Learn how to use and blend Indian and Middle Eastern spices during a hands-on demo and then enjoy a delicious lunch.


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What You'll Get

What You’ll Do

Complex spice blends define a country’s cuisine, and instructor Sandhya Babu hopes to reveal all of their hidden secrets. Sandhya pours you an authentic cup of masala chai tea and demos several dishes that rely heavily on complex spice blends before it’s time for you to get hands-on and cook. After you sit down to enjoy your delicious vegetarian creations, Sandhya leaves you with one final bit of inspiration: a sampling of fresh spice blends to use in your own kitchen.<p>

  • Learn About Complex Spice Blends
    Lifelong vegetarian Sandhya teaches you how different spice blends can enhance tea, vegetables, and other food<p>
  • Culinary History Lesson
    Sandhya reveals the history of different spices and their use in global cuisine, giving special attention to their potential health benefits<p>
  • Cook a Vegetarian Meal
    Cook vegetarian dishes and then share your creations during a post-lesson meal<p>
  • Parting Gift
    Leave the lesson with a sampling of different spice blends<p>

Each event is capped at eight participants; each event requires a minimum of four participants in order to take place.<p><hr>

Your Host

Sandhya BabuSandhya Babu’s
Cooking Instructor<p>
During Sandhya Babu’s childhood in India, cooking and sharing a meal brought the family together. As time went on, Sandhya began traveling the world, all the while discovering new recipes and flavors. Today, the lifelong vegetarian teaches cooking full-time, blending her recipes with stories of her heritage and travel—many of which can be found on her blog, “Vegetarianirvana.” <p><hr>


  • Thursday (6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.)
    December 19<p>

  • Friday (6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.)
    November 8<p>

  • Saturday (noon–2 p.m.)
    November 16
    December 7 | December 14
    January 4<p>

  • Sunday (noon–2 p.m.)
    November 10<p><hr>

Where You’ll Meet

The event will be held at a Gaithersburg residence. The exact address will be shared after purchase.<p><hr>

The Fine Print

Expiration varies. Amount paid never expires. Limit 8 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Refundable only on day of purchase. Min. of 4 participants or experience subject to cancellation. No value after experience date & time have passed. Experience Provider is issuer of tickets for experience. Price reflects Experience Provider’s current prices. Must provide email address at checkout, which SideTour will provide to facilitate redemption. Must be 18 or older. Gratuity included. Be on time to experience. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Take a Spice Tour of India and Beyond Over a Vegetarian Lunch

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