Course Overview

This cookery class is the perfect way to learn how to balance your spices with some delicious and unusual curries. This course has been designed around influences and flavours from Sumayya’s homeland of Pakistan and North India. Each recipe focuses on delicious aromatic spices and learning to layer flavours based on the rich heritage of the region.

This course aims to inspire you to have confidence with your spices, and wow your friends and family with delicious dishes. We want you to leave Seasoned feeling confident that you can recreate these dishes again in your own home.

Recipes learnt

  • Chicken rose pistachio korma (a fragrant curry with ground nuts)
  • Lamb and ginger karhai (a dry curry learning the art of ‘bhuna’ and stir frying)
  • Aubergine borani with spiced tomatoes, garlic yoghurt and pomegranate (an accompaniment of layered & spiced aubergines)
  • Chaana daal with garlic, curry leaf and tomato tarka (a lentil curry accompaniment)
  • Basmati rice
  • Fresh coriander, mint and cumin chutney

Throughout the day, you will get to enjoy the food you cook in our private dining room with the rest of the group. It will be a great opportunity to share your experiences in creating the dishes as well as the delicious food.

(Please note, we reserve the right to alter the dishes covered in the course, to meet the dietary requirements of our guests.)

Techniques learnt

  •  Balancing and blending spices
  •  How to make delicious chaana daal
  •  Cooking the perfect basmati rice
  •  Preparing a banquet of Indian dishes based on both meat and vegetables.

This one day course is designed to give you the confidence to repeat the recipes time and again at home for your family and friends.

Your chef tutor

Sumayya Usmani is a food writer and cookery teacher. After a twelve year City law career, Sumayya decided she wanted to follow her passion for food and has written two award-winning cookbooks. Sumayya was born and raised in Pakistan, and her passion has been passed down the generations from her mother, and her grandmother.

Since Sumayya turned her passion into her day job, she has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, from Madhur Jaffrey to Sophie Grigson and Rachel Allen. Sumayya has appeared in a variety of print articles as well as speaking on both Radio 1 and 2, and on the Good Food Channel.

With her vast experience, Sumayya is the perfect person to inspire an adventure in spices and new flavours during this day-long course.

About your day

Our cookery courses take place on the Catton Hall Estate. On the picturesque Derbyshire and Staffordshire border, we are only minutes from the A38. We also have plenty of free parking.

You’ll have the support of our “kitchen fairies” who’ll ensure you have everything you need. We’ll provide an apron for the day, and all the equipment and ingredients.

You’ll be sitting down together during the day to eat the dishes you’ve created. We’ll also provide wine and soft drinks.

Our day courses run from 10.15am to 4 pm. Join the team for early morning refreshments from 10 am.

Book your place

This class is perfect for those wishing to master the art of layering spices and flavours, and creating more unusual curry dishes. By the end of the day, you will have had hands-on experience in producing curries, daal and chutney to recreate in your home. Sumayya will be on hand to answer any of your questions about the cooking and using spices.

If you are interested in booking onto this cookery course, please do so quickly to avoid disappointment.


(Photo’s courtesy of Joanna Yee & Joe Woodhouse)