An Indian Feast
On Sunday, November 18, Dr. Udai B. Singh, a friend of Blair and Dwight’s, will teach a cooking class at St. Matthew’s from 3-5:30 pm. Participants will learn how to prepare an Indian meal, including two different curries. If you want to participate please let Blair know by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, November 12. Participants will prepare the meal for the 5:30 Drop in Dinner, and will be asked to bring specific foods (carrots, cauliflower, etc).
Dr. Udai B. Singh is an Agricultural and Civil Engineer and works as Water Resources Manager for the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr. Singh is also an adjunct faculty member in the Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering Department at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul.
Udai grew up in a small farming village in the Bharatpur District of State of Rajasthan in India. He completed his elementary school education in the village school. There were about fifty to sixty students in the school, and there was only one teacher for grades 1 to 5. Udai completed his middle and high school education in a nearby town. He then was admitted for his engineering studies into a program in agricultural engineering. He received his bachelors of engineering degree from Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. After completing his undergraduate degree, Udai received a scholarship to study for his master of engineering studies at Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok, Thailand. He came to USA to study for his Ph.D. at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
After completing his PhD, Udai and his wife Sunita moved to Minneapolis-St. Paul and Udai initially worked at the University of Minnesota, St Paul campus. Udai and his wife now live in Shoreview with their two sons. Udai learned how to cook out of necessity when he was an undergraduate and did not enjoy the food served in his college hostel.
Udai wants to start a one room library and community center in his native village in India to honor his parents. He is raising funds for this project by selling $50 spice sets containing cumin seed, mustard seed, chile powder, turmeric, garam masala, coriander powder, and salt. If you are interested in purchasing a spice set you can let Blair know ahead of time, or purchase one at the cooking class. There is no expectation or pressure to do so.