For this month’s what’s on your plate blog challenge, hosted by Donna from Retirement Reflections and her co-host Deb The Widow Badass Blog, I’m going to take you to an Indian cookery class I attended on Saturday. This challenge is a chance to share what you have been cooking or eating recently, so I thought this would be fun to share.
The class was hosted by Wendy of Savour Cooking School which regular readers might remember from the Egyptian cook class I went to a couple of months ago. The cook for the day was Ashia Ismail-Singer, who has recently published her second book focussing on desserts. We were welcomed with a cup of masala chai and tray full of puri (or poori), little puffs of deep-fried bread (you can actually buy pre-made ones to fill at home). Delicious!
We were put into four groups, with each one tasked with making a dish. The group I was in made the mung dhal, while others made an aubergine curry, a coconut chicken curry and a pear and paneer curry. We all joined in rolling out the naan breads, making up the raita, tomato relish and a carrot salad. You can see work in progress below (including my friend chopping up the corander garnish).
Once all the cooking was done, we sat down to eat a late lunch of the dishes we had been preparing. Below you can see the dahl and some trimmings, Including a tamarind based dip we had with the puri, and the pea and paneer dish which I have to say was my favourite.
The rice was based on the way Asia’s father cooked it with onion and which turned out so fluffy and light that I really need to have a go and see if I can get my rice to go that way. Wine and beer were for sale, or you could have some home made kombucha.
All in all a fun class with great food, and yes I did buy her first book at the event, review coming later.
Footnote: the class was held at LTD, the home of Everybody Eats, a charity offering pay-as-you-feel dinners to those in the community who deserve good food once in a while.
Also entered in the weekend coffee share hosted by the wonderful Natalie the Explorer.
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