A creamy and mild introduction to palak paneer curry for babies, toddlers and kids! This has an abundance of flavor and fun textures; perfect for babies who love bolder tastes!
This palak paneer curry (also known as saag paneer) is an amazing food for babies and toddlers. It’s an excellent source of iron, calcium, protein, fats, and carbohydrates. There’s no added sugar or salt.
Curry for Babies Though?
You may be skeptical about curry for babies. I was too! I prepared it for Odette because I was desperate to get some greens down her, and I figured I’d go for broke. I expected it to end up entirely on the floor.
Well, she couldn’t get enough of it. The spinach purees into a silky, sweet sauce with coconut and tomato and she is too young to be put off by color alone! (If yours hates the color green, I can not help you here!)
With this baby friendly curry, the spices are very mild, and there is no heat or chili to bother sensitive little tummies. Just some aromatic spices which will tempt those babies who enjoy lots of flavor.
But is it really OK to give my baby curry?
Yes! But please don’t take my word for it, I’m just a random blogger. What do I know?
In this article on Live Science, five experts weighed in to answer the question of whether spicy foods were OK to feed a baby. The consensus is that:
- Breastfed babies whose mother’s eat spicy foods will probably enjoy those tastes. (So that explains Odette’s love of this dish because I ate nothing but takeout curry for months after she was born!)
- There is a distinction to make between hot spices (chili, cayenne pepper which contain capsaicin and can stimulate pain receptors) and aromatic spices (coriander, cumin, ginger, etc – which simply add flavor). There’s no need to hold back on the aromatic spices (which is what flavors this recipe). Hot spices are worth holding back on, though note that many cultures around the world are introducing chili peppers at a pretty young age too.
- Some would recommend introducing new spices one at a time to test for averse reactions.
- Make sure your spices are not old and out of date! We are all guilty of letting infrequently used spices linger on our shelves and expire.
- Focus on homemade curries for your baby or toddler. Takeout curries can cause digestive issues due to excessive grease rather than spice.
It’s not attractive, let’s be fair. I snapped these shots while Odette was gobbling down her own portion for lunch, and given her enthusiasm for curry, that means I only had about 5 minute before she was done.
I guess we can say this curry is a victim of it’s own success.