Like learning the guitar, learning to cook involves increased finger dexterity and a heightened ability to impress on-looking hors d’oeuvres trays at parties. Acquire a new culinary tune with today's Groupon: for $50, you get an Indian cooking class (a $105 value) from Un-Curry, held at Surfas Restaurant Supply and Gourmet Food in Culver City.
Chefs of all skill levels will rejoice in these comprehensive courses designed to introduce and expand on the basics of Indian cuisine. Typically lasting 2–3 hours, all classes involve instruction that sublimates alchemically into student brains, producing a flavorful, organic, made-from-scratch final meal. Chef Kaumudi Marathé fuses the traditional flavors of India with the fresh ingredients of California, creating cross-continental cuisine that she dubs Californian Indian to delight palates and confuse travel agents. In addition to the knowledge and satisfaction gleaned by exploring new dishes, students will receive a folder of recipes and cooking tips, as well as a gift box of spices or special treats for sharing with loved ones or using to ramp up the flavor of plain cotton drapes. A full list of available classes will be posted on March 1; previous classes have included Spices 101, Meat Feast, and Indian Tea Party, each exploring the different flavors and traditions of the Indian subcontinent.
- In class Marathé grinds spices by hand while narrating a historic, folkloric and emotional journey through her homeland. She has a grace and ease in the kitchen that makes you walk away believing you too can perfect shrikhand (a rich saffron dessert), a refreshing butternut squash and yogurt salad or her grandmother's coconut-tomato soup. – Tasting Table
When she was growing up in India, in Britain, and in North America Kaumudi Marathé ate an eclectic array of international foods. While living in the United States, she began to blend Indian cooking techniques and spices with American ingredients, resulting in what she dubs "California Indian." Rather than keep these culinary gems to herself, she established Un-Curry to introduce others to her style of cooking and to shatter the belief that all Indian food is made of curry.
This introduction takes the form of catering and cooking classes, which cover a variety of subjects. Spices 101 grants students the low-down on spices including cumin and asafetida, and Indian Bread Basket teaches students the techniques for making naan. Marathi Salad Bowl plucks recipes from Marathé's home state of Maharashtra, which is known for its rich vegetables, and California Indian takes students on field trips to local farmers' markets in search of seasonal veggies and matching sweater sets.