The Art of Indian Cooking Masterclass

Learn to cook Indian food without any stress

5 hours Class size 1 to 12 (public classes), 4 to 7

label $180 (or 4 payments of $45 Afterpay)

Cook and eat your very own six-course Indian feast in this intensive but practical workshop.

Indian food connoisseur, cook and writer, Bhavna Kalra, invites foodies for a informative and delicious class on Indian cooking using seasonal vegetables.

If you are someone who loves ordering a Curry, fancy cooking it, or just enjoy eating delicious, authentic, and hearty Indian food, then this class is made for you!

In this five-hour cooking class, you will:

  • Discover the food history of the Indian dishes we will be cooking
  • Learn about “Spices 1, 2, 3” - a valuable rundown on spices you need to cook a hearty Indian meal and where to find them
  • Practice Indian cooking techniques and learn tips and tricks;
  • Enjoy eating one of the best six-course Indian Feast ever!

After the class, you will come away with knowledge on how to easily prepare your delicious curries, Dals, and meat-based dishes. We hope this will then motivate you to add a wholesome, healthy Indian way of cooking to your home-cooked, fresh meals.

This class will also give you the confidence to be familiar with spices and lentils that you can use when cooking other dishes and cuisine.

On the menu:
  • Dal Fry in Instant pot
  • A delicious vegetable dish (one of our most popular dishes)
  • Chickpeas or jackfruit curry with the base sauce
  • Lemon rice or Spinach & Corn rice
  • Mushroom Or Paneer OR Chicken Korma
  • Cabbage Stuffed flatbread

If you are doing a group booking for six, we can change the menu as per your requirement. We also cater to food intolerance, so let us know if you cannot have one of the dishes below and we will arrange something else for you.

Please note:
  • This is not a 100% hands-on class.
  • All the vegetables etc will be chopped so there will be minimal handling of common ingredients
  • This course is suitable for people who are gluten intolerant, vegan, and/or vegetarian.
  • In unforeseen circumstances should we have to reschedule the class, we will notify you in advance and give you new dates to choose from.

Knowledge required
  • Beginners OR experts who want to learn how to get started OR learn more about Indian cuisine.
  • Kids over 13 years welcome, as long as accompanied by a parent or guardian.
What you'll get
  • Nibbles to start your class with our signature chutney
  • All the ingredients and cooking equipment.
  • Printed recipes for every dish for you to take home.
  • Six-course sit down meal
  • Cooking assistance.
  • Free subscription to more recipes online.
  • Spices & leftover food to take away
What to bring
  • An apron.
  • Hair lackey to tie your hair back.
  • Vaccination certificate, this is a NSW Govt requirement
  • Bring your own favorite drink. Indian food goes really well with a Crisp Chardonnay or beer
Suitable for

This class is great for individuals and couples as well as for a team building activity, birthday, hens party or bucks party.

Suitable for adults, and kids (minimum 13 years old). An adult must accompany any attending kids, and must pay for a separate ticket.

This would also be a nice gift for her, gift for mum or anniversary gift.

The Modern Desi is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines.

See additional precautions taken   

Maximum of 12 people per class only
Do a Temp check of people who attend
Provide hand sanitizers
All materials provided and used will be clean and sanitized
Ensure good ventilation
Masks & Gloves used

Whiteside Street, North Ryde NSW

Your teacher can also travel within 25 kms of North Ryde for private classes

Your teacher
The Modern Desi
The Modern Desi

5.0 (74)

A passionate cook connecting cultures with food. Serving real Indian feasts with stories.

On a mission to teach people that there is more to Indian food than Butter chicken and Rogan Josh. My love for food is infused with storytelling and memories so you can understand and appreciate where the ingredients came from and how easy it is to whip up a six to seven-course Indian meal any day of the week.

Verified reviews

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Joanne Withnall May 2022

Had a great time. Was an intimate class with only six people which was great. Held in the hosts home which was actually very nice. Great food and learnt lots of tips for some great Indian food.

Stephen Lee May 2022

Very Intimate class, with authentic indian cooking and Bhavna was very knowledgeable. Very much enjoyed it

Christian Drysdale May 2022

They day included amazing food, great conversation and some excellent lessons learnt cooking Indian dishes

Talie Finlay May 2022

Great Indian cooking experience, learnt a wealth of knowledge from spices to cooking techniques. Thank you B!

The Art of Indian Cooking Masterclass review by Talie Finlay

Fraser Moore Mar 2022

Food was amazing. Experience was amazing. Bhavna was amazing. Ended up with so many leftovers. 10/10, would definitely recommend.

Ben Robinson Mar 2022

This class was an amazing, fun and informative intro to the world of Indian cooking. In addition to being a fantastic cook and great teacher, Bhavna was a wonderful host and entertainer.

The 5 hour class flew by as we laughed and chatted while making a range of delicious, authentic and practical Indian dishes, while learning the history and origins of the ingredients and methods. To finish it off, we got a feast of great food at the end, with plenty of leftovers to take home. I can't recommend this class highly enough for a really enjoyable day!

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Nipuni Perera Mar 2022

Friendly host who made us feel very welcome.
Recipes were AMAZING and explained step by step with all of us given a chance to participate. It was really good to learn not just about Indian cooking but also about the history and culture of India. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend this course to anyone.

We left with happy hearts and bellies!

Gavin Sacks Mar 2022

Wonderful introduction to Indian cooking from an enthusiastic, friendly, entertaining and extremely knowledgeable host. Great food at the end. Really fun day

Carmen Famularo Feb 2022

I felt at home the minute I walked through Bhavna’s door. It was such an enjoyable and insightful experience. I loved the small intimate nature of the class, getting to know each other over samosas, home made chutneys and tea, all the yummy dishes we got to learn about and make and the historical facts and origins of certain ingredients. I left feeling a lot more knowledgeable and inspired. Thank you Bhavna!

The Art of Indian Cooking Masterclass review by Carmen Famularo

Alissa Cook Feb 2022

A fantastic introduction to Indian cookery. The host is very knowledgeable, very warm, and has a deep knowledge of the history of Indian food. We cooked 7 dishes, and at the end of the day enjoyed a lovely meal cooked by us, there were even leftovers to take home. I would highly reccomend this course.

Jodie Cathcart Feb 2022

A friend & I did this class yesterday. The teacher was very friendly with a great sense of humour. She made us feel very welcome in her home which worked remarkably well as a venue for a cooking class. She was very knowledgable not only about the food preparation but the history of the food & the ingredients. The food we produced, under her tutelage, was excellent & we came away with the knowledge required to attempt it at home. I thoroughly recommend this class.

Laura Masia Jan 2022

If you are thinking about doing an Indian cooking class with Bhavna from The Modern Desi, or gifting it to a loved one, this is your sign to do it!
Bhavna welcomed us into her beautiful home and instantly we were captivated by her kind, welcoming energy.

Heading into the class, I was really excited to learn how to cook some delicious dishes but most of all was hoping to learn about the application of different spices and techniques. Bhavna took her time explaining techniques, traditions and the history of various dishes to our intimate class of four. I particularly loved learning about the misconceptions we have about Indian food in Australia!
During the class we all were able to have a turn being hands on to make each dish which was super fun.

I took my Dad for his birthday and it was such a fun, practical thing to do together. We had a great time and I feel like even without following the recipes in the book Bhavna had kindly already typed up for us, my new knowledge of how spices and ingredients work together will help me whip up a delicious Indian dish!

10/10 do this class!

Melinda Fletcher Jan 2022

Bhavna is such a superstar, she makes you feel welcome and as ease from the start, irrespective of your cooking experience. She's an excellent teacher and chef who goes the extra mile by providing you with a bit of history and geography, a take home list of recipes and some spices. We learnt so much and the time absolutely flew by. I would definitely want to cross paths with Bhavna again in the future to learn more of what she has to share! Thank you!

Zoe Hoad Jan 2022

Bhavna was an excellent host and teacher for our class. The small friendly class took place in her home (with excellent consideration of covid) and we were provided with lots of opportunity to learn about, cook and taste a really broad selection of Indian dishes, as well as providing leftovers to take home for the rest of the family. The class exceeded my expectations in all regards. Highly recommended!

Chris Palombo Jan 2022

Great class. Very informative and tasty ! We both enjoyed this very much. Great. Thanks again.

Matthew Taylor Dec 2021

I have to say this was the most enjoyable, fun and informative class I have attended in a long time. Not only was I entertained non stop for hours by our teacher/cook/entertainer, I took away new skills and knowledge beyond what I expected. Not only was there culinary learnings I also leant a lot about culture and geography of the region in which the food was derived. With her deep knowledge of nutrition coupled with her wit, the style in which Bhavna delivered this class keep everyone constantly engaged, interested and laughing throughout. I would recommended this class to anyone with an interest in food, Indian culture and entertainment !

Alex Clark Nov 2021

Bhavna was an awesome host for our class! My partner and I had a great time learning about all the little geographical and historical tidbits about the food, and the whole process was super fun and engaging.

Gemma Clarke Nov 2021

What a fantastic way to spend a Sunday in Sydney- learnt so much, not just about how to cook Indian like a homecook in India would do, but learnt about health benefits of so many spices and fantastic natural remedies, and fascinating history behind the food. And, our all so wonderfully and engagingly led by the absolutely lovely Bhavna. And, that is before even mentioning the food. Could not fault a single thing, I would recommend it to anyone interested in learning about and wanting to eat real Indian style cuisine! Excellent value for money- definitely come hungry and be ready for 4 fun filled hours to pass by in a flash!

Melinda Blayney Nov 2021

Bhavna is an excellent teacher who’s passion for Indian history and culture shows beautifully through her food & talks during this class. I was gifted this class by a good friend and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who loves to cook, learn and chat! Thank you Bhavna for a lovely afternoon!

Anna Dobson Nov 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Many thanks to Bhavna, we had a fabulous time and learned so much about Indian cuisine, from the different spices and oils to use, to cooking techniques and the history of the food. It is always a wonderful experience listening to someone who is passionate and knowledgeable about their subject. We cooked so many different dishes and had an absolute feast to finish.

Aziza Mustar Nov 2021

Great class, learned alot of things.

Teacher was knowledgeable and thank you:)

Foof was amazing

Christopher Chircop Jun 2021

We had a great time seeing and hearing Bhavna's enthusiasm for the food she loves and learning the skills to recreate these dishes in our own home. We had a lot of fun and a lot of food to enjoy and take home! Thank you Bhavna for a wonderful time in your kitchen

Peter Scrivener Jun 2021

What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon! Bhavna was a wonderfully welcoming host and made us feel at home immediately . Her knowledge of India and Indian cooking was encyclopedic! Venue was fantastic and cosy, and the quality and quantity of dishes and spices we were introduced were amazing. This course certainly left eager to take on any sort of Indian cuisine with a lot more confidence than before.

Simon Davies May 2021

Delicious food & a great experience! Complete beginner in cooking Indian food & I learn a lot. Host was amazing & very informative around each spice used & why it’s used. Highly recommend if you would like to know how to cook a delicious home cooked curry.

Lesley Strydom May 2021

Delicious, authentic food taught from scratch.
Bhavna was amazing, informative with a good sense of humour would definitely recommend!

Kamani Krish Feb 2021

Bhavna had a lovely manner, and teaching style. The time flies as you learn the fundamentals of Indian cooking.

Andrew Nov 2020

We absolutely loved cooking and learning about Indian food with Bhavna! She was full of insight and clear instruction every step of the way whist making the class feel very casual and comfortable. I appreciated learning more about spices and gaining awareness of confidence in how and when to use them. All the dishes were spectacular and I can't wait to try them at home. Highly recommend!

The Art of Indian Cooking Masterclass review by Andrew

Danielle Baynes Nov 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Absolutely fantastic experience. Bhavna is an incredible teacher, cook and host. Her knowledge is deep and so is her passion to share it with her students. We left with a greater understanding of how to use spices, how to create very easy vegetarian dishes that can be customised to our tastes and lots of handy tips and techniques for a home cooking experience. We gained a lot of confidence during this class and left wonderfully full with lots of delicious left overs and treats. Highly recommend this experience, it was a privilege to learn from and share food with Bhavna.
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