cooking with friends

Reading aloud is shown to improve confidence and understanding. These activities have been designed to help you practise your speaking skills in an authentic way. Callie is going to explain to her friend how to make vegetable curry. Download the recipe and read it as you listen to Callie reading it aloud.


Task 1 - vocabulary

In this activity, you will focus on the meaning, pronunciation and spelling of some vocabulary used for ingredients in the recipe.

Task 2 - verbs

In this activity you will focus on verbs used to talk about cooking.

Task 3 - word stress

In natural spoken English, we don’t pronounce each syllable with the same emphasis (word stress).

For example, the word ‘ingredients’ has four syllables and the main stress is on the second syllable:

                             o O o o


Now listen to some words taken from the recipe and match them to the correct stress pattern.

Task 4 - sentence order


Vegetable curry (serves 5-6)


3 tbsp (of)* vegetable oil

2 onions

4 cloves (of) garlic

(a) 5cm piece (of) root ginger

3tbsp (of) tomato puree

2 carrots

2 sweet potatoes

2 peppers (red or yellow)

1 large courgette

1 tin (of) chickpeas

200g (of) red lentils

1 large handful (of) sultanas

½ (a) tsp (of) turmeric

½ (a) tsp (of) crushed chillies

1 tsp (of) ground cumin

1 tsp (of)ground coriander

750ml (of) hot vegetable stock

4 large tomatoes

3tsp (of) garam masala

Salt and pepper

150g (of) frozen peas

(and) 1 handful (of) fresh coriander


Firstly, heat the oil in a large pan.

Chop the onions, crush the garlic, and peel and grate the ginger. Add these ingredients to the pan and fry for about five minutes.

Next, chop the sweet potato and slice the carrots, peppers and courgettes. Add these ingredients to the pan and fry for a further 10 minutes.

Then, add the sultanas, turmeric, cumin, ground coriander and stock. Rinse and drain the lentils and the chickpeas and add to the pan.

Chop the tomatoes and stir them into the other ingredients.

After that, cover the pan with a lid, and simmer for about 25 minutes.

Finally, add the peas and garam masala, and season to taste. Simmer uncovered for about 20 minutes.

Chop the fresh coriander and add it to the curry before serving.

*The words in brackets (a, and, of) would not usually be included in the ingredients section of a recipe, although they are normally said when the ingredients are read aloud.

tbsp = tablespoon    tsp = teaspoon


How about having a go at reading a recipe aloud to someone you know?

You could explain how to make Callie’s vegetable curry or choose one of your own recipes.

Finally, tell us about your favourite recipe …

  • Why do you like it so much?
  • Is it easy or difficult?
  • Where did you find it?
  • Have you shared it with anyone else?
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