Curry making experiences and Indian cookery courses

Who loves curries? Pretty much everyone it seems, but practically no one cooks them from scratch.
Whether it’s a Friday night takeaway or a jar of Pataks and some fried chicken, most of us would struggle to create a delicious Indian meal using all the individual herbs and spices used in a traditional Indian (or Birmingham) kitchen.

But I’ve found loads of experience gifts that deal solely with preparing Indian food. Of course there’s more to Indian food than curry, and most of these experiences will show you a wide range of cooking from the area.
First off, here’s my favourite experience.

Alasdair’s recommended Indian cooking experience deal

Half Day Indian Cookery Course For One PictureBuyagift Logo Half Day Indian Cookery Course For One £125.00
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I’ve handpicked it because it’s a nice rounded experience, giving you several hours to completely immerse in Indian food. It’s a nice price too and I’m happy to have this as an ‘Alasdair’s best buy’.

What happens on an Indian cookery experience?

Short answer: A lovely chef will show you how to make lovely Indian food. Then you get to eat it.
Long answer: A professional chef will teach you about the history of this classic food, before talking about the perfect way to prepare all the ingredients.

The detail of the foods you will be cooking obviously depend on the length of the course. They all included a curry dish, but the longer your experience lasts, the greater the chance that you can learn different types of curry, from korma to madras, and try your hand at other Indian dishes too.

In the half hour experience, you’ll just have time to get comfy before you pop the ingredients together cook them and plate them up. At the other end of the spectrum, you got whole-day one-to-one experiences, where the course is tailored exactly to what you want to do, and your own Indian cooking preferences.

How to choose the best Indian cooking experience

As with all cooking experiences, the longer they last, the more you will learn. I think that if you can afford it, the full day courses are an amazing gift that can give you some real skills to take away with you. The courses run by Pat Chapman (shown at the bottom of the page) are my personal favourites, but these are just demos so you won’t be cooking along at the same time, so they’re not for everyone.

Of course even the short, basic courses can give you some ideas, but realistically you need a few hours to get familiar with the kitchen and your utensils, and prepare a few different dishes.

UK’s Indian cooking experiences

Here’s a rundown of all the UK’s Indian cooking experiences, ordered by price.

Indian Curry Club Subscription PictureInto the blue Logo Indian Curry Club Subscription £24.00
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Indian Classics In Chelmsford, Essex PictureRed letter days Logo Indian Classics In Chelmsford, Essex £39.00
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Three Course Lunch With Prosecco For Two At Indian Essence By Atul Kochhar - Virgin Experience Days Voucher PictureVirgin experience days Logo Three Course Lunch With Prosecco For Two At Indian Essence By Atul Kochhar - Virgin Experience Days Voucher £43.00
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South Indian Prawn Curry Cookery Class At The Jamie Oliver Cookery School PictureRed letter days Logo South Indian Prawn Curry Cookery Class At The Jamie Oliver Cookery School £45.00
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North Indian Thali Cookery Course At The Jamie Oliver Cookery School PictureRed letter days Logo North Indian Thali Cookery Course At The Jamie Oliver Cookery School £45.00
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North Indian Thali Class At The Jamie Oliver Cookery School PictureBuyagift Logo North Indian Thali Class At The Jamie Oliver Cookery School £49.00
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South Indian Curry Class At The Jamie Oliver Cookery School PictureBuyagift Logo South Indian Curry Class At The Jamie Oliver Cookery School £49.00
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Indian Themed Afternoon Tea For Two At Park Grand Hotels PictureBuyagift Logo Indian Themed Afternoon Tea For Two At Park Grand Hotels £49.00
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Vegetarian Indian Masterclass At Spicy Cooks PictureBuyagift Logo Vegetarian Indian Masterclass At Spicy Cooks £50.00
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Indian Afternoon Tea For Two At Soho Wala PictureVirgin experience days Logo Indian Afternoon Tea For Two At Soho Wala £50.00
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Three Course Dinner With Prosecco For Two At Indian Essence By Atul Kochhar PictureVirgin experience days Logo Three Course Dinner With Prosecco For Two At Indian Essence By Atul Kochhar £53.00
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Indian Themed Sparkling Afternoon Tea For Two At Park Grand Hotels PictureBuyagift Logo Indian Themed Sparkling Afternoon Tea For Two At Park Grand Hotels £59.00
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Indian Afternoon Tea With Prosecco For Two At Soho Wala PictureVirgin experience days Logo Indian Afternoon Tea With Prosecco For Two At Soho Wala £60.00
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Secret London Indian Food Tour With Tastings PictureVirgin experience days Logo Secret London Indian Food Tour With Tastings £65.00
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One To One Vegetarian Indian Masterclass At Spicy Cooks PictureBuyagift Logo One To One Vegetarian Indian Masterclass At Spicy Cooks £70.00
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Jasmine Indian Afternoon Tea For Two At 5* Taj 51 Hotel PictureBuyagift Logo Jasmine Indian Afternoon Tea For Two At 5* Taj 51 Hotel £80.00
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Half Day Indian Curry Course PictureInto the blue Logo Half Day Indian Curry Course £85.00
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Three Course Dinner For Two At The Luxurious Curry Room The Rubens Hotel - Virgin Experience Days Voucher PictureVirgin experience days Logo Three Course Dinner For Two At The Luxurious Curry Room The Rubens Hotel - Virgin Experience Days Voucher £90.00
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North Indian Thali Cookery Course For Two At The Jamie Oliver Cookery School PictureRed letter days Logo North Indian Thali Cookery Course For Two At The Jamie Oliver Cookery School £90.00
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Indian Prawn Curry Cookery Class For Two At The Jamie Oliver Cookery School PictureRed letter days Logo Indian Prawn Curry Cookery Class For Two At The Jamie Oliver Cookery School £90.00
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Indian Cooking Classes PictureInto the blue Logo Indian Cooking Classes £105.00
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Half Day Indian Cookery Course For One PictureBuyagift Logo Half Day Indian Cookery Course For One £125.00
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Secret London Indian Food Tour With Tastings For Two PictureVirgin experience days Logo Secret London Indian Food Tour With Tastings For Two £129.00
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Half Day Indian Cookery Class In Hertfordshire PictureBuyagift Logo Half Day Indian Cookery Class In Hertfordshire £135.00
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Half Day Indian Cookery Class At The Cooking Academy - Virgin Experience Days Voucher PictureVirgin experience days Logo Half Day Indian Cookery Class At The Cooking Academy - Virgin Experience Days Voucher £135.00
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Indian Cookery Course With Seasoned Cookery School PictureBuyagift Logo Indian Cookery Course With Seasoned Cookery School £149.00
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Six Course Contemporary Indian Tasting Menu With Wine Flight For Two At Michelin Recommended Asha's PictureVirgin experience days Logo Six Course Contemporary Indian Tasting Menu With Wine Flight For Two At Michelin Recommended Asha's £150.00
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Indian Cookery Course For One PictureBuyagift Logo Indian Cookery Course For One £185.00
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Full Day Indian Cookery Class At The Cooking Academy In Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire - Virgin Experience Days Voucher PictureVirgin experience days Logo Full Day Indian Cookery Class At The Cooking Academy In Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire - Virgin Experience Days Voucher £189.00
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An Easy Guide To Indian Cooking At The Novelli Academy Cookery School PictureRed letter days Logo An Easy Guide To Indian Cooking At The Novelli Academy Cookery School £195.00
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One Day Indian Cookery Course In Hertfordshire PictureBuyagift Logo One Day Indian Cookery Course In Hertfordshire £199.00
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Half Day Private Indian Cookery Class For Two PictureBuyagift Logo Half Day Private Indian Cookery Class For Two £300.00
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More about Pat Chapman and the Curry Club

All of these cookery courses are run by professional chefs who cook Indian food day in and day out. And you can’t get better than Pat Chapman when it comes to curry. As founder of the Curry Club, Pat is one of the UK’s leading authorities on curry, and he runs several Indian cooking demonstrations in Hampshire. Please note, these are demos, so so watch while he cooks, rather than cooking along with him.

Author: Alasdair

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