|© Indian Cookery Lessons
|Indian Cookery Lessons started as a fun idea and continues to remain a fun project till date. It is a place where
you learn to cook good Indian food, eat all the food cooked, laugh and have fun all the way!!
The main focus is to build confidence rather than simply showing students how to prepare a dish. This is
achieved by creating a warm and supportive atmosphere where even the most shy student feels safe enough to
try cooking something totally new. We always encourage creative cooking rather than dogmatic following;
hence our motto is "give-it-a-try-and-see-what-evolves". We stay around to guide and support students should
they need any help. Each dish taught in class is prepared by students themselves. This gives them a 'hands-on'
training and a real feel of what the process involves, thus making it easier to prepare the same dish later on.
Most students are easily able to reproduce what they learnt in class at home.
Lessons were held between September 2015 - December 2015 to fund-raise for the South East Cancer Help
Centre, a wonderful local charity very close to my heart. They help Patients and Families affected by cancer
and I feel very privileged to have worked here as the Manager for nearly 7 years. My first set of lessons helped
raise £1100 for the SECHC which was very exciting. If you want to donate to my favourite charity to help those
affected by cancer, please visit my JustGiving Page.
More lessons are being held between January 2016 - April 2016 to raise money for another small organisation
very close to my heart - 1st Belmont Scouts Group (Sutton District). Both my boys, Rajiv & Ronnie, have had
some serious fun, adventure and a lot of good times courtesy their Scouts Group. As a parent, my real insight
into the dedication of Scout Leaders happened after staying in camp as a Parent Helper. Had I not seen firsthand
the sheer volume of hard work, thought, planning and commitment that happens in running these groups, I
would have remained totally oblivious of their contribution towards my children's development. Once again, all
profits made from my lessons will be donated to the 1st Belmont Scouts Group towards their minibus fund.
(Yes, I have been on their minibus a few times and think they need a new one fairly SOON!!) If you have
money to spare and want to help my favourite Scouts group get their minibus, do get in touch please.
Here's what happens in class:
We teach delicious homely Indian meals that are simple, quick and easy to achieve. We are fond of both
'restaurant style' and 'home-made' Indian food. There is a world of difference in both styles and what we
attempt to teach is a fusion of both worlds - one which creates a 'restaurant style' taste minus excessive use of
spices and oil. The end result is a tasty, mouthwatering meal which is equally healthy.
We usually teach four dishes everyday. Classes are held in English and handouts are given for all recipes taught.
All preparation work (i.e. peeling, chopping, boiling etc.) is done in advance and not included in the class time.
We cook enough for students to enjoy a hearty meal after a hard days work. All you have to do is pay and
attend. We take care of the rest!
You do not have to be a competent cook to attend. All you need is interest and motivation to learn. The rest is
easy! We are happy to accommodate special religious and dietary needs provided we know about them in
Most of our students are happy for us to take Pictures so that others can see what goes on in class. Many are
happy to leave Feedback too for others to read. The excitement does not stop there. Our students constantly
give us ideas about how to progress our classes and we are immensely grateful to them! Thank you for visiting
our website. ~ Nina Guha