Rahul’s Cooking Class: Goa, India

I love attending cooking classes wherever I can and learning from a local when you are travelling definitely has that special appeal. When I spent time in Goa I was keen to learn how to reproduce the delicious food I was enjoying every day and I was thrilled to  discover Rahul’s Cooking Class located just back from Palolem beach (about 10 minutes from my beach hut!).

Rahul has been teaching vegetarian and non-vegetarian cooking classes in Goa for over 10 years. Classes last approximately 3 hours, depending on class size, and cover 5 different dishes. Rahul will take requests in advance if there is a special dish you wish to learn or he will select a menu. Classes currently start at either 11.30am or 6pm.

Scheduling your class in advance is necessary, but you will often find that class sizes are very small; I had a semi-private lesson with only one other attendee. Many people in India are vegetarian and therefore the variety and flavour of vegetarian options is incredible in comparison to the UK, so I was happy to let Rahul select the menu of 5 vegetarian recipes I would be learning!

  1. Malai Kofta

    A North Indian dish, malai is cream whilst the Kofta is a deep fried paneer and vegetable dumpling in a rich, creamy cashew/tomato based sauce.

  2. Dal Fry

    A red lentil dal mixed with tomatoes, onions and cream. Perfect with rice or bread.

  3. Mushroom Dopiaza

    A mushroom based curry with double onions. A more southern Indian dish

  4. Vegetable Biriyani

    Originally from Hyderabad region, a mix of a vegetable curry baked with rice to make a wonderful main dish

  5. Chappati

An Indian flat bread made with whole wheat flour. Surprisingly easy to make and made in most Indian homes.

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We made all of the dishes in order and learnt a few key points of Indian cooking along the way!
– Onions in Indian food are always red onions as they don’t get brown onions here.
– Most curries have the exact same base of onions, tomatoes, ginger and garlic and then the spices you add make the different varieties.
– Always cook your spices out to release their flavour and aroma.
– Every household has their own garam masala mix recipe, although many families are starting to buy packet mixes now.
– Potato, green beans, aubergine, carrot, okra and any other slightly harder vegetable can work in nearly any curry but may need to be cooked first – perfect for leftover veg!

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– Don’t be afraid to use oil, butter and cream to add to your curry mixes.
– Indian spice boxes are amazing!

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Rahul was an informative and patient teacher and I had a lot of fun learning how to cook some amazing dishes that I love to cook at home now! Many of the curries can be amended for different vegetables or the addition of meat as desired. I was very impressed with the end result of a fantastic lesson and enjoyed a delicious lunch!

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Cost: 1500 Rs each for a 3 hour class. You get to eat all the food you prepare.

Website: Rahul Cooking Class

Date of Travel: January 2016

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