Indian Cuisine evokes Mystery, Magic and Romance
There has been a growing popularity and desire for Indian food, not just for its magical flavors, but more importantly for the innumerable health benefits it brings to one’s mind and body.
Due to several requests and a high demand to offer my "in-person” classes online, I am so excited to announce the first of my series of Online Indian Cooking Classes. Like I always say – You are what you eat. So make the right food choices and you will thank yourself.
Take your first step into Ayesha’s Kitchen as you start your online track to creating quick, easy, healthy and delicious Indian meals. Ayesha's Online Cooking Classes are perfect for people who want to learn new skills and/or spice things up in the kitchen without leaving the house.
Purchase this package to get a step by step procedure of every single recipe made separately, as well as feel the energy and excitement from Ayesha as she teaches all 6 dishes concurrently. Learn Indian cuisine at a whole new level as Ayesha teaches you the fundamentals of herbs and spices, and their health benefits/ techniques to create a well-balanced meal to make you feel energized!
Why Take Ayesha's Online Indian Cooking Classes?
Ayesha’s energy is contagious and her cooking style is quick, easy and simple to follow. By the time you are done with this online class, you will feel empowered to cook regardless of your skill level (beginners – advanced).
What you will get?
Class Name: Dinner on the Spice Route
Spices are available in several forms: fresh, whole dried, or pre-ground dried. I always encourage my students to purchase whole dried spice as it has the longest shelf life. Some spices are not always available fresh or whole, for example turmeric which is often purchased in ground form. Always a good idea to store spices in anairtight container and in a cool dark place thus protecting them from moisture and oxidation. Keeping them away from light will keep their color from fading.
Once you watch my video on Spices, you will have a good overview of the Indian spices, you will enjoy cooking Indian dishes and get more creative with the spices.
For me, understanding the natural medicinal health benefits is far more exciting than the flavors it bring to my palate as that is a given when it comes to Indian Cuisine.
Vindaloo is a popular hot and spicy Goan dish. This dish was influenced by the Portuguese when they ruled Goa, a state on the West Coast of India. Their dish is called carne de vinha d'alhos which literally means "meat in garlic wine marinade". This dish can be prepared with meats and seafoods. It evolved into the localized and easy-to-pronounce dish "vindaloo". Thus, Indian cooks assumed that potatoes where part of dish, as aloo in Hindi means potato, and is now typically prepared with potatoes. I will teach you how to prepare the traditional Chicken Vindaloo and hence will not be adding potatoes.
Butternut Squash is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and fiber. This graceful hourglass-like gourd is the perfect addition to any meal, especially the way you are going to learn to prepare it in this video. Quick, easy and full of flavor - this side dish will be one you will want to make on a regular basis. The combination of green peppers, curry leaves and exotic spices, finished with a touch of coconut milk makes the most delicious Butternut Squash dish.
Grown in India and Pakistan, Basmati rice aka "King of Rice" is long-grained and aromatic. It is fluffy and less sticky and is served with curries, biryanis and casseroles. Both the brown and white varieties have no cholesterol and almost no fat. The best way to enjoy basmati rice is to make it a component of a well-balanced meal. Those on low-calorie diets can benefit from incorporating this grain into their diets since it is so low in fat.
Those that have taken my classes, have expressed their frustration with preparing rice. After learning and following my easy to follow rice recipe, they are so proud of the outcome and invite guests to show off their success with cooking my recipe.
This super healthy Kidney Bean Kachumbar salad is a Powerhouse packed with Kidney Beans, sweet onion, tomatoes and cucumbers, a touch of exotic spices, cilantro and lime bringing to your body loads of proteins, fiber, iron, minerals and vitamins.
For me, this healthy and wholesome salad is a meal in itself.
When I share with my class that the dessert they will learn is made from carrots, the closest they can imagine is a carrot cake. If you have not eaten this dessert, let me tell you that you are in for a treat. It is heavenly!!!! The texture and the crunch from the nuts is irresistible. This warm dessert served with Ice Cream is divine.
Carrots are concentrated with Vitamin A, beta carotene and fiber, which work together to solve a number of maladies. Consuming them, will provide your body with its beneficial nutrients.
Chai is tea. Indian tea is prepared by boiling water, milk, black tea leaves, and sugar together. What makes it a masala chai? It is the spices that are added to the base tea giving the tea a distinct flavor and aroma.
This is my absolute favorite tea, as the combination of ginger root and lemon grass is divine. You will reap the innumerable benefits from this tea.
Cooking all 6 dishes concurrently to make the most of time management. Part 1 of 4 videos
Cooking all 6 dishes concurrently to make the most of time management. Part 2 of 4 videos
Cooking all 6 dishes concurrently to make the most of time management. Part 3 of 4 videos
Cooking all 6 dishes concurrently to make the most of time management. Part 4 of 4 videos
My name is Ayesha D'Mello, wife and mother of two children. I am passionate about healthy home style Indian cooking and more importantly teaching others how to cook and helping them make the right choices with food.
I was born and raised in India where I learned traditional home cooking from different regions of India and from the very best.
After earning undergraduate degrees in Accounting and Computer Science and an MBA, I took the path of a corporate career with Silicon Valley software companies. Following one's dream is easier said than done, until in early 2007 I sensed an undeniable passion to share my knowledge of the exotic magical flavors of centuries old cuisines of India and enthusiastic to inspire with my gastronomic delights. Having cradled Ayesha's Kitchen from a hobby to a boutique culinary school, I am passionate about sharing my journey with enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels.
My classes and recipes reflect my philosophy to cook quick, easy, delicious and healthy Indian meals that anyone can learn and cook in their own kitchen with locally available spices. I take the most difficult and complicated dishes and create ones that are quick and easy to prepare.
The most fulfilling part of teaching Indian Cooking is when those that have taken my classes tell me that their friends and family have enjoyed their Indian cooking