Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I Rocked the Taj Mahal

Okay, still recovering from last week. (Caught a cold). But our Taj Mahal for Asia Day rocked! I don't pat myself on the back much, in fact if you compliment me I tend to say "Oh, it's all right. Could have been better." or some other self deprecating comment. But, seriously, I'm proud of myself!

Here's David and Owen in front of the Taj Mahal.

Close up of the "scroll" work. Each piece cut and glued by moi.

The food turned out okay. My Pancit Noodles didn't turn out. Seemed like an easy recipe but when you are cooking at 6:00 am sometimes things don't work. Max wouldn't try the veggie wontons, did not like the Samosas (even though they rocked!) but did like the Spring Rolls! One out of four is not bad.

I personally thought the Samosas turned out the best and as they are free of dairy, egg, peanut, tree nut, fish and shellfish, I'll leave the recipe here. I got it from a friend from Indian. She even offered to have her mother-in-law help. Wish I would have had time to take her up on it, would have been fun.


  • 2-3 cups of cubed boiled potatoes
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup green peas
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • flour tortillas
  • red chili powder and salt to taste
  • oil for deep frying

Fry onions in a little oil til golden brown. Add cumin and coriander and fry for another minute.

Add boiled potatoes and green peas. Add salt and chili powder to taste. Stir for 10-15 minutes.

Stir in chopped cilantro and stir for another minute or so. Your filling is ready.

Cut flour tortilla in half. Put in some filling. Fold into shape of triangle and seal edges with a flour and water paste.

Heat some oil in deep pan. Fry samosa to light golden brown.

You may serve hot with Mint Chutney or other chutney. (They are good cold too. I'm thinking may be a great on the road breakfast item.)


Ariel said...

WOW! So what happens to the Taj Mahal now? Does the school keep it, or are you going to set it up on permanent display in your yard? That's really amazing.

purplemommy said...

Actually the school just sent out an email asking if people can keep parts of the set in storage at their houses. I'm sure the "dome" of the Taj Mahal is one of those things (I did not do the dome. It is paper maiche on chicken wire.) I don't think my mosiac work will survive as it is just on paper. Sigh. So hard to be an artist.

Linda said...

wow! It's beautiful! Great job.

3 for Me!! said...

WOW!!! Awesome job.... I wish I was that creative and good with crafts!!!

And good for you for at least trying the new recipes and giving your kids the opportunity to try the different foods.... it would have been easier to bring "safe" foods you knew they'd eat (that's what I do):) But you're supermom!!!!

All my love, Carmen said...

You did an amazing job, and those samosas sound good too.