Book Review – Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook

I don’t describe myself as a good cook. I am average. But I can safely say that I am a cooking enthusiast. I enjoy cooking, what I don’t is to decide what to cook! Story of our lives! When V was born and it was time for us to wean him, my worries grew as I had little idea of what I can feed him. My mum came to my rescue and she hand held me into introducing solids to my son. She etched out meals and we had a ball of a time experimenting with my little wonder who gobbled up everything we gave him!

The parallel story that ran with our escapades, was that I hoped my son would grow up to proudly declare, “My Mom is the World’s Best Cook!” Years of experimenting and subjecting his father to my khaana I have not been able to replace his taste for his mom’s cooking. Let’s accept it, I am not even close and my poor husband only says politely, “No baby! You are a good cook!” *sigh* At least he is kind… But really, food is such a preoccupation for women who run the house and have babies to feed, that I am sure it is a cause of worry for many of you. And even though I have an excellent nanny-cum-cook at home, I do most of the menu setting that it often overwhelms me!

I still want to me the best cook for V (until he finds a better one in his wife)…and I have found just the book for it!

If you are like me, here is a delightful cookbook for you – a one-stop shop that decodes Indian cooking and packs SuperMeals for your baby and toddler.

Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook by Zainab Jagot Ahmed

Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook by Zainab Jagot Ahmed

The book brief on Amazon reads as:

Indian SuperMeals is a useful culinary guide for any parents looking to ditch the bland baby food to move on to yummy, adventurous baby food. With the sole focus being Indian inspired cuisine, all recipes have been carefully adapted to suit babies and toddlers little taste buds without overwhelming them, producing some absolutely scrumptious meals without the use of salt, sugar or chillies.

Suitable for weaning babies from 7 months onwards, all recipes include detailed, thoroughly researched nutritional information validating why each meal is a ‘SuperMeal’, chock-full with nutritional value for babies and toddlers.

Indian SuperMeals serves two purposes, firstly to take the apprehension out of home-cooking by providing parents with wholesome recipes to steer them through each stage of their baby’s development, from soft lumps through to self-feeding and even eating meals with the rest of the family.

Secondly, it serves as a handy guidebook providing parents with vital information about the benefits of ‘SuperSpices’, ‘SuperFoods’ and much more.

• Discover the idea behind ‘SuperMeals’ and why these meals are of value to babies and toddlers;
• Find out exactly what ‘SuperSpices’ are, and how introducing them into a baby’s diet can be beneficial to his or her health;
• Learn about ‘SuperFoods’ and the importance of a balanced diet;
• Suggestions for the best way store meals for convenience;
• Advice on foods to avoid, and other handy feeding tips;
• Information on how to get started including details of a recommended ‘Spice Starter Kit’.

By combining this practical knowledge with some Indian cuisine ‘know-how’, Zainab Jagot Ahmed has created over 60 truly delicious recipes for babies and toddlers. All providing baby with the vitamins and minerals he or she needs for the best start in life.


Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook is available on Amazon. You can buy it here.  

You can also get in touch with Zainab through her website, Facebook or Twitter

You can read the entire review on Parentous