Those following me on Instagram know how early dismissal from school calls for a special lunch with my little …and some Tandoori Jalpari from Tamarind of London apparently. Kiddo has expressed an interest in trying Indian food for quite some time, and while I’ve been meaning to grant this wish – I swear, but it’s safe to say I slacked big time in the food fairy department lately. Tot is adventurous when it comes to food, and I knew she would find something she loved beyond the warm tandoori bread, but I still wondered, “What’s the best way to introduce Indian food to kids?” There’s only one way to find out.
What to Order Kids at Indian Restaurants?
Believe it or not, Indian cuisine is much more kid-friendly than I remembered. The tastes, textures and flavors are quite unique, and the colorful stylings and presentation is exciting for children. And a great way of sneaking veggies into the diets of even the most picky eaters. Those concerned that Indian food is known for it’s spicy kick, and wonder if it is too hot for these little newbies, can relax knowing it’s perfectly reasonable to mention to your server you would like your dishes prepared with more mild flavors and seasoning.
Kid-friendly Indian Food
Aloo Tikki & Masala Aloo – Grilled Potato Cake with cumin and ginger + Spiced Potato Croquette with a smoked tomato chutney
Tandoori Jalpari – Charbroiled North Atlantic Swordfish with Ajwain and Mace marinade
Dumpukht Biryani – Baked Vegetable Biryani Rice sealed with a pastry lid
Murgh Tikka Masala – Tandoor Grilled Chicken with Makhni sauce
Dakshini Jhinga – (Coconut Prawn Curry) Jumbo Prawns simmered in a ginger and coconut milk sauce
Kiddo had generous servings of the items above, but I knew she was a fan for life when she went back for seconds… then thirds. Even before we made it home, she was already asking when we were headed back to Tamarind of London for the Tikka Masala.
I have to admit it’s pretty special, but the Coconut Prawn Curry was down right amazing! I’ll be dreaming of dish for a very long time. The flavors blended so beautifully and could very well be considered one the best dishes in all of Orange County. Another dish that really deserves to be mentioned was the Tandoori Jalpari. The swordfish was not only prepared perfectly, but the Ajwain and Mace marinade was a favorite of mine.
Moments later the words “Chocolate Molten Cake with homemade caramelized ice cream” caught Littles big blue eyes. I immediately knew what was about to happen next and I knew I would lose any argument in favor of skipping dessert. Let’s just say I am sure glad I failed miserably because it was delicious.
I would like to give a very special thank you to Tamarind of London for hosting this special lunch for Kiddo and I. It was a feast fit for two queens and I promise that I will share share some recipes the moment I get my hands on them — it would be completely unfair not to.
Photo credits: JetSet Tot and Nicole Standley
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