Food on Fridays: Indian Cottage Pie Recipe from award winning book #familyfood

CookingZainab Jagot Ahmed spotted a gap in the market for Indian-inspired dishes for children to encourage families to eat together, from the same recipe, and to introduce babies – from weaning – to aromatic spices and flavours. This beautiful hardback book, packed with friendly parenting advice as well as recipes, has captured the hearts and minds of parents, grandparents, friends and families across the country, and continues to go from strenght to strenth, since publication in September 2014.

Prima Baby Award 2015

As a foodie first – with no other Indian-themed baby food cookbooks on the market, which focus on cooking with aromatic spices – Easy Indian SuperMeals has been shortlisted for a Prima Baby Award 2015 in the best family cookery book category; where the book will be competing amongst other popular household names and chefs.

Gold Award

This week the book also won a BizzieBaby Gold Award. One reviewer, Charmaine Wegg, mum to Rory (seven months) said: “Delicious meals not only for baby but also me and hubby. My confidence in cooking has grown in the past few weeks so happy mummy and happy family”.

Number three in the Amazon best-sellers list


I’m thrilled that other people, particularly new parents, recognise the potential of introducing young tastebuds to aromatic spices and flavours. Getting feedback from Mums and Dads who have cooked some of my recipes, enjoyed them and shared them with their family really makes me smile. It’s been a fabulous journey and the recognition I’m getting from awards and book sales makes it all worthwhile.” – Zainab Jagot Ahmed

Indian Cottage Pie_low resIndian Cottage Pie (in the Family SuperMeals chapter)

Smooth, creamy, classic British pie with an Indian twist. Containing Worcestershire sauce, my initial thought was ‘there can’t be any nutritional value in this condiment’. But I was utterly wrong! Worcestershire sauce is actually a source of 10 vitamins and minerals made using a mixture of ingredients rich in vitamin B6 (garlic, cloves and molasses), all excellent for building red blood cells. Another major ingredient is the oily fish anchovies which is a source of niacin required for a healthy nervous system.


Mash: 4 white potatoes – peeled, cubed/ 150ml (5fl oz) of whole milk /2 tbsp unsalted butter /1⁄4 tsp ground black pepper

Pie Filling: 50ml (2fl oz) olive oil /1 onion – peeled, chopped/ 2 whole cardamom pods – black /2 tsp each of minced garlic ginger /2 tsp ground coriander/ 11⁄2 tsp ground cumin/ 1⁄2 tsp ground black pepper /450g (1lb) lean minced beef /50ml (2fl oz) of water /2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce /200g (7oz) tinned chopped tomatoes/ 1 tbsp tomato puree /2 medium carrots – peeled, diced/ Salt to taste (optional) /Ground cayenne pepper (optional)


Mash: Place the potatoes in a large pot, cover with water, bring to the boil and simmer (uncovered) until tender. Drain and mash. Then heat the milk and butter, add to the mashed potatoes along with the black pepper. Combine until smooth and creamy and set aside.

Pie filling: Heat the oil in a large frying pan, add the onion, cardamom and stir-fry until the onions are golden. Add the garlic, ginger, all of the spices and stir-fry for 30secs- 1min before adding the mince. Stir-fry until browned then add the water, Worcestershire sauce, tomatoes, tomato puree, carrots, stir and bring to the boil. Simmer (covered) on medium-low heat for 15-20mins then remove the cardamom pods and allow cooling.

Pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Remove a serving of mince for baby and place in a ramekin dish. Top with the mashed potatoes and set aside.

Add salt and cayenne pepper to the main pot, stir and spoon into a large over-proof dish. Top with the remaining mashed potatoes. Place both dishes in the oven and bake for 30-35mins. Allow cooling before serving. Delicious served with a side salad.

 Freezable, serves a family of 4, up to 90 minutes to prepare & cook

 About The Author

Zainab Jagot Ahmed is a British Asian who recently moved to Leicester after 10 years in London. Mum to Aaliyah, now three, she has written two cookbooks: Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook and Yummy Indian SuperMeals for Kids: Mini-Taster Edition! (both eBooks). Following their huge success, Zainab was inspired to create this gorgeous new hardback recipe book, published in September 2014, packed with new ideas, recipes and information to help inspire parents seeking new, exciting and tasty meals for their children.


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