Kid-friendly Indian Recipes

Cooking for kids is tricky at best! They reject foods for all sorts of reasons: spice, texture, ingredients.... Here is a list of recipes for foods that I have found my kids, just like a lot of others I have come across, love. Some are favorites because they are mild or neutral tasting, others for their well-loved flavors and still others because they are just too tasty to resist.

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    Paneer Dhokla Sandwich with green chillies
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    With fillings ranging from chutneys to pickles and healthy veggies to paneer (cottage cheese), they leave you satisfied both in the taste and nutrition departments. Perfect for school lunch boxes!

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    Aaloo Paratha
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    Extremely popular with North Indians, these are best eaten with chilled yoghurt and your favourite pickle or chutney. Want to be naughty? Aaloo parathas taste delicious with fresh, thick cream or a knob of unsalted, home-made butter!
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    Idli
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    Another mild food that tastes good on it's own, eaten with traditional accompaniments like Sambar and South Indian Coconut Chutney or with honey drizzled all over it! Go on, have some fun - make up your own combination.

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    India, Spicy bread, close-up
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    There's nothing like warm, soft and fluffy Sannas to go with a Pork Vindaloo or Sorpatel! Sannas have a delicate, mildly sweet flavor that kids love.
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    Curd Rice
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    Curd Rice is truly comfort food! Of South Indian origin, it tastes great with just a pickle or chutney and also with a daal (lentils) or meat dish. My kids love it on its own or 'plain', as they say.
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    Dhokla - Gujarati Steamed Lentil Cake
    Dhokla - Gujarati Steamed Lentil Cake. Image © Banu Patel / EyeEm/ Getty Images

    This nutritious snack from Gujarat in Western India is popular all over the country. Serve it with Tamarind and Mint-coriander Chutneys.

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    This is a great breakfast food or even perfect as an accompaniment to any gravy-based dish. Serve it for children with a sweet-sour chutney like Tamarind Chutney.

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    Rajma
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    This dish is extremely popular not just in North India but elsewhere as well. It is also mild enough for children to enjoy. Serve Rajma with plain boiled rice and Kachumbar salad.

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    Mutter Paneer
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    This North Indian curry made with mutter (peas) and paneer (cottage cheese) is probably the most frequently ordered dish in Indian restaurants. Make it in your home and you've got a sure crowd pleaser!

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    Mutter Mushroom Ki Subzi
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    Want a tasty, wholesome meal you can cook in really quickly? Try Mutter Mushroom Ki Subzi. Once your ingredients are prepared, it literally takes a few minutes to cook!
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    Tandoori Chicken
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    Among the most famous Indian foods, Tandoori Chicken is loved by people of all ages the world over. The nicest thing about this dish though, is that it's really easy to make!

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    Chicken tikka and pineapple
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    The word Tikka means bits, piecces or chunks. Chicken Tikka is an easy-to-cook dish in which chicken chunks are marinated in special spices and then grilled on skewers. This is one of my children's favorite dishes.
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    Fish and Chip
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    Named after the city where it originated, this easy battered, fried fish is a great appetizer or side dish to complement the main course. When I cook Fish Amritsari, my boys will often eat it just by itself!