This recipe was much loved by my daughter Aaliyah in the early stages of weaning – at 7 months old. It’s so easy to cook and you can freeze the remaining servings for a later stage; great for busy parents! It’s a very flavoursome meal and is perfect for introducing subtle, new flavours into your little one’s diet. Try this recipe from my book ‘Easy Indian SuperMeals for Babies, Toddlers and the Family’ and watch your little one develop a taste for a variety of delicious flavours.


Veggie Korma (V) – Stage 2: 7 Months Plus

I love this recipe! It’s simple, nutritious and includes the subtle and naturally sweet taste of the exotic coconut. Not widely accepted as a SuperFood just yet due to its fat content; coconuts are antioxidant, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal (great for nappy rash protection) and boost energy and immune system function. Equally coconuts are rich in fibre, vitamins and minerals. With all of these health benefits and more, coconuts are definitely SuperFoods in my opinion.

Total preparation and cooking time: 30mins
Suitable for freezing
Makes 4 servings


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tomato – washed, deseeded, grated
  • Pinch of ground turmeric
  • Pinch of ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp minced garlic
  • 1 medium white potato – washed, peeled, cubed
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • 200ml (7fl oz) of water
  • 1 medium carrot – peeled, washed, chopped
  • 40g (1½oz) peas – frozen, washed


Heat the oil in a pot and add the tomato, turmeric, cumin, garlic and stir-fry for 1-2mins. Add the potato, coconut and water. Stir and bring to the boil. Simmer (covered) on low heat for 15-20mins until tender. Then mash and set aside.

Whilst the potato is boiling, steam the carrot and peas in either a steamer or in the microwave by placing them in a microwavable dish and adding 2 tablespoons of water. Cover the dish with either a lid (leaving a small vent) or cling film (piercing a few holes), and steam on high for 1-1½mins. Drain and add to the mashed potato. Further mash or blend as necessary using a pulse motion. Serve to baby warm.

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

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



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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