11 of the Best Kid-Friendly Indian Food Recipes

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Want your kids to expand their list of acceptable foods beyond buttered noodles and french fries? Fluffy bread, warm spices, chicken and lots of vegetarian options make Indian food a great option! Brightly colored and easy to adjust the spice factor, we’ve rounded up some of the best Indian food recipes that will have your kids asking for more naan in no time!

Homemade Naan

Once you make homemade Naan, you may never go back to store bought. This simple recipe from Gimme Some Oven uses basic ingredients, and only takes an hour to rise before dropping in the skillet and devouring.

Red Lentil Dahl

Dahl makes the perfect addition to rice or to eat with naan. This easy red lentil version from The Wanderlust Kitchen takes just 30 minutes and is perfect for anyone who loves plant-based recipes.

Chana Masala

When it comes to quick vegetarian Indian recipes, this Chana Masala recipe from Cookie + Kate will be your go-to. Substitute canned tomatoes and dry spices to get the same authentic flavor of this chick pea dish that you would at your fave Indian restaurant.

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

Need the perfect Indian chicken recipe? Here it is! Our editors love this slow cooker recipe from Damn Delicious that takes the grunt work out of cooking. It cooks in just a few hours and pairs perfectly with basmati rice.

Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

It takes just five ingredients to make your own Chicken Tikka Masala and it's way easier than you think. This flavorful dinner idea from Pinch of Yum works great as a go-to comfort food and tastes just as amazing heated up for lunch the next day.

Biryani

Make sneaking in the veggies a breeze with Food Fanatic's Vegetable Biryani! While this recipe does have quite the ingredient list, your kiddos will hardly notice their scarfing down carrots, green beans and peas.

Samosas

Perfect as an "entry level" snack to get your kids hooked on Indian food, these fried samosas from Gitanjali Roche are packed with flavor and veggies. Made with homemade dough and fried to perfection, they pair nicely with a side of chutney for even more flavor.

Chicken Curry

Packed with aromatic spices but still easy on the palate, Cooking Classy's Chicken Curry will quickly become a family favorite. It takes just 20 minutes to sauté and simmer, then you'll be slurping this down in no time!

Paneer Pokora

Did somebody say "fried cheese?" This crispy, battered dish is perfect for introducing littles to delicious Indian food. Make it plain or stuff with chutney––both take this cheese recipe from My Food Story to the next level.

Shrimp Tandoori

While you likely won't be making this dish in a traditional tandoori oven, you can still get an authentic flavor using traditional Indian spices. And because you're whipping up shrimp, dinner will be ready in no time. Rasa Malaysia's easy recipe uses Greek yogurt, garam masala and turmeric before tossing on the BBQ.

Aloo Paratha

For little foodies ready to up their naan game, this recipe for stuffed flatbread from My Ginger Garlic Kitchen is perfect. A traditional breakfast dish, Aloo Paratha is made with a spiced potato filling and is simply cooked in a fry pan.

––Karly Wood

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