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Indian cooking - South Indian



Most people think of Indian food as butter chicken, daal and flat bread or possibly central Asian influenced rice or meat dishes such as biryani and tandoori chicken.

However the food of the deep tropical south of India is a whole other universe! The food features the use of tamarind, shredded coconut, coconut oil, coconut milk, mustard seeds, kari leave and dried red chillies. Dishes include plenty of rice and lentils often powdered and cooked by steam.

It is a light and healthy vegetarian cuisine that is delicious and easy to make. Dishes such as iddli, sambhar and coconut chutney as well as puttu and rasam (sometimes served on a banana leaf rather than a plate) offer a nice change from the usual Indian corner take away fare usually encountered in westernised countries.

You can learn to make these tasty meals using healthy ingredients and authentic shortcuts.

What to expect

Join a small group of 6-8 participants at these hands on cooking sessions guided by demonstrations from an enthusiastic and knowledgeable tutor.  Simple approaches and techniques, authentic shortcuts and steps for preparation will all be covered.

Who would find this course useful?
  • People who want to learn to make cheap, nutritious and healthy vegetarian food
  • Busy people who only have time to cook once or twice a week but still want to eat well by freezing extra portions
  • Health conscious people who want to spice up their life with some new Indian meals.

This course is open to people 18 years and over.

What to bring

  • apron
  • cotton tea towel
  • cutting board / mat
  • snap lock bags or storage containers for any leftovers
All ingredients are included in the cost of the course.


This course is held at Hurstbridge Community Hub, 50 Graysharps Rd, Hurstbridge

About the Tutor

Taariq is UK born with Pakistani and white Australian parentage.  He has traveled extensively in India and Pakistan on numerous occasions and is fluent in Hindi and Urdu languages.  Taariq is proficient and enthusiastic at cooking traditional Indian cuisine and enjoys sharing his skills and knowledge with others.  He is also a qualified teacher and has completed a Cert IV in training and assessment.

Concession fees

Concession fees are available to holders of Health Care Cards, Pension concession cards or Veterans Gold cards.  If you are eligible, please select the concession fee when enrolling and click "calculate discount'.  You may be asked to present your card for verification when attending the course or activity.


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