Tonight’s dinner – and it wen’t well! I needed something small and healthy to make for the little one as Dad was getting himself worked up for fish and chips ….
Before now I had been steering clear of curry style dishes for the wee mans belly, but thought with curries offering sweetness, creaminess and sauce – why not?
The base recipe came from Feeding Fussy Kids once again, Bless, with my own changes to suit. i love this recipe as instead of cream, it uses cashews and milk to create a protein rich milky sauce that is quick , easy and fantastic for vegetarian’s.
150 ml milk
40g cashew nuts
1 T oil
I onion, finely sliced
1/2 t each turmeric, cumin and garam Marsala
( OR 2 t mild curry powder)
1 garlic clove – or small t of minced garlic
125 g cauliflower, chopped into small florets
about 60 g peeled and finely diced pumpkin
1 courgette , peeled and chopped (alternatively, you could leave the skins on and grate, I will next time)
85 g can baby corn cobs
( you can use any vegetable combinations you desire here, mushrooms, potato, broccoli etc – just make sure they are cut small enough so that they cook at around the same time, i.e – pumpkin will take longer so make sure it is diced small to speed up the process)
Heat the milk in a small saucepan, remove just as it begins boil. Drop in the cashews and leave to soak, covered, at least 15 minutes . Blend up until a smooth ‘cream’.
Next heat the oil in a small frying pan and add the onions. sweat these for 5 minutes before adding the spices and garlic, stirring well, until fragrant – about 2 minutes.
Add the chopped vegetables, stir well to coat in spice and then , pouring over a T or so of water if you wish, cover and leave to cook until all the vegetables are just tender, about 10 minutes. Season with a little salt if you like.
Lastly , stir in the cashew milk and allow to simmer and heat through about 2 minutes. At this point I did find the mixture thickened very fast, therefore added a splash more milk to get the right consistency.
and there it is – if my toddler will eat curry YOURS WILL – trust me!