How To Make Curry With Just 3 Spices (1 Year+)

18 February 2021
Final dish in white bowl with spoon

This curry is a family friendly recipe and the perfect dish to hide vegetables for little ones! It’s a one pot balanced meal made with only 3 spices and I serve it especially on those days where I feel like Jin’s vegetable levels are a bit low.

It’s not just for kids though, this is a flavour packed mild curry for the whole family and the spice levels can be customised when serving!

By the way, in no way do I claim this is an authentic Indian dish! I just threw it together myself (^_^)

Hidden Veggies for Fussy Eaters

Curries, stews and meat sauces are a perfect way to disguise vegetables, and lots of them! Just like my ‘Meat Sauce That Goes With Anything’, dice the vegetables up as small as you like and it blends nicely with the minced meat. Jin always polishes his plate when I give him this dish!

A One Pot Balanced Meal

Nutrution illustration for 3 spice curry

One pot meals are the best because I can batch cook and freeze in individual portions, knowing they provide a balanced meal.

Is It Spicy?

Not at all. It’s a very mild basic curry made from only these 3 spices:

Coriander Powder
Cumin Powder
Turmeric Powder

If you do want to add some heat, I recommend Cayenne Pepper. Add to the whole dish or to individual servings.

You can find these at all major UK supermarkets, Asian and Oriental stores.

So It’s Toddler Friendly?

Yes, this combination is completely toddler friendly because it’s so mild and the ketchup/tomato paste gives it a well rounded flavour.

Now For The Recipe!

Ingredients laid out for 3 spice curry

3 Spice Curry with Minced Pork and Vegetables

Being Naomi
A really simple curry made from only 3 spices. A great way to disguise a whole load of protein and vegetables!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian/Fusion
Servings 4 Adults Or 6-7 Toddlers


  • 1 tsp Grated Garlic
  • 1 tsp Grated Ginger
  • 1 White/Brown Onion
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1 Courgette
  • 60 g Frozen Peas
  • Handful of Cherry Tomatoes Or 2 regular tomatoes
  • 250 g Minced Pork
  • 5 tbsp / 100g Plain Yogurt Least sour as possible!
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tbsp Oil Rapeseed/Sunflower or similar
  • 1.5 tbsp Ketchup or Tomato Puree I use Stokes Ketchup because it has less salt & sugar than most
  • Optional Salt to taste



  • Take the mince out of the fridge and set aside so you’re not cooking fridge-cold meat
  • Peel and grate the garlic and ginger so you end up with about 1 tsp of each. Or use already pureed versions from the shop
    Grated garlic and ginger
  • Peel and dice the onion and carrot, courgette. Chop the cherry tomatoes roughly
    Onion, carrot, tomatoes and courgette diced
  • Microwave the onion and carrot for 2 mins in separate bowls *

Let's Get Cooking!

  • Take a large frying pan. Heat the oil on a medium heat and fry the garlic and ginger for a few seconds, then add the onion. Fry for about 5 mins or until they’re soft, mixing continuously so they don’t burn
    Step 1 Fry onions
  • Add the carrot and courgette and fry for 3mins until the courgette starts to soften. Keep mixing while it cooks
    Step 2 Fry Carrot and Courgette
  • Add the cherry tomatoes and fry for 2min
    Step 3 Add tomatoes
  • Turn the heat to low and add the 3 spices and mix well
    Step 4 Add spices
  • Turn the heat to medium. Push the veggies to the edge of the pan, add half of the minced pork and fry until it starts to brown, then push that to the edges and add the remaining pork.** Fry for about 4 mins. Break up the clumps of mince as much as you can whilst the meat is all in the middle of the pan
    Step 5 Add pork
  • When the pork has almost all browned, mix everything together, turn the heat to low. Add the frozen peas, water and ketchup, mix well, breaking up any last clumps of pork
    Step 6 Add water, frozen peas and ketchup
  • Put the lid on and simmer for 2 mins, leaving a gap for the steam
  • Add the yogurt and mix well
    Step 8 Add yogurt
  • Put the lid on, leaving a gap for the steam and carry on simmering for about 8 mins or until there’s no more watery liquid left. Give it a stir every now and again
  • Add the optional salt to taste right at the end and you’re done!
    Final dish in recipe

Warning! Always taste before serving

  • Depending on the type of yogurt you use, you may taste some sourness in the curry. If you do, add a little more ketchup until it mellows out.


 * By microwaving the onion and carrot, it brings out a sweeter flavour and reduces the cooking time in the pan.

 ** If you add all the pork at once, the temperature of the pan goes down suddenly and your meat won’t be as juicy.
Storage: This can be frozen as soon as it has cooled down. Consume within 3 months.
Tailor the dish for your baby, or for adults:
Keeping It Clean for a younger baby – Don’t fry the onion. Microwave it, transfer to the pan, add 100ml of water and continue with the recipe from Step 2. Leave out the water in Step 5.
 Use tomato puree instead of Ketchup and don’t add salt.

 Optionally add more yogurt when serving.
Make It Vegetarian – Leave out the pork and replace with more vegetables to give different textures like aubergine/sweetcorn/mushrooms.

Make It Spicy: Add 1tsp of Cayenne Pepper or Chilli Powder to give it a kick or sprinkle on individual servings.
Make the Yogurt Optional – Skip the yogurt in Step 7 and add a dollop to individual servings at the table.
Keyword curry, customise, easy, healthy, hidden vegetables, pork, protein, simple

Customise It

Swap out the protein and vegetables for whatever you want. Add some heat to it.
I made one here for myself with prawns, chunkier vegetables, minus the yogurt and plus cayenne pepper.

3 spice curry with prawns

Give It A Try

If you give this recipe a try, let me know how it turns out in the comments below!
Jin enjoying his curry here.

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  • Lauren - Running for Wellness 21 February 2021 at 4:10 pm

    This recipe looks amazing! I am definitely going to try this! It’s nice that it is toddler-friendly too! 🙂

    • BeingNaomi 27 February 2021 at 11:15 am

      Thank you so much Lauren! I love receipes where toddler and adults can eat together. Saves time and effort!
      I’ll be posting more curry recipes soon (^_^)