I love exotic flavours, so I encouraged my children to enjoy bold tastes, such as those in this dish, right from the start. This chicken and mango curry was one of Cam’s favourites when he was eating purées. I made this recipe so many times I could have probably cooked it in my sleep. I love it because it has grown up flavours, which babies actually tend to really like, and it has an array of nutritious ingredients such as mango, chicken, quinoa, spinach and turmeric. When I originally made this for Cam we didn’t have our First Mangoes pouches, so I used frozen mango; either would work here.
Note: To adapt this recipe as a family meal, simply leave out the quinoa from the curry and decrease the water to 1 cup. Season with some sea salt and black pepper to taste. Cook quinoa on the side instead of in the curry. To serve, top the quinoa with the curry, and sprinkle on a little fresh cilantro.
What you will need:
4 boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 400 ml can coconut milk (not light)
2 pouches Love Child Organics First Mangoes purée
1 medium onion, diced
1 clove crushed garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup frozen chopped spinach, or two cups chopped fresh spinach
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon ginger
½ teaspoon turmeric (this spice can stain- leave it out if you prefer)
Note: If you do not have all the spices above and would like to simplify things, substitute 2 teaspoons of mild curry powder for the spices I have listed.
What to do:
Sauté the diced onion in the olive oil for 10 minutes until nicely browned. Add the garlic and spices and cook for another minute, stirring continuously.
Add the chicken and allow to brown in the onions and spices.
Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a low boil.
Cover and simmer gently for 20 minutes.
Allow to cool then blend to desired consistency. Freeze in ice cube trays for later meals.
Makes 16 baby size portions of purée, or a family meal for four big eaters.
Hopefully one day we’ll be able to offer you a version of this dish as a Love Child Organics’ purée. It’s on my list of things to do…