I came up with the concept of creating SuperMeals for babies and toddlers because that’s exactly what the meals were that I was feeding my daughter. They were ‘Super’!

The ‘Super’ of SuperMeals refers to the extra health benefits associated with these meals over and above normal meals, due to the inclusion of carefully selected foods, SuperFoods and SuperSpices. When fused together they produce scrumptious meals, chock-full of nutritional value for babies and toddlers. In other words:

Regular Foods + SuperFoods + SuperSpices = SuperMeals

I’ve used the ingredients from my ‘Banana and Cinnamon Roti Roll’ recipe, as an example of how SuperMeals work in ‘Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook’:

Roti (Regular Food) + Banana (SuperFood) + Cinnamon (SuperSpice) = Banana & Cinnamon Roti Roll (SuperMeal)

The roti (Indian flatbread or chapatti) – fulfils the basic starchy food requirement to provide much-needed energy for baby

The banana – an excellent high-energy fruit provides potassium vital for heart function, healthy muscle growth and helps the body to absorb calcium

The cinnamon – contributes towards a healthy immune system, is great for digestion and brain function, as well as offers a warm fragrant sweetness

All of these health benefits wrapped up into one tasty snack that your little one will wholeheartedly munch on.

So rest assured I have created some simply delicious recipes that are powerful, energy-packed and well-balanced SuperMeals, boosting the antioxidant levels on your little one’s colourful plastic plate.

Here’s the recipe for your little one to enjoy. It’s simple, quick and delicious.

Banana and Cinnamon Roti Roll (V) — Stage 2: 7 months plus

Total preparation time: 5mins
Makes 1 serving

  • 1 roti — cooked (ready-made will do)
  • 1 tsp unsalted butter or ghee
  • Sprinkle of ground cinnamon
  • 1 banana — peeled, sliced

Warm the roti on a thava (round, flat frying pan), on a regular frying pan or in the microwave for 10-20secs. Spread the butter or ghee evenly over the roti and lightly sprinkle the cinnamon over it. Add the banana slices in a row, roll up the roti and cut into bite-sized pieces for your little one.

Extract from Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook by Zainab Jagot Ahmed – the UK’s FIRST Indian baby food cookbook

E-book available to buy now from Amazon and Waterstones.com from just £3.99.



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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