Indore, the largest city in the state of Madhya Pradesh is known for its rich cultural diversity. Famous for its food, the city has street food stalls at every nook and corner and has a huge jewellery market called Sarafa Bazaar that turns into a night street food haven. There is much to explore in Indore and the best way to learn about its culture and cuisine would be to interact with a local.Meet home-chef Shalini who has lived in many places around India. She loves hosting guests and serving them with authentic Punjabi food. Join her for a cooking class where she will teach you some amazing Punjabi dishes like Dahi Papdi Chaat (common street food). Kurkuri Bhindi and this will be followed by a scrumptious meal with Shalini and her family.The entire experience will last for 3-4 hours.
Meet homechef Shalini at her home in Silver Springs, Indore, she will greet you with a warm smile and a refreshing glass of Chaas (buttermilk flavoured with mint and basil). Make yourself comfortable and get to know Shalini and her family, you can then head to the kitchen for the cooking class. The first dish that Shalini will help you make is Dahi Papdi Chaat (common street food that combines sweet, salty, savoury and sour flavours, all in one mouthful!). You can then learn to make Kurkuri Bhindi (crispy ladyfingers), right from chopping the vegetable to preparing the spice mix to tossing the lady fingers after frying them, The next dish will be stuffed Capsicum (Capsicum stuffed with mashed potatoes and spices). Shalini will also tell you about the use of Indian spices in her daily cooking. Post the cooking session you can head over to the dining area and sit back, relax and enjoy a scrumptious meal with Shalini and her family.Some of the dishes that you will get to taste will be Paneer Pista (Cottage Cheese in pistachio and poppy seeds gravy), Dal Makhani (Lentils cooked in curry of milk and tomatoes), Stuffed Capsicum (Capsicum stuffed with mashed potatoes and spices), Laccha Paratha (Layered wheat bread) accompanied with Rice , Salad, Papad and chutneys. The meal will end on a sweet note with Kheer which is a traditional Indian Sweet dish made with rice and dry fruits.Please note - This is not a professional cooking class but rather an opportunity to cook and dine with a local home-chef. The experience will be as much about the stories around the food and local culture, as it would be about the meal itself.