curry for kids with hidden spinach by Sneaky Veg

Easy spinach curry sauce for kids

This easy spinach curry sauce recipe is a great one to make for kids. With a portion of hidden veg already included you simply add potatoes and your favourite veg for a great vegetarian dinner.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword spinach curry
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Author Mandy Mazliah


  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • A heaped tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 onions peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic peeled and finely chopped
  • A large thumb-sized piece of ginger chopped
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp mixed dried herbs
  • Chilli powder optional, to taste
  • 2 x 400g tins of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • Salt optional, to taste
  • A large handful of spinach leaves washed and roughly shredded


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the cumin seeds. Fry over a medium heat until they're starting to brown. Add the onion. Cook for a few minutes, stirring well, then turn the heat to low and cover for 10 minutes until softened. Stir halfway.
  2. Turn the heat back to medium, then add the garlic, ginger, herbs and spices. Stir and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer away for 15-20 minutes. This is a great dish to make in advance by the way because the flavours only get better with time - so make it in the afternoon for dinner, or the day before.
  3. Once the sauce has slightly thickened add the garam masala, salt (if using) and spinach leaves. Heat through until the spinach has wilted then blend the sauce using a stick blender. This last part isn't essential if you don't mind the spinach leaves showing.
  4. Serve with your favourite curry ingredients, rice and/or bread. I usually add 2 potatoes, chopped and boiled, 2 carrots, chopped and boiled and a large handful of peas.