Cook Like an Indian - Four Part Comprehensive Indian Cookery Course



Welcome to the real India!

Established in 2010, Indian cooking classes are where the story began here at The Cooking Academy. Alongside her rich Indian heritage and descending from a long line of spice merchants, our founder, chef and author Kumud Gandhi has amassed years of experience in cooking fine Indian cuisine. Many people from all walks of life have enjoyed Kumud’s cooking which along the way have included some familiar names such as – Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, HRH The Price of Wales, The President of Iraq, Nelson Mandela, The Mayor of London, Tony Blair’s office, Guy Ritchie and Madonna and P.Diddy. This unique background means that you can be confident that you will experience the highest quality and most authentic Indian cookery classes at The Cooking Academy.

The Course

There appears to be a common perception that Indian food is difficult to cook and our four part Indian cookery course will help to dispel this myth. Starting from the very basics, Kumud will take students by the hand on a journey of discovery giving them the confidence to not only replicate her recipes at home with great success but also to be able to “tweak” them to their own palates. Session by session you will acquire new skills and techniques which will culminate in giving you the ability to create a stunning Indian banquet with ease.

The classes will take place at regularly spaced intervals in order to give students the time to absorb what they have learnt in the session and to practise the recipes at home. All of the classes will be held in our warm and welcoming kitchen which is set within an acre of stunning grounds. Everything you need will be supplied- all you need to do is bring yourselves and a pair of comfortable shoes!

The course will be structured as follows:-

Class 1- The Spice Trail

We commence with a spice trail presenting all of the spices we will be using during the classes and moving on to how to use them in a range of spice blends and easy everyday meals. There will be plenty to learn about the alchemy of spices in a relaxed and fun environment. By the end of the first class you will have gained a good knowledge of authentic dishes and confidence with a variety of cooking techniques and short cuts in the kitchen.

Class content:-“ The Spice Trail”, spice blends and pastes, fish masala, chilli chicken kebabs, raitha, Bombay potatoes, onion bhajis, masala chicken

To book a date, call us on 01923 778880

Class 2- The Curries

Taking the knowledge you have gained from the introductory class we then move on to the holy grail of Indian cuisine- the curries. As we cook our way through an inviting selection of both meat and vegetable dishes, new techniques will be introduced to ensure that your curries will be perfectly balanced and delicious time after time.

Class content:- Gobi curry, butter chicken, aloo keema, chicken pathia, egg and potato curry

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Class 3- The Breads

Moving on from curries, in this next session we turn our attention to breads. Breads are an integral part of Indian cuisine being eaten alongside the main meal as they are the perfect vehicle for scooping up a delicious curry or daal. Although Indian breads are hugely popular many cooks are wary of attempting them believing that they are too tricky to accomplish. In this class we demonstrate that in fact most breads are very straightforward when you can see how they are made. Having that expert hand to guide you through the stages will soon have you rolling out chapattis and folding parathas like a professional.

Class content:- Chapatti, paratha, methi thepla, naan, puri

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Class 4- The Maharajah’s Table

The final class in the series pulls together all of the knowledge that you have gained over the past three sessions. In this class you will be working with a range of more complex recipes to enable you to show off your newly acquired skills and to be creative, with less focus on basic cooking methods and more on spice and flavour combinations that will leave your taste buds tingling. You will leave equipped with all of the tools necessary to create a variety of stunning Indian feasts with which to impress your friends and family.

The end result?  You’ll be “cooking like an Indian”!

Class content:- Ceylonese coconut chicken, makhan rajah prawns, sheekh kebab, peshwari rice, aloo sabzi

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All classes are held at our Rickmansworth venue, WD3 1JR


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Is lunch provided in this class?
Yes, lunch is provided, if you have any special dietary requirement please make those known to us at the time of your booking.

Is there parking available on site?
Yes, there is ample car parking available on site – free of charge.

Is there anything I need to bring to the class?
Yes, you will need to bring some tupperware/plastic containers with you to take home some of the delicious recipes you will cook on the day. This will also be highlighted in your booking confirmation letter. Everything else, including an apron will be provided.

Will I have my own cooker and cook my own recipes?
Yes, you will be cooking on your own hob and will be making the recipes individually tailored to your personal palate and preference.

Can I bring a spectator with me?
I’m afraid not. All attendees must be paying participants in the class.

If I purchase this cookery class can the recipient exchange it for another class of their preference?
Yes, vouchers can be exchange for other classes, if there is a short-fall in the value, they can pay the difference. If the voucher is for a greater amount they will be able to make purchases on the day to use up the full value of the voucher. Alternatively, you can purchase an open voucher that can be redeemed against any class of the equivalent value.

If I simply wish to buy a voucher how do I do this?
Vouchers can either be purchased on-line or over the phone.

What kind of vouchers can I buy?
You can either buy an open-dated voucher or a voucher for a specific class. Open-dated vouchers can be redeemed against any half day or one day classes offered by The Cooking Academy and are valid for up to 1 year. A dated voucher is valid for the class for which it has been bought although this can be changed if more than 28 days’ notice is given. Monetary value vouchers can also be purchased and used to contribute towards payment of any of our classes or against spices or utensils from The Spice Shop.

What happens when I buy a voucher as a gift?
You have the option of buying a downloadable voucher or a gift voucher. A downloadable voucher will need to be printed of by you at the time of purchase. The order generates a voucher serial number and if the voucher purchased is for an open dated voucher, the serial number will need to be used when booking onto a specific class. Alternatively we can send you or the recipient a voucher presented in a gift box at an additional cost of £4.00. This charge is levied at the check out process. When the recipient would like to redeem his/her gift voucher, they can either call us to book onto their chosen class or send us an email or alternastivey if the voucher has been purchased on line, they can redeem the voucher using the voucher code generated by the order.

What happens next when I buy a voucher for a specific class?
You will receive acknowledgment of your purchase followed by a booking confirmation from a The Cooking Academy during office hours. This will be emailed to the class attendee unless otherwise requested by you (in the event of a surprise) in which case the booking confirmation will be emailed to you directly. The booking confirmation will outline all the information requited to attend the class. Upon receipt of the booking confirmation you are requested to acknowledge the confirmation and respond by email where you will also list any allergies or food intolerances.

Can I upgrade a half day voucher to a full day?
Yes, the recipient of the voucher can upgrade a half day voucher to a full day voucher at a cost of £85.00.

How do I book onto a class with a gift experience voucher?
The Cooking Academy accepts a whole range of gift experience vouchers. To redeem your voucher you can call us on 01923-778880 or email us on to book your chosen cookery class.

How long is a voucher valid for?
The Cooking Academy vouchers are valid for up to 12 months from the date of purchase. They can be extended for a further 3 months at a cost of £25.00 per voucher.

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