Introduction to Vegetarian Indian Cooking
September 26, 2011

Center for India Studies organized a cooking event at Sanatan Mandir on 24th September and 25th September. Bella Patel, a leading attorney of Tampa Bay, hosted the three sessions of the cooking class. According to Ayurveda, India’s ancient science of healing, food is medicine and the right combination of herbs and diet are an integral component of good health. 21 participants over the weekend were taught how to prepare a complete meal, including Mango Lassi, Chutney and ginger-mint Chai (Indian tea). The participants learned about masala, the blend of spices, in Vegetable Curry (participants were asked to chose their own vegetable and then cook on their own with Indian spices) and Khichdi (rice-lentils). Among other healthy foods were Sprouted Mung Salad, and Barley Bhakri (barley bread). At the end of each class the participants sat down for a delicious meal and took home Indian spices to experiment with for their own cooking at home.

Here are some participant responses:

“What a beautiful and delicious experience :) !!!!  Thank you for all your efforts on spreading the Indian culture to the Community.” Claudia Gallego-Rendon

“… the class provided food for the body and soul, a gift from you all, thank you again.” Balsam Fanous

“… an amazing and thoroughly enjoyable cooking time”  – Dr. Adrian Medina.

“It must have been one of the best meals ever!” Dr. Maria Crummett

“The food was superb and the company even better.” Dr. Mike Gibbons

“Thanks so much!  I really enjoyed my Indian cooking experience yesterday.”  Betty Phelps