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Everyday Curry

Curry is our favourite takeaway, but is remarkably easy and affordable to make at home! The strong, sweet flavours of curry are very forgiving, allowing you to add more veg and less meat easily with less chance of people noticing since it changes the taste very little. Follow our simple tweaks and tips to make your curry even better!

Why is Curry so great?

The strong flavours of curry means you can add more veg and less meat over time without impacting on the taste. Making it more likely to be accepted by veg skeptics.

Replacing a takeaway curry with a homemade one (even if it’s just a protein and a jar of curry sauce) is healthier, far cheaper and quicker!

Lots of veg work in a curry. You can adapt your recipe around your family’s favourite veggies, or ones you want to try and introduce or eat more of without changing the flavour and without more effort.

And of course, curry is very affordable! To keep costs to a minimum (and make the recipe healthier at the same time), try curry powder with coconut milk or chopped tomatoes or yogurt rather than a jarred sauce, add some frozen veg, and swap your meat or processed veggie alternative for a tin of chickpeas or lentils.

Use the basic recipe, small tweaks and tips below to take your curry from good to better!

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Getting Started

Replacing a takeaway curry with a homemade one (even if it’s just a protein and a jar of curry sauce) is healthier, far cheaper and quicker!

The strong flavours of curry means you can add more veg and less meat over time without impacting on the taste. Making it more likely to be accepted by veg skeptics.

Here is a simple recipe for a simple curry which you can use as a base and build on over time…

Simple Curry

Claire Wright

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Ingredients:

Jar of curry sauce

Cubed/sliced meat or fish or veggie alternative (about 100g per person)

Frozen peas or tin of chickpeas (optional)

Cooked rice/noodles or naan bread, to serve

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Not made a curry before, or not ready to try the next steps? Start here!

Method:

  1. Cook the meat/fish/veggie alternative according to packet instructions (for most meats/fish and veggie proteins, this will just be a case of cook in a little oil in a frying pan until browned and cooked through).
  2. Stir in the curry sauce (and frozen peas or chickpeas, if using) and heat through for a few mins.
  3. Serve with naan, cooked rice or noodles.

There is no need to go any further with this recipe until you are confident with it and feel up for the next step.

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Engaging Kids

Engaging Kids

Kids who engage regularly with veg through veg-themed activities, such as arts and crafts, sensory experiences, growing and cooking are shown to be more likely to eat the veg they engage with. Encouraging kids to engage and play with veg is the handy first step to them developing a good relationship with veg and life-long healthy eating.

Kids in the kitchen

Kids in the kitchen

The eventual aim, if possible, is to get kids in the kitchen. Don’t worry, this doesn’t have to mean they are with you from start-to-end creating mess and rising stress levels! It can be as simple as giving them one small job (stirring, measuring, pouring, grating, chopping…) ideally involving veg. They can come in to do their little bit, and have fun with you for a few minutes. Getting them involved, making it playful and praising them plenty for their involvement, perhaps even serving it as dinner they “made”, makes it much more likely they will eat the food offered, not to mention teaching them important life skills. Find ideas, safety tips, videos and even a free chart in our Kids in the Kitchen section here.

Activities

Activities

While getting kids to interact with veggies for real and using their senses to explore them is best, encouraging hands off activities like arts & crafts, puzzles & games or at-home science experiments can be a great start, particularly for those who are fussier eaters or struggle with anything too sensory. Use these veg-themed activities as a stepping stone to interacting with the veg themselves. We have loads of crafty downloads here, puzzles here, and quirky science with veg here.

Sensory

Sensory

Once you feel your child is ready to engage a little more, you can show them how to explore the veg you have on hand with their senses, coming up with playful silly descriptions of how a veg smells, feels, looks, sounds and perhaps even tastes. Find ideas, videos and some simple sensory education session ideas to get you started here.

Serving

Serving

The moments before food is offered can be a perfect opportunity for engagement that can help make it more likely a child will eat it! Giving children a sense of ownership in the meal can make a big difference to their feelings going into it and the pride they take in it. You know your child best, but if you aren’t sure where to start, we have some fun and simple ideas for easy roles you can give them in the serving process over here.

NEXT LEVEL

I Want To Improve My Curry

If you are feeling confident with your favourite curry recipe, but you’re wondering if there are some small tweaks you could make for the better, this is for you.

We’ve outlined some simple stages for continually improving on a basic curry recipe to get you from good to great. Find where you feel your current recipe sits and see if the next step is something you could aim for. You don’t have to go any further, but if you choose to, make sure you are feeling confident with this new stage before you try the next one.

And remember, the MOST important thing is that the family enjoys the meal! These changes and swaps can take as long as is needed if your family isn’t ready for big changes all in one go. Small simple improvements over time may not even be noticed.

And remember, the MOST important thing is that the family enjoys the meal! These changes and swaps can take as long as is needed if your family isn’t ready for big changes all in one go. Small simple improvements over time may not even be noticed.

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Play is essential!

Think of children helping in the kitchen as a role play game with plenty of fun for maximum effect. One of the best ways to develop a love of veg in kids is to get them involved in the prep of the veg. Not only is cooking an essential life skill for kids to learn, but it’s a great, fun way to get them engaging with healthy foods!

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