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Asian/desi toddler food ideas??

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HoneyBunnii · 30/01/2023 00:57

Hi, i have a toddler that loves spices and asian food but i am struggling with ideas.. i tried those "for aisha" meals with him when he was younger but he spat them right out because they were those type that have sugar and raisins etc. Inside them..
He also hates bland food or even western food like spaghetti or cottage pie etc.
He loves to eat the spicy chicken from traditional asian curries or even spicy moroccan tagine that my husband makes but i dont cook curry or tagine everyday because sometimes i dont have time.
Can anyone suggest some quick asian recipes that i could cook for him for lunch and dinner please??
Thanks :)

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MaryBerrysCamelToe · 30/01/2023 14:02

Can you make a nice chicken korma, or a rice based dish like biryani?
My toddler loves a stronger curry with spinach and strips of naan bread to dip into it.


BritishDesiGirl · 30/01/2023 14:05

Biryani can be too spicy for little ones

What about potato and pea curry, just need to use tomatoes, curry powder and paprika.

This can be frozen into portions

You can do a chicken curry and freeze into portions as well.


karmakameleon · 30/01/2023 14:07

I have one like this and have always frozen child size portions for him to eat. Take out and defrost for a quick or tea. I also use frozen paratha as a short cut.

For a quick lunch I do masala omelette sandwiches or a stir fry with sriracha sauce. Or basically anything with sriracha sauce. Mexican food is also spicy and popular in this house so sometimes I do a quesadilla. And pasta with spicy pesto is a regular too.


shrubgreen · 30/01/2023 14:13

How about chicken tikka? Marinate some chicken breast strips or boneless thighs in yoghurt, lemon juice, tandoori powder - and bake in oven or under grill? Can keep it marinated a couple of days in the fridge and then pop in oven when needed.


ODFOx · 30/01/2023 14:16

Dahl is easy to make and easy to eat with strips of bread and a spoon. Also freezes well and can be more or less spicy as you or he prefers.


HoneyBunnii · 31/01/2023 00:05

Thanks for the responses i really appreciate it ๐Ÿ˜Š
@shrubgreen i tried tandoori chicken and although he loves it, it gives him a bad nappy rash after he has digested it, im not sure why.. maybe one of the spices that are in the tandoori mix cause that, so sadly had to cross that off the list.
@ODFOx yeah i guess dhal is a good one, i havent tried that yet because i thought he might find it abit boring but at this point im willing to try anything with him so i will probably give that one a try, probably try it with a spoon first and then if he likes it maybe i will start giving it him with some bread. I'm just afraid he might get hooked on eating just beans and lentils and nothing else like his 3 year old cousin in Morocco!
@karmakameleon i tried the omelette on and off but he isnt too keen on eggs whether scrambled or omelette etc. I might try the pesto idea though because he does like his pasta as long as it has some strong flavour to it.
My mum suggested frozen parathas too but for some wierd reason they dont cook very well on my electric stove and take upto 10 mins to get 1 side almost done ๐Ÿ˜ฎโ€๐Ÿ’จ
@BritishDesiGirl the potato and pea curry sounds yummy but again, Mr.Fusspot doesnt like potato ๐Ÿ™ˆ
@MaryBerrysCamelToe i have just bought one of those ready made korma jars as i heard they can be mild but flavoursome (the lloyd grossman one) i havent tried it myself yet but i guess i could add some spices to it.. just hoping it isnt too sweet.
Thanks everybody for your suggestions though, they have given me an idea of what type of dishes i could try with him ๐Ÿ™‚

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Olinguita · 06/02/2023 07:43

Poha is nice for little ones, you can adapt the recipe and make with less salt and spices


Peachyscream · 08/02/2023 11:06

I'd make a batch of tarka (base of garlic, onions, tomatoes, spices and keep it in the fridge. Then every day, just use a bit to make a different vegetable. If you don't make chapatti/rice every day he can have it with shop naan, regular bread, pitta etc.
I use the scratch cook bags from asda. Basically chopped veg. I use the onions and another one with Carrots and I think leeks mixed in too


HoneyBunnii · 08/02/2023 14:23

@Peachyscream thanks, i guess the tarka idea is good, i am trying to get him to eat vegetables but he just loves his chicken ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ but i do try to give him veggies and lentils here and there even though he spits them out, hoping he would just accept them one day.

@Olinguita i didnt know what poha was but after searching it up i guess its flattened rice, i will see if that works with him thanks ๐Ÿ˜Š

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MirenaMisery · 27/03/2023 04:43

Butter chicken is a fave in our house!


beautifulnightmare · 16/04/2023 21:44

My kids enjoyed kicheri, Rajma chawl, Dhal roti, saag surprisingly and I used to sneak random veg into parontey

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