Monday, January 31, 2011

spice is nice

Clockwise from top right: ground coriander, black mustard seeds, turmeric, cumin seeds, ground cumin, ground red pepper. Center: Garam masala.

This weekend I attended an Indian cooking class. On the menu?

Shrimp fried in cream of wheat (that's right--cream of wheat!)
Onion bhajias 
Avocado chutney and chips

Main Course:
Chicken curry
Moong daal 
Spinach sabji
Aloo gobi sabji
Cucumber salad with onions, tomatoes, and cilantro

Gajar ka halwa
Fresh fruit salad
Vanilla ice cream with fresh pureed mango

Mango Lassi
Chai spiced with ginger and cardamoms

It was a fun day, and a beautiful setting. We ate off banana leaves outside sitting on mats under a canopy of beautiful swaths of fabric.

The takeaway, aside from the recipes, is the spice tin pictured above. These fresh spices came straight from India and smell heavenly!


  1. Thanks! I wish there was a way to post the yummy scents with the picture...

  2. Nice picture and great run down on the menu! Incidentally, I teach Indian cooking as well and I'm just wondering if you wouldn't mind my asking how long this class was? You learned to make quite a few dishes, I have to say! And it's really nice to see so many people interested in Indian cuisine.

  3. Thanks, Shineydewdrop! How fun that you teach Indian cooking too! By the time we had settled in and started the actual class, it was about four hours, from appetizer to dessert and chai. We split into groups to do the preparations for all the dishes and then watched the cooking process and took notes!

  4. oh wow i bet that was a fun class! what a great idea. and you are so right those colors are wonderful.

  5. Kristin, it was a blast! I was thoroughly exhausted and stuffed by the end of it. :)


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