My goal was to create a cultural culinary experience that tells the stories behind our famous dishes…
Come to my home in Delhi to learn the secrets of cooking delicious Indian cuisine. I grew up watching my mother cook and because my father was in the air force, we lived all over India, so I was exposed to regional cuisine. When I started from my little kitchen back in 2013, my goal was to create a cultural culinary experience, something hands-on that would give people a feel for our food but also the stories behind our famous dishes.
To start, I’ll introduce the dishes we’re going to make and go through the ingredients and spices we’ll use. We typically cook four dishes, a mix of vegetarian and chicken, along with breads like rotis and chapatis, but this can be tailored to your dietary needs. Dishes vary by season but we might include a chana masala or biryani – people particularly love the butter chicken and chicken tikka masala.
Guests often say it’s like cooking with a friend – it’s very casual and you can ask me about anything, be it food, culture or being a married woman in India. I live in a multi-floor house with my extended family and they often pop in to meet you. I’ll tell you all about the dishes we’re preparing, what part of the country they’re from and what bread they’re best paired with. Indian food is all about knowing spices, so I also focus on that, as well as how to make dough from scratch for our breads.
Once everything is cooked we eat in the kitchen together or out on the terrace with drinks followed by dessert. The whole class takes around two hours and at the end, you’ll get a copy of my recipe book, as well as a little memento like some masala tea. My guests say they love the hands-on element of the class and getting to see how an Indian household lives. This experience is for anyone who’s fond of trying new things – you don’t need to be a cook, you just need to like food.
Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Malcolm, who's travelled extensively in India. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember.
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