Class Description

Unique class at Rustic Lodge-May 19, 2013

Unique class at Rustic Lodge-May 19, 2013

Sunday, May 19, 2013 Indian Vegetarian Cooking Class at the Mazama Lodge -(Gluten free) The rustic and beautiful Mazama Lodge, nestled at the foot of Mt. Hood, will be the setting for a unique culinary adventure on Saturday, May 19, 2013:a vegetarian cooking class featuring dishes from the Indian subcontinent. I hope you will join […]

Lentils - Superfoods (Vegetarian/Gluten-free)

Lentils – Superfoods (Vegetarian/Gluten-free)

A Series of Three Classes: Lentils are protein rich and contain a good source of cholesterol lowering fiber that prevents sugar levels rising rapidly after consumption of a meal. In India lentils (dals) are the mainstay of a diet that is mainly vegetarian. Cooking with lentils is anything but boring, they are versatile, quick to […]

Portuguese Goa

Portuguese Goa

Picture white sand beaches, swaying palms, sparkling waters and bougainvillea- scented breezes and you have the western Indian state of Goa.  Here, East meets West in a cuisine whose Hindu origins are melded with 400 years of Portuguese colonialism.  Local cooks use seafood and pork combined with coconut, palm vinegar and chillies to create dishes […]


Indian Wholegrain Flatbreads:Naan & Roti (Vegetarian)

Indian Wholegrain Flatbreads:Naan & Roti (Vegetarian)

Anyone who has been to an Indian restaurant is familiar with Naan, leavened bread that is baked in the oven and sprinkled with sesame seeds.  Less familiar to most Americans but beloved by Indians are Rotis, unleavened breads made with whole wheat flour and cooked on the stove top, and Parathas (Rotis that are stuffed […]

Biryani - An Elegant Feast (Vegetarian option available)

Biryani – An Elegant Feast (Vegetarian option available)

Fragrant Basmati rice cooked with herbs and saffron. The delicate rice is then layered with vegetables or meat that have been simmered in a rich sauce of fresh ginger, garlic and garam masala. The pot is then sealed and the biryani is left to cook undisturbed for the flavors to infuse. This exquisite dish is […]

Chowpatty - Street Food of India

Chowpatty – Street Food of India

Chowpatty is India’s answer to the Pacific Northwest’s passion of healthy snack-food purchased from street vendors and eaten on the go.  In this class we will use Chat-patta spices to create such portable treats  as aloo-chaat, bhel-poori and bhajia, which are commonly eaten during the day along with a cool glass of lassi or a […]


Summer Grilling - Tandoor Style

Summer Grilling – Tandoor Style

In India, Tandoors or clay-ovens are used to grill meats, vegetables and cook naan breads. The meat is first marinated and then baked in a tandoor, which results in moist and tender kebabs. In this class you will learn how certain spices and herbs are used for flavoring and to tenderize the meats. Dates for […]

Protein Superfoods - Lentils (Gluten & Lactose free class)

Protein Superfoods – Lentils (Gluten & Lactose free class)

Lentils are protein rich and contain a good source of cholesterol lowering fiber that prevents sugar levels rising rapidly after consumption of a meal. In India lentils (dals) are the mainstay of a diet that is mainly vegetarian. Cooking with lentils is anything but boring, they are versatile, quick to prepare and easy on the […]

Indian Culinary Extravaganza

Indian Culinary Extravaganza

Experience the culture of India first hand as you learn to prepare four dishes from the rich and diverse cuisines found in four historic regions of the country. Your four-course extravaganza begins in the city of Agra, well known for the Taj Mahal and for a cuisine that reflects the opulent lifestyle of the Mogul […]


Regional Cuisines of India

Regional Cuisines of India

In these classes you will experience the diversity of Indian cuisine as we cover regional, cultural and religious variations in Northern and Southern Indian cooking. For a complete vegetarian experience, we will visit India’s only truly vegetarian state, Gujrat. There will be two separate classes: In the first class we will travel through the spice […]

Kootus, Kulambus and Sambhar (Vegetarian/Vegan & Gluten free class)

Kootus, Kulambus and Sambhar (Vegetarian/Vegan & Gluten free class)

In this class we will prepare thick, hearty and wholesome stews using lentils and vegetables seasoned with fresh ginger, cumin, turmeric, mustard seeds and tamarind.  Kale Kootu, Black-eye peas Kulambu, cauliflower and carrot sambhar, these are perfect one-dish meals for a cold winter’s day served with steamed brown rice or quinoa – simple, nutritious and economical to […]

Fruity Chutneys and Fiery Pickles

Fruity Chutneys and Fiery Pickles

This class will be held in late summer, when there is an abundance of vegetables such as tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, cucumbers and more which are suitable for making mouth-watering chutneys and fiery pickles. You will have jar of chutney or pickle to take home with you. This is a single class, 3 hours in length […]


Samosas (Vegetarian option available) - New

Samosas (Vegetarian option available) – New

Samosas are crispy savory pastries filled with spicy vegetables or ground lamb – the favorite “nibble” sold by street vendors and teashops throughout India. They are eaten dipped into a fresh cilantro and mint chutney and accompanied by a cup of chai. In this class you will learn how to make the pastry – roll […]

Farmers Market Fresh – NEW (Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free)

I will be offering Farmers Market Fresh cooking class on one Sunday each month from July through September. We will choose, fresh, produce in season. Once back at the kitchen we will prepare a selection of dishes using aromatic spices such as cumin, black mustard seeds, turmeric and fresh ginger. You will learn dishes that […]

Entertaining - Indian Style - New

Entertaining – Indian Style – New

In this class you will learn to create perfect finger foods. These tasty bites, bursting with fresh flavors include cocktail koftas, chicken kebabs, delicate fish cakes and tiny samosas, accompanied by a selection of spicy, sweet and sour chutneys. Tasty and colorful, these dishes are fun and simple to prepare, yet they are so elegant […]


The Taj Mahal - A Symbol of Eternal Love - New

The Taj Mahal – A Symbol of Eternal Love – New

A symbol of eternal love, the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, was built as a tomb by the Moghul Emperor, Shah Jehan for his beloved Empress, Mumtaz Mahal. Create a culinary feast representing the Moghul courts of yore. You will be creating kormas, dishes rich in cream and almonds, vegetables cooked with a touch of […]

Reminiscent of the Raj - New

Reminiscent of the Raj – New

Bungalows with huge verandahs and brilliant bougainvillea bushes, gymkhanas or clubs where the  ‘pukka-sahibs’,  would meet for a ‘chota-peg’ (a shot of whisky) after a round of polo – all conjure up images of the elaborate and resplendent life style of the British in India.  The British popularized the term “curry” with what we know as […]

Dals & Lentils (Vegetarian/Vegan and Gluten Free)

Dals & Lentils (Vegetarian/Vegan and Gluten Free)

Lentils are a grain legume, which include beans, peas and peanuts that are cultivated for their seeds, known as pulses. Legumes contain relatively low quantities of the essential amino acid methionine. To compensate, some vegetarian cultures serve legumes along with grains, which are low in the essential amino-acid lysine, which legumes contain. The combination of […]


Tagore's India - East Bengal -2010

Tagore’s India – East Bengal -2010

I have named this class “Tagore’s India” in honor of Rabindranath Tagore, a Calcutta-born  writer, playwright, song-writer, poet, philosopher and educator who wrote India’s national anthem.  This is the kind of food he ate in East Bengal. In this class, you will experience the cuisine of Bengal and prepare dishes using a unique blend of […]

A Monsoon Wedding -2010

A Monsoon Wedding -2010

  Weddings in India are elaborate affairs that usually last a week and are marked by a frenzy of ceremonies, celebrations and mouth-watering dinners, ending with an elaborate wedding day feast featuring Biryani.  In this class we will prepare this lavish dish of basmati rice, cooked and layered with meat or vegetables and adorned with […]