What is it about curries that turns kids off? Perhaps it is the heat and their general refusal to eat sauces that may contain vegetables. Whatever it is, curing kids of a curry aversion makes for happier family meal planning – it’s a win when we can get our kids to like the same kinds of foods we enjoy ourselves.
Besides, curries are a tasty one-pot meal and usually quick to cook. They’re the kind of meal that bubbles comfortingly away while we busy ourselves with other more exciting things.
So if you want to expand kids’ taste buds and your cooking repertoire, here are some tricks to get kids tucking into all sorts of scrumptious, fragrant curries.
Make your own curry powder
You can make a deliciously mild spice mix using cumin, turmeric, garlic, ginger, garam masala, cinnamon and black pepper. Use freshly opened spices and seal them tightly in a container to keep them fresh. Start with just a hint of chilli powder and build up from there (or not!) depending on what your family enjoys. This gives you control over the heat factor.
Serve with a side
A little curry goes a long way and to compliment it you can serve it up with steamed basmati rice or add boiled, cubed potatoes to the dish. Potatoes give your curry a creamy finish and cool the heat. I like to serve a range of dishes with naan bread so the little ones can break off pieces to dip into the curry bowl and soak up the yummy sauces. It gives them control over trying a new food and they love the novelty of not using a knife and fork.
Smooth it out
You can also add some cream, sour cream, yoghurt or coconut milk to dilute the heat and give your curry a smooth taste. Add a dollop of raita on top when you’re serving too. This yoghurt dip has a beautiful cooling effect on your tastebuds brought about by the cucumber it contains. Another great accompaniment to Indian curries are banana slices dipped in desiccated coconut.
Add some fruit
Curries don’t have to be just savoury, they can be sweet and fruity as well. You can add raisins, dried apricots or sultanas or just use my mother’s trick of a few spoonfuls of jam – apricot is a good one to choose. I do love serving some mango chutney with Indian curries too.
And the best way to stop any unwelcome burn (apart from going easy on the chilli)? Keep a glass of milk handy, maybe lager for the adults and always steer clear of cold water – though a waiter at an Indian restaurant I once went to did recommend warm water to cool down!
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