18 November 2014

Easy Indian SuperMeals for Babies, Toddlers and the Family - Review

When I saw there was a baby/toddler cooking book dedicated to Indian food, I knew I had to try it out. I received a copy of the Easy Indian SuperMeals for Babies, Toddlers and the Family cookbook by Zainab Jagot Ahmed a month ago, and have been testing out quite a few of the recipes since. In this review I'll talk a bit about my impressions of the book, and what I thought about the recipes.
 



I loved the concept of this book - Indian food for babies and toddlers. I really like Indian food, but I have never cooked it home (unless you count mixing those ready-made sauces with a bit of chicken). So I was quite excited to try the recipes in this book.  I loved the thought of feeding my baby flavoursome, interesting food, something I wouldn't normally cook, to expand her palate. My daughter, now 17 months, seems to enjoy strong flavours so I was sure she would like the recipes. 

I've managed to try quite a few recipes, such as: 
Creamy Sweet Potato Dream (sweet, coconutty, great for a dessert)
Coconut Chicken Curry (we ate this as a whole family, and loved it)
Aloo Gobi (my little one loved this)
Matter Paneer (really flavoursome)
Mum's Chicken Karahi (very tasty, ate this with the whole family, and great with couscous too)
Classic Keema Curry (lovely with a dollop of natural yoghurt)
Classic Gajar Halwa (so moreish!)
 
There are still plenty of things I want to try, such as Saffron Date Kheer (rice pudding), Chicken and Saag Pasanda, Fruity Lamb Tagine, Tarka Coconut Dhal, and Masala Fish Curry. They all sound seriously yummy!




The best thing about the book was that we, as a whole family, could use it. The recipes were enticing enough for adults, suitable for babies and toddlers, and easy to prepare. I made a bigger batch of quite a few of the recipes, so we as a family could all eat the same thing. Makes life easier if you can just cook one thing I think! The recipes were really flavoursome and tasty, and we didn't need to use salt or chilli to spice our (adult) doses either, which was a plus. We as adults really enjoyed the meals we had, and our little one loved the flavours. She is going through a difficult phase now, but when she did agree to taste the food, she was quite enthusiastic about eating it. So thumbs up from our toddler too.

Another thing I liked about the book was the level of information contained within. There was a lot of information about different weaning stages, how to do weaning, and why certain ingredients and spices are good for you - e.g. what is the idea behind the "supermeals". The recipes ranged from things suitable for 7 month olds to 3-5 olds, with everything in between. So while we used this book as a family cooking book, and a toddler cooking book, this is perfectly suitable for families with small babies at the very beginning of their weaning journey.



The recipes were also varied, with plenty of things to choose from. There were the traditional Indian recipes, which were more appealing for us, but then there are the spiced-up English recipes, if you want to try to ramp up some of the more everyday dishes. There were sweet pudding recipes, as well as  savoury recipes, so something for every occasion. All in all, I really liked this book, and would definitely recommend it to other families too. 

You can get the Easy Indian SuperMeals on Amazon. I think it is such a lovely book it would be great as a gift for any family with small children. It is a great weaning book, but is perfect also for families with toddlers. 

And - if you like the look of this book, you could win it! Enter below, and good luck! 


*Book received for purposes of the review 

 

15 comments:

  1. I love how family friendly this book is - do you have a favourite recipe from it? Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

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    1. My favourite of the ones we tried is the coconut chicken curry and gajar halwa, for my baby it was probably aloo gobi, she wolfed it down :) Thanks for hosting :)

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  2. Great photos there, looking with real interest! Popping by from Tried and Tested

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  3. I've just entered the give away :)
    We are newly veggie and Indian cuisine is something I certainly do more of now. We started Little F on BLW and he is a great eater now. We always cook one meal for all of us, so a few new recipes would come in handy

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  4. This book looks fantastic, really great to have something a bit different for toddler and baby food. So much of it is very 'samey'. Will enter the competition and buy it if I don't win!

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  5. I made indian food for my LO as soon as he hit 6 months and he loved it, but it always annoyed me that you couldn't find baby food with indian flavours and like you, I have friends who enjoy indian food but didn't know where and how to introduce it to their baby. This book is the answer! #triedtested Please make sure you share this review on #britmumsreviews too http://www.britmums.com/2014/11/reviews-round-winter-coming/

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    1. Oh brilliant, thanks for that, I've linked it up now :)

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  6. This book looks fab! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

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  7. My daughter is just having her first tastes of food and I love the idea of using Indian recipes to wean. In my experience babies love flavour #binkylinky

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  8. I'd love to be able to wean my son using recipes from all around the world and encourage him to enjoy lots of different flavours and tastes xx

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  9. Looks like a good book. Thanks for linking up to the #binkylinky

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  10. What a great idea for a book - I would use it our meals, let alone a baby's! Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo :) x

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  11. My baby who has been weaning for a couple of months is really adventurous in trying new foods and we as parents love Indian food, so this would be great for us

    Stacey Guilliatt

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  12. We love eating Indian meals, it would be great to try some new recipes that my baby can enjoy too.

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  13. Have entered. We are doing BLW and we gave Jasmine her first taste of curry last week and she LOVED it. Would be great to have a family friendly Indian cookbook to try more recipes! :) #TheList

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps

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