Stage 2: 7 Months Plus

UK healthcare professionals actively campaign ‘breast is best’ for newborn babies due to the perfect nutritional content of breast milk, and its immune-boosting compound ‘lauric acid’. Only one other natural source exists close enough to match the lauric acid content found in breast milk, and it can be found in coconuts. Although coconut oil is by far the most concentrated source, it can be found in desiccated coconut and in coconut milk. So feeding your little one this creamy scrummy curry should help to keep infections at bay.

Total preparation and cooking time: 20mins
Makes 6 servings
Suitable for freezing


Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion – peeled, chopped
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • ¼ tsp minced ginger
  • Pinch of ground turmeric
  • Pinch of ground cumin
  • Pinch of ground coriander
  • 1 medium parsnip – washed, peeled, chopped
  • 70g (3oz) green beans – washed, ends chopped, halved
  • 200g (7oz) cauliflower florets – washed, chopped (no stems)
  • 100g (3½oz) tinned sweet corn (no added salt) – drained
  • 250ml (8fl oz) unsweetened coconut milk

Method:

Heat the oil in a pot, add the onion and stir-fry on medium-low heat for 3-4mins until soft golden. Turn to low heat and add garlic,
ginger, turmeric, cumin, coriander and stir-fry for a further 30secs-1min.

Add all of the remaining vegetables to the pot along with the coconut milk and stir. Bring to the boil and simmer (covered) on a medium-low heat for 6-8mins until all of the vegetables are tender. Once cooked, mash the vegetables to a soft lumpy consistency using either a masher or blender using a pulse motion. Serve to baby warm or for toddlers serve with rice or roti for a heavier meal.

Recipe extract from Easy Indian SuperMeals for Babies, Toddlers and the Family by Zainab Jagot Ahmed. Available to buy now from Amazon.co.uk or from Zainab’s online shop for a signed copy. Perfect baby shower gift!

Recommended by Prima Baby & Pregnancy Magazine and Mother & Baby.