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A mild, child-friendly fish dish that doesn’t take too much cooking and yet still has some genuine depth of flavour? Easy enough if you steal a Madhur Jaffrey recipe* and simplify it a little.Simple fish curry

I’m not kidding on the “mild” — grown-ups are going to need some pickle or chili sauce. But that’s okay, you get a meal that’s very healthy, a great source of protein, and perfect for the whole family to enjoy.

 

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Dal is a great health food: complex carbohydrates for slow-release energy, a good source of protein, and some veggies smuggled along for the ride.

Dal Palak: done.

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A simple, everyday curry – well, maybe not quite literally everyday, unless you have a lot more time to sit around simmering things than I do – but the ratio of taste to effort is unbeatable.

Basic curry

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Bhindi, okra, ladies’ fingers – call it what you like, this is a simple recipe (basically, put stuff in a pan and fry it) that makes a great side dish.

Bhindi

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Cheesy peas!

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Indian home cooking is nothing at all like the food served in most Indian restaurants. It’s vastly superior in terms of flavour, health and quality of ingredients. As with McDonald’s, every so often you might feel the need to get down and dirty, but let’s assume that today isn’t a self-esteem-failure day, and see if we can rustle up a moderately healthy and seriously tasty keema saag.

Keema saag

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