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Indian Food (for baby too!)

January 4, 2013

Before we get to the food portion of tonight’s post, can I tell you a little story?

I bought Lila this frog, discounted, on Zulily a few weeks ago:


I thought it was cute.  She seems to like riding things (That’s what he said!  (Is it inappropriate to make twhs jokes about my nine month-old daughter?)).  So I thought she’d like it pretty well.

Um, she’s OBSESSED with this dang frog.  I mean, that’s basically the story. 

As soon as she sees it in her playroom, she starts squealing and crawling towards it.  It’s like every time she sees it, she’s forgotten that it ever existed before.  James Baldwin once wrote, “No one can possibly know what is about to happen: it is happening, each time, for the first time, for the only time.”

Yeah.  That’s how Lila feels about the frog.

As soon as she gets to it, she lifts her arms, begging to be put on the frog.  So we put her on.  She’s a little unsteady, being, you know, nine months old and all, so either Ryan or I have to stand behind her the whole time and hold on to her while she rocks…


…and rocks….


…and rocks…


and rocks. 

If we try to take her off, she IMMEDIATELY starts wailing.  Screaming, big fat tears—the works.


So it’s back on the frog:


We had to hide it in our office tonight, just so that she wouldn’t have a conniption fit every time she came into the living room and saw it sitting there. 

There’s something about that frog, man.  She won’t go to college eating purees or wearing a diaper, but she very well may be riding this frog in her dorm room.

So that’s the story.

In other news…tonight, we made pseudo-Indian food, and even Lila got in on the action!

Into a pot, I put some olive oil and half a chopped onion.  I cooked the onion for a pretty long time over low head, until they were nice and soft—I didn’t want to put raw onion in Lila’s meal!  Once they were done cooking, I removed about a tbsp. for Lila’s meal and put it in the food processor.

Then, I added our already-cooked chicken from last night to the onion (about 1.5 cups of chicken), removing about 1/4 cup of it for Lila’s meal and, again, putting it into the food processor.  To the food processor, I also added 1/4 cup of brown rice, and a heaping tablespoon of no salt-added canned, diced tomatoes.  I added a pinch of garam masala for spice, and hit the pulse button, pulsing until it looked about like this:



A baby Indian feast! (This yielded two servings, one of which I put in the fridge)

To our own big pot, I added the rest of the canned tomatoes (one can), plus one can of water, plus about 2 tbsp. garam masala and some garlic salt to taste.  I brought this to a boil, and allowed it to boil for another 10-15 minutes, until the liquid had really thickened and cooked down.  Then, I added some chopped cilantro and let it simmer for about another 10 minutes. 

I removed the pan from the heat and let it sit and cool for a while before adding the final ingredient—Greek yogurt, for creaminess.  I added it while the dish was still pretty hot, so ours curdled a little bit—it still tasted great, but it wasn’t the prettiest. 

Served over brown rice:




And what did Lila think?


I’d say this dish was a strong “B”—she didn’t go crazy for it, but she seemed to like it pretty well, and actually ate a fairly large serving.  Not bad!

Hope you have a good night!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 4, 2013 11:59 am

    hahahhaha- her face riding that frog is just awesome

  2. January 4, 2013 12:37 pm

    You crack me up; “That’s what he said”….lol. Nick says that all the time. Actually, I scolded him three weeks ago and said if he says it again I’m moving out. Thankfully he has only slipped a couple times. Whip!

    So Lila’s first Indian food experience wasn’t the best? Keep pushing it, she’ll like it eventually! She’s lucky to have a mom and dad who love to eat good food!

  3. January 4, 2013 2:26 pm

    Oh my god – that frog cracks me up! Adorable.

  4. January 5, 2013 4:07 pm

    Love the frog story, too funny and adorable pics!

  5. January 6, 2013 7:03 pm

    I love how Lila is really starting to develop and show her personality! 🙂

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