SVI members have a tasty new option on their Zoom menu. An exciting new Indian cookery class has just started up, specially designed to cater for people with varying degrees of sight loss. Our members are learning new skills, not least the secret to perfect, fluffy basmati rice, cooked either in a pan or the microwave.
Hosted by our own Fanny and Johnnie Craddock, Krupa and Kiran Patel, the first session was definitely a tastebud tantaliser. Kiran reminded us that with a bit of imagination and care, cooking for people with sight loss can be so much more than reheating a microwave or frozen meal. Krupa ably demonstrated mushroom rice, a real crowd pleaser. Kiran colourfully audio described the process until everyone was clear on what to do. Cooking and food safety featured throughout, as Zoom attendees watched, listened, asked questions… and drooled. Everyone was keen to go away and experiment, filled with enthusiasm to swap in and out their chosen ingredients.
Sight loss doesn’t have to be a barrier to achieving new things, said Kiran (an SVI Trustee who is visually impaired himself).
We can’t wait for the next session in two weeks’ time, when chana aloo (chickpea and potato curry) is on the menu. Meanwhile, everyone’s off to try out their new-found rice cooking skills.
Lisa emailed us to say:
“Just made the vegetable rice dish that you demonstrated yesterday. It was delicious and my family thought so too.”
Here’s a picture of the rice she made.
Catch up on audio or listen again
You can download the audio track from this event here: Audio recording of Krupa and Kiran’s mushroom rice cookery session. Or listen below:
Join us next time!
If you are an SVI member, contact the SVI office to register your interest in attending the next session. It’s free to our members. You can either watch or listen via Zoom or dial in from your landline or mobile phone.