We have jetted off from Russia and we’ve landed in India this month. We did things a little differently this month. While we searched out books to learn about the United Kingdom, Sweden and Russia, this month we turned to the web. I decided that the images of India are so beautiful and compelling that they would be the best way to educate my girls about India. We visited National Geographic, National Geographic Kids, Frommer’s and we love flipping through the pictures on Google. They were taken in by the images of artistically decorated elephants and mountains of brightly coloured dye powders and spices. We were so inspired by the decorative beauty that we launched into an art project…spice paintings and elephant paintings.
My girls began painting. They were inspired to create designs reminiscent of the Indian pieces we had seen online. As she painted my eldest daughter said, “My paint brush smell delicious!” She loved this activity and ended up making many, many pictures..smelling everything as she went.
Now, I must admit I wasn’t really certain what to make for our Indian dish. When we eat Indian it tends to be ordered in or at a restaurant. After considering my options I landed on making a simple and sweet mango chutney. Most of the recipes I found were for making a large amount, so I modified the amounts and created a yummy accompaniment for our samosas.
3. Wrap garlic, ginger and garam masala in piece of cheesecloth – drop the bundle into the sauce and cook until sauce reaches a jam consistency
4. Add vinegar and salt…cook for another 2 minutes
We enjoyed our chutney with samosas that we purchase at a great local shop called the Sultan of Samosas. My girls went with my husband to pick out the samosas. When they came running out to the car, after getting the samosas, they said to me, “We totally saw the Sultan!” Very cute.