suitable for babies from 10 months onwards.

Generally I find curries always tend to go down well with babies and toddlers – Aaliyah always lapped them up. Something about the combination of delicious flavours and a lovely aromatic curry sauce means it tastes amazing and is easy for babies to eat. I used these recipes to spoon-feed Aaliyah, but also for baby-led weaning. I’d simply hand Aaliyah her little spoon, and she’d happily feed herself. Give it a try, I hope you and your little one enjoy.

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Coconut Chicken Curry for Babies

Coconut Chicken Curry for Babies
This is an exceptionally yummy meal babies and toddlers will both love! In fact this was my little ones favourite curry and she still requests it for dinner. So these days I cook this curry up as a family meal but simply increase the levels of spice and amount of chicken and veg to keep everyone happy.

This meal is great for older babies – around 10 months of age and is perfectly nutritionally balanced. So not only is the taste fab, it’s a mean curry with immune strengthening ingredients. Here’s the breakdown:

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Black eyed bean pilaf with lime (V)

INDIAN BABY FOOD RECIPE – STAGE 3: 10 MONTHS PLUS

 

black eyed bean pilaf

Black eyed beans (or peas as they are referred to in some countries) are excellent for growing children and for vegetarian/ vegan diets. Classed as a legume they are rich in protein excellent for growing children, fibre, iron and potassium.

This recipe is brilliant for kids and my daughter still loves it today. Whenever she smells the spices when I’m preparing it, she suddenly becomes very interested in what I am doing and insists on being sat on the work surface next to me watching as I cook. Perhaps I have a budding chef on my hands…

Anyway, amongst the amazing aroma this pilaf releases, it’s also:

  • low-cost – you can pick up a tin of black eyed beans for just 48p from Asda
  • a one-pot recipe which is quick to cook and hassle free
  • convenient – stack the tins up in the cupboard and stockpile for a rainy day for the whole family
  • ‘1 of 5 a day’ – one 400g tin of black eyed beans counts towards ‘1 of our 5 a day’ for adults and older children.

Important: you must use tinned black eyed beans for this meal as they will cook within 10-15mins. If you choose to use dry black eyed beans, you will need to soak them overnight and allow at least 1-2 hours for the beans to cook until tender.

SuperFoods included – olive oil, onion, tomatoes, lime
SuperSpices included – cardamom, clove, cumin, coriander, black pepper

Total preparation and cooking time: 25mins

Makes 5-6 servings

Suitable for freezing

1½ tbsp. olive oil

1 onion – peeled, chopped

1 whole cardamom pod – black

1 whole clove

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground coriander

¼ tsp ground black pepper

200g (7oz) tinned chopped tomatoes

150g (5oz) tinned black-eyed beans (in water) – drained, rinsed

100g (3½oz/ ½ cup) white basmati rice — washed, drained

Squeeze of ½ a lime – ensuring no seeds fall in

280ml (9fl oz/ 1 ¼ cup) of water

Heat the oil in a pot and add the onion, cardamom, clove and stir-fry on medium-low heat for 5mins until the onion is golden.

Turn to low heat and add the cumin, coriander, black pepper and stir-fry for a few seconds. Then add the tomatoes and simmer for 2mins.

Add the black eyed beans, rice, lime juice and water. Stir and bring to the boil. Simmer (covered) on low heat for 10-15mins checking halfway. If the rice looks a little dry, add extra water and continue to cook until the rice and beans are tender and all of the water has been absorbed.

The rice should look a little moist when it’s done. Stir and set aside (covered) for 5mins.

IMPORTANT: Remove the cardamom pod and clove before serving to baby.

Serve to baby warm with a dollop of unsweetened yogurt. The rice grains should be soft enough to mash between little gums. If not, mash the rice and serve.

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Tip: Change things up by adding vegetables to this pilaf – peas, sweet corn, cauliflower… All have unique tastes and nutrients to ensure your little one receives his/ her vegetable allowance for the day.

References:

Dry black –eyed peas – USDA