International Cuisine Lesson Plans
The first time I had Indian food, I fell in love with it. My personal favorite is Chicken Vindaloo. Do you enjoy Indian Food?
Many students don’t have the chance to taste such a unique and delicious cuisine as this so we incorporate it into our International Cuisines unit.
Let’s travel to Asia and teach about the foods on the largest continent on the planet. With 48 countries on the continent, it can be tricky to narrow down what international Asian cuisine we should teach our Culinary students about. Here, we will take a look at teaching about Indian Food.
1- Teach about the Spices– Spices or “Masala” are the foundation of Indian cooking with Garam Masala being the most popular Indian spice used. Many Indian homes have a Spice box or “Massala Dabba” with the essential spices on a circular plate so that while they cook, the spices are readily available.
One spice that is important for students to learn about is turmeric. It is used extensively in Indian cooking and helps to give foods such as curry, the orange color. Turmeric has many health properties including cancer prevention, heart health, anti-inflammatory as well as reduction of depression and arthritis symptoms.
We have a spices lesson plan if you are looking for something to assign to your students to learn the basics of spices. It also includes herbs and spices posters!
Here are Chef Lorber’s Indian food recipes that he uses in his culinary arts classes.
2- Make Curry Rice and Chai Tea– To give your students the idea of what this spice, as well as curry powder (turmeric, cumin, ginger and black pepper), tastes like, this curry rice recipe is a great, cost-effective way to explore the tastes of India.