Course Overview

If you want to learn how to make your favourite Indian dish or know someone who would, then our basic Indian cookery course is a great place to start. Focusing on key favourites such as how to make your own dhal or a korma, you’ll learn classic Indian dishes and techniques. Led by an acclaimed Indian chef, who will teach you all about the key spices and flavours of Indian cuisine. You’ll learn how to combine them to create some tempting starters and classic main dishes. By the end of the day, you will leave with the confidence to recreate these dishes at home. Get ready to take over from your local takeaway, and treat your loved ones to authentic home made Indian classics.

Recipes learnt

  • Vegetable pakoras with tamarind chutney on the side
  • Hyderabadi chicken korma
  • Meethi dhal
  • Lamb rogan josh
  • Basmati rice, including how to make this rice perfectly fluffy
  • Chapatti breads

Throughout the day you’ll stop to eat the food you’ve cooked in our private dining room with everyone else. A chance to share your experiences in creating the dishes as well as great 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

  • How to make Indian starters
  • Making Indian chutney to accompany the starter
  • Making creamy korma – a great family dish
  • Cooking authentic dhal
  • How to use spices to get the best from each type
  • Balancing spices for a red meat curry
  • Cooking basmati rice to perfection
  • Baking Indian flatbread – an essential accompaniment to any Indian meal

This day long beginners class is designed to give you total confidence in using all of these techniques. The aim is that you can go home and repeat the recipes for family and friends time and again.

Your chef tutor

Rayeesa Asghar-Sandys was born and grew up in India, surrounded by the incredible flavours of authentic Indian dishes.

Rayeesa’s dedication to spreading the love of Indian food led her to decide to teach others how to cook fabulous Indian cuisine. With over ten years experience, she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to every teaching session, making Indian cookery accessible to everyone. Her friendliness and the clear, practical way that she explains every step of a recipe is designed to give everyone, including beginners, total confidence in the basics of Indian cuisine.

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 4pm. Join the team for early morning refreshments from 10am.

Book your place

This day long basic Indian cookery course will teach you how to create delicious authentic Indian dishes from scratch. Rayeesa will unlock the mysteries of different flavour and spice combinations for you. She’ll ensure that when you leave the classroom, you are confident that you can whip up a delicious korma with some perfectly fluffy, melt in the mouth basmati rice on the side.

Offering a brilliant social experience as well as a chance to improve your cookery skills, these courses are popular for a reason. Popular with men and kitchen novices, this course does book up quickly. Booking a place on a cookery course with Rayeesa is also a fantastic way to give a loved one a thoughtful and memorable gift.