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Kid Friendly Indian Food

kid friendly indian food

Kid friendly Indian food is hard to come by in most take-away outlets and restaurants in my experience.


And many busy Mums consider making your own curry from scratch way too complicated.

But that’s all changing now that reknowned cookery writer and chef Hari Ghotra is helping turn Indian food into simple every day recipes that even fussy kids (and slimming Mums and hungry Dads!) can enjoy.


Hari Ghotra is founder of cookery website which launched in 2013. It features hundreds of easy to follow, Indian recipes with videos so you can cook along with her. Hari is also a Chef at Michelin-starred Tamarind restaurant in Mayfair. As well as that, she also has a range of curry kits and contributes to the Great British Chefs website.

Ghotra was raised in an environment where food played a central role in family life, learning to cook authentic dishes from her mother. Her passion for simplifying Indian cookery without losing its authenticity meant that after creating the website, she branched out into cookery lessons.

Hari quickly identified that curry kits with the exact quantities of spices helped make curry-cooking easy for consumers. Her aim is to always provide a quick and simple way to cook delicious, authentic Indian food at home.

Keema (Lamb Mince with Peas)

Keema is something Hari throws together when she needs a lamb curry fix, but doesn’t have enough time for the lamb to cook in the conventional slow way. This dish doesn’t have a sauce as such, but the meat is beautifully flavoured and left moist and succulent.

I thought you Mums would love this recipe as it’s so simple, and you can leave out the chilli if ‘they’ won’t eat it. It’s no more work than a spag bol, making it perfect for weeknights and for freezing into portions.

Hungry tummies need no more than some rice or naan and a side of veg (check out Hari’s website for more ideas), where as for Mums wanting to lose weight this would sit perfectly on a big bed of cauliflower rice stir fried with onions and a little curry powder.


  • 400g lean mince lamb
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil


  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 200g/½ tin of tomatoes
  • 2 tsp ginger, grated
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds, crushed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 chillies, finely chopped
  • 50g frozen peas
  • 10 mushrooms quartered
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • Handful of fresh coriander, chopped



  1. Heat oil in a pan and add onion and garlic, cook for about 20 minutes until the onions turn a dark golden brown. If the onion catches the bottom of the pan reduce the heat down a little and add a dash of hot water and continue to cook down.
  2. Once dark brown add the tomatoes, ginger, salt, turmeric, cumin and chilli.
  3. Stir together, use your spoon to mash the tomatoes and onions to create a masala paste. Ensure the sauce and spices come together leaving a thick shiny paste.
  4. Turn the heat up and add the mushrooms to cook for 5 minutes. Add the mince and stir through coating all the mince with the sauce.
  5. Leave to cook for 5 minutes then stir in the peas, reduce heat, cover and leave to cook for another 5 minutes.
  6. Turn the heat up and fry for a few minutes to reduce any liquid that might be present.
  7. Add a teaspoon of garam masala and the fresh coriander to finish


Watch how to make the recipe here:

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