Known for its spices, Indian fare jolts the taste buds in a manner that kissing an electrical socket could never match. Enjoy shockingly good cuisine with today’s Groupon: for $65, you get a four-course Indian culinary extravaganza from Masala (a $130 value). Each extravaganza includes:
- Three hours of hands-on cooking instruction
- One four-course sit-down meal
- Printed recipes and detailed notes to take home
- Sample spice packet
- Jar of Sophie’s homemade chutney
Masala’s culinary master, Sophie imparts knowledge of Indian cuisine during a three-hour class that yields a four-course meal. Sophie guides students through the cuisine of different Indian locales, such as Agra, home of the Taj Mahal; Gujarat, birthplace of Gandhi; and Kerala, an Indian state known for its saris made of lettuce. Pupils tone cooking muscles by preparing pillau—basmati rice with saffron, golden raisins, and almonds—as well as khatte baigan—eggplant with sweet and sour sauce—and shaak, cauliflower with spices. Classes wrap up with the preparation of a traditional Bengali dessert, after which learners may take home printed recipes, a sample spice packet, and a jar of Sophie’s homemade chutney. Classes take place on Fridays or Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.