Easy Indian Supermeals for Babies, Toddlers and the Family – book review

I’ve always been a cook from scratch kind of girl, I love cooking and creating in the kitchen and my shelves heave with cook books. Despite all this sometimes my well of culinary inspiration runs dry. I was sent a copy of Easy Indian Supermeals for Babies, Toddlers and the Family by Zainab Jagot Ahmed to review, which is just as well, it was high time I spiced things up in the kitchen!

This colourful, hard-backed book contains 65 easy, nutritious recipes “inspired by” Indian cuisine for children aged 7 months to 5 years. We have a four year old, so we’ve well and truly passed the weaning stage, however Easy Indian SuperMeals contains a good 20 or so informative pages all about family nutrition and weaning.

Quite often I’m put off cooking Indian food because the list of ingredients is intimidatingly long, this isn’t really the case with this book, the recipes seem to be simple in both ingredients and method, they’re also quick, easy and nutritious. Each recipe introduction highlights the nutritional benefits of the meal. We’ve never been big fans of cooking different meals for different family members, what we cook we all eat, so having this nutritional information is beneficial.

Easy Indian SuperMeals

One of our favourite home made Indian recipes we cook quite often is Matter Paneer, so we chose this recipe to see if it met our usual standards. The recipe seemed slightly easier, with fewer ingredients, most of the recipes suggest leaving out salt and any spice and adding it to the adult food at the end of cooking, which we largely did, though at 4 he likes a little kick to his food.

As you can see from the pictures above, our meal looked like the picture in the book and it was a very good curry, better than our usual version. The recipes in Easy Indian SuperMeals do seem to contain lots of healthy vegetables, which is great for me as a veggie and I look forward to trying a few more recipes, such as the Bhindi Masala Curry and the Super Quick Bombay Potatoes.

My only criticism really is that I’d like each recipe to state how many of the five portions of fruit and vegetables a day they contain per portion. I know it’s fairly easy to work out, but an at-a-glance indicator would be useful to me as a mum.

It’s a great book for families who want to tantalise their toddlers taste-buds as well as for those wanting to spice up family meals. It’s the kind of book I’ll use every week, experiment with, lend to friends and splatter the pages with bits of my cooking. Recommended.

Note: I was sent a copy of Easy Indian Supermeals for Babies, Toddlers and the Family free of charge for review purposes. All images and opinions are my own.

8 responses to “Easy Indian Supermeals for Babies, Toddlers and the Family – book review

  1. I think we’d find this book really useful as we are currently baby led weaning our daughter and we LOVE Indian food. #TriedTested

  2. This sounds like a great book! I was always put off cooking Indian food for my girls until they were much older…This just goes to show it can be done 😀

  3. What a lovely book, some great new meal ideas in there! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

  4. This looks like a great cookery book, if I still had really little ones I might’ve thought about getting it. It’s great that it give you all the nutritional information. Indian food can be a difficult one to get right with kids because of the spices so it’s great this book works out. #Tried&Tested

  5. I keep looking at this book as we love Indian food in our house. It looks great x

  6. Sounds a great book. I remember doing an Annabel Karmel baby dahl recipe for all the family when my first was being weaned #triedtested

  7. This does look good. Like you, I’m put off by a ling ingredient list, too, so this looks enticing.

  8. I like the look of this, we cook a fair bit of Indian but would be good to know how it is best to put it across for children. My husband would love anything with Paneer, looks delicious!

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