By guest blogger SIOBHAN KELLY
On Saturday 21 April, Harjinder ran an extra-long veggie Punjabi session at Chorlton High School – lasting four hours, from 10am–2pm. It was a lovely and relaxed session due to the extra hour and a friendly, fun, sociable group of people.
We made chappattis, aubergine and potato pakorahs, paneer and spinach curry, mint and yoghurt sauce, and Harjinder gave us a demonstration of lentil tarka dhal - a quick, easy, nutritious and very cheap dish to make. Harjinder started the session talking about spices and these were handed around the table to smell and view alongside stories of their use and origin with laughter and chatting. Everyone was given a handout of all the different spices full of useful information to take home and refer to in the future. We also discussed palette knives with ruler measurements on the blade - a useful tool to have in the kitchen.
Chapatti-making was demonstrated and everyone got a chance to prod the mixture and feel the consistency before making their own chapatti dough. Fun was had flipping the mixture from one hand to another, then into the very hot Tava where it was finished off on the open flame, then spread with clarified butter.
The sound of chopping filled the air along with the aromas of fresh garlic, ginger, dried spices, onions and fresh coriander… what a beautiful mix of colours and smells!
The pakorah batter was made with flour, water, spices and potato and gently cooked in hot oil, then served with the yoghurt mint sauce.
We started making the paneer and spinach curry by frying cumin seeds, the diced paneer, onions, garlic and ginger, adding tomatoes, chillies, spices, fresh spinach and then cooking. This was then garnished with fresh coriander and served with roti. It was so delicious and I’ll definitely be making this at home myself in the future - I wish I had a plate of it sitting in front of me right now!
Once the feast was completed, it was time to set the table, sit down, relax and enjoy a wonderful meal together.
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