One of my favorite memories of college was working part time in an Indian restaurant. Even at 20 years old, I was always impressed with the parents who would bring their toddlers and kids for the lunch buffet. Now as a parent, I appreciate the effort to eat-outside-the-box even more, because I know how easy it is to get into routine of sticking with restaurants that serve predictable, kid-friendly food like chicken tenders and fries.
If you're going to introduce your child to a new style of food, a buffet is a great way to do it. Even picky eaters may enjoy Tandoori chicken, Naan bread, Raita and a delicious Mango Lassi. If you've never had a Mango Lassi before, it's a traditional yogurt-based drink from India, but it's also very popular in the UK, Malaysia and Singapore. It's really simple to make and it's a healthy way to introduce your child to the traditional food from another country.
I found a Mango Lassi recipe from Jaime Oliver on the Food Network website, and I adapted it so we could use the ingredients we already had at home.
Our recipe included:
4 ouces of Fresh Mango
3 ounces of plain Greek Yogurt
5 ounces of Low fat Milk
Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
Here is Jamie Oliver's Mango Lassi Recipe.
Do you stick to the basics or explore new cuisine's with your child? What do you think of Indian cuisine?