Tuesday, 26 April 2016

{RECIPE} Sour Cream "Curry" Pop Dog Treats

Our dogs love the smell of curry and are always keen to sniff around the kitchen (and the dishes!).  You've seen me post before about healthy herbs and spices of dogs, including curry favourite turmeric, but sharing a curry itself is often a no-no for dogs due to spiciness/heat, unsafe ingredients, or our naughty human love of fat and salt. Many mild curry powders will have turmeric as a lead ingredient, along with a variety of other ingredients like cumin, coriander, mustard seed, ginger, pepper, chili, cardamom, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and/or others depending on the blend - not all of which are safe for sharing with your dog.  These dog treats take their flavour inspiration from curry, but are a light little treat pop with a hidden punch of protein and healthy add-ins.

Sour Cream "Curry" Pop Dog Treats (Small Batch)

1/3 cup thick-style low fat sour cream (or thick-style low fat plain yogurt)
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp ground flax
2 tbsp turmeric
1 tsp dried parsley (optional)
sprinkle of black pepper, ground cumin, and cinnamon (optional)
Approximately 3/4 cup rice flour
Additional flour or water if/as needed to adjust for consistency

Preheat oven to 180C. Combine all ingredients except for the flour. Mix thoroughly, then incrementally add flour to form a nice firm workable dough. You can add a little bit of water or additional flour to adjust consistency if needed depending on your specific ingredients. Hand roll into small balls and place on a prepared baking sheet.  Bake at 180C for approximately 12 minutes.  Allow to cool before storage and serving.

Tips and Tricks
  • If you prefer to avoid dairy for your dogs, you can swap the sour cream / yogurt out for another liquid/binder combination, such as egg or pureed veggies (or baby food) in a dog-safe curry complimentary flavour.
  • Rice flour is gluten free and bakes into a lovely light-textured treat. You can substitute another flour, if you wish.
  • Treats can be broken for smaller dogs, made bigger/smaller, or you can substitute simple balls for roll-and-cut treats - just keep an eye on your cooking time - the smaller the cookie, the shorter the baking time.

Hungry for more tasty treats?  See all of our recipes here. Remember, treats are for spoiling your pup in moderation. Some dogs have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt, have a chat with your vet. 

Sorry to keep you waiting an extra day for this week's recipe while we marked ANZAC Day and then I spent some quality time enjoying the autumn sunshine with the dogs reading Saving Private Sarbi by Sandra Lee, the true story of Sarbi, an Australian Army explosives detection dog who went MIA during combat in Afghanistan and survived on her own for over 13 months before being reunited with friendly forces. Although a little journalistic (understandable - it is not as though Sarbi could tell her own tales!) for my preferences, her amazing story of service was an extra poignant ANZAC Day read after the murder of NZ Police Dog Gazza on duty only days earlier.

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