The spice of life

By Mark Elson in Local People

CHEFS from the Akash restaurant in Cinderford gave pupils from St Whites Primary School a taste of Indian cuisine on Tuesday, April 25.

Key Stage One pupils are embarking on a new topic about India called Indian Spice, and teacher Sophie Burke contacted restaurant owner Mr Hussain to ask if he would visit to tell the pupils more about traditional Indian food and to cook with them.

Mr Hussain said: “We brought along some spices to pass around for the children to see and smell and they watched while we cooked onion bhajis, dhal and vegetable biryani and rice. These are all dishes that are familiar across India. The children then ate the food for their lunch.”

Ms Burke said: “The children loved it; it was a great way to introduce our new topic and for some of them it was a really new experience.

“The children asked about the foods that Mr Hussain enjoyed and heard that he loved fish and chips as well as lots of different Indian curries. One pupil asked if it was hard work running a restaurant and was told that you should work hard at every job you go in to, which was great as the children were all listening so intently.

“We’d like to say a big thank you to the Akash for giving up their time. They talked to the children and really listened to them. In fact we all enjoyed it so much that we’re planning on cooking our own celebration meal at the end of the term and inviting them back, along with the parents, to join us.”

Mr Hussain added: “We haven’t done anything like this before and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We are very pleased to have been asked. Our restaurant has been open since 1991 and it’s great to be able to give something back to the community after the people of Cinderford have supported us for so long.”

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