Coconut chicken curry for babies (and grown-ups)

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This super meal is bursting with immune-strengthening ingredients: fresh lemon and broccoli provide vitamin C, and the coconut provides a source of anti-viral fats to keep cold and flu viruses at bay

  • 1 ½ tbsp olive oil 1 onion – peeled, chopped
  • 1 chicken breast fillet (skinless) – cut into 1cm cubes
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tomato – washed, grated
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • ¼ tsp ground cumin
  • 150ml (5fl oz) unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • Squeeze of ½ a lemon – ensuring no seeds fall in
  • ¼ tsp ground garam masala
  • 60g (21⁄2oz) broccoli florets – washed, chopped (no stems)


  • Step 1

    Heat the oil in a pot, add the onion and stir-fry on medium-low heat for 3-4mins until soft and golden.

  • Step 2

    Add the chicken, turmeric and stir-fry until the chicken is sealed (opaque).

  • Step 3

    Add the tomato, garlic, cumin and continue to stir-fry for a further 2-3mins.

  • Step 4

    Add the coconut milk, desiccated coconut, lemon juice, garam masala and simmer on low heat for a further 10mins, stirring occasionally until the chicken is tender. If at any point the curry looks dry, add a little extra water and continue to simmer.

  • Step 5

    Whilst the chicken is simmering, steam the broccoli in a steamer or in the microwave by placing it 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 11⁄2-2mins until tender.

  • Step 6

    Once cooked, drain the excess water and add to the curry at the end.

  • Step 7

    Chop to the appropriate lump size for your baby. (You can omit this step if you’re just cooking it for you!)

  • Step 8

    Combine well and serve warm with roti or rice.

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Recipe from award-winning Easy Indian SuperMeals for Babies, Toddlers and the Family by Zainab Jagot Ahmed, available to buy now from Amazon UK (RRP £14.99). Also, shortlisted for the Prima Baby Awards 2015 – Best Family Cookery Book.