Cooking is not an easy task. How much baking soda goes into a 1kg red velvet cake, how much cinnamon to add in a chicken curry, how to ensure that the fish fingers are crisp on the outside and soft on the inside—a zillion questions can arise in the kitchen. While becoming a chef overnight is as difficult as making perfect round chapatis each time, one can still learn to master some recipes.
Here’s a list of culinary workshops in three cities that you can attend. All the ingredients needed will be provided at the venue. So hurry up, seats are limited.
Delhi-National Capital Region
Theos: Chef Gaurav Wadhwa takes regular classes at this popular dessert café in Noida, adjoining the Capital. Starting next week, Wadhwa will focus on petit fours, including chocolate (11-12 July), candies (14 July), jams and jellies (15 July) and macaroons (16 July).
“From professionals to housewives, chefs to students—we see a lot of mixed crowd in our baking classes. People really love to bake,” says Theos manager Vijay Paliwal.
Timings vary. Dynamic House, Dadri Main Road, Sector 41, Noida. Fee, Rs.3,999 per class per day. For details, call 8750242224.
Meenu’s Praana Kitchen: Are you vegan or lactose-intolerant? Try chef Meenu Nageshwaran’s Dairy Alternatives workshop. Nageshwaran, a vegan herself, will teach you how to make almond milk, herb and garlic cheese spread (made using cashews, not milk) and fruit parfait, among other items.
9 July (11am-3pm). X-29, Basement, Hauz Khas. Fee, Rs.4,000. For registration, call 9650650333.
Great Desserts Company: Learn to make French desserts like Chocolate Fondant and Crème Caramel Lemon (9 July), or cheesecakes like Baked Italian Cheesecake, Chilled Oreo Cheesecake and Fresh Fruit Cheese Flan (10 July).
10am. District Shopping Centre, Sector 56, Gurgaon (0124-4222902). Fee, Rs.4,500.
Rasoii: Learn to make Chinese (13 July) or Mexican (14 July) dishes at this vegetarian culinary studio. On 30 July, Rasoii will also host a workshop on One Bowl Meals, where you can learn to make Chinese clay pot rice and Burmese khao suey (a noodle dish).
“Our clientele has changed in the last 20 years. Earlier, we saw mostly housewives, but now our classes are more popular among students going abroad to study or professionals living away from home,” says Noopur Bharwada, who started Rasoii in 1996.
Timings vary. 401/402, Horizon Apartments, Vile Parle Development Scheme, Juhu. Fee, starting from Rs.2,000. For registration, call 9819646633.
Flavour Diaries: If Chinese or Mexican is not your thing, then learn to make the perfect Italian risotto or a three-course French meal that includes French Onion Soup and French Tart with Crème. Chef Anjali Pathak will take the classes.
8 July (11am-1pm/3-5.30pm). Rohan Plaza, Khar (West). Fee, Rs.3,000. For registration, call 9820143404.
Slurp Cooking Studio: The Learn To Cook Indian Workshop (18-20 July) will focus on basic Indian cuisine, while the Mexi’khana Food Workshop (30 July) will teach everything Mexican. “Slurp is especially popular for family cook-alongs, where you can learn to cook a four-course meal and then share it with your family,” says Sarabjeet Singh, the studio’s chef and co-founder.
Timings vary. 1079, 12th Main Road, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar. Fee, Rs.1,500 (for the Mexican workshop) and Rs.5,000 (for the Indian workshop). For registration, call 9886229019.
Lavonne: Enrol for the Basics in Bread workshop (9 July), where you can learn to make Chelsea buns, hot dogs, even stromboli and grissini (breadsticks). Or learn to decorate your cake at the three-day Sugarcraft Flowers workshop (11-13 July) by making twigs, poppy, foliage, roses, peonies and stargazer lilies.
10am. Lavonne, 151, 2nd Cross Road, Domlur II Stage. Fee, Rs.2,500 (for the Basics in Bread workshop) and Rs.17,000 (for the Sugarcraft Flowers workshop). For registration, call 9740544442.