How to Feed Your Child (Fun Recipes for Young Moms)

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Item Code: NAK355
Author: Dr Tabinda J Burney
Publisher: Trisha
Language: English
Edition: 2012
ISBN: 9789381523032
Pages: 216 (Throughout Color Illustrations)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 9.0 inch X 5.5
Weight 480 gm
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About The Book

How to feed your child (and enjoy it)! Is all about feeding your children, right from their baby days, through toddlerhood and as they become school going children, in a way that is traditionally Indian, yet nutritionally sound. This book, and the idea behind it, borrows from the way our mothers and grandmothers fed us; it also examines the methods and ingredients involved, taking the best and modifying the rest to make simple, easy-to-prepare foods that your children will love. And which won’t be a terrible drain on you or your resources!

There are unusual and interesting purees, delectable vegetarian dishes, healthy snacks, innovative school tiffin ideas, festivals foods and plenty more in this book, which will be of immense help and support to new mother everywhere, in particular from the Indian subcontinent and the Indian diaspora worldwide.

How to Feed you Child (and enjoy it)! Recreates you mother’s kitchen keeping in mind the hectic life of a working mother for whom time is a precious commodity but even more important is the need to feet her child the best possible food she can. Keeping this in mind all the recipes gathered here are time-efficient, simple to follow and are often preceded by the author’s personal experiences and nostalgic vignettes, while bringing up two children, far away from the support and guidance of elders and of coping through trial and error, with the sole aim of preparing nutritious, healthy, made-from-scratch food. In a nutshell this book strives to keep alive the traditional methods of feeding children for the future generation while tempering it with scientific knowledge and practical modifications, keeping in view the changing tastes of today’s children.


About The Author

Dr Tabinda J Burney is a mother of two girls, nine and five years of age and lives in London. She was born and brought up in New Delhi, India. She studied medicine at the Lady Hardinge Medical College and specialized in Respiratory Medicine. After having worked in several major hospitals in Delhi, she moved to UK where she works in a NHS hospital and divides her time between work and looking after her family, cooking especially to ensure that her children eat healthily.

She enjoys gardening, travelling, reading and swimming. She has translated fiction for Urdu short story anthologies and published several academic papers for medical journals.



Few things in life are as rewarding as seeing your baby grow, from a tiny little infant dependant on you for everything, into a strong, healthy kid. But feeding your child can be a very challenging task, one that requires great patience and perseverance. However, to be able to spoon that extra morsel in your baby's mouth and not have it spat out or sprayed all over you can bring immeasurable pleasure to most parents.

As a first-time mother, living far away from the home-comforts of India, coping pretty much on my own, good nutrition for my baby was my first priority. Over the months starting from the weaning stage, her first solid mouthful and progressing towards eating with us, it has been a roller-coaster ride of triumph, tribulations, tears and tantrums! Not to mention food bits on every conceivable surface of our home. Throughout it all, however I have strived to be careful about what goes in my baby's bowl of food. To a large extent it has been wholesome, home-made food, apart from the odd jar while on the move.

I think this predicament is echoed by working mothers in nuclear families in India as well, where the reassuring presence, support and wisdom of grandparents is not readily available for various reasons. With increasingly busy lives and little opportunities to ask for and receive dietary advice, a lot of new mothers struggle in the early years and resort to convenience foods or aggressively marketed commercial products.

I mostly use seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables, which are easily available in India as well as the West. So while the ingredients in my recipes come from the local supermarket, the end product is very different from what is available in jars and tins as baby food. I was able to make my own combinations and vary them according to my baby's taste. As a result, I was able to feed her the way my own mother had fed me, which was a very comforting and secure feeling.

This book, based on my experiences and what I learnt along the way is divided into various sections-with a chronological progression. There is a section on Nutrition with helpful age-specific guidelines. Then we talk about starting the first solids (Weaning) followed by Toddler Meals. Following this are the meals for older children that include vegetarian, meat, egg, fish and rice dishes. Keeping in mind that a vast majority of Asians are predominantly vegetarian, a greater emphasis is on easily prepared vegetarian meals, using widely available ingredients and seasonal fruit and vegetables. The traditional food habits are not ignored, rather a happy compromise is attempted in several instances to use local foodstuffs that mayor may not be of Asian origin, such as courgettes, leeks and strawberries, in traditional recipes. To further tempt a picky eater who simply will not eat the vegetables on his plate, there is a section on delicious Soups. A section on refreshing Drinks is also included, again with emphasis on fresh, seasonal produce rather than sugary, artificially favoured fizzy drinks that flood the markets and tempt youngsters. A fun section based on the various cultural and religious festivals, along with the traditional goodies that are enjoyed by children forms an important part of the book (Let’s celebrate).

To cater to the needs of older children, there are sections on Picnic Foods, and Healthy Tiffins.

The section on healthy snacks called Titbits would be particularly useful for school-going children. Each recipe is usually preceded by vignettes of my personal experience or cultural and traditional aspect of the particular dish. All the recipes take into account the nutritive benefits and ease of preparation.

A useful section on Safety Guidelines while feeding children and one on popular Myths and Misconceptions regarding food, which are prevalent in the Indian culture, follow. Finally, there is a section on the spices (Spice, Spice Baby!) used in the recipes and their health benefits.

This book is an effort to initiate and encourage young parents to rediscover Indian wisdom and in a way revisit their own mother's kitchens,and then progressing further to adapt to the needs and tastes of their children as they grow up. Mothers everywhere, not just from the different regions within India, would find it interesting as they would be able to offer a much greater variety to their children.

Why give your child home-made food?

You may argue that it is time-consuming and the last thing you want to do after a hectic day at work, or even at home, coping with domestic chores and running after an active toddler, is to slave away in the kitchen. You may find commercial baby foods a much more attractive and practical option. But what if home-made food were to become a convenient, simple, economical and nutritious option? And more importantly, familiar-the foods you grew up with and probably still eat.

The benefits of home-made food are:

1.The early years of development are crucial. The mind and body are constantly growing at a rapid rate. A home-made healthy, nutritious diet would ensure adequate intake of vitamins and nutrients.

2.Many processed baby foods contain chemicals, additives and, preservatives. With a home cooked meal, you can eliminate these from your baby's diet.

3.You know exactly what goes into your baby's mouth. You may like to exclude certain items or foods from your baby's diet, because of religious or cultural reasons. For instance you may want only a strict vegetarian diet but with greater variety or perhaps halal meat or a pork or beef-free casserole. Or perhaps you are a vegan family. You do not need to compromise on that aspect if you cook it yourself.

4.You can buy the best possible ingredients-organic, fresh and of good quality and still make it fairly cost-effective by preparing it in bulk and freezing.

5.Your baby would be receptive to different natural flavours, colours and later, spices. The transition to grown-up food would be easier. You are less likely to have a fussy or picky eater to deal with later on.

6.Poor eating habits are directly related to many health problems including heart disease, diabetes, bowel diseases and even some cancers later on in life. By giving your baby wholesome, home-cooked food you can actually prevent some of them.

Finally, a lot of Indian food combinations or meals have sound scientific basis. For instance, a meal of lentils with rice, has essential amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins which in turn are essential for growth. The amino acids in lentils and rice or even wheat complement and complete each other. The combination of the two is therefore a very wise one. On their own they are 'incomplete' proteins, so one has lentils with rice or with wheat (in the form of chapatti). It is this traditional wisdom and common sense that we could try and put to good use. Another practice that is also widely accepted is to introduce one food item at a time when weaning and to avoid strong-tasting items, early on in the weaning period. There is also a great emphasis on breast-feeding in Asian countries. Apart from its numerous medical benefits to the baby, it is also widely accepted that a baby 'senses' a lot of flavours through the breast milk and so accepts food more easily having been familiarised all the while.

Like all parents, you would want to give your child the best possible start in life. It is a universally accepted fact that children who eat well grow up into healthy, strong adults. In the modern society, obesity is a major health problem among youngsters and junk food is largely held responsible for it. Every parent would like to keep their child away from obesity and the related health problems. By inculcating good eating habits and eating home-cooked healthy food as a family, this can be possible.




Acknowledgements 11
Introduction 13
Nutrition 17
Weaning 25
At 4-6 months
Lentil Puree 29
Sweet Potato Puree 30
Creamy Mashed Avocado 30
Cinnamony Apple Stew 31
Carrot Puree 31
At 6-9 months  
Chickpeas and Tomatoes 32
Lentil and Vegetable Mash 33
Banana Porridge 33
Chicken and Vegetable Puree 34
Broccoli and Potatoes 34
Plum and Mango Pudding 35
At 9-12 months  
Khichdi 36
Cauliflower, Peas and Potato 37
Lentils as Dal 37
Mince and Potatoes 38
Potato Mash and Soya 39
At 12 months  
Rice and Peas 40
Flaked Fish 41
Egg Rumble Tumble 41
Chicken and Carrot Stew 42
Toddler Section 43
Snacks for Toddlers 45
Perky Peas 47
La-La Carrots 47
Buttery Beans 48
Cheesy Toast Squares 48
Baby Samosas 49
Soups 50
Lemony Lentil Soup 51
Herby Pea Soup 52
Super Spinach Soup 52
Tomato and Courgette Soup 53
Tangy Carrot Soup 54
Full of Beans Soup 55
Perfect Pumpkin Soup 56
Sweet Potato Sunshine Soup 57
Vegetarian Dishes 58
Sweet Potato Patties 60
Spicy Bean Patties 61
Kerala Coco 62
Soya Chunks in Gravy 63
Bhindi Begum 64
Spinach and Cottage Cheese in Pita Pockets 65
Vegetarian Treasure Hunt 66
Sweet and Sour Pumpkin 67
Cauliflower in Tomato 68
Cauliflower Sunshine 69
Cauliflower and Potatoes 70
My Dal Makhni 71
Veggie Shepherd's Pie 72
Roasted Veggies 73
Meat and Chicken Dishes 74
Natty Patties 75
Mmm Meatballs! 76
Mince with Peas 77
Creamy Coconut Chicken 78
Hindustani Hotpot 79
Green Chicken 80
Shredded Chicken with Peppers 81
Lively Livers! 82
Sticky Chicken Lollipops 83
Barbecued Chicken Kebabs 84
Fish Recipes 85
Fish and Potato Bake 86
Fish and Vegetable Stew 87
Dadi's Fish Curry 88
Fish with Spinach 89
Parcels from the Sea 90
Tuna Patties 91
Goan Holiday 92
Fish Fry 93
Grilled Fish Kebabs 94
Rice Dishes 95
Plain Boiled Rice 96
Sunshine Rice 97
Fruit 'n' Nuts Khichdi 95
Rainbow Rice 99
Beetroot with Rice 100
Soya and Carrot Pulao 101
Traffic Lights Rice 102
Chicken Biryani for Kids 103
Yakhni Pulao 104
Breads 105
The Humble Roti 106
Love Hearts Paratha 107
Colourful Paratha 108
Green Parathas 109
50:50 Puris 110
Accompaniments 111
Chutneys 112
The Red One 113
The Brown One 113
The Green One 114
The Yellow One 114
The White One 115
The Amber One 115
Raitas and Dips 116
Mint and Apple Raita 117
Cucumber and Grape Raita 117
Spring Raita 118
Pineapple and Celery Raita 118
Kiwi 'n'Tomato Raita 119
Pomegranate and Basil Raita 119
Tricoloured Raita 120
Easycheesy Dip 120
Hummus 121
Tasty Titbits for Smart Kids 122
Fruity Rainbow Chaat 123
Fruity Yoghurt Lollies 123
Wibble-wobble Fruit Jelly 124
Funky Fruity Flapjack 125
Pop-Tastic Cinnamon Popcorn 126
Grilled Curd and Cheese Fingers 127
Sesame Potato Fingers 128
Cheese Fingers 128
Curly Fingers 129
Choker Chik Chox 130
Drinks 131
Melon Lassi 132
Minty Lemonade 132
Banana Shake Shake 133
Strawberry and Papaya Smoothie 133
Tropical Island Smoothie 134
Banana Nutty Smoothie 134
Good Morning, Sunshine! 135
Top Banana Smoothie 135
Chocolatey Banana Smoothie 136
Cinnamony Apple-Melon Smoothie 136
Watermelon Wonder 137
MangoTango 138
Cheery Cherry Smoothie 138
Elaichi Hot Chocolate 139
Sweet Dreams 139
Summer Retreat 140
Healthy Tiffins 141
Sandwiches, Wraps and Yummy Treats 143
Join the Club! 144
Apple 'n' Mayo Sandwich 144
Razzle Dazzle Wrap 145
Power-packed Pancakes 146
Semolina Superstar 147
Snazzy Squares 148
Salads 149
Egg in a basket 150
Cool Coleslaw 151
Tasty Treats 152
Carrot Muffins 153
Tiffin Tigers 154
A Picnic Spread 155
Puris 157
Chaloo Aloo 158
Balle Balle Chhole 159
Semolina Diamonds 160
Kaala Dilwala 162
Mamma Mia! Pizza Pizza 163
Fairy Cakes 165
Peanute Butter Cookies 166
Let's Celebrate 167
Basant Panchami 169
Zarda Pulao 170
Crunchy Nutties 171
Holi 172
Kulfi 173
Choco Banana 174
Baisakhi 175
Suji Halwa 176
Kaju Kishmish Cookies 177
Eid-ul-Fitr 178
Seviyan 179
Banana cupcakes with Toffee icing 180
Independence Day 181
Tricolour Ice Lollies 182
Tricolour Fruit Kebabs 183
Raksha Bandhan 184
Edible Rakhi Brownies 185
Onam 186
Kheer 187
Boats on the Beach 188
Ganesh Chaturthi 189
Besan ka Halwa 190
Berry Berry Yoghurt 191
Durga Puja 192
Traditional Mishti Doi 193
Chocolate Rose Truffles 194
Diwali 195
Diwali Goodies 196
Christmas 197
Our Family Christmas pudding 198
Gingerbread Men 'n' Xmas trees 199
Spice, Spice Baby!! 201
Myths and Misconceptions 207
Safety Guidelines 210
Food Safety 211

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