I love a good curry. The exotic and tantalizing blend of sweet and aromatic spices make my senses swirl with memories of the day when I had my first taste of Indian cuisine.
Way back in the day in the Big City, my British expat friend Roger used to moan, and moan often, about how a good curry was so hard to find here in the colonies. Relentless research turned up a restaurant that lived up to his standards – and with my first bite of chicken tikka masala I was sold. My love affair with the tantalizing tastes of India began.
I would never make it myself at home. I could hear Roger in my head and the thought of taking on that continent of cuisine scared the Bollywood out of me! And then I heard about Chitra.
Growing up in India cooking with her mother, and now teaching Indian cooking at Guelph Continuing Education classes for five years, Chitra is a wealth of knowledge. She holds cooking classes at the Puslinch Community Centre kitchen and I consider myself very lucky to have enjoyed one of her first classes there. I brought a friend and Chitra brought the spices. And all the ingredients. All we had to do was watch. And learn. And repeat.
The class size was small enough that we could all be given special attention (that would be me) as well as interact with the other “students”. Chitra would demonstrate, we would then make each recipe ourselves and what resulted was an entire meal for two to take home – who knew I could make Naan bread!
If you go to her website www.krishaindiancookingschool.com you can find smashing recipes, one for garam masala that you can make yourself. I hear “garam masala” all the time on the Food Network and every time I wonder – where on earth am I going to find THAT? Now no worries, I can make it at home thanks to Chitra!
Her next class at the Puslinch Community Centre will be Thursday July 10, 6:30-9 pm, price 50$ per person.
Discover how to cook popular Indian dishes in home-style cooking. In this Simply Indian cooking class you will be making the Indian bread roti, two kinds of curry: butter chicken masala, coconut chickpea curry, and the popular appetizer vegetable pakoras. The class includes hands on experience, recipe hand-out and a meal to share with possible left overs to take home.
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Call: 519- 836- 8812
Chitra will be at the Aberfoyle Farmers’ Market this season on July 5 and will bring her knowledge about Indian cooking and spices, plus maybe if we are lucky – a recipe or two.
Come join us opening day, Saturday May 24, 8am – 1pm and see for yourself the food you love and the growers you know.