Become a Brilliant chef in just a few hours with Dipna Anand

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Paneer cooked by myself, with the guidance of Celebrity Chef Dipna Anand.

Indian cooking has always been a bit of mystery to me and even when I have cooked it, the dishes were never quite right.  That is not to say either that I am a bad cook, as my food has been complemented on many occasions.  Needless to say when I heard that celebrity award winning chef Dipna Anand held Indian cookery classes, I couldn’t book one fast enough.  I booked the Curry Crazy course, which included Boombay Alu, Chilli Paneer, Keema Peas and Mushtoom Pilau Rice.

At the beginning of the class Dipna took the time to go through all the beautiful spices laid out for us, as well as clarify what everything meant.  For example Masala is a blend of spices and Masala Sauce is spices blended with gravy.  Right from the beginning we had excellent help, both from Dipna and chefs from the famous Brilliant restaurant. I had always been a bit scared of using chilli, as I can’t eat anything too hot and had really underestimated the power of herbs.  What really surprised me is the flavour and kick the chilli added, as well as the ginger and garlic paste.  I actually do not like ginger, but combined with the garlic it is simply delicious.  The Chilli Paneer was my favourite dish, the vibrant red colours were beautiful and taste divine.

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Right from the beginning we had excellent help, both from Dipna and chefs from the famous Brilliant restaurant.

The whole course was very well organised, with the food being measured for us and help always at hand.  Even the Keema peas had a veggie option of soya instead of pork, which is perfect for the vegetarians amongst us.  It was great to learn tips, like the more you cook the masala sauce, the better it becomes and the importance of turning the heat off when adding some ingredients.  I wasn’t the only person who loved the course Manny who was all the way from Canada shared “During the course I saw all the things I was doing wrong in my cooking and now everything is going to turn out perfect” and Katan “It was a Brilliant course, I loved every bit of it”.

“During the course I saw all the things I was doing wrong in my cooking and now everything is going to turn out perfect”.  Manny (Canada)

The whole group of participants were very supportive of each other and many “ohhs” and “arhhs” could be heard when tasting the delicious food.

I would recommend this amazing course to anyone who loves to cook and at every level.  Now I am not scared of Indian cooking and can’t wait to throw an Indian dinner party.

They also run various other courses, including:

Tikka Fantasy –  next course June 29th

Tandoori Delight – next course 20th July

King’s Feast – next course 10th August

Nutritious Masa – next course 24th August

For more information and to book one of these fabulous courses, go to http://www.brilliantrestauraunt.com

If you can not make it to London for one of the courses, you can also buy Dipna Anand’s amazing Indian cookery book Beyond Brilliant on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/1907998160/ref=redir_mdp_mobile?redirect=true

Cat, Heart London Magazine

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