Saffron and Date Kheer (V) for 7 months plus

Kheer (rice pudding) is not a traditional Christmas dessert in the UK; however, it is a traditional dessert in Sweden and Denmark where families prepare this yummy, creamy, lightly spiced dessert to enjoy on Christmas Eve.  

Although this recipe is suitable FOR BABIES FROM 7 MONTHS ONWARDS it really is a gorgeous, luscious rice pudding that the whole family can enjoy together.

–       SuperFoods included: dates

–       SuperSpices included: saffron, cinnamon

Containing saffron, the world’s most expensive spice, this scrummy delight is subject to a range of health benefits. Saffron contains the compound ‘crocin’, important for good memory and can actually help baby’s ability to learn new and exciting things. Dates are also impressive, with antioxidant power close to that of blueberries; they are a concentrated source of calories, great for boosting energy; fibre-rich helping to keep bowels healthy and are a wonderful source of minerals, potassium, selenium and calcium.

Feel free to add a pinch of ground nutmeg for that extra warm Christmassy taste.

Total preparation and cooking time: 40-45mins
Makes 5-6 servings
Suitable for freezing


  • 30g (1½oz) white basmati rice — washed, drained
  • 550ml (1 pint) of whole milk
  • 3 saffron strands
  • Sprinkle of ground cinnamon
  • 15g (½ oz) fresh dates — deseeded, finely chopped 

Place the rice in a pot, pour in half of the milk and stir, you will need to save the other half for later. Bring the milk to the boil gradually on low heat; this will take 5-10mins. Let it simmer (uncovered) until all of the milk has been absorbed by the rice. It will be thick and creamy.

Remove from the heat and mash the rice. Return to the heat and pour in the remaining milk. Add the saffron, cinnamon, dates and stir. Simmer (uncovered) on low heat until the milk has reached a thick, rich, gooey consistency. If it becomes too heavy just add some extra milk and stir.

Serve to baby warm as an after meal treat.


Recipe from ‘Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook’ written by Zainab Jagot Ahmed. Available to buy now:  – only £3.99  – only $6.39

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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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