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What to expect on your cookery day

What to expect on your cookery day


Hi, I’m Rayeesa and I would love to welcome you to my Indian Kitchen. I have over 30 years experience of cooking to share with you, from learning as a child from my mother and nana, to learning to cook for myself for the first time, to entertaining friends and family, to cooking for 100’s of guests at pop up events around the country. Did I mention creating a range of award winning curry sauces? 

So I thought it might helps if I gave you some FAQ’s

  1. What experience do I need to join a class?
    None, but if you do have experience that’s also great because you will definitely learn something new.
  2. What do I need to bring?
    Nothing other than yourself, and lots of enthusiasm. Do come comfortably dressed, with sensible shoes as we will be on our feet quite a bit,long hair will need tying back etc. We provide aprons and all the ingredients.
  3. What time should I arrive?
    We love our guests to arrive at 9.45am so we have time to chat and a hot drink before kicking off.
  4. How many people are on a class?
    We have a minimum of 3 in a class or 6 maximum, so its very relaxed.
  5. What will I learn?
    You will learn how to cook a fabulous Indian meal from scratch. Nothing is prepared. We cook together as a group, and you can ask lots of questions as we go.


What would be the point of food if we didn’t have the gift of taste? I love that food is not just an absolute functional necessity, but that it gives us such incredible pleasure in TASTE. Indian food is exceptional in its ability to create incredible taste because of the wonderful and complex flavours of the spices married with fresh ingredients. A simple potato can become a mouthwatering taste sensation by ‘spicing it up’ to make a simple but delicious Bombay aloo - the list goes on. BUT its not what you cook, it’s definitely the HOW you cook it that makes the difference. 

Creating great tasting food is easier than you might think. Sometimes the simple things get overlooked, like soaking your rice before cooking, or giving your onions plenty of gentle cooking time. But when combined with everything else you will create a wonderful orchestra of taste!


“Food is everything we are. It’s an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It’s inseparable from those from the get-go.” 

– Anthony Bourdain

I love meeting so many lovely people and I am always learning something new. When you’re inspired you are at your most creative, and cooking is after all  an art, so I love to find ways to inspire you to be more creative in the kitchen. You will be amazed how easy it is to get cooking inspiration. Our thoughts and emotions are so closely linked to food. I believe that food is a great way to unite and connect people from all walks of life. Young and old, rich or poor, experienced or not, we all can gather around a table of delicious food and find so much in common.