Students learn about healthy cooking at local Indian restaurant

Students from the University, Priory School and Portsmouth College learned healthy ways to cook at the Pompey in the Community kitchens, with Faz and Jaf Ahmed from The Akash Indian Restaurant in Southsea.

Students learned about the various spices used in Indian restaurant cooking and how to make healthier choices, such as asking for less salt, sugar, cream or oil without compromising on taste. Students were also told about the nutrients gained from eating certain types of food and went on to make a delicious and healthy Brinjol Bhagee using aubergine and baby spinach.

Jaf and Faz are former students at Priory School, Portsmouth College and the University. Faz said: “It is great to put Priory School, Portsmouth College and the University together and educate students of all ages about the healthier side of Indian cooking. It was also nice to catch up with my old cookery teacher and show her how I’ve honed my skills over the years. Thank you to Pompey in the Community for letting us use their great cooking facilities and also to Tesco and Display Wizard who sponsored the event.”

Jennifer Johnston Course Leader for Hospitality Management Degree Programmes at University said: “Thank you for such an entertaining and educational Indian Cookery Session. The University of Portsmouth Hospitality Management students look forward to similar sessions with Faz and Jaf in the autumn term.”

Sian Davies food teacher at Priory School added: “It was wonderful to see my old students working with current ones. The bhajee was delicious and knowing h ow much less fat was in the recipe makes it fit perfectly with the current heal thy eating message we are getting across to all of our students. ”

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