Easy cooking recipes for kids are a great way to get your child to help out in the kitchen and pass on traditions, especially on when keeping an eye on the dinner as well as your child is driving you to pray for divine intervention. You need not despair too much – all you need to do is look back to your childhood memories of playing with the dough while your mother made hot chapatis.
Children aged between three years to twelve years old are quite curious about what their mothers are up to in the kitchen and are enthusiastic playmates. Your child might already have his or her own kitchen utensil set – so enticing your little one with a chance to use the real ones would be a relatively easy task. So, here are a few ideas for easy cooking recipes for kids.
Tiny Chapatis made by tiny hands
Age: 3 years and older Ingredients:
- Ball of chapati dough; an unused pencil to roll out the dough.
Directions: You could do this as you are making chapatis for others in the family or stirring the pot of curry. Give a palm-sized ball of dough to your child and show him or her how to roll it out with the pencil. You could also try making flat shapes of birds or animals. Assure him that you plan on serving it to everyone for dinner. Children need to know they are doing constructive work and it’s a great feeling for your son or daughter to look at their own creation. These tiny chapatis cook in a trice on the side of a pan and are fun for your child to eat at dinner!
Coconut Ice Cream Milkshake for the hot summer months
Age: 6 years and older Ingredients:
- 300 ml cold Milk
- 8 tablespoons vanilla, strawberry, or watermelon ice cream
- 3 tablespoons grated or desiccated coconut
- 3 tablespoons fresh cream (or Amul fresh cream)
- Chocolate or rose syrup for garnish
Place all the ingredients on the table and call in your child to help with the mixing. Ask your child to pour in the ingredients one by one into a large bowl and stir the mixture. Then pour the mixture into the jar of your blender. Blend the mixture for half a minute to get a good froth. On the side, you could show your child to line the glass with chocolate syrup. Pour into the glass and ask your child to serve it to everyone. You have a delicious thirst quencher ready to keep your child occupied and happy on those hot and humid afternoons!
Jhat-Pat Aloo Tikki
Age: 9 years and older Ingredients:
- 3 large potatoes
- Finely chopped coriander leaves
- 5 bread slices (sides trimmed)
- Chat masala, cumin powder
- Salt to taste
Boil and peel the potatoes. First, work with your child to mash the potatoes then add the finely chopped coriander leaves. On the side, soak the bread slices in water and remove and squeeze out the water. Add the soaked slices to the mixture. Then add the cumin powder, chat masala and salt. The mixture should be firm. Show your child how to pat the mixture into small ovals. You can give small tidbits of the mixture to your child so that he or she can learn about different tastes. Heat oil for shallow frying and fry the tikkis until brown on both sides. Serve hot with tomato ketchup or tamarind chutney and see your children gobble up their culinary delights!
Easy cooking recipes for the entire family
Easy cooking recipes for kids can also be made with the entire family – you all can prepare a snack together with tasks being delegated to different family members (including mums and dads!). The best way to start would be a simple vegetable sandwich or an omelette. If your child wants to do more in the kitchen then you could make other simple preparations like tomato or boondi raita, french toast, or fresh fruit custard. Or try your hand at this simple gingerbread recipe , or these chocolate cakes!
These preparations allow the child to do most of the work, getting them familiar with equipment in the kitchen as well as allowing them to explore different tastes. An most importantly, with our cooking games and recipes they learn that cooking is fun! Make sure that your child is wearing an apron to help minimise any stains. Cooking can be messy, but that is part of the fun!
After all, we believe that 'Dirt is Good' – Daag Aachhe Hain. It's important to help your children have a variety of new, fun, and educational experiences, like learning how to cook for themselves – and because Surf excel is so good at cleaning, you won't have to worry about anything!
As the French would say – Bon Appetit! Happy eating.