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beef and spinach curry with peas on the side

Beef curry with rice recipe

A quick and simple beef and spinach curry with rice and peas on the side for a finger food. A great recipe to introduce spices to your baby! Freeze the extra portions for handy future meals.

Age: 7-9 mths

Serves: 4 portions

Prep time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 25-30 mins

Suitable for vegetarians? N


  • ¼ medium onion, peeled
  • ¼ small tomato
  • 160g diced beef
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • ½ tbsp tomato purée
  • ¼ tsp ground turmeric
  • ¼ tsp (or pinch) mild chilli powder
  • ¼ tsp mild curry powder
  • 150ml water
  • 40g Spinach
  • 15g white rice
  • 1 tbsp frozen peas

Try serving with a spoon of full fat yoghurt.


  1. Chop the onion and tomatoes.
  2. Heat oil in pan and add the diced beef. Cook until browned. Then add the onion and tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the tomato purée, turmeric, chilli powder, curry powder and water. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer gently for 15-20 minutes until the beef is cooked through and tender. Add a little extra water during cooking if needed.
  4. Meanwhile, in a separate pan of water add the rice and cook for approx. 10 minutes until cooked. Then drain.
  5. Whilst the curry and rice are cooking, bring a small saucepan of water to the boil, add the peas and cook for approx. 5-6 minutes until soft. You can microwave if preferred.
  6. Roughly chop the spinach, add to the curry pan and cook for a further 3-4 minutes.
  7. Blend or mash the cooked curry with cooked rice until it is smooth with soft lumps. Serve ¼ of the curry in a bowl with the rice and the cooked peas on the side as a finger food.

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