Quick and Easy Family Friendly Mango Curry Recipe.  Plated with rice and naan bread on plate.

Quick & Easy Mango Curry Recipe the Whole Family will Enjoy

Hi, Food Adventurers! Looking for a quick and easy Mango Curry Recipe to cook as a family? Look no further than this delicious mango curry! Not only is it a quick and easy weeknight meal, but it’s also perfect for busy parents teaching kids cooking skills. Gourmet Gus will show the family how to make a delicious mango curry perfect for families with young children and home cooks wanting to make cooking a creative, fun and engaging activity.

Origins of Mango Curry

Mango curry has roots in South Asian cuisine. Our girls first discovered at Namaste our local Indian restaurant. Even though we started ordering from Namaste, it’s also popular in Pakistan and Bangladesh. These countries use Mangos in foods including chutney, desserts, and savory dishes, including quick kid friendly recipe.

Key Ingredients & Flavors

Creating this delicious quick and easy recipe, families will need ingredients such as: mangoes, curry powder, coconut milk, and vegetables. We generally like to use red bell peppers to create a sweet and smoky flavor alongside the paprika. Additionally, curry powder brings depth to the dish with a spice mix of turmeric, cumin, coriander, and chili powder. Finally, coconut milk adds a creamy and rich texture to the curry. The addition of vegetables make this a family favorite Mango Curry recipe.

Served on the Side of this Quick & Easy Recipe

Mango Curry is an extremely versatile dish served with many side dishes. Serving Mango Curry is best over a bed of basmati rice, with a side of Naan bread, or even a salad. Naan bread is found at many local grocery stores. Kids love mopping up the sauce from this Mango curry recipe with a piece of tasty Naan. Is Mango Curry still a little too spicy? Kids can’t get enough Mango? Try making a Mango Lassi as a fun treat to drink with it!

Cooking with Kids: Kid Friendly Steps

Many steps in cooking this quick and easy recipe are kid friendly, nevertheless it earns an overall Kid Effort Score of 3 out of 5. Steps here may be a slightly difficult although can be kid-friendly with adult supervision. Particularly steps also involve using a knife and a hot stove, since they require close adult supervision. Parents still looking to teach knife skills could purchase a kid-safe knife rather than a traditional chef knife. Altogether with parent supervision cooking this mango curry recipe is fun and educational for kids to learn about flavors and cuisines from around the world.

Kid actively participating in the preparation of quick and easy Mango Curry recipe by safely chopping vegetables.
Child helping to cook quick and easy mango curry recipe on stovetop

Attention Parents Cooking with Children!

Parents should use their own discretion in which steps their kids perform and should always prioritize kitchen safety!
Peeling and Chopping Mangoes (Kid Effort 3 out of 5): Using adult supervision can make this step kid-friendly. However, if the mango is not ripe, kid-safe knives may struggle, so parents may need to complete this step. Its recommended kids use a kid-safe knife.
Dicing vegetables (Kid Effort 2 out of 5): Adults need to supervise children as chopping can be dangerous. Its recommended kids use a kid-safe knife.
Peeling & Grating the garlic (Kid Effort 1 out of 5): Switching out knives for a micro plane grater makes this step very kid-friendly.
Sautéing vegetables (Kid Effort 2 out of 5): Adult supervision is necessary for kids, as vegetables may splatter when added to a hot stove.
Adding & Stirring Spices (Kid Effort 2 out of 5): Stirring spices involves a hot stove, so adult supervision is necessary for kids.
Simmering the curry for 30-40 minutes (Kid Effort 1 out of 5): Adult supervision is still needed for young kids, as using a hot stove is involved.
Adding garlic chili oil to taste (Kid Effort 1 out of 5): Kids preferences determine this simple step, and can be done away from the stove.
Garnishing with Cilantro (Kid Effort 1 out of 5): Kids finish the Mango Curry recipe with a garnish.

Quick & Easy Mango Curry

A Kid-Friendly, Flavorful Introduction to Indian Food
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people
Calories 400 kcal


  • 2 Whole Ripe mangoes, Peeled & Chopped into small pieces
  • 1 Whole Onion, Chopped into Small Dice
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Grated
  • 1 Whole Red Bell Pepper, Chopped into Small Dice
  • 1 Tbsp Curry Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Ground Coriander
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1 Can 14oz Coconut Milk
  • 1 Cup Vegetable Broth (Use remaining for cooking rice with more flavor)
  • 2 Tbsp Neutral Cooking Oil Avocado Oil is great or Vegetable Oil
  • To Taste Salt & Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Cilantro, Chopped (Optional Garnish)
  • To Taste Garlic Chili Oil (Option for extra spicy heat)


  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the diced onion and cook until translucent, about 3-4 minutes.
    1 Whole Onion, Chopped into Small Dice, 2 Tbsp Neutral Cooking Oil
  • Add the minced garlic and diced red bell pepper and cook for another 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    3 Cloves Garlic, Grated, 1 Whole Red Bell Pepper, Chopped into Small Dice
  • Add the curry powder, cumin, coriander, turmeric, and paprika to the skillet and stir well to combine with the onion and pepper mixture.
    1 Tbsp Curry Powder, 1 tsp Cumin, 1 tsp Ground Coriander, 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder, 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • Pour in the can of coconut milk and vegetable broth and stir well to combine.
    1 Can 14oz Coconut Milk, 1 Cup Vegetable Broth
  • Add the chopped mango to the skillet and stir well to coat with the curry sauce. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mango is tender and the sauce has thickened.
    2 Whole Ripe mangoes, Peeled & Chopped into small pieces
  • Once the mango curry is simmering, add garlic chili oil to taste, stirring well to combine. Start with a small amount of garlic chili oil, taste the curry, and add more as desired. Be cautious when adding the garlic chili oil, as it can quickly make the curry very spicy.
    To Taste Garlic Chili Oil
  • Continue to simmer the curry for another 5-10 minutes, until the flavors have melded together and the sauce has thickened. Add Salt & Pepper to taste
    To Taste Salt & Pepper
  • Season the mango curry with salt to taste, and garnish with chopped cilantro, if desired.
    1/4 Cup Fresh Cilantro, Chopped
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