Like learning to juggle, learning to cook requires patience, a distraction-free environment, and the ability to handle multiple eggplants at once. Become the ringmaster of your kitchen with today’s Groupon to Mala’s Indian Cooking Classes at the Wilbraham Inn. Choose between the following options:
- For $59, you get one three-hour Indian cooking class (a $120 value).
- For $99, you get two three-hour Indian cooking classes (a $240 value).<p>
Under the guidance of nutritionist and chef Mala Patel, students spice up culinary repertoires by creating homemade, multicourse Indian dinners. Patel alternates between teaching a beginning vegetarian menu and an advanced, meat-based entree according to a weekly schedule and the phases of the moon. During vegetarian classes, aspiring chefs get acquainted with edible fauna, building gustatory excursions that start with vegetable fritters and onion chutney, followed by a rich tomato-chickpea curry over fluffy saffron rice, and the Indian bread, puri, submerged in cucumber-yogurt sauce like a dunk-tank sitter at a Greek-themed carnival. Advanced classes kick off with a discussion of the spices that pupils then sprinkle over chicken curry and apply liberally to barbecued tandoori chicken.
Having explored the subcontinent via stovetop, groups feast on their creations in a room filled with Indian music and incense. Classes can be customized to accommodate couples, families, and masochistic bags of groceries.
Mala's Indian Cooking Classes
Nutritionist and chef Mala Patel guides participants through a demonstration and hands-on, introductory class that covers essential spices and techniques of Indian cooking. Sessions such as classic vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine, Street Side Foods and a samosa workshop ensure fingers don't get bored and wander onto other people's plates. Small classes consisting of no more than 10 chefs-in-training intimately explore meat and veggie dishes flavored by aromatic spices, garlic, ginger, and green chilies. Students use fresh, ingredients to prepare a meal from scratch and leave with a folder of all recipes covered during the class.