What better way to find inspiration and new skills you can enjoy for a lifetime than taking a cooking class from the comfort of your own home? You have plenty of options from which to choose as online cooking classes range from free YouTube tutorials to a purchased personalized, one-on-one remote sessions with a master chef. Today, we profile some of our favorite South Asian-focused classes for you to culinary consideration.
Nisha Madhulika YouTube Channel
Nisha Madhulika is one of India’s top chefs, and her eponymous YouTube channel is full of incredible vegetarian recipes for a huge variety of dishes. If you want to cook along with her, she makes it really easy. Her recipes are written simply in Hindi and English in the video description so you can organized your mise en place in advance. If you don’t speak Hindi, most of her videos offer English subtitles. Her most popular recipes are for sweets like petha and amla murabba, as well as her tutorial on how to make great naan without a tandoor.
Udemy, the online learning giant, is offering tons of its classes for drastically reduced prices to help people stuck at home during COVID-19. The offerings include 16 different South Asian cooking courses, so you can choose whether you’re looking for one with fewer classes focused on a single dish like biryani, or a more comprehensive program with 75+ videos on the secrets of delicious Indian cooking.
Bluprint, a great online course repository. is offering all of its classes for free. The substantial variety of South Asian cooking videos available on demand include Indian Restaurant Favorites taught by James Beard award-winner Raghavan Iyer. This is a great time to get a taste for the platform. If you like it, consider its other creative art- and culinary-focused tutorial videos spanning cooking, quilting, photography, and more.
The Chef and the Dish
This innovative business offers individuals the chance to learn one-on-one from a chef in their own kitchens. Using the magic of Skype, you can work alongside an expert from The Chef and The Dish who will coach you and offer tips as the he or she simulteously cooks the same dish as you.
Before your session with your personal chef, one of the kitchen assistants from The Chef and the Dish will give you a call, and walk you through setting up your kitchen, buying ingredients, and everything you’ll need to prep for the class. The interface is easy, and you can change up cuisines as often so you desire to always try new things.
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