Make Ahead Slow Cooker Tadka Masala (Indian Dish Flavor Base)
Tadka Masala is the flavor base for almost all North Indian dishes (think butter chicken, saag paneer, curry). It's the "secret sauce" if you will. The problem is a good tadka masala takes a lot of time to cook to get the rich flavor, generous amount of cooking oil, and you have to stay at the stove continuously stirring so the onions don't burn; but with kids who has the time, seriously?:) The slow cooker helps you achieve that rich flavor you are looking for without having to stay at the stove continuously stirring; you use way less cooking oil, and allows you to make enough to provide the base for 8-14 separate Indian dishes. I even add this to other non-Indian dishes like spanish rice, stir-fry's, marinara sauce, and it gives it incredible flavor.
Nutritious Quinoa and Moong Dal (Lentil) Dosa with cheese filling. My LO, who is a very picky eater, loved this meal. Dosa is a fermented crepe typically made from rice batter and black lentils and is a staple dish in South Indian states.
Stuffed Paratha with Boiled Potatoes and Carrots
Stuffed Paratha or Parantha (popular Indian flatbread) with boiled potatoes and carrots...takes a little practice but your kids (and hubby) will love it!
Healthy Ragi and Date Halwa
A healthy brain food for toddlers 12 months plus. This delicious halwa (a sweet dish served across India and many other countries) is made of Ragi (also known as Finger Millet in the USA), which is packed with proteins, minerals & amino acids.
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By Paige Desai
Quinoa Khichdi with Veggies
A healthy blend of quinoa, lentils, and veggies! A quick alternative to regular rice khichdi. Easily pureed if need be. Can be spiced up for adults to make a relatively healthy comfort food! This is the go to in our house when our little guy is sick or I need to cook up a quick meal for all of us!
Turkey Chili (Indian Style – AKA Keema Rajma)
Turkey Chili with an Indian twist. Loaded with protein and iron.
Rice Pudding with fresh fruit
Creamy, sweet, and simple dish that your child will love for breakfast.
Spinach and Chicken Curry (AKA Saag Chicken)
Protein and iron packed chicken and spinach meal that your toddler and other members of your family will love!