Upon seeing Bollywood films, humans are 10 times more likely to crave tandoori chicken and 15 times more likely to convey their hunger pangs with belly dancing. Set your spice-loving stomach straight with today's Groupon: for $60, you get a three- to four-hour Indian street-fare cooking class at Cowboys & Turbans in Silver Lake (a $120 value).
Dubbed the spice master by the Los Angeles Times, chef and divine dining presence Baba Ji masterminds three- to four-hour cooking soirees, instructing curious culinary artists in the creation of authentic Indian street fare. During each class, 8–15 apprentices can get their hands spicy, with every person fashioning wall handprints and a saucy stew such as masala or mango-and-mint chutney.
While crafting feasts fit for a maharaja or simple dishes suited to Mahatma, Baba Ji elucidates the medicinal benefits of subcontinental spices and how to incorporate them into other culinary exploits. Engineer a plethora of provided ingredients into edible bites, forming a table full of goodies to share with classmates, friends, and the pockets of your trousers. For chompers that prefer produce-filled plates, a vegan class offers the same spicy succulents.
Cowboys and Turbans
Baba Ji, the proprietor of Silverlake Juice and Tea, explores a new frontier in fusion with the food at Cowboys and Turbans—the tantalizing blend of South Asian, American, and Mexican cuisine. The menu unites antipodal parts of the globe with hearty samosas wrapped in flour tortillas instead of samosa dough, tacos filled with tandoori meats and chutneys, and pizzas made with a chewy tandoori naan crust. Towering doors of wood and iron lined with intricately carved columns reveal an open-air patio, which surrounds visitors with flickering torchlight and a canopy of multicolored cloth. Statues of animals and deities ring the courtyard, patiently waiting to ask if diners are going to finish their masala burgers, tandoori cornish hens, and aromatic vegetarian and seafood curries.