Freelancer food writer and self-styled Indian cookery chef Maunika Gowardhan is taking her culinary expertise offline and wrapping it all up in a cookery course in London, far from her adopted home town of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and a lot further away from Bombay, where she was born, raised and learned to cook using plentiful local ingredients and handed down recipes and techniques from her family.
Bombay offers one of India’s most diverse cross section of sub-continent styles, techniques and recipes and Maunika was fortunate enough to have the opportunity, with the assistance of her mother and grandmother, to indulge in many of the influences that give rise to the region’s reputation as a veritable melting pot of Asian delights.
It is this insight into the way that the many communities use the plethora of local and traded ingredients available in close proximity, and then blending those spices in their own unique way, that Maunika is hoping to share with the students in her one-off cookery course next month.
The cookery course is designed to be fun and interactive with Maunika very much inviting queries from the students who take advantage of this unique opportunity. As well as the memorable experience the cookery class itself promises to deliver, drawing upon over a decade of Maunika’s experience in sharing and preparing authentic Indian dishes, there will be the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of your labour both on the day and time and again at home with all of the cookery class menu on recipe cards that you can keep in a safe place at home ready to amaze and impress your friends and family when next you invite them around for a meal, which we’re sure you’ll be only too eager to do once you have experienced this very different, personal and traditional insight into Asian cookery with a twist.
So, if you want to know how to put all of the spices together from scratch and learn how each of the very distinctive tastes compliment or contradict another and also learn how to whip up the chutney dips and varies Indian breads so that you can justifiably call your curry, and your menu, your own, places are bookable online. The date is the evening of the 16th May, location Druid Street, London SE1. Full details at cookinacurry.co.uk.