IELTS Preparation

Describe a traditional meal

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 271 with Model Answer:

Describe a traditional meal that you prepare in your country on special occasions.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • how you prepare it
  • what ingredients are used to prepare it

and explain why you enjoy it.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you’re going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer 1:
South Africa is a country enriched with a good number of beautiful landscapes and most importantly the foods of the country are adorable. Cape Malay Curry is one of the favourite food items in the country and served on different occasions.

In fact, this is a distinctive curry that mostly depends on spices for aroma and taste. Some colourful fruits and vegetables are also used with the curry to make it more attractive and sometimes it is served with yellow rice instead of plain rice. The curry is less hot than the other curries of the country. The entire curry is filled with fruity flavour and the spice aromas help to increase the tastes as well which is the key reason for the curry to be served during occasions.

The preparation process of the curry is similar to the preparation of the other curries but it is different in this sense that it requires some extra spices to increase the aromas. In the beginning of the cooking, you need to heat the oil in a cooking pot or pan. Then you are to add the sliced onions in the oil and fry them till they are softened. But you need to steer the fry so that they do not get stuck with the pan. Then add the other ingredients such as ginger, cloves, garlic together and stir them for sometimes. When the mixture will be softened, it is the time to add the remaining ingredients and add water sufficiently. Then place the chicken thighs on the cooking pot and cover the pan. Leave the pan on the stove for around half an hour. Then you need to stir the mixtures very well so that they do not get stick with the pan. Add potatoes and keep cooking for around 15 minutes more and keep the pan uncovered. You need to stop the stove when the ingredients are tendered. You can also prepare the rice before serving them.

This traditional South African food item requires more spices than ingredients. The most used ingredients are – sunflower oil, chopped onion, cloves, garlic, turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, red chilli, ground white pepper, coriander, cumin seeds, chopped tomatoes, chunked potatoes, chicken thighs with bones etc. All the ingredients should be used with the right quantity and the cooking time also needs to be perfect. If you cook the chicken with the spices for over 30 minutes, there are chances that the chicken pieces will be softened more than expected and will lose the taste. Serving plays an important role here. the curry needs to be served with the hot rice.

I always enjoy the curry as this is different from the other food items of South Africa. When the curry is served with the yellow or plain rice, there comes an exceptional aroma from the curry. The tickling aromas help to imagine that I am having the best food of the world. Moreover, the curry is prepared with different spices but none of them is too hot or salty. So, the taste becomes very special. The curry has been being served for years as a traditional food item in the country and throughout the years, and only for the special aroma, the curry soared to the top of popularity. For all such reasons, I enjoy the curry very much.

Article publié pour la première fois le 15/09/2016

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