Cooking in a traditional Tamilian household
The latest addition to the array of cooking classes offered at SITA, we introduce Tiffin at Lakshmi’s, your chance to cook in the house kitchen of one our colleagues at SITA! Laskshmi has been with SITA since many years, and comes from a traditional Tamilian family. Tamil Nadu Cuisine uses a lot more of rice, lentils, vegetables, coconut and variety of spices. She learnt the fine art of cooking from her mother and is a cook par excellence! Being the ever helpful soul that she has been, she decided to open the doors of her house to welcome guests who are interested in learning how to make authentic south Indian tiffin. The tamilians prefer to eat tiffin that includes Idli, Dosa, Paniyaram, Idiyyapam, Sambar and delectable chutneys for breakfast as well as dinner. The reason being that they want to keep their dinner light, free of rice or chapati.
At the end of the class, you get to eat what you cooked during the class with her lovely family! A complete home-cooking experience away from home, is the motto of this class.
What will you cook?
In her home kitchen, Lakshmi teaches you how these items are prepared in a step-wise manner and lets you handle the dough and batter, and gives tips and tricks so that you learn how to cook these dishes like a pro! She will explain the composition of the batter, the preparation methods and the ways you can add variety to them. Under her watchful eyes, you will learn to pour ladles of idli batter into the cast and see them fluff up in steam, or spread the dosa on the dosa kall, the traditional heavy metal plate used to cook dosas, in a perfect circle, a seemingly arduous task, but so simple once you learn how to do it!
Things to know
Currently, the cooking class is scheduled every Tuesday and Thursday, and can also be organized on demand, and is scheduled from 5:30 – 8:30 pm.
You start your class from Sita cultural center and reach Lakshmi’s house by foot in 5mins.
This is a strictly vegetarian class. Let us know if you are allergic to any food items.
The workshop is open from 2 to 6 persons and welcomes kids as well.
Laskhmi speaks English and can handle French as well.
What is included
- all the ingredients and material needed for the cooking session
- an e-booklet will be sent afterwards
What to bring
- comfortable clothes
- your camera
Steven Duckworth –
I cannot recommend this highly enough. Lakshmi was so lovely and it was a privilege to be welcomed into her home for this class. She took us through cooking idly, dosa, iddiyapam and the accompanying sambar and chutney, and then we sat down to eat! The food was honestly the tastiest I’ve had in our visit to India.
Lakshmi made us feel so at home and was really great at getting the kids involved, making it a treasured experience for all.