What the world eats: India

One of our food resolutions this year is to help Sara explore different cuisines of the world. Our kids are so lucky to be growing up in a world where food from other countries is easily accessible to them in whichever part of the globe they are in. A lot of them also have friends from different nationalities and that presents them with a great opportunity to taste what their friends eat at their homes. Some of them are also reading and learning about different countries in their geography or history lessons. Picking up a country of her choice each month, knowing a little more about the food that grows there, the recipes that are made in the kitchens there and trying out the cuisine is what learning and growing is all about. I am hoping that exposing Sara to new foods through this fun exercise that we play with the globe kept on her bookshelf will help expand her palate.

If you’d like to join us: Help your child choose a country each month. Read about the vegetables and fruits that are grown there, the national dish/es of the country, the recipes that it has shared with the rest of the world. There is a wealth of information/ recipes available online else just give me shout out and I will be there with Sara to assist you. 

We began our culinary journey by inviting some of her friends over for a taste of India and it sure was a lot of fun. The little ones who come from different countries had fun learning about India, smelling the different spices, putting together really simple recipes and ofcourse relishing them at the end. This post couldn’t have been published at a better time than this. Today we celebrate India’s Republic Day.

My little chefling and I would like to wish all of you a very Happy Republic Day!

We chose really easy and fun to work with kind of recipes. Mango Lassi (the children learnt about the National Fruit), Paneer Tikka (we saw and smelt different spices) and pani puri (because trying to put one whole pani puri in your mouth is super fun!).

Note: Like with all recipes please be around when the children are “cooking”. Depending on how old the the kids are they can help you with the chopping, measuring, mixing, marinating, blending and ofcourse assembling.

Mango Lassi

Mango Lassi

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of fresh chopped mango pieces
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • 2 tbsp of honey
  • 1 cup chilled full fat yoghurt
  • A couple of ice cubes
  • Chilled water (if you want to thin down the lassi)

Instructions

  1. In a blender, puree the mangoes with honey and cardamom powder.
  2. Add the yogurt and ice cubes. Blend till the everything is mixed well.
  3. Pour the mango lassi in glasses and serve.

Paneer Tikka

Paneer Tikka

Ingredients

  • For the skewers:
    • 250 gms paneer/cottage cheese, cubed
    • 1 large red bell pepper, cubed
    • 1 large yellow bell pepper, cubed
    • 1 large green bell pepper, cubed
    • 1 medium size onion, cubed (optional for kids)
  • For the marinade:
    • 200 gms yogurt
    • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
    • 1 tsp carom seeds
    • 1 to 2 tsp kashmiri red chili powder
    • ½ tsp turmeric powder
    • 1 tsp cumin seed powder
    • 1 tsp coriander powder
    • ½ tsp garam masala powder
    • 1 tsp dry mango powder
    • 1 tsp chaat masala
    • juice of half lemon
    • 1 to 2 tbsp oil
    • salt

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the marinade: In a large bowl, whisk the yoghurt till it becomes smooth. Add all the ingredients into the yoghurt and mix well.
  2. Add the vegetables and paneer to the marinade.
  3. Leave it to marinate for atleast 2 hours or more in the refrigerator. Upon taking it out allow it to come to room temperature (I made another batch before the kids came).
  4. Preheat the oven to 180 degree celsius.
  5. Next skewer the vegetables and paneer alternately on to the skewers on a rack or simply arrange the paneer inside a baking dish. Brush some oil on the veggies and paneer.
  6. Grill the tikkas for a total of 20-25 minutes at 180 degrees celsius. Remember turn the paneer and the vegetables around.
  7. Sprinkle some chaat masala on the paneer tikka and serve with onion rings and lemon wedges.

Pani Puri

Pani Puri

Ingredients

  • 12 readymade pani puris
  • For the sweet chutney:
    • 1 tbsp amchoor (mango powder)
    • 1/2 cup of water
    • 1.5 tbsp sugar
    • 1 tsp roasted cumin powder
    • 1/4 tsp chilli powder
  • For the stuffing
    • 1 potato, boiled, peeled and chopped
    • 1/4 onion, peeled and chopped
    • 1/2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
    • 1/4 tsp roasted cumin powder
    • 1/4 tsp chaat masala powder
    • 1/4 tsp kashmiri red chili powder
    • 1/4 cup sprouts
    • 1/4 cup boondi
  • For the pani
    • 1/4 cup chopped mint leaves
    • 1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves
    • 1/2 inch ginger, chopped
    • 1/2 tsp roasted cumin powder
    • 1/2 tsp chaat masala powder
    • 2 cups of chilled water
    • salt

Instructions:

  1. For the sweet chutney: Soak the amchoor in water in a pan for about ten minutes. Remove lumps. Add sugar, salt, chilli powder and roasted cumin powder and put in on the burner. Bring it to a boil and lower the heat. Cook for five minutes and allow it to cool.
  2. For the stuffing: In a small bowl, mix the potatoes, onions, coriander leaves, cumin powder, chaat masala powder, sprouts and boondi. Mix well and keep aside.
  3. For the pani: In a blender add all the ingredients and at first add little water and blitz. Transfer the green paste to a large bowl. Add 2 cups of water. Mix well. Check the seasoning.
  4. Assembling the Pani Puri: Crack the top of the puri with a spoon. Add 2 tsp of the boiled potato-onion filling in the puri, add a little of the sweet chutney. Fill the puri with the pani and enjoy.

Indian Food

It was a very colourful, spicy and delicious evening and I can’t wait for us to begin learning about new cuisines and revisiting the ones we already know about through this new series on the blog.

A very Happy Republic Day to everyone!

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12 Responses to What the world eats: India

  1. Shaima Al Tamimi February 14, 2016 at 9:07 pm #

    you really can’t go wrong with Mango Lassi, paneer tikka and my ultimate favorite, pain puri! very bright and lovely post. now send me some to Qatar! 😀

    • Prachi Grover February 16, 2016 at 8:56 am #

      Thanks Shaima! I agree, combine mango with lassi and you are ready for an afternoon nap 🙂 Sending some virtual puris to Qatar as I type this.

  2. Sally - My Custard Pie February 14, 2016 at 12:08 pm #

    Adore this post for many reasons. It reminds me of cooking with my girls when they were little. It’s a window on another food culture. It reminds me that I love mango lassi and haven’t had one for ages. The paneer tikka recipe is bookmarked – looks so delicious. Your photos are exquisite and I love the props.

    • Prachi Grover February 16, 2016 at 8:52 am #

      Thanks Sally for being so generous with your words. Cooking with the kids does allow you to make the best memories ever though I have to admit there are many times when I look at the aftermath and think why did I ever agree to let her into the kitchen 🙂 I hope you have fun trying out the tikka recipe.

  3. Saloni Banga February 12, 2016 at 1:00 pm #

    Love the pictures of the charred paneer tikka. Mango lassi was a favourite since childhood, can’t wait for the manago season to kickstart. Kudos to your creativity when it comes to introducing new concepts to kids in such a fun way! 🙂

    • Prachi Grover February 16, 2016 at 8:49 am #

      Thanks Saloni! the children had a lovely time getting their hands dirty with the marinade. Cooking and eating should always be fun 🙂 Ya, I so look forward the mango season each year. My mum makes the best mango shrikhand ever so I can’t wait for summers 🙂

  4. Kriska Marie February 10, 2016 at 2:55 pm #

    What a nice idea to introduce different cuisines to the little ones! Thank you for sharing! Will surely use your idea when I have my own kids. For now, I’d do this for myself. Haha! 😀

    • Prachi Grover February 10, 2016 at 3:41 pm #

      Thanks for dropping by 🙂 Absolutely you must! I am discovering new cuisines and new foods each month too. Ethiopian is on my agenda next:)

  5. Bilna Sandeep January 26, 2016 at 3:35 pm #

    i love the way you are involving kids with the preparation of the dishes… i used to love mango lassi as a kid and lately I don’t remember the last time I had it…this post also reminds me of the lovely Mango seasons back home…used to be during our summer vacations and we had so much of mangoes at home that almost everything we cooked had a mango ingredient..be it ripe or raw!!

    And lovely pics and styling as always…have been following your instagram feed for some time and i love all your shots!!

    • Prachi Grover February 10, 2016 at 3:38 pm #

      Thanks a ton for your kind words. So happy to hear you like this space 🙂 I know and the mangoes here just don’t compare to the ones back home so we have our fill of mangoes each summer when we go home. Like you said, be it ripe or raw.

  6. IshitaUnblogged January 26, 2016 at 9:41 am #

    Happy Republic Day! So good to see a special post celebrating the day… and hope the young ones do get an essence through your efforts. xx

    • Prachi Grover January 26, 2016 at 10:34 am #

      Thanks Ishita! I try 🙂 I think you begin to value all this more when you are away from home. Wish you and the girls the same.

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