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Indian Cooking Class with Sangeeta!

Every so often, some friends and I get together and do little cooking classes. This time we did an Indian class at my Sheila’s house in Ann Arbor, on a beautiful game day Saturday afternoon! 🙂 FUN. My friend, Sangeeta, from back in the days when I worked at Organic, was teaching the class. It was great to see her again after so many years! We started out making a ton of different appetizers that all started out from the same potato/cilantro/spice mixture. We got to see how many variations of an Indian dish could be made from a simple base of potatoes. We also made some chicken dishes and some other vegetarian dishes and curries.  

I love these days spent in the kitchen with great friends. It’s so completely relaxing, and eases the mind of all of life’s little stresses. We talk about love, and children, and work, and dreams. It’s just really special to have friends that share in your interests and your life, coming together to make an amazing meal together, and learn about foods that I could have never made from a recipe or a cook book. 

Everyone should definitely try to get some of their good friends together, in a kitchen for a Saturday. It will for sure cure anything that ails you.

Masala Chicken
recipe from Sangeeta Khalsa

1 c chopped red onion
2 T olive oil
Garlic/ginger paste
Hot chili
3 tomatoes, chopped
½ t. turmeric
½ t. garam masala
½ t. cayenne pepper
2 t. coriander
3 T tomato sauce
Whole chicken, cut up into pieces
1 c. water or yogurt


Heat the olive oil in a large stock pot. Add the red onions, garlic, ginger (pastes) and hot chilies. Sauté in a pan until the onions caramelize, adding water or yogurt when necessary. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pan, cover and let simmer for 1 hour or until chicken is done or pressure cook it (less than 15 minutes)

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