The Culinary Kids are creating an Indian high tea

The Culinary Kids create an Indian high tea

I woke up early on a classic gray, rainy Berkeley Sunday and walked to Tandoor Kitchen on Telegraph.  Tandoor Kitchen allowed Culinary Kids to use their kitchen in order to create a classic Indian high tea.  Mona, an excellent and helpful Indian cook, came with her daughter Shikha to teach the kids how to make:

-besan toast (made with bread and chick pea flour)

-cucumber and chutney sandwiches

-poha (a flattened rice savory dish)

-gajar halwa: Indian carrot pudding

-traditional Indian chai tea

 Mona explained that the tea sandwiches are a remnant of British colonial influence in India.  She said that on these kind of Sundays in India people drink high tea and talk so we were learning about high tea at the perfect time.

I helped with the chutney sandwich station. Mona assigned us to pick all of the mint and cilantro leaves off of the stems in order to make a good chutney.  Instead of complaining, the kids loved picking off the leaves and talking about how they made beef stew for dinner the night before.

My two favorite dishes were the fried besan toast served with spicy Indian ketchup and the gajar halwa or Indian carrot pudding.  The gajar halwa tasted like warm carrot cake, but not as sweet.  The chai tea was warm, spiced and sweet–a comforting accompaniment to the warm carrot pudding.

Mona and Shikha brought Indian biscuits (tea cookies), mango fruit juice boxes, scarves, bindis and incense to create a fun authentic vibe.  It was a rewarding and tasty rainy Sunday.

Shika started the pudding before the kids came because it takes a long time to grate all the carrots

Shikha started the pudding before the kids came because it takes a long time to grate all the carrots

We quizzed the kids on what spices go into the chai tea...cinnamon, cardamom?

We quizzed the kids on what spices go into the chai tea...cinnamon, cardamom?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

meticulously picking the mint and cilantro leaves off the stems

meticulously picking the mint and cilantro leaves off the stems

look at that cucumber peeling and slicing skill!

look at that cucumber peeling and slicing skill!

the girls enjoyed the bindis and the scarves

the girls enjoyed the bindis and the scarves

chow time

chow time

hot from the frier, ready for some spicy ketchup

hot from the frier, ready for some spicy ketchup

you mean they are letting us put more sugar in the tea??

you mean they are letting us put more sugar in the tea??

 

 

 

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