From India to Somerville: Cooking Class Brings Cuisine to City

It’s probably no surprise to longtime Beat readers that I love food–eating it, cooking it, writing about it. One of my favorite cuisines that I’ve yet to tackle at home is Indian, so when I saw that the Somerville Arts Council was offering an Indian cooking class featuring some of my favorite dishes, I knew I had to take it. I really enjoyed the Council’s El Salvadoran cooking class I took during the summer, so I knew I was in for an educational and fun night.

Indian Cooking Class spices

The class was held at Kitchen Inc. (201 Somerville Ave.) and was filled with several passionate home cooks all based in Somerville. As always, it was lovely to meet fellow city residents and we all became fast friends. Our instructor for the night, Madhu Nene, was an excellent teacher who showed us lots of tips and tricks as she deftly guided us in the preparation of multiple Indian dishes.

Indian Cooking Class cucumber raita

Throughout the night we made Cucumber Raita (cucumbers and spices in yogurt, pictured above), Chana Masala (chickpeas in a tomato sauce with spices), Fish Konkani (a creamy coconut milk-based curry), Jeera-Mutter Pilaf (a fluffy rice dish with cumin and peas) and Sooji Halwa (a dessert made from semolina, raisins and nuts spiced with saffron). All of the dishes were fresh and flavorful and we couldn’t wait to dig in at the end of the night. I’ve had my fair share of Indian food (some of it documented right here on the Beat) and I’m not exaggerating when I say this might have been the very best yet!

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