Today, our cookery course is set in the heart of traditional Indian cuisine in the UK – Birmingham. England’s second city has housed Indian restaurants since the end of WWII, although historians are split between which was precisely the first Indian cafe, whether it was The Darjeeling in Steelhouse Lane or The Shah Bag on the Hagley Road, both officially opening their doors to the public in 1945, almost a decade before Indian restaurants became popular in many of the other larger cities in the UK.
In more modern times, as ethnicity of the West Midlands has become more diverse, you cannot walk along any town’s High Street without a waft of Asian spices greeting you on the fragrant air from any one of a multitude of influences, from Bangladeshi to Pakistani. For those offering cookery courses competition is fierce; with a large population density in its mostly-urban townscapes, the market for those who want to learn to cook Indian food is potentially huge .
As testament to that, we bring you news of a fantastic cookery class deal, ideal for the individual or couple who are looking to take their understanding of Indian cuisine further than a jar of Patak’s tikka masala for a midweek treat.
The Spice Trade, based at The Rajdoot Tandoori on George Street, have not only identified this need, but also come up with a cracking cookery class for those working in and around Birmingham on Monday and Tuesday evenings. You book the cookery course online, which is essentially for a two-course Indian meal. For £24 per individual or £42 for a couple (the maximum, unless buying as gifts for others), you get the attentions of one of their top class chefs to guide you through a demonstration in the first instance and then get to have a go, yourself. You also get a drink thrown in, so you can literally sit down and eat the friuts of your labour once the two and a half hour (7 – 9.30pm) cooking lesson has run its course.
That is just one of the offers at The Spice Trade Indian Cookery School, to give it its full name, founded by Anita Sharma-James, of Good Food Show fame. In a similar guise to the two-course set up, they can cater for group events and the growing trend of corporate team-building cookery courses that are taking over from outdoor pursuits in favour of an exercise they can use at home, rather than bringing back a pile of muddy clothes after a wet weekend in South Wales.
This offering is a true insight into how to cook Indian, with a few tips of the trade brought back to the UK from the sub-continent. As you can imagine, this amazing deal is only open for a limited time; for full details and t’s & c’s (there are restrictions, such as age, maximum numbers, etc.), head on over to The Spice Trade.