YUM! Today I took a fantastic cooking class where we learned how to cook traditional Indian dishes. Our class was held in the home of Jyoti, a warm hostess and wonderful chef, where she showed us tips and techniques of Indian cooking. After our lesson, Jyoti kindly took us shopping in a local market where we could buy spices and other gifts to bring back home. But learning the tricks and trades of Indian cooking in a local Indian home was a once in a lifetime experience…I would highly recommend it if you are ever in Delhi! http://www.gourmetdesire.com/
We started by learning about spices
Then we made a green chutney:
Making Tikki Balls
Jyoti frying up our Vegetable Pakoras
Jyoti adding milk to the Milk Pudding
One of my favorite dishes of the day, The Cauliflower Spiced Vegetable Dish
Jyoti adding spices to the Chicken Curry
Students taking notes and photos
One of the first, and most important, steps: “sputtering the seeds”
Jyoti rolling out the dough
Adding the filling
Jyoti is pretty happy that Marie’s (a fellow student) dough was rolled out beautifully enough to make a wonderfully puffed bread.
After a delicious meal, Jyoti took us shopping for spices in a near by market. Here she shows us all the different types of legumes
So much care is given to each grain and spice
Seeds are beautifully, and carefully, packed
You can’t get enough rice!
This was my favorite. A Halal butcher, chopping the hell out of some chickens, barefooted, with at least 100 flies swarming around.
No big deal. The live chickens were a few feet away, calm as Hindu cows 🙂
A typical grocery in the market
A few final fabrics for sale