If I was to have one tagline in life, I actually think it would be ‘Aileen Cox Blundell – She loves curry’ (or something in that vain). In all seriousness though (and I take curry very, very seriously) it is my favourite meal in the world. When we go camping, I bring curry to reheat. When I bring a dish for dinner, it will always be a curry and when my friends come over for diner… yes you’ve guessed it, your getting curry. My husband and I loved curry so much that when we got hitched we backpacked through the west coast of India, just for the food alone!
The thing that struck me from our travels was the chefs and how they so willingly shared their knowledge of cooking. For example, after a meal if you were to say ‘that curry was amazing, can you thank the chef?’ you would be instantly escorted to the kitchen and shown how to cook it from the chef himself who was beyond passionate about their creation.
We have been feeding our babies curry since their started their weaning journeys and it was always such an important thing that they grew to love them as much as we do.
Introducing your baby to spices in any form can be worrying for parents but just remember that spices do not always mean ‘burn your mouth spicy’, they mean a flavoursome curry filled with spices – cumin, coriander, turmeric or cinnamon. And getting your little one used to these flavours is just amazing! Think of the things you can cook for them, from India or Thai curries to Mexican Chillis and everything in-between.
This particular curry is one of my favourites. I wanted it to taste buttery, creamy and like it had just been delivered from our local Indian – the only difference was that I had to use healthy ingredients (in true Baby Led Feeding style of course).
The chicken in this dish is cooked so slowly that it quite literally breaks apart when you touch it. It should not be chewy, just soft and when serving to your baby give them small pieces.
A really good trick is to roll the pieces of saucy chicken in the rice which makes them cling together and in turn makes it really easy for your little one to feed them self (with the least mess possible.)
Yes, curry is messy, but it is also so delicious and your baby is well on the road to becoming an adventurous eater. If on the other hand you simply can’t handle the thought of curry in their hair then just whip up some shortcrust pasty, spoon in a little curry with chicken, top with a circle of pastry and bake for 25 minutes. Voila, healthy, less messy, curry 🙂
Happy Friday and Yipppeeee it’s the weekend.
Aileen & Oscar xoxoxox