What you'll do
Spices add flavour to our food and are packed with nutrition to nourish our body. In this online class, you will get to know about the spices that can be used for everyday cooking. We will start with a short introduction to get to know each other. During the introduction, you will get an opportunity to show the spices that you have. After the introductions, we will first talk about the basic spices - different types of salt, pepper, turmeric, clove, cinnamon, cardamom (green and black), bay leaf and cumin seeds. You will learn about their contribution to aroma, taste and colour. You will also learn how to best use these spices in your everyday cooking. I will demonstrate the ways you can become familiar with these spices using a banana or an apple, tomato, boiled potatoes, lemon and yoghurt. After that, I will introduce you to the rest of the spices. We will cover as many spices as we can in 90 min. I will prefer to talk about the spices that you have in your kitchen so you can immediately start using them. You will learn that all spices have some health benefits. I will also share some real-life stories about how Indian household uses the spices. You will be amazed to know how spices play a bigger role in Indian culture and have their applications beyond the kitchen.
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I am Nistha. I grew up in the northern part of India where I was a close spectator to the techniques my mom and grandmother used in the kitchen for everyday cooking. My interest in cooking started when I got my own kitchen. Since then, I have been playing with different ingredients and recipes. Along the way, I developed an interest in healthy ways of cooking and in exploring efficient ways to absorb most of the nutrients from the food. I now blog about my learnings. I started organizing my cooking workshops and cultural events when I lived in South Korea 4 years ago. I was also fortunate to collaborate with restaurants to organise food events. Now I live and work in Berlin. I want to spread the wisdom of Indian cooking and spices around the world. This is my passion and I invite you to experience this.
What to bring
Chop board and a knife.
A pen and a paper, if you want to note down anything.
3 bowls and 1 spoon
Half a cup of water
Any of the basic spices: Salt, Indian Black salt, Himalayan salt, turmeric powder, red pepper powder…
Any of the other spices: curry leaves, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, coriander seeds. fenugreek leav…
Any of these that you can find easily : a banana or an apple, tomato, boiled potatoes, lemon, yoghurt.
How to participate
Join a video call
Download Zoom for free on a desktop or mobile device. After you book, you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
"This is an online class. You will connect via video and audio conferencing to meet me and fellow participants of this class. When you click the link in your confirmation email and join my experience, make sure your audio and video are on so you can ask questions along the way. I am located in Berlin and will be hosting this class from my kitchen."
Book a private group
Want to join with just your family and friends? Nistha will host a private group for up to 6 guests starting at $79.
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Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.
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You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email. Up to 6 guests ages 18 and up can attend. It's for beginners.
The experience is best viewed from a computer or tablet. The more spices and the ingredients you have, the more fun it will be. If you don't have many spices, you are still welcome to join the workshop.
Heal and Nourish With Spices