Spicing up lessons!

Cooking the pakora with chef Mr Miah is Daniel, stirring the dish, watched by Mike Hoban, Kalam Bushra and pupils Shanice, Charlotte, Kayleah and  Bethany

Cooking the pakora with chef Mr Miah is Daniel, stirring the dish, watched by Mike Hoban, Kalam Bushra and pupils Shanice, Charlotte, Kayleah and Bethany

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WIGAN children swapped baking for bhajis when they visited a local restaurant.

Pupils from the Year Six baking club at St Andrew’s Primary in Springfield traded in their flour and mixing bowls for rather spicier fare after being invited to neighbouring The Raj Indian Restaurant in Woodhouse Lane.

They enjoyed a behind the scenes look at the preparation and cooking of Bangladeshi food and the importance Asian food has generally within the family structure and community.

The event was arranged by teacher Mike Hoban, a loyal customer of the award winning restaurant.

It formed part of the school’s inventive ‘Friday Fun’ sessions laid on to reward the pupils for a week’s hard work.

The youngsters themselves pick a different activity of the last hour of the school week, normally comprising chess or a battle of the board games.

Raj manager Abdul Kalam explained that staff gave the children a geography lesson as to what part of the world Bangladesh is in.

They then discussed the various spices of the curries from the Raj menu.

After a round of soft drinks they served poppadoms with chutneys describing the taste and textures of the chutney selections.

Colleague Sadrul Alam said: “We very much enjoyed welcoming the pupils from St Andrew’s Primary School and we hope it could be the first of many such events.”

The Raj has celebrated it’s 10th anniversary in Springfield this month by undergoing a full modernisation and refurbishment programme in the restaurant.

They have also now been granted planning permission to extend the restaurant.