Indian Week: easy to make recipes for the classroom ideas?

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  1. Peachyness

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    So, I teach in an afterschool program and each week we have a different theme. Each month we focus on a different country as a way to teach kids about the world. In December we will have India week.

    I'm having a tough time finding recipes that are kid and classroom friendly. We have a cooking cart with a grill where we can turn it into a stove if we need to. We also have a microwave and a blender.

    Any ideas? It needs to be made within a 50 minute time frame.

    One idea I just had: mango lassi

    I, personally, love Indian food. But I don't have any kids of my own. This is my first time cooking with kids. So, I also am uncertain about what to make with them that won't be too spicy or too strong of a flavor.
     
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    Naan would be fairly easy to make on the grill. You could keep it plain or add different spices (garlic!) for different experiences.
     
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    Mango lassi is tasty and seems like the easiest thing to make and eat in a short period. A lot of Indian food takes hours to cook or is a little more adventurous than I'd expect most average kids to be up for. You can always tone down spiciness of any dish, but the flavors might still be a bit too different for some kids.

    How about pakoras of some sort? You could do vegetables and/or cheese. They are easy and pretty quick to make. I don't know if you'd want kids doing the frying part though.

    There's also tandoori chicken that could be done by grilling marinated chicken pieces and serving with rice. I still like the lassi idea best (and you could do other types besides just mango for variety if yo wanted). Either way I'd test it out before the big day.
     
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    Pappadums cook up pretty well in a microwave and come across like spicy chips; mango lassi and pappadum should make a fine combination.
     
  6. Peachyness

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    Oooh, pappadum! That's a good idea. Okay, I'll play around with the recipes. :)

    Thanks, guys! :)
     
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    Samosas, daal.
     
  8. Peachyness

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    I thought about samosa, but worried it might be a bit too much work... although I DO LOVE samosas!!!
     
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    Now, I am just hungry. I could eat tandoori chicken every meal for a while.
     
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    How about some chutneys? I love Indian food! Now I am in the mood to go to the Curry House!
     

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