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 from ‘Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook’ (£3.99), 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) — 7 months plus 

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

Ingredients: 

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

Method:

  • 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 baking tray and place on the middle shelf. 
  • Bake for 20mins or until tender, turning over half way. 
  • Allow cooling before serving to baby.

By Zainab Jagot Ahmed

Author of Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook – the UK’s FIRST Indian baby food cookbook. Available to buy now from Waterstones.com and Autharium.com. From just £3.99

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Note: 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. A comprehensive list of resources, references and links can be found within ‘Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook’ to support the various statements about spices and their health benefits.