Gajar Halwa-a famous Indian dessert. The key ingredient is the Super Food, carrot, so you know this dish is bursting with beta-carotene goodness. Raisins, if consumed in moderation, have fab health benefits of their own as they are rich in antioxidants and are a good source of iron, potassium and energy.

4 Servings

Takes 20 minutes


  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter or ghee
  • 1 whole cardamom pod – green
  • 2 medium carrots -washed,
  • peeled, grated (in a food processor)
  • 150m I (t/4 pint) whole milk
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 15g (Y2oz) raisins- soaked in warm water (5 mins), drained, chopped


Melt the butter or ghee in a pot, add the cardamom pod and carrots and stir-fry for 5 mins.

Pour in the milk and add the cinnamon and raisins. Bring to the boil gradually on a low heat; this will take 5-10 mins.

Simmer (uncovered) for 15 mins, stirring occasionally until the mixture begins to thicken. Once all of the milk has been absorbed, remove from the heat. Serve to baby warm.

Taken from Easy Indian Super Meals by Zainab Jagot Ahmed

About The Author

Zainab Jagot Ahmed is a first-time mum and author of the UK's first Indian baby food cookbook, ‘Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook'. Prior to becoming a mummy, Zainab worked in marketing for almost 10 years in the fashion, entertainment and retail industries. However, after the birth of her daughter felt inspired to turn her attention to cooking delicious, nutritious home-made baby food. As she began the weaning process, she was keen to introduce Asian flavours early to both broaden her daughter's palate, and to introduce her to her culinary heritage. However, unable to find any baby and toddler cookbooks with Asian or Asian influenced recipes, was inspired to invent her own recipes. Soon friends were asking for them too. After a year spent researching spices, dietary recommendations and various superfoods, Zainab decided to put her research and recipes to good use by writing her own Indian baby food cookbook, giving everyone the chance to try them at home.

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