I knew when we started traveling, that I wanted to take cooking classes along the way.
It’s difficult to understand a culture if you don’t understand its food. And what better way to understand a culture’s food, than to learn to make it yourself, and eat it of course.
When we asked where we should go for cooking classes, there was no hesitation before answering “The Spice Box”.
There are two time options, one from 10:30 – 1:00, and another from 4:00 – 7:00. We chose the morning class.
Our teacher was funny. He used to own a restaurant. He’s been offering cooking classes in Udaipur for about 7 years.
The first thing we learned to make was chai. When do Indians drink chai?
If it’s too hot outside, drink a chai.
Too cold, drink a chai.
Have friends over, drink a chai.
Friends don’t come over, drink a chai.
You’re tired, drink a chai.
Need to calm down, drink a chai.
You’re happy, drink a chai.
You’re sad, drink a chai.
And so on…
So, needless to say, they drink a lot of chai here in India.
One thing that was different with these cooking classes, is that not everyone got to make each dish. Only one or two people made each.
I was a disappointed in this, because I wanted to take cooking classes so that I could learn to make everything in the class. I wanted hands-on instead of watching. (I can watch other people cook on youtube for free.)
We did get a recipe book with all of the recipes, including one for how to make paneer.
The food was good, and it was fun to eat lunch together, eating what we cooked. And it was really great to learn about the flavors and traditions of Indian cooking.