When we got home I set to work making the meal and the monkeys looked on the internet at images from India and gave me the 7 day weather report. We made papadams together (watching them explode is pretty exciting for kids) and they set the table. They were very excited when I suggested we all use the very special glasses. We lit incense and dressed up and played Indian music and ate a lovely feast. And everyone ate lots and tried new things including spicy samosas and happily ate red capsicum!
|Chana Dal and Funugreek Leaves|
I've cooked lots of dahl but tried a new recipe from Footscray Food Blog which was terrific. It was Chana Dal and Funugreek Leaves. I only added a smidge of chilli though because I didn't want to put the kids off.
I didn't manage to use anything from the garden - does a sprig of mint for garnish count?
Mangos are in season at the moment and I bought a box the other day when I was at the market to share with a friend. The mango lassis I made for the kids were a big hit. Here's what I did.
• 2 mangos
• 1 cup plain yoghurt
• 1 tbs caster sugar
• 1/2 cup milk
• sprig of mint to garnish
Place chopped mango, yoghurt, milk and sugar in a blender and blend until very smooth. Remove to a jug. Place ice cubes in the blender until crushed and then mix with the drink. Place in the fridge to chill. Pour to glasses and decorate with a sprig of mint.