(V) -7 months plus

This creamy British dish is always a favourite in my household but I like to spice it up a little by adding some yummy garlic and cumin just it give it a little extra pizazz!

This meal is totally dedicated to white superfoods – cauliflower and garlic. Cauliflower is high in vitamin C, is great for healthy skin, brain function and combined with cumin is great for a strong immune system. This is perfect for the time of year now that the cold is beginning to settle in because not only will this meal boost your little ones immune system, garlic has anti-viral properties which will help to keep pesky cold and flu viruses away.

SuperFoods included – cauliflower, garlic
Superspices included – cumin, black pepper

Cooking and preparation time: 15mins
Makes 4-6 servings

300g (11 oz) cauliflower florets – fresh or frozen
20g (¾ oz) unsalted butter
¼ tsp minced garlic
Pinch of ground cumin
1 ½ tbsp plain flour
130ml (4.5 fl oz) whole milk
Pinch of ground black pepper
25g (1 oz) cheddar cheese – mild or medium

Steam the cauliflower florets in a steamer or in the microwave by placing them in a microwavable dish, adding 1 tablespoon of water and covering with a lid (leaving a small vent) or cling film (piercing a few holes) and steaming for 7-8mins until tender.

Melt the butter in a pot on low heat, add the garlic and cumin and stir for 30secs. Then sprinkle in the flour and keep stirring until a loose paste has formed.

Pour in the milk in a little at a time stirring continuously until all has been poured in and let the sauce cook for a few minutes until it has thickened.

Remove from the heat, add the black pepper and sprinkle in the cheese a little at a time and stir until melted. Continue to do this until all of the cheese has been added and the sauce is smooth.

Stir in the cauliflower and mash or puree for babies as required. Alternatively leave the florets whole for older toddlers and offer it to them as a finger food. Great for helping babies practice their motor skills.

Tip: The sauce should be cooked on low heat throughout the recipe and use the smallest hob on the stove, this way you’ll avoid burning the butter and spices when you begin.

By Zainab Jagot Ahmed

Author of Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook, available to buy now from Amazon and all good e-bookshops, priced from just £4.79.

About The Author

Zainab Jagot Ahmed

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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