Saturday, August 18, 2007
Indian Cooking Class
What a treat! Sangita and Arijit continue their cooking classes, and I'm lucky enough to be in the series again. Last night was the first class, and the dish was one of my favorites...Murg Makhani (Butter Chicken), along with Pulka Roti, a type of fresh bread. Sangita treated us to a delicious appetizer of spicy fritters made with shrimp and lentil paste, accompanied by hot tea, while Arijit began the evening with an interesting multimedia presentation, discussing some of the threads of historic, cultural and anthropological influences that have shaped the tastes of Indian cuisine over the last 5,000 years. This aspect of these classes is incredibly fascinating, as well as enriching. When combined with the aromas wafting from the kitchen and the colors and flavors of the food, it's a feast indeed.
Sangita then began the cooking part of class. Everything is beautifully organized and labeled. She explains all aspects of the dishes, including nutritional, with possible adaptations based on market availability or dietary restrictions. At the end we are all rewarded with bowls of delicious, soul-warming Butter Chicken, and piping hot "magic" bread, as well as fresh-made raita as an accompaniment.
Fantastic! Now to make a shopping list and practice it at home.