Praveen Kumar’s Indian Cook School

A collage of pictures incluing curry and beer

I LOVE a cooking class and was fortunate enough to receive a voucher for Praveen Kumar’s Indian Cook School at Christmas (thank you Mum). To say I was excited is definitely an understatement! I booked a place straight away and hey-ho, attended my class at the Cook School last week. I wasn’t disappointed.

The Cook School is in Perth, but my classmates had travelled from various parts of Scotland. It was a great mix of people and we had plenty of time to relax, chat and eat even though it was an action packed day, starting at 9.30 and finishing at 2.30. We were welcomed with a cup of Chai, then it was straight on with the cooking.

Dietary requirements were easily accommodated, vegetarian, vegan and dairy free options were covered in my class – no problem at all! Just let the Cook School know at the time of booking. You get to eat what you make, so come hungry! The class broke for food twice, once after we made our starters and then again for our mains. Beer, wine and soft drinks were available to wash it all down. It really was a feast. We made:

  • Papadoms
  • Spicy onions
  • Mint chutney
  • Raitha
  • Vegetable Pakora
  • Spinach Pakora
  • Mushroom Pakora
  • Aubergine Pakora
  • Tandoori Salmon (vegetarians/vegans marinaded aubergine instead)
  • Chicken Bhuna (vegetarians/vegans made a chickpea, spinach and potato bhuna)
  • Tadka Dal
  • Chapatti
  • Rice

The recipes are available on the Cook School webpage.

We also picked up lots of useful tips along the way and learned about spice production in India. I don’t want to spend time on this blog talking you through the tips and recipes – that’s what the Cook School is for. I will just say our minds were blown when we all realised we’d been prepping ginger incorrectly for years!!!!!

It was the first class I attended for some time and definitely inspired me to attend a few more. Are there any classes you’d recommend?

Val x

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