Do you love Indian food but want it to be healthy & delicious?
Do you like to talk & know about Indian spices & its history?
Do you want to cook & entertain your loved ones?
Then this is the place to be…
I am Vijitha, a food lover who grew up in a home of incredible cooks – my mom & grandmom. My love with food started at a very young age. I am experimenting on healthy cooking & trying to play around with local ingredients to create a dish with genuine calories, for instance I replace heavy cream with silken tofu. My blog carries recipes that are South beach diet friendly & for women with gestational diabetes. I take the old and carefully entangle the global influences to create a new recipe that speaks about my heritage.
My cooking lessons take the guests on a magical odyssey to Southern part of India. It’s just not about the food & the classes educate the guests about the culinary history of the place, the Ayurvedic traditions and spice route. We sit down to taste the meal after the class & make a connection and talk about food & culture. The meal is meant to be eaten with hands (purely optional), and the food is very sensuous – perfect to touch, feel and smell the spices & herbs.
Location: Whole foods, Cupertino
Classes information: Updated every month at Whole foods store calender.
June 9th , 2012 between 4-6 PM at Whole foods market, Steven’s creek, CA.
Vegetarian Indian cooking with ayurvedic insights (promoting the belief food is medicine and medicine is food)
Menu: Cumin scented lentil stew, Mint-cilantro rice, Roasted cauliflower dusted with aromatic spice mix and cooling cucumber raita. Four easy menu and lot of information about most ancient dietary system called AYURVEDA for just $35.00
Vegetarian cooking, Gluten free cooking, Ayurvedic cooking, Cooking with whole grains, Cooking for South beach diet, South Indian cooking, Vegan, Chaat party, Dosa party, Quinoa party, Cooking for gestational diabetes.
Pop me an email to discuss details.
1. Steve, San Mateo
Vij: The cooking class exceeded my expectations!
1) I liked the introduction to the spices, the medicinal anecdotes, the tips on preparation and sourcing of the spices. I especially liked the relaxed atmosphere, tasting as we went along and the journey to actual eating of the 4 delicious dishes.
2) I disliked that the class had to end. Seriously, I appreciated all your time and apologize for talking so much as to make the class last so long. I actually cannot think of anything I disliked at all. I will have to think hard as to what might enhance a class. Maybe I am being too commercial, but It could be fun to have an apron ” Cooking With Vij” printed on it and available for purchase at the end of the class. Another thought I had was to tape sections of the class so I could remember all the information, but this I could do on my own next time . Lastly, you could think of offering a starter pack for purchase of ten to twelve spices in plastic bags or some containers for serious students to purchase. Alternatively, I would be interested in purchasing a shopping session 1;1 or with some interested students and you at a local store to buy some pots, and spices, etc. Wow this could be big business !
3) I came to the class with no requirements except to learn, have fun and enjoy and the class met and surpassed all three.
Thanks a million for the recipes.
2. Hunter & Yeshe, San Francisco
Thanks for the great class! We all had a blast and my mom and John are really excited about their trip to India. You really helped my mom because she was so concerned about what options she’d have to eat their due to her strict diet. She told me to thank you again. The class definitely exceeded my expectations.We did find the store on main street.
1. I really liked how you presented the Indian pantry – the spices etc and trying each one before the class began- it really helped me identify the flavors I’ve always enjoyed in Indian food. I liked the selection of dishes we made as well- now i can make a complete meal for a dinner party for friends.
2. There wasn’t anything that I didn’t like about the class. And I can’t think of how it could be better. I don’t think you could fit anymore dishes into the class in terms of the time.
3.The class definitely met my requirements. I want to get more friends to come with me for the next class!
I am going to make one of the dishes this week- I’ll let you know how it goes. Thanks again for your hospitality.