"I am from Nicaragua, but my father is from India," he explained.
Students from Ecuador made another vegetarian dish from the highlands of their country: a bean-based vegetarian ceviche. Along the coast, the dish would be made with seafood. In the old days, there wasn't a whole lot of shrimp in the mountains of Ecuador. A quick poll of diners, however, showed the beans with olive oil, served chilled in a glass, were popular.
Other nations represented at the annual International Dinner were Brazil, with a flaky meat and cheese pie, and Germany, with a traditional pancake soup made from crepes sliced into a clear beef broth. Dessert was apple strudel with vanilla sauce.
Rader said he wants students to travel and see the world. He takes some culinary students on a trip to Spain each year so they can take language classes, cooking courses and get ideas by interacting with the local people. The next best thing, he's told them, is bringing foreign guests here to see the people of Ottumwa.
IHCC currently has 77 international students.
— To follow reporter Mark Newman on Twitter, see @CourierMark