Cooking Indian Food with Kids

Cooking Indian Food with Kids
Cooking with children is worth the trouble it takes. It's not only a great way to spend time together, but also teaches children skills like measuring, following instructions and being tidy (as far as possible). 

When cooking with kids, parents often opt for simple recipes and food fads like cupcakes, pizza, pasta and the like. For kids, these are both fun to make and fun to eat. 

But we want to encourage you to cook more traditional foods with kids. These recipes are a window to our past, laced with memories of loving grandmothers and simpler days. They are also designed to be balancedchock-full of nutrients, digestive herbs and curative spices.

Traditional Indian recipes, no matter what part of the country they come from, also teach us to eat what is seasonal, fresh and locally available. This is not only a sustainable habit, but also a healthier one, providing our bodies with the protection and nutrition we need in different seasons.

And lastly, as we all know from enjoying the cooking of our parents and grandparents, making good Indian food is a fine art. When this writer's mother shares recipes, most ingredients are measured 'andaaz se' literally meaning 'by guessing', so it's never too early to inculcate in your children the ability to guess correctly!

Check out these child-friendly recipes, created by Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor and featured on RobinAge.com, to get you started. They are simple enough to make with kids and will pique your children's interest just enough to get them more involved in the kitchen.

Anardana ChaatThis is a great recipe for an afternoon or after-school snack. Get your kids involved by letting them peel the potatoes and prep the herbs.

Kurmura Laddoo: These are great to have in the house for when your kids are craving something sweet. Made with puffed rice and jaggery, they're a much better option than sugary biscuits and chocolates. They are also really easy to make and kids will love playing assistant to you, moulding the kurmura mixture into perfectly round laddoos.

Soyabean and Vegetable Star Crisps: These star-shaped paranthas, packed with the goodness of soyabean flour and four different veggies, are sure to be a hit with your kids. This recipe is also great for teaching kids how to use spices correctly and how to roll out dough.       

Imli Chawal: This delicious dish is super simple and quick to make. Use it to show your children how to temper food as well as how to cook rice correctly, a skill they'll thank you for later. 

Rava Idli: Since this idli batter doesn't require fermentation, this recipe is a great way to introduce your children to the world of South Indian cooking. Let them pour the batter into the idli moulds and watch the looks on the their faces as they wait for the idlis to get done.

Sprout Cutlets: Sprouts and kids don't often get along, but this recipe might change your little ones' minds. Let them do the mashing and the shaping of the cutlets and when everything is done and ready, they are sure to gobble down the results without complaints.  

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