Green Gram Sprouts Salad (Ankurit Moong Salad)

This week we have a very special recipe that celebrates another milestone as we team up with Cheeni For Tots to teach adorable five year olds at Genentech about India culture and cuisine.

Here is the recipe and lesson plan we have prepared for them with. Let us know what you think, and if you wish for us to visit your school with this lesson plan. As they say in India: Svādiṣṭa! (Delicious!)

Country we are exploring: India

Continent: Asia


Official Languages:  Hindi & English

India has hundreds of spoken languages in different parts of the country.  There are 22 official languages, and over 2000 dialects. English and Hindi are widely spoken by the majority of Indians.

Fun Kid relevant Fact about India:

India’s jungles were the inspiration behind Disney’s animated feature, The Jungle Book. The story was originally written by Rudyard Kipling for his six year old daughter, Josephine. The plot follows Mowgli, a feral child raised in the Indian jungle by wolves, as his friends Bagheera the panther and Baloo the bear try to convince him into leaving the jungle before the evil tiger Shere Khan arrives!

Did you know?

19% of Kids in India do not know how to read or write by the time they reach the age 15.  The main reasons being that they don’t have a school or education facility near by, or their parents don’t have the means to support them.

Conversation Igniters:

  • How would you feel if you could not go to school?

  • What do you think will happen to kids who don’t have a chance to go to school and get educated?

Links to a resource where kids can learn more about this issue or take action: or

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English Recipe Name: Green Gram Sprouts Salad

Name of dish in Hindi: Ankurit Moong Salad

Serving Size: 20 people


Ingredient spotlight: Sprouted Green Gram (or Moong Bean) Sprouts have high nutritional value because they contain fiber, protein, minerals, vitamins and enzymes. They are also called miracle food! Fiber will help you digest better. Protein will make you strong. Minerals & vitamins will add more energy in you!


• 4 cups of sprouted moong beans
• 2 small or medium sized onions, finely chopped
• 4 medium size tomatoes, finely chopped
• 2 tsp lemon juice
• 1 bunch coriander leaves and lemon slices for garnishing
• Rock salt or black salt as desired

Optional Ingredients:

• 1⁄2 or 1 tsp chaat masala
• 3 boiled potatoes

Big Chef Duties:

• Sprout the Green Gram/Moong
• Cover and soak the beans with three inches of water overnight
• After the beans have soaked overnight or for 8 hours, strain them in a large colander and rinse under cold running water
• Cover the colander with a kitchen towel and set aside for another day
• Every 8-10 hours rinse the legumes and let the water run out, then cover again with the kitchen towel and reset. Once you see tiny little white shoots developing, allow for them to sit another day, continuing to rinse and drain, until the shoots are bigger
• Preparation once the sprouts are ready to prepare the salad
• Chop the onions in small pieces
• Boil the potatoes

Little Chef Duties:

• Peel and chop the potatoes in small pieces
• Chop the tomatoes and coriander in small pieces
• Mix all the chopped ingredients with the sprouts in a bowl
• Season it with salt
• Add a few drops of lemon juice

Learn while you wait activity:

Color a Rangoli (a folk art from India in which patterns are created on the floor) or Diwali Diya (i.e. a lamp) – Print and distribute writing worksheets and coloring sheets from Cheeni For Tots for



1. Garnish it with chopped coriander, and lemon slices
2. Serve the sprouts salad fresh for the best taste!

Bon Appetit in Hindi:

Delicious:– Svādiṣṭa!

Potato Salad, an all-time July 4 favorite

Potato Salad

When you think July 4, you think BBQ and when you think BBQ you think Potato Salad! Here is a recipe for a delicious Potato Salad to prepare with your Little Chefs

Country we are exploring: United States

Continent: North America

National Language: English

English Recipe Name: American Potato Salad

Fun Fact about the country: The first man to walk on the moon was American Neil Armstrong on July 21st, 1969. Before Armstrong, the American Wright Brothers invented and built the world’s first successful airplane. Today, kids can look forward to the future by joining NASA’s student programs

Link to a resource where kids can learn more about this issue or take action:,

Kids love this country because…

The American city of Los Angeles is the birthplace and home of many popular kids television shows such as Spongebob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer, and Yo Gabba Gabba. These shows are not only entertaining but have become stuck in young hearts around the world!

Ingredient spotlight: Potato

There are about 5,000 potato varieties worldwide. Three thousand of them are found in the Andes alone, mainly in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, and Colombia.

There are about 5,000 potato varieties worldwide. Three thousand of them are found in the Andes alone, mainly in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, and Colombia.

Did you know Potatoes are…?

During the Alaskan Klondike gold rush, (1897-1898) potatoes were practically worth their weight in gold.

In October 1995, the potato became the first vegetable to be grown in space. NASA and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, created the technology with the goal of feeding astronauts on long space voyages, and eventually, feeding future space colonies.

Ease a sore throat by putting a slice of baked potato in a stocking and tying it around your throat.

The word potato comes from the Spanish word patata.

Although it shares the same name, the sweet potato is a root vegetable and only loosely related to the potato.


5 pounds red potatoes
6 eggs
2 cups mayonnaise
1 onion, diced
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 small green bell pepper, seeded and diced
3 stalks celery, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper


1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add potatoes, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until tender but still firm. Drain, cool and cut into cubes.
2. Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Cover and let eggs stand in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water, cool, peel and chop.
3. In a large bowl, combine chopped potatoes and eggs. Mix together mayonnaise, chopped onion, green onion, green pepper, and celery. Season with salt and pepper, then mix well. Cover, and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.


Big Chef Duties:
• Placing and removing things from the stove.
• Handling cutlery

Little Chef Duties:
• All steps are little chef friendly with big chef guidance.

Practice setting the timer or keeping time with your kids for 30, 20, or 35 minutes and do a Learn While You Wait exercise:

Learn while you wait:
The density of Saturn is so low that if you were to put it in a giant glass of water it would float. The actual density of Saturn is 0.687 g/cm3 while the density of water is 0.998 g/cm3. At the equator Saturn has a radius of 60,268 ± 4 km – which means you would need an extremely large glass of water to test this out.

• Garnish the salad with some parsley!
Teach the kids how to say Bon Appetit in the language of this recipe:

English: Enjoy your meal!
Did you know? (Bring awareness to an issue that is affecting children in particular in this country)
In America, many popular kids books are banned or censored in schools and libraries. Among these books include Harry Potter, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, The Lorax, and Where’s Waldo?

Action ideas: Parents should guide their children’s reading and exposure to books as they see fit outside of school environments. The public library can assist in this process by providing reader’s advisory services, booklists, and other related services in a positive, pro-active manner.

Causa De Atun

Today, we had our good friends, Mahsa, Ramin and their lovely children, Aryan and Ava over to discover Peru through the recipe my friend Shadia Mattar suggested to us. We learned a great deal about this country,  and had a blast cooking.

Girls cooking

Here are the country facts in our traditional Chef Koochooloo format:

Continent: South América

National Language Spanish

English Recipe Name: Tuna Fish Potato Loaf 

Peruvian Name:   CAUSA DE ATUN

 We began our journey by asking the kids whether they knew that Peru had a high rate of 19% child labor.  Aryan and Delarai expressed that they would love to have the right to work instead of going to school, but then we mentioned the kinds of jobs these kids have, they quickly changed their minds.

If you discuss this topic with your kids, be sure to point them to a site such as this one to learn more and take action towards this cause:

We shared some fun facts with the kids about Peru, but mostly they fell in love with Peru knowing that: It is home to  many Llamas and alpacas.  Llamas by nature, are very intelligent, gentle animals. They are relatively inexpensive to maintain, relatively disease-free, and are quick, to learn, cooperative, and patient in training. Their quickness to learn can make them, at times, mischievous. Kids love watching spit on each other.

Ingredient spotlight:  Potato 

There are about 5,000 potato varieties worldwide. Three thousand of them are found in the Andes alone, mainly in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, and Colombia.

There are about 5,000 potato varieties worldwide. Three thousand of them are found in the Andes alone, Potatoes are believed to have originated in what is now South of Peru!

The potato was originally believed to have been discovered in southern Peru. Potatoes have a lot of potassium. Potassium is an element (and an electrolyte) that’s essential for the body’s growth and maintenance. It’s necessary to keep a normal water balance between the cells and body fluids.


  • 2.2 lb (1 k) potatoes (yellow, if available)
  • ¼ cup oil
  • Juice of 2 key limes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ground aji amarillo fresco / fresh yellow aji (chili)
  • 1.1 lb (½ k) fresh tuna fish or 2 6-oz cans of tuna fish packed in oil
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 sliced avocados
  • 2  cups of mayonnaise
  • ½ cup of Parsley
  • 8 Spanish olives
  • 2 hardboiled eggs


Note: If canned tuna fish is used, season with key lime-juice and chopped onion.

If fresh tuna fish is used, bake first with salt and ground white pepper. 

Different fillings for Causa:

  • Avocado, mayonnaise, diced tomato and boiled diced eggs.
  • Shrimps, mayonnaise, ketchup, drops of lime juice and ground yelow aji.
  • Crabmeat and mayonnaise.
  • Octopus in olive sauce.


 Big Chef Duties:

  • Boil potatoes with salt
  • Dice the onion
  • Slice the tomatoes in small sizes

 Little Chef Duties:

  • Peel and mash the potatoes.
  • Combine with salt, white ground pepper, key lime juice, aji or chili and oil.
  • Mix tuna fish with mayonnaise and diced onions.
  • Spread potato mixture on a thin rectangular sheet of plastic. Spread the filling
  • Top with tomatoes, sliced avocado and roll using the plastic to help form a round loaf.
  • Refrigerate for one hour.

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Learn while you wait:  

  • Boil two eggs:

What causes bubbles to form when boiling water? As the water starts to get hot, a lot of bubbles will form down the walls of your water container. These bubbles are AIR. Normally water has a lot of air dissolved on it. This is what allows breathing to fish and other aquatic beings. The solubility of gases decreases when the temperature is raised, and that is why the dissolved air bubbles out from the water.


  • Slice the avocados (with drops of key lime juice to prevent discoloring) and if desired, mayonnaise, serve with kale or red peppers

Causa Atun

As they say in Perú, Mucho Gusto!