Indian Food for Kids: How to Order for the Picky Palate

Some Indian dishes are perfect for kids
Aloo Masala

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Aloo masala means simply 'spiced potatoes.'

Many people are interested in exploring Indian food, but they don’t know where to begin, especially when it’s a family night out. While Indian cuisine is often known for its bold flavors and spiciness, it can also be very kid-friendly.

With a little advice on how and what to order, children can enjoy their Indian cuisine dining experience as much as the parents. A few kid-friendly entrées perfect for the picky palate include:

Aloo Masala
This simple potato recipe is perfect for children of all ages. Aloo, meaning “potatoes,” and masala, which means “spices,” can be altered and cooked accordingly for a child’s picky taste buds.

Mild Chicken Curry
Curry is typically spicy, but it doesn’t have to be. A mild curry marinated in a rich yogurt sauce will appeal to adults and children alike.

Saag Paneer
A vegetarian childhood favorite. This spinach and cheese dish is both nutritious and delicious.

Dal Makhani
A popular vegetarian dish cooked with onions, tomatoes, and cream. This lentil dish is soft and mild enough for your little ones.

Indian cuisine has an immense variety of dishes and can be a great experience for even the pickiest eater — if you know the right dishes to order. Don’t forget, it’s also completely reasonable to let your server know that you’re ordering for your kids and to hold back on the spicier ingredients. 

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