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Sweet Red Pepper Chicken Curry

I realise it’s been a while since I’ve last blogged about any family meals. So here you go! I created this curry because my little one absolutely LOVES bell peppers! She’ll quite happily eat them raw (washed and deseeded), and frequently munches on a whole pack of three whilst watching her favourite show – Peppa Pig. In fact, one of the best ways I’ve found to keep her occupied is to literally whack a bell pepper in her hand and let her munch on it. It’s fresh, colourful enough for the kids and is rich in vitamins A and C, and B vitamins. Winners all around!

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In this curry I’ve used a red bell pepper to form the main base of the curry sauce. It still contains all of those lovely aromatic Indian spices, but this curry has a unique taste that is loved by our whole family so I thought I’d share it with you.

Try it for dinner tonight… it only takes half an hour.

Total preparation and cooking time: 30mins
Serves a family of 4

50ml (2fl oz) olive oil
1 onion – peeled, chopped
3 whole cloves
1 small cinnamon stick
3 cardamom pods – green
4 black peppercorns
1 red bell pepper/ capsicum – washed, roughly chopped, deseeded
6 garlic cloves
Ginger root – 1” piece, peeled
½ tsp ground turmeric
1 ½ tsp ground cumin
1 ½ tsp ground coriander
200g (7oz) tinned peeled plum tomatoes – crushed
1 tsp dark brown sugar
Salt to taste
Red chilli powder to taste
500g (1lb 2oz) chicken thighs – cubed, fat-trimmed

Heat the oil in a pot and add the onion, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and peppercorns. Stir-fry until the onions are browning.

Whilst the onions are browning, place the red pepper, garlic cloves and ginger into a blender and blend into a paste. Once the onions have browned, add the red pepper paste, turmeric, cumin and coriander and lightly cook the spices for 1-2mins stirring continuously.

Then add the tomatoes by gently crushing them with your hands and dropping them in, followed by the brown sugar, salt and red chilli powder. Then let the sauce simmer on medium-low heat for about 5mins.

Add the chicken to the sauce and cook covered for 15-20mins or until the chicken is tender. Stirring occasionally.

Garnish with freshly chopped coriander/ cilantro and serve with freshly cooked rice, naan or roti.

Note: If you don’t want to include salt or chillies in your little ones serving, cook the entire curry as described above but without adding these two items. Add them at the end when you have removed a serving for your little one.

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6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Ayesha Peeran #

    Hi Zainab, I stumbled upon your Flavour Led Weaning book on Amazon and decided to buy it as it was the first one I came across which incorporated use of Indian spices whilst introducing solids to babies! Being Indian, I definitely want my LO to grow up loving Indian food with all the spices and chillie we like to add!

    I can see that you have divided the recipes into different categories based on months and wonder whether some of your 1-3 year old recipes work for a baby of 9 months? Also at what stage would you recommend using chicken on the bone for baby cooking. We have been doing BLW with loads of patties, nuggets etc however I am keen to encourage her to eat the meat in its normal form.

    Lastly, when would you introduce chillier powder in cooking? LO has been introduced to all other spices.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    • Hi Ayesha so sorry for the delay. School holidays at the moment so it’s all a bit manic.

      That’s great! Thanks for letting me know. My 1-3 years recipes incorporate the same amount of spices as adult food. Stages 2 and 3 ease babies into eating spices a little at a time, so by the time they have gone through all the stages, they are ready for family meals. So I would recommend you go through stage 3 first, (or at least try a few of the recipes first), before going onto the 1-3 years recipe so you don’t overwhelm your little ones tastebuds.

      You can introduce chilli powder from 3 years onwards. Introducing just a pinch and building from there.

      Chicken on the bone is very good. In fact the leg and thigh meat (darker meat) is higher in iron content so is excellent for baby. As long as the meat is well cooked and served to baby in a consistency she is comfortable eating (pureed, mashed, soft lumps), you can offer it to her from now.

      I hope that helps. All the best
      Zainab x

  2. Pretty! This was an incredibly wonderful article. Many thanks for supplying this information.

  3. Sounds lovely! Will have to give it a go next Thursday I think (our curry night!) xx


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