Indian Tea Time Snacks Cooking Class at 18 Reasons


As much as we love to cook with kids, periodically we teach grown-ups as well, at one of our favorite venues in San Francisco, 18 Reasons.   We hope you can join us on Nov 13th at 4 pm for a super fun Indian tea-time class.

In this hands-on cooking class, we will teach you how to make a variety of sweet and savory Indian snacks from samosas to fritters, dipping sauces and, of course, spiced chai. Along the way we’ll cover the basics of sourcing and using Indian spices and other pantry staples, as well as tricks and techniques for simplifying these classic treats. The class will culminate in a tasting of dishes made in class (= tea party!).

Grab your tickets from the 18 Reasons website. Continue reading

Upcoming Class – Everyday Gujarati @18 Reasons


Join us at 18 Reasons on March 17th for a class featuring my mother-in-law’s traditional Gujarati dishes.  She’s going to be in town and may make a special appearance at the class. 🙂

We’ll cook a quartet of spiced vegetarian dishes that are wonderfully healthful and easy to cook, making them a wonderful addition to your everyday cooking repertoire. We’ll also make a simple roti, and several side dishes to complement the meal we will enjoy together at the end of class. Along the way we’ll cover Indian spices and pantry basics as well as core techniques that will help you take your Indian cooking to the next level!


Gobi Shak – Cabbage with spices
Fraz Bean – Stir fried Green Beans
Sukhi Aloo Bhaji- Dry Spiced Potatoes
Simple Gujarati Dhal with Three Chiles (demo)
Roti – everyday Indian flatbread made with whole-wheat flour
Basmati Rice

Upcoming Class at 18 Reasons: Flavors of India – Home Cooking Basics


There’s not much Stacie and I enjoy more than cooking together, learning recipes from moms and dads and developing recipes and cooking classes (and of course teaching them!).  We have a brand new cooking class coming up at one of our favorite venues – 18 Reasons – in May, and it is going to focus on every day Indian home cooking – the stuff we eat at home that you will not get in a restaurant. 🙂

We have learned over the years that Indian spices and Indian cooking mystifies people.  As much as people love Indian food, most prefer to eat it out, versus learn how to cook it themselves.  Unfortunately, in my humble opinion, the Indian food at home is far superior to almost anything you can find in a restaurant (I also had the good fortune of growing up in a family of AMAZING cooks).  Ask me what my favorite Indian restaurant is in San Francisco (a very common question), and you will catch me looking befuddled and searching desperately for (a polite) answer.  That’s because my mama makes the best Indian food and no restaurant (in San Francisco) compares.

Here are the details for our Indian home-cooking class – we are SUPER excited about it.  Tickets at this link.

Flavors of India: Home Cooking Basics

  • 18 Reasons in San Francisco
  • Sunday, May 17th – 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Love Indian food, but haven’t tried cooking it at home yet? Want to spice up your family dinners with some new flavors? Learn Indian home cooking basics to get yourself started: from essential spices, Indian food made easy enough to cook everyday and tips on cooking techniques like tempering, working with dough and making your own spice mixes.

  • Mom’s Everyday Channa Dhal
  • Shrimp “Curry in a Hurry”
  • Indian-Spiced Creamed Spinach
  • Spiced-Roasted Cauliflower
  • Turkey Chappali Kebabs
  • Carrot Raita
  • Coriander Chutney
  • Home-made Madras Curry Powder
  • Paranthas
  • Masala Chai & treat