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  • Make sure your spices are not old and out of date!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.

Palak Paneer Curry for Babies, Toddlers & Kids

Palak Paneer Curry for Babies, Toddlers & Kids

Yield: 4-10 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

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! Self feeding babies can eat this with their hands if you mash the paneer.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tsp minced ginger
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp mild curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 6 Tbsp of coconut milk
  • 150g (5.3oz) fresh, washed spinach
  • 225g (8oz) paneer cheese, chopped into small cubes

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan over a low heat, gently sautee the garlic and ginger until soft.
  2. Add the curry powder and garam masala and sautee until fragrant.
  3. Add the tomato paste and coconut milk, stir until a sauce forms.
  4. Add the spinach, handful by handful, and stir into the sauce until it has all wilted.
  5. Using an immersion blender or food processor, blend the sauce until it's a smooth puree.
  6. Add the paneer cubes and mix through until heated.
  7. Serve with rice or another favorite grain.

Notes

When served with rice, this makes 4 large child portions, 10 smaller baby portions, or any amount in between depending on your little one.

Nutritional info is based on a single baby portions (1/10th of the recipe).

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 90Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 182mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 5g

Please note that the nutritional information is an estimate based on software calculations and will not be completely accurate - please use this as a guideline only.