[Warning: If you're not hungry yet, you will be by the end of this post! Read through, and leave a comment with your thoughts!]
Just before we left Udaipur, Earl and I talked about taking a cooking class. We looked into it a little, got a quote from a cooking school (which, to be honest shocked us a little) and then made the decision that even though cooking classes don’t come cheap, it would be a shame to leave India without having done one. And then we basically forgot about that conversation, as we had to rush to catch our train to Jodhpur.
So it’s funny that we passed by a cooking school in Jodhpur three or more times and didn’t even notice. We even bought lotion and soap at the little shop they had in front of their place. It was only after the owners, Rekha and Anil, invited us in for tea and suggested the idea, that we realized that we’d seen signs for a cooking school out front! Because we liked them so much, we enthusiastically agreed to come for their class at 1pm the next day.
By the time we arrived, we were starving in anticipation. Rekha greeted us with an easy potato sandwich recipe to tide us over until we learned a few other dishes.
Her kitchen was really fun. She had had her staple spice bowls, and I couldn’t resist taking a photo of all that colour.
Together, we learned to make biryani.
Rekha decorated it in the end by garnishing it with fresh coriander and pomegranate. And, we are happy to report, it was delicious!
For our first dessert, Anil taught us how to make the local specialty, makhaniya (saffron) lassi. Only this lassi turned out to be much more deluxe (and delicious) than any we’d tasted yet!
And after our bellies really couldn’t hold much more, we started cooking again. First a quick dal fry…
… And then we made the doughs for a variety of breads: chapati, naan, paratha, and a Gujarati (thick) chapati. We each got a turn to make a dough, and also to bake them!
In true Indian style, we couldn’t enjoy (our second) lunch with only one dish, so we whipped up a mutter paneer (Indian curry with peas and cheese), and dug in again!
Rehka’s two daughters got in on the fun too!
We finished off our day with another dessert, this one like doughnut squares, though we were too full to eat any more, and had to take it to go!
As above, we’ll mention again that we’re looking for a little “audience participation” here… Please leave a comment below!
As a parting thought, and to perhaps stir your creative juices (so you’ll comment), we leave you with a photo of the super-pretty Gujarati chapati that Rekha made. Yum!
If you’re ever in Jodhpur, be sure to check out Spice Paradise and meet Anil and Rekha. Rekha will be happy to make you a homemade cup of true masala chai and if you have time, attend her cooking class! It’s been of our best days of our trip!
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