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Cook Like An Indian Cookery Class


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Indian cookery classes are where our story began here at The Cooking Academy.

Our founder, Kumud Gandhi has amassed years of experience in Indian cuisine along with an Indian heritage and coming from a long line of spice merchants. This background means that you will experience high-quality and authentic Indian cookery classes at The Cooking Academy.


The Course

There appears to be a common perception that Indian food is difficult to cook. However, our three-part Indian cookery course will help to dispel this myth. Starting from the basics, Kumud will take students on a discovery journey, of confidence to replicate her recipes at home. 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 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 used during the classes and 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 shortcuts in the kitchen.

Class content:

  • “The Spice trail” – you don’t just learn how to but also why and when to use spices.
  • Fish Masala – a spice blend used to season fish dishes.
  • Chilli Chicken Kebabs – chicken pieces marinated in a spicy chili-based marinade on skewers.
  • Raita – a yogurt-based side dish or condiment.
  • Bombay Potatoes – a popular Indian side dish made with boiled and cubed potatoes cooked in a blend of spices.
  • Onion Bhajis – a popular Indian snack made from thinly sliced onions mixed with a spiced batter and deep-fried until crispy.
  • Masala Chicken – a popular Indian dish made with chicken cooked in a spiced sauce.

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 – an Indian dish made with cauliflower cooked in a spiced sauce.
  • Butter Chicken – a popular Indian dish made with chicken cooked in a creamy, buttery tomato sauce.
  • Aloo Keema – an Indian dish made with ground meat and potatoes cooked in a spiced sauce.
  • Chicken Pathia – a sweet and sour Indian curry dish made with chicken.
  • Egg and Potato Curry – an Indian dish made with boiled eggs and potatoes cooked in a spiced sauce.

Class 3- The Moghul Emperor’s Feast

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

Class content:

  • Ceylonese Coconut Chicken – a Sri Lankan curry dish made with chicken cooked in a creamy coconut-based sauce.
  • Makhan Rajah Prawns – an Indian dish made with prawns cooked in a rich, buttery tomato-based sauce, often seasoned with spices like garam masala.
  • Sheekh Kebab – a type of Indian kebab made with minced meat and a blend of spices, then grilled on skewers.
  • Peshwari Rice – a type of Indian rice dish made with basmati rice cooked with spices.
  • Aloo Sabzi – an Indian vegetable dish made with potatoes and a blend of often served as a side dish or vegetarian main course.

This is the class for cookery enthusiasts. Alternative recipes will be included for any dietary needs. It teaches the entire process from start to finish for each dish so is suitable for both experienced and less experienced cookers.

Book your spot now and embark on a culinary journey that will take your cooking skills to the next level! Check all the range of Indian Cookery Classes!

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

Reviews (2)

I recently attended the Comprehensive Indian Cookery Class, I would just like to start by saying what a fantastic two days I had.  The class contained a lot more one to one than I expected which I found very helpful. I learnt so much in proper authentic Indian cooking and to be taught by someone who is so lovely and patient was an absolute pleasure. I have recommended the cooking academy to many of my friends and look forward to visiting again to do the Indian street food cookery class.

“Very much a super experience to attend the two day Indian Class. The hospitality,  welcome and professionalism of all the staff, small classes, quality of the ingredients – nothing is skimped, the constant information as to why an ingredient is added what ingredient counter balances others. The shared knowledge of the health benefits of the spices used in the recipes and also how to use on their own for health remedies. Yes, most people can follow a recipe but Kumud coaches and instructs as to why you add the ingredients,  and in what order and why you wait until a certain stage is reached before adding the next ingredient. The reason you wait for the water to evaporate, why the seeds need to sizzle in the oil etc etc. The classes and instruction together with the volume food you bring home for the family or friends to share – the courses are excellent value.”

Faqs (16)

Do you have facilities to purchase equipment on the day?

You will be able to purchase a good selection of equipment that you use in our classes, as well as a variety of spices.

Can I bring a spectator with me?

I’m afraid not. All attendees must be paying participants in the class.

I am allergic to certain foods/ I have a special dietary requirement. Will this cause a problem?

We try our best to accommodate for special dietary requirements. Please notify us of your dietary requirements within 24 hours of booking. Please email us cook@thecookingacademy.co.uk or call us on 01923 778880 if you would like to know whether your allergy can be accommodated on a particular course at least 28 days prior to the class. It is the customer’s responsibility to inform us of any dietary requirements at the time of booking for your health and well being.

I am an experienced cook, are all the courses suitable for me?

All courses are suitable for all levels as the classes are based more specifically on the cuisine rather than skill. The Chef will ensure that you have the assistance required to enjoy the day and really develop your cooking skills. If you are an experienced cook, you may particularly enjoy our Advanced classes. Please contact us if you would like further guidance.

I can’t handle spicy food; will your classes be too hot for me?

In our cookery classes, you get to make your own food to suit your own palate, so although we provide guidelines, you can adapt each recipe to suit your taste, as spicy or as not spicy as you’d like.

I’m gluten intolerant, what classes can I attend?

Our Indian, Thai, and Nutritional classes can be easily altered and tailored to suit a gluten free diet. Please just ensure you make us aware of this at the time of booking.

If I purchase this cookery class voucher 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.

I’m a complete beginner, what class should I do?

Our cookery classes are not based on skill as such; they are all hands on and taught by an expert chef who can lead you through the cooking processes so even a beginner should be fine on our classes. However, if you want to start at the very beginning, and develop an understanding of food hygiene, knife skills and safety in the kitchen, our beginner’s cookery class would be the one for you.

Is lunch provided in this class?

Yes, lunch is provided (and cooked by you!). If you have any special dietary requirement please make those known to us at the time of your booking.

Is there anything I need to bring to the class?

Yes, you will need to bring some Tupperware/plastic containers (quantity will be specified in your booking confirmation letter sent via email) 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.

Is there parking available on site?

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

What is the minimum age to attend a class?

Anyone from the age of 13+ can attend our cookery classes, if you’re not sure which class would be best please do call us on 01923 778880 so we can help.

What should I wear/take with me to the course?

Please wear comfortable clothes and comfortable shoes (no flip-flops or open toed shoes). We will provide you with everything you need for the day, all we ask for you to bring are tupperware containers.

Will I eat the food I make?

There will be an opportunity to eat all the dishes that you make. All participants sit down together for lunch to enjoy the food they have made in the morning, and will be able to take home the food you make in the afternoon to share with family or friends.

Will I have food left over to take home with me?

Yes! On most of our classes, you will be able to take a selection of the delicious food you have made home with you. This does not apply to the half day Indian class.

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.

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