Indian Vegetable Paella for babies

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A fragrant delicious paella packed with chunky vegetables

  • 100g (3½ oz) white basmati rice – washed, drained
  • 350ml (12fl oz) hot vegetable stock – baby friendly
  • ¼ tsp ground turmeric 
  • ½ tbsp vegetable oil 
  • 3 saffron strands 
  • ½ tbsp olive oil
  • 50g (2oz) red bell pepper – washed, deseeded, finely diced
  • 50g (2oz) courgette/ zucchini – washed, finely diced 
  • 1 tsp minced garlic 
  • Pinch of ground black pepper 
  • ¼ tsp dried mixed herbs


  • Step 1

    Place the rice in a pot, pour over the stock and add the turmeric, vegetable oil, saffron and stir.

  • Step 2

    Bring to the boil and simmer (covered) on low heat for 10mins or until tender.

  • Step 3

    Whilst the rice is cooking, heat the olive oil in a frying pan and toss in the red bell pepper, courgette, garlic, black pepper and dried mixed herbs. Stir-fry for 6-7mins until tender.

  • Step 4

    Once the rice is cooked, add to the frying pan and combine with the vegetables.

  • Step 5

    Mash or blend if necessary and serve warm.

  • The bright sun-yellow rice acquires its colour from the SuperSpice turmeric, used as a natural colouring agent for generations.
  • Turmeric, in addition to being a cold and flu prevention remedy is a source of iron and manganese.
  • Iron is vital for transporting oxygen around the body, and the antioxidant mineral manganese is necessary for normal brain and nervous system function.
  • Suitable for vegetarians.

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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.