All our classes are suitable for beginners as well as for more experienced cooks who want to build on their cookery skills.
IN PERSON CLASSES
You’ll begin with a short trip to the Indian shop to learn about specialist ingredients such as dried fenugreek and black cardamom and take in the smells and sounds of London’s Indian precinct. You’ll then walk to Monisha’s home, just 2 minutes away, to cook a fabulous hands on feast that you’ll all eat together at the end.
Meet Monisha at Hounslow West tube station, just 25 minutes from Central London (on the Piccadilly Line), at the class start time.
Since May 2020, Cooking With Monisha has successfully run online cooking classes with students joining in and cooking together, from places such as LA, Canada, France, Germany and Italy.
A week before the class, you will be sent the recipes and a detailed ingredient preparation list. With some courses, you will receive photographs of how to chop the ingredients or which ones to look for. You are welcome to email Monisha in the week leading up to the class if you have any queries about the ingredients. You will also get a list of equipment needed for the class so that you can be well prepared and enjoy cooking and interacting with Monisha during the class. There will be plenty of interesting stories about the history and provenance of the ingredients and dishes!
You will cook 3-4 recipes depending on the theme of the class (we can do vegetarian or vegan options if you prefer) and Monisha will explain in detail how to use spices and other ingredients to achieve the best flavour. You will do all the cooking in your kitchen as she guides you through every step. Through your laptop or other device, she will be able to be present in your kitchen cooking a delicious Indian meal with you. The recipes will be for 4 people.
You will be sent a Zoom link before the class with clear joining instructions.
with shopping trip (meet at Hounslow West tube at 10.30 am Upcoming Course Dates 8 January 2022
5 February 2022
12 March 2022
Join us for this practical, hands on cooking course that will teach you about spices, how to buy, use and store them and how to use them in a variety of dishes such as curries, sides and breads.
Learn to make snacks, curries, breads and salads from all over India to create a repertoire of dishes that will give you ideas for a variety of easy meals.
We begin the day with a trip to the local shops to briefly understand how to choose the right spices and other specialist ingredients, then walk back to the Kitchen, 2 minutes away, to cook.
Roti (everyday bread), Goli Bhaat (pulao rice with lamb meatballs), Murgh Masala (Spiced chicken curry), Kobi Vatana nu shak (Gujarati-style cabbage and peas stir-fry), Aloo Gobi
(Punjabi style potato and cauliflower curry), Tarka Dal (lentils with coriander and garlic),
(Lentils with onion and coriander), Onion Bhajia (onion and gram flour fritters), Cucumber raita (cucumber and yoghurt salad with toasted cumin)
with shopping trip (meet at Hounslow West tube at 10.30 am Upcoming Course Dates 15 January 2022
12 February 2022
19 March 2022
About a third of Indians are vegetarian and create fabulous, nourishing meals from a variety of fresh ingredients such as lentils, beans, vegetables, dairy, nuts and rice.
We will learn to make 8 delicious dishes from around India, creating a meal that is varied, healthy and super delicious. You will go away knowing how to create curry sauces from scratch and how to add twists to the recipes to create your own versions.
We begin the day with a trip to the local shops to briefly understand how to choose the right spices and other specialist ingredients, then walk back to the Kitchen, 2 minutes away, for our hands on class.
Naan, Vegetable Pulao, Sweet and Sour Gujarati Dal (spiced lentils with tamarind and jaggery), Bhuna Lobhia (curried black eyed beans), Palak Paneer (north Indian spinach and cottage cheese curry), Baingan Bharta (roasted aubergine with tomato and peas), Cauliflower Gassi (coastal cauliflower curry with coconut), Khamang Kakdi (Maharashtrian cucumber and peanut salad)
with shopping trip (meet at Hounslow West tube at 10.30 am Upcoming Course Dates 6 February 2022
A dosa is a south Indian pancake that is served mainly for breakfast but also throughout the day. There are many varieties of dosa made in different states of the south. The most common one is made from a fermented batter of rice and lentils. Others are made with rice flour, lentils and beans, semolina or other flours.
In this hands on class, you will learn to make three types of dosa- from fermented batter, from soaked and blended mung beans and a quick one from semolina. We will make the accompanying chutney, lentil dal along with its unique spice blend and a potato stuffing that makes a plain dosa into a ‘masala dosa’. We will also make another popular breakfast food- Upma, a soft semolina cake.
You will learn how to ferment batter, what the consistency of the batter should be and the technique of spreading the batter to create crisp or spongy dosas.
Dosa, Aloo Bhaji (spiced potatoes to stuff the dosa), Coconut Chutney, Pesarattu (Green mung bean dosa), Sambhar (Spiced lentils with vegetables), Semolina Uttappam (Chunky semolina dosa), Upma (Savoury, spiced semolina)
with shopping trip (meet at Hounslow West tube at 10.30 am Upcoming Course Dates 29 January 2022
13 March 2022
Recreate a full South Indian feast in this unique, hands on course, where you will learn how to use ingredients such as tamarind, coconut, curry leaves and a variety of spices that make the food of this region so fresh and delicious. We will cook foods from several southern states such as Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
Lemon Rice with nuts, Sambhar lentils, Sambhar powder spice blend, Green beans with coconut and urid lentils, Ginger Raita with spices, Thayir Vadai (Crisp lentil fritters in a velvety spiced yoghurt sauce), Cabbage Thoran (cabbage cooked with mustard seeds and coconut) Bagare Baingan (Aubergines cooked in a toasted sesame and tamarind curry)
with shopping trip (meet at Hounslow West tube at 10.30 am) Upcoming Course Dates 26 February 2021
27 November 2021
22 January 2022
26 February 2022
5 March 2022
With over 4000 miles of coastline and hundreds of rivers, Indian fish and seafood cookery is varied and delicious.
Indian home recipes for fish curries are subtle and delicious with regional variations that include coconut, tamarind, chillies, mustard and a variety of spices. In this hands on class, you will learn how to prepare and cook fish and seafood expertly and make tamarind pulp and spice pastes that enhance and lift the flavour of the main ingredient.
Prawn Pulao (Spiced rice with prawns), Bhujane (Maharashtrian fish curry with garlic and tamarind), Kerala Fish Curry with coconut and tomato, Patrani Macchi (Parsi style fish parcels cooked in a green coriander and mint chutney), Mashyachi Amti (coastal fish curry with coconut), Crisp garlic and chilli prawns.
with shopping trip (meet at Hounslow West tube at class start time) Upcoming Course Dates 20 November 2021
9 January 2022
23 January 2022
13 February 2022
6 March 2022
If you love your local takeaway but wish it was healthier and fresher in taste, this hands on class is for you. You will never need to open another jar of curry paste again as you will learn to cook deliciously easy curry favourites that will take less time to make than walking to your local Indian. You will taste the difference between restaurant style curries that are sold on the basis of their ‘chilli heat’ level and home curries that are ingredient and flavour driven.
Pulao Rice with cumin, Kheema Mutter (Spiced lamb mince with peas), Murgh Makhani (Butter Chicken), Saag Aloo (Spinach and Potato curry), Paneer Jalfrezi (Indian Cheese and Pepper Curry)
with shopping trip (meet at Hounslow West tube at class start time Upcoming Course Dates 21 November 2021
20 February 2022
You will learn to cook deliciously easy curry sauces from scratch- how to get the right consistency, make thick, velvety sauces, get depth of flavour and layer spices for balance and taste. This hands on class will give you many tips and ideas for a whole range of different dishes as the curry sauces can be used with a multitude of ingredients and even frozen for later use.
Pulao Rice with peas, Egg Curry Chettinad (a south Indian curry with a unique blend of spices), Murgh ka Korma (Chicken in a velvety nut based curry with no cream), Channa Masala (Chickpeas in a north Indian tomato and onion based curry sauce), Vatana usal (Green peas with chilli and coconut)
with shopping trip (meet at Hounslow West tube at class start time Upcoming Course Dates 28 November 2021
16 January 2022
27 February 2022
20 March 2022
Indian food has a vast repertoire of vegetarian and vegan dishes and it is easy to prepare a delicious meal using different kinds of beans, lentils and vegetables. In this course, you will learn how to prepare easy meals using spices for depth of flavour and well being.
Typical recipes include Mung Dal Khichdi (Healing rice, vegetable and lentil one pot meal), Carrot and bean curry with coconut milk, Aloo Mutter (Potato and peas curry), Stuffed okra and a hearty Chickpea and pomegranate salad with toasted cumin
with shopping trip (meet at Hounslow West tube at class start time) Upcoming Course Dates 19 February 2022
Contrary to popular belief, people in India do not eat naans on an everyday basis. Each region has its own selection of breads made from wheat, rice, millet and other grain flours. Breads are used to scoop up curries or if more hearty, then eaten on their own with plain yoghurt.
In this class you will learn how to knead a dough, roll out or shape various breads, prove a dough with yeast, the technique of making stuffed breads, how to puff up fried poories and much more. We will also make an accompanying curry to eat with the breads.
Many people find working with their own rolling pin easier- if this is the case, please bring your rolling pin to the class.
Rotis, Oven cooked Naan, Garlic Naan, Poories (fried puffy bread), Laccha paratha (many layered bread), Aloo Paratha (potato stuffed bread), Chilla (vegan, gram flour flatbread with spices), Accompanying curry
Upcoming Course Dates 16 January 2022
6 February 2022
6 March 2022
The success of cooking an Indian restaurant style meal at home involves the correct way of using spices, and cooking them to perfection to take away their rawness without burning them! You will learn to use spice seeds and powders in a variety of ways and create a perfect meal that is balanced and delicious. We will cook some restaurant favourites, homestyle so that they are fresh and healthy and can be enjoyed guilt free!
Pilau Rice, easy Chicken Tikka Masala, Prawn Patia (a Parsi sweet and sour dish with vinegar and curry leaves) and a fragrant Cucumber and Mint Raita
Upcoming Course Dates 23 January 2022
13 February 2022
13 March 2022
With so many of us wanting to eat more vegetarian food these days, Indian cookery provides the perfect answer- varied, easy to prepare and delicious, it also addresses the need for a balance of protein, carbohydrate and fibre. In this class, you learn how to create tasty vegetarian dishes that can be a complete meal in themselves or act as side dishes to other meals.
Turmeric Rice, Garlic and Herb Dal, Paneer/Tofu Makhani (Indian cottage cheese or tofu cubes in a rich, spiced tomato curry), Aloo Mutter (Potatoes and peas with mustard seeds and curry leaves)
Upcoming Course Dates 20 November 2021
9 January 2022
20 February 2022
20 March 2022
A biryani is a hero rice dish that is meant to dazzle and shine at celebrations and special occasions. There are many biryani recipes found all over India and in this class, we will cook the classic Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani and some accompaniments. If you would like to make a vegetarian biryani, please let us know while booking and we can send you the appropriate recipe.
Chicken Biryani, Channa Masala (Chickpea curry) and a Tomato and Onion Raita