Learn Indian Cooking in York through workshops and classes

Sharmini teaches cookery courses in York and is a native of the southern Indian province of Kerala. The area is renowned for its vegetarian food. She also teaches non vegetarian dishes and caters to the favourite dishes of her students such as chicken tikka, lamb jalfrezi

Vegetable dishes include aubergine curry dressed with fresh tomatoes and egg, potato bake

Come and enjoy this introduction to a highly distinctive Indian cuisine, by following the up coming events below.

Adult Education Vegetarian course
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2258T1 Authentic Indian Vegetarian Cookery COSH0746FB Create nutritious vegetarian dishes, including starters, dips, main courses, rice dishes and side dishes. Date: 05/10/2016 to 23/11/2016
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 19:00 to 21:00
Venue: Huntington School, Huntington Road, York, YO32 9WT
Duration: 7 weeks
Tutor: Sharmini Thomas
Costs: Full fee £80
Dates to note: no class on 24/10/2016
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Adult Education: Non Vegetarian Course
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2200T1 Indian Cookery COSH0745FC
The mystery of Indian cookery is unveiled when you learn to cook a variety of Indian dishes using authentic methods and spices.

Date: 03/10/2016 to 21/11/2016
Day: Mondays
Time: 19:00 to 21:00
Venue: Huntington School, Huntington Road, York, YO32 9WT
Duration: 7 weeks
Tutor: Sharmini Thomas
Costs: Full fee £80
Dates to note: no class on 24/10/2016
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Sharmini's Recipe book on Sale
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'York's Favorite Indian recipes
Cookery demonstrations at York Festival of Food and Drink.
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Sharmini and Steenbergs-24th September

Article in Yorkshire post http://foodanddrink.yorkshirepost.co.uk/food/york-food-festival/

Date:24th September at 4 pm

Venue: Demonstration Area
St Sampson's Square Parliament Street,York

I has teamed up with Yorkshire's Local artisan spice expert Steenbergs, a small family run company based in near Ripon,to illustrate how easy and delicious it is to cook with spices. I will be demonstrating several popular recipes, much loved by my students over the past 19 years to showcase the authenticity, flavor and aroma of both individual spices and spice blends. Learn top tips for storing spices and cooking with them, and above all share in the fabulous fragrance and mouth-watering taste of inspirational Indian cuisine.

Recipe books on'student's favorite dishes will be on sale too.

Gift vouchers for family and friends for Christmas will be available too.

http://www.steenbergs.co.uk/blog/2016/09/spicy-cookery-with-sharmini-at-york-food-drink-festival/ for recipes

Hands on Vegetarian workshop
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Vegetarian Subzi Delights (Veg)

Date: 20 November 2016

Day: Sunday

Time: 2.00 pm - 6.30 pm

Venue:Joseph Rowntree School Haxby Road, York, North Yorkshire YO32 4BZ

Sharmini and Steenbergs - organic partnership with Indian cookery.
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Sharmini's Inspirational Indian Cuisine collaborates with Steenbergs Organic spices.

Sharmini will be using Steenberg spices in her bespoke Indian recipes.

October 13th

Photoshoot in the new development kitchen at Steenbergs

Authentic Kerala fish curry cooked in clay pot.
Baked Chicken Tikka served in rich tomato curry.
Aromatic Chicken Briyani laced with rose water and petals.

Cookery Team building workshop for business
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Turn the 'I's to We - for the betterment of the organization

Cooking is the only profession which arouses all our 5 senses. At any party, complete strangers seem to bind quckly when they talk of their favorite food.

Therefore, having employees prepare meal together or watch a ' live demonstration ' is the perfect way of breaking down barriers with people from work.

Every person is an equal and important member of the team regardless of what role/hierarchy they are in your organization

It allows them to relate to each other and discover each individual's personality in a relaxed atmosphere, which is not always possible at work.

City of York-Observation report
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Sharmini Thomas

James McHugh

Huntington School

Course :
Authentic Indian Vegetarian Cooking



Time of session:7-9pm
Time of observation:7-8pm
Number on Register: 12
Number Present: 10
Withdrawals since start of course: 0

Background and contributory factors (including additional support)
A well established class which the Tutor has taught for over 17 years

Scheme of work: Well laid out
Lesson Plan: Simple and clear
Accommodation: Bright and Warm Resources: Well stocked & clean kitchen area & utensils Aims and intended outcomes of the session
To prepare and cook Naan Bread – (a much loved bread) & Palak Paneer –( vegetable dish Rich in protein

Parent and child workshop
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Date to be confirmed

Chicken kuruma
A much loved Muglai dish where cashew nut and yoghurt is used. In Kerala, coconut milk is also added to give a silky creamy sauce.

Bombay Potato
A very popular side dish in UK and is an excellent accompaniment to any Indian dish.

Coriander rice
A flavorsome rice dish is a great accompaniment to any Indian meal.

Vegetarian Masterclasses
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Vegetarian Master class 2016

July 10th: Sunday 2016

Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Price: £135.00

In this session, you will:

Understand the magic of Indian cooking is in the choice of ingredients, their proportions and sequence of cooking.

Discover the mystery and health benefits of such spices commonly used – such as black pepper, cloves cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, turmeric etc.

With step-by-step guidance and tutor demonstration, you'll learn the sequence of cooking required to obtain the right color, texture, aroma and flavour for each dish.

You will prepare a number of dishes including:

Sadhya: Traditional Vegetarian Kerala and ayurvedic feast

Basmati rice: Rice is the staple food of India and is the main dish for the sadhya meal.

Carrot thoran (with coconut) stir fry delicious side dish with grated coconut

Beetroot pachadi (with yoghurt): A very delicious, simple and colourful yoghurt based dish

Olan (butternut squash with red beans curry): This authentic recipe is so easy to prepare. It is made with coconut milk and butter nut squash or ¼ pumpkin as the main ingredients.

Parippu chaaru,(thick lentil curry) which is rich in protein


Tip: Parripu charu, ghee, pappadom and fluffy rice is a mouth watering meal enjoyed by all Keralites which is usually served at lunch time.