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#1 Old 01-21-2009, 02:07 PM
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We're having some friends over for dinner this weekend and they've requested Indian food. Three of the kids (two of mine) are pretty picky and I'm trying to think of some things to suggest to them. I may just resort to a teriyaki stir fry, but would prefer not to go that route.



So far, I'm making Koftas in a yogurt sauce, Parathas (which everyone will gobble) and rice. I'll be adding one or two more dishes (a veggie for sure).



Any ideas for kid friendly Indian dishes?



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#2 Old 01-21-2009, 02:28 PM
 
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fwiw, Teriyaki stirfry = not Indian food.



How about Bombay potatoes, some curried lentils or eggplant, chickpeas and spinach? You could make a curry with all their "favorite" bits in it perhaps.

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fwiw, Teriyaki stirfry = not Indian food.



I don't want to cook something special, just for the picky little ... um ... lovely children. Teriyaki my fall back position, if I can't think of something else =)

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samosas, mildly spiced, are fun. cos they're triangles. who wouldn't want to eat a triangle!?!



and... what about really small vegetable bhajis or pakoras, renamed 'spacerocks'?.



things on sticks are fun for kids too... you could do some dry rubbed veggie skewers.



mini popadums with a cool cucumber mint raita, and a vegetable salad, and a tomato relish would be cool for dipping as well.



and you could do lassis, and spicy matchstick crisps, bombay mix, kulfi (indian icecream), a big fruit salad.... loads of options.
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I second the samosas. They're like little perogies, only better. You could make a dipping sauce to go with them too.
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samosas, mildly spiced, are fun. cos they're triangles. who wouldn't want to eat a triangle!?!



and... what about really small vegetable bhajis or pakoras, renamed 'spacerocks'?.



things on sticks are fun for kids too... you could do some dry rubbed veggie skewers.



mini popadums with a cool cucumber mint raita, and a vegetable salad, and a tomato relish would be cool for dipping as well.



and you could do lassis, and spicy matchstick crisps, bombay mix, kulfi (indian icecream), a big fruit salad.... loads of options.



There are some good ideas here, especially samosas or pakoras. My kids would eat their own shoes if I deep fried them =)

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i could probably got for a deepfried shoe right about now.
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I've eaten Indian food since I was little. Saag Paneer (sometimes called Palak Paneer) has always been my favorite. It's a spinach dish with cubes of goat cheese (you're serving yogurt so I assume dairy is okay?) I don't have a recipe but I'm sure it's pretty easy to make.
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I second the finger food advice, samosas etc.



This Chana Saag Aloo (Chickpeas, Spinach and Potatoes)

is very kid-friendly IME (only anecdotal evidence of course). Its creamy and flavorful, without being too spicy. In any case, its made almost without any effort at all, and so yummy. I make this at least once a month (regardless if there are kids at the table or not), with nutritional yeast (the taste doesn't get through but adds body to the flavors like the author notes), and often use both regular and sweet potatoes in it. Not sure if the sweet potatoes are even authentic in an Indian dish, but it matches well with the rest IMO.



Also, I recently found Manjula's Kitchen which features recipes with tutorials for many Indian vegan dishes, incl. desserts!
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Man, I'm hungry now...

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Pakoras with plenty of sweet mango chutney gets gobbled up by kids in my house even though its full of yucky vegetables The mango chutney seems to be the key, though.
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Pakoras. Definitely. My kids will eat any vegetable in pakora form.



How about some tandoori-type kebobs? With some spice-rubbed bits of seitan and veggies (kinds that they like)? What kid doesn't like food on a stick?



And a nice rice pilaf with raisins and nuts.



Then add a dish or two for the grown-ups and you should be good.



Not a lot of kids I know, except my own, will eat chick peas (unless mashed in hummus). Just sayin'...
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Pakoras. Definitely. My kids will eat any vegetable in pakora form.



How about some tandoori-type kebobs? With some spice-rubbed bits of seitan and veggies (kinds that they like)? What kid doesn't like food on a stick?



And a nice rice pilaf with raisins and nuts.



Then add a dish or two for the grown-ups and you should be good.



Not a lot of kids I know, except my own, will eat chick peas (unless mashed in hummus). Just sayin'...

Kids I know will, unless served with rice that has raisins or nuts in it

Seriously, these two ingredients are higher on the "least favorite" list of picky kids (and adults) I've met, than any of the vegetables or legumes named here. Maybe it's that cultural differences thing again... Most Germans (regardless if omni or veg*n) like ethnic food, and many children are familiar with what most American children might perceive as unusual ingredients. The people I know don't make any special/separate dishes for children among their guests (let alone for their own kids) anyway, they're simply served the same food as the adults.
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another vote for Samosas!

we had the most amazing samosas at disney world.......i am craving them bad!!!

I have never tried to cook my own, i find frozen ones, i forget the brand, but they have them at whole foods.
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Well, this kid friendly curry is what I came up with. I made a mild curry with coconut and yogurt. I blended it all together with the onion, ginger, spices and the like to make a creamy sauce. The spice was there, especially cumin, but was subtle and not at all hot. I also made Pakoras for a deep fried treat (which I never do).




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Yup , you have heaps of yummy suggestions .



These are popular , just cough when you mention the califlower , for some reason once kids (and adults) try them , they come back for seconds ....a lot of kids seem to like stuff that they can cover in tomato sauce



BTW just fry the califlower raw.



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mmm... cauliflower pakoras.
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Yup , you have heaps of yummy suggestions .



These are popular , just cough when you mention the califlower , for some reason once kids (and adults) try them , they come back for seconds ....a lot of kids seem to like stuff that they can cover in tomato sauce



BTW just fry the califlower raw.



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hehe . . . I had cauliflower in the curry and in the pakoras.

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samosas, mildly spiced, are fun. cos they're triangles. who wouldn't want to eat a triangle!?!





Triangles are the most edible shape!
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