Making Samosas and Chutney with Kids

        

Around the World in 12 Dishes

Welcome to "Around The World in 12 Dishes". We will be taking you on a journey around the world, exploring 12 different countries with our children, by cooking 12 dishes with them. One for each country we visit. We started our journey the same way Phileas Fogg did in London, UK, and Stockholm, Sweden continued on to Moscow in Russia. Now our next stop is New Delhi, capital of the exotic sub-continent of India!

Here's where we've traveled so far on our journey...
For our first cooking adventure in India we picked some kid friendly recipes and tasks that your child can do in the kitchen with you as they learn about Indian Food.  We invited Amanda and her family over for an Indian Family dinner.  I had my 5 year old daughter help me prepare the meal. 

Mint Coriander Chutney

First we started by making a Chutney.  My daughter went to the garden and picked the coriander and mint and then rinses and washed them to make Mint Coriander Chutney for our Samosas.  Keeping safety rules in mind first, she put the fresh herds into the food processor.  Then she added a small pinch of salt and red pepper and a dash of lemon juice and water.  Then it was time to close it up and push the on button. 

Once that was complete she helped me arrange the sliced cucumbers and carrots onto the serving platter for our Indian Salad.  My daughter arranged these all by herself, it's just her way she's very methodical.  Using fresh vegetables is one way to make Indian food a little less spicy and a great way to get veggies in. 


Kid Friendly Samosa Recipe

Now it was time for our guest to arrive for a little cooking fun!  We invited my coblogger, Amanda, and her family for an Indian dinner.  We decided to make Samosas together with the girls to teach them how to make an Indian dish.  With just a little prep work it was super easy. 


First boil your potatoes and dice up the onions.  Then mix them both together and add 3 spices.  Salt, red pepper and garam masala.  Add the spices depending on your family's liking.  We added just a pinch of each, enough to make sure all the potatoes had a little color to them.  Then we used Won Ton Wrappers to create our Samosas.  They are so easy to use with the kids and cook very easily.  When making samosas usually you would use Mata flour, which is like a white all purpose flour mixed with water and oil. Here's an authentic version recipe of Samosa Dough from Manjula's Kitchen .  

To create the samosas I had both girls put a spoonful of potatoes and onion mixture onto the square and then fold it in half after putting water on the edges.  Once sealed you fold it again to make a smaller triangle.  Then it's a grown up's job to fry the samosas until golden brown.  We had so much fun making these together!  Amanda joined in the fun with her son who's 2 and my youngest daughter who's 1.  Even our husbands joined the fun so that they could have more to eat!  We were so busy eating and making Samosas that we never took a picture of the finished product actually!  Guess they were a big hit!  We used the mint coriander chutney to dip our samosas in.  We also tried tamarind sauce, which is truthfully my favorite and mixed together is delicious. 


We had so much fun at our Indian Family Dinner and enjoyed comparing it to our Russian Family Dinner last month.  It's fun to see how similar foods can be with ingredients and how different at the same time.  For our Indian dinner Menu we selected to share Tandoori Chicken, Dal Mukhani, Shahi Paneer, Indian Salad and Naan.  We'll be sharing more Recipes, Books Activities and Printables about India all month long! 

Here are a few Activities about India that we've shared on our blog, come check them out!

Indian Activities
{The Educators' Spin On It}

Additional Activities About India 
 India Pinterest Board ::  India Paper Doll Printable :: English to Hindi Translator :: See BELOW for more Activities!

Now it's your turn to join the fun!


How to join the fun!

    The only mandatory part is the dish, the rest is all up to you, we just thought it would be fun and more concrete to the kids as to why we are making a new dish.
  • Cook a dish from India: The goal is to explore this country through FOOD and activities if you wish. Make a typical dish (sweet or savoury) from the country with the kids, take photos and have fun!
  • Typical dishes: Butter chicken, Tandoori Chicken, Chicken Tikka Masala, Dal Makani and Naan.
  • Print your passport: Click here to download, comes with space for a photo of the child with the dish. Here is a little cover for it if you wish :)
  • Color a placemat: Once colored/painted or whatever other way you want to do this, you can laminate it or put it between clear contact paper to use it over and over. Great conversation piece for you and your kids. Click here to download it.
  • Make a craft: you can make a country related craft with the kids [optional!]
  • Read a book: We will be posting a review for "T is for Taj Mahal".
  • Fun fact: India actually is the birthplace of the number zero! The rule for its use was first shown in Brahmagupta's book "Brahamasputha Siddhanta" in 624 AD!
  • Share with us: Our India challenge starts on June 3rd and will remain open for a year, so attach a link to your blog to enter the linky party or go to the comment section and post a photo together with what you did together with your child(ren).
  • Pinterest: We will add your photos to a "Around the World in 12 Dishes" Pinterest Boards (one for the dishes, one for the crafts) you will be a great source of inspiration for everyone :)
  • Are you a blogger? Let your fans know about the challenge and grab our cute lil’ button to share it on your blog.
Please check out our partner blogs and their India ideas:


If you do this, we’d LOVE to see a photo of it. Email it to us or post it on our Facebook page.
Please link up your Indian dish and/or craft in our linky below.

5 comments:

  1. Love it! Great post- thank you for sharing! I have written "Around the World in the Kitchen" posts describing how we make a recipe and learn about the region or country of origin. So much fun! Here's a link: http://www.momsgoneglobal.com/around-the-world-in-the-kitchen-we-revisit-italy-make-homemade-ravioli

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  2. Ooohhhhh, I'm gonna have fun coming back here when we study India again when we're doing international geography. I'll need to remember the veggies tip, since ours turned out so spicy.

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  3. Wow what a feast! Looks good. What are those colored pasta? They look fun :) Can't wait to read the rest.

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  4. What a yummy food adventure! And isn't it great to be able to pick your own herbs and use them in your cooking :-) Thanks for sharing on Happy lil ❤'s are baking!!

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  5. I love this idea! I'm going to be bookmarking these to read later!

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