Cooking: Essentially Indian

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Learn how to prepare authentic Indian food with our cooking courses in Sydney.

Spice up your life and learn to cook the most flavoursome food in the world! Indian cuisine is colourful, diverse and delicious. This class is designed to teach you the fundamentals of Indian cooking and includes an array of dishes so you can go home and cook with confidence.

This is a 3-hour, hands-on course that includes a sit-down meal at the end with a cold craft beer or wine.

Course outcomes

By the end of this course you will have learned:

  • Key knife skills and introduction to the basics of cooking Indian food
  • Spice education, how to use them to get the very best outcomes
  • Demonstration and hands-on cooking to follow recipes

Course content

  • Samosa with roasted vegetables – roast Punchphore spices to add to the filling, learn the art of folding the Samosa
  • Tandoori Chicken – made using traditional Mungal spices, which you will blend
  • Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice – this dish is ALL about the sauce! Blend a mix of aromatic spices to make this mild but showstopping dish
  • Dhal – a must-have at any Indian meal using traditional spices, learn the art of ‘talchi’ which increases aroma
  • Roti – made from scratch using Atta flour, perfect for soaking up all that flavour
  • Traditional condiments – Raita, Tomato Salad, Pickles and Pappadum

Venue and getting there

The Essential Ingredient Surry Hills
146 Foveaux St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Public transport
From Central Station, you can either walk up Foveaux Street (an easy up hill stroll that takes less that ten minutes, depending on your speed) or catch the 374 or 376 bus from Eddy Avenue and alight at the intersection of Albion and Crown streets. From there, it’s an easy walk and there’s plenty of Surry Hills action to take in on the way.

Car parking
Street parking is very limited nearby. You might try St Margaret’s Car Park at 417-435 Bourke Street, Surry Hills. It is a 5-minute walk from the venue, with casual parking rates after 5pm at approx. $4/hour.

Please bring to class

  • We’ve cut out disposable plastics, so please bring your own food containers to take any leftovers home
  • All participants must wear closed-in shoes – no high heels please!
  • Aprons supplied, but dress appropriately for the kitchen, and tie back long hair
  • Arrive a little early as the class will start on time

About the chef

Growing up in Penang, Wanitha Tanasingam moved to Australia in 1982. She learned the art of cooking from her father, who he was the Head Chef of the Kedah Royal Family in Malaysia. Wanitha later started her own restaurant and cooking school. She is a real goddess of flavours and spice and with her engaging personality, her positive energy and her incredible knowledge of food she will show you the secrets of Thai cooking.

"Food is togetherness, creating deep connections between people, place and soil, linking the globe across time and culture. Cooking is history. Every dish tells a story."

Other information

  • Withdrawal from this course is not refundable or transferrable.
  • The Essential Ingredient reserves the right to alter or cancel a class without notice. In the event of a change, you will be contacted on the phone number and/or email address you provide.
  • We cannot accommodate dietary requirements in all cases. For more information, please contact The Essential Ingredient 02 9555 8300 prior to booking.

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Course testimonials:

  • said: Wanitha was amazing. I really enjoyed the course and she made it a morning full of fun and laughter. There was 14 students which made it very full.

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