Thursday, February 17, 2011

(Asian) Indian Cooking Class in C-U area!

Hey there fellow foodies!

"Meat-free" Mike here to let you know about a cooking class that'll be offered this Saturday, February 19, 2011! Sorry for the short notice...will try to keep y'all informed sooner next time. This sounds like a good chance to learn how to cook basic Indian vegetarian food! Note advance registration is required.


Shuchi has been teaching culinary skills across continents to people of all age groups and ethnicities for many years. We are offering an introductory class open to people of all age groups, ethnicities, and affiliations. You do not have to be a part of University of Illinois or Asha member to signup for this class.

PRICE: $20 for individual, $35 for couple.
TIME: 1130am - 200pm
DATE: Feb 19th, 2011 Saturday
LOCATION: AACC kitchen (Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 West Nevada Street, Urbana, Illinois 61801)
SIGN UP: email to with confirmation to reserve your seat.

Come in comfortable clothes ready to learn. There is free parking in the parking lot of AACC over the weekends. If parking by meters, make sure it says Saturday is free (I cant remember). Bring your cameras to take pictures. Teaching would be very relaxed and you may ask questions regarding the course selected for you, or other Indian recipes. The class is more on the lines of - instruction, demonstration, and tasting. At the end you will have fair understanding of the spices, their use, recipe of the cooked food.

Following things would be offered to the students:

Opportunity to learn basics of Indian cuisine and cooking in a small interactive group.
Taste the main course, and dessert (description below). Enjoy the drink khatta-meetha pana.
Detailed Menu and recipe so that you can follow the simple steps back at home.
Raw ingredients for purchase after the class (original grocery store price.)
Opportunity to make requests on what you want to learn for future classes.

Main Course
Chole - Chole are also known as Chickpeas or Garbanzo beans. This is a north Indian style of making Chole in mildly spicy curry of onion and tomato.

Shahi Pulav - A royal rice preparation; made with basmati rice, dry fruits and mildly flavored with whole spices.

Meethi Seviyan (sweet vermicelli preparation) is a very delicious and quick dessert. Seviyan (vermicelli) is an Urdu word. In Indian cuisine it has come from Mughal period. For this recipe Seviyan are made in milk and garnished with dry fruits.

Apart from this, in drinks, Khatta-Meetha Pana would be offered to students. This is a sweet and sour drink made from mango, mint, herbs and spices.

To learn more about Indian cuisine, recipes, and your teaching Instructor, visit And stay tuned for future classes with Shuchi. Only 10 seats are available to keep this class small and interactive. Pass on the word to your friends you might enjoy this class!

Please signup by confirming your participation at

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