"Mr. McCallum....can we make butter chicken?" Usually got the response of NO! from me followed by the " do you know how much fat is in...blah blah blah." Well I met the students half way and found a low fat butter chicken recipe. The result was definitely not butter chicken but it did get an approval rate of 8 out of 10. What I enjoyed best is how the students figured out that by adding more yoghurt or water, they could make it creamier or more liquidy. The paneer groups realized quickly that they needed a lot more liquids as the recipe was relying on the fluids from the chicken being released. The result were a lot of different looking and tasting recipes.
Dave McCallum is a Foods Studies teachers at Semiahmoo Secondary in Surrey, British Columbia