Indian Cooking Masterclass in Mexico
I am stoked and sharing with you my experience of an Indian Cooking Masterclass in Mexico. Spanish is the native language spoken there, and I always was a mute spectator as I couldn’t follow the conversation. This time, I met a distinct set of people and most of them speak English. It was Christmas time and many parties, allowing me to mingle and join in the banter.
When I said am Indian, the topic of food came up and they wanted to learn some Indian cooking. I shared wholesome, tasty, healthy Indian food to inspire the charming ladies I met there. This cooking class was a powerful medium to share my love for Indian cooking. We were a motley group of ladies from different countries. Mexican, South American, Latvian and Indian, that’s me.
Cooking, a Passion
I am passionate about food as it is love made visible. Cooking is the art of blending love with food to create a flavour of delight. Through my food, I show how much I care and what they mean to me.
We cook food not just for survival. We build relationships, win friends and show gratitude through it. Who doesn’t like tasty food? When you are with good friends and great food, life sure is good.
Nothing gives me more joy than looking at my family and friends enjoying the scrumptious meal that I prepare. I love kids and I started teaching kids how to cook without fire. I taught them simple, healthy, and delightful recipes!
I’ve learned many lessons from my classes and this recent one, in Guadalajara, is extra special. It was challenging as well.
I had to compete with Mexican food, which is enticing. Its unique blend of spices, vivid colours and seasonings creates a resplendent presentation.
Indian Cooking Masterclass in Mexico
We went hunting for the ingredients. All the ingredients I needed were not available. I had to bring my jugad into action and innovate.
First came the planning. Deciding the menu. Buying the ingredients and creating the ambience for an evening to remember.
Karina, my daughter-in-law, was the one who urged and encouraged me to take the plunge. I have to thank her for I had an amazing experience. She created the ambience with her Indian throw, elephant artefacts and flags to lend an Indian touch.
A huge thank you to Ivonne Gomez, who threw open the doors to her charming abode and facilitated the class.
What was on the table- The Menu
Around the Hearth
We assembled around the Kitchen island and I started off with the dessert as it would cool by the time we finished the meal. I knew paneer as Panella in Mexico and is easily available. But they do not use it for dessert, as I did.
I quickly churned and served the banana lassi. It went down well with my eager mentees.
For the Guntapnugullu, I showed the ingredients as I had already made the batter. Everyone relished the soft, spongy dumplings or Paniyaram dipped in coconut chutney.
The chicken for the Butter chicken was marinating while I shared the marinade for the paneer. The tandoori was smoking in the oven while I prepped the sauce.
I had a curious and exciting batch of learners’ aromas who were taking in all the unique aromas and ingredients.
On one hand, the sauce for the butter chicken was cooking while on the other the Paneer butter masala. Juggling between these two, I made the dough for the instant nan. Yes, it is instant as I use soda pop to make the dough. It is easy, tried and tested.
Indian Cooking Masterclass in Mexico
After laying the table, the Butter Chicken and Butter Paneer Masala serving on the table waiting for the fluffy naan.
Now the dough was ready and needed to be rolled. The rolling pin available was a gigantic baking roller. I had to use all my skills to roll small naans.
The girls were all around me, asking questions, sniffing the aromas, and sipping wine. I kept sharing anecdotes of my cooking and easy tips for the recipes.
After seating them, I handed over each one a hot naan right off the flame and watching them savour every morsel, delights my heart. They polished off the food.
They washed the sumptuous meal down with typical Indian masala chai.
So this was my Cooking Master Class experience in Mexico, and I treasure every moment.
Here are two gratifying testimonials.
Thank you Vaira and Andrea.
Receiving this cooking class, I felt as if I stood in front of a culinary TV show full of grandmother’s wisdom. Handling ingredients with care and love. Opening skills from the heart and from the very roots of India. There was a balance of flavours. Sweet, spicy aromas and practical tips for the original ways, privileged with the feast inside my nose and my tummy.
Vaira from Latvia
I have always been attracted to Indian culture and cuisine but also quite afraid too. Spicy, robust flavours, bright colours and complicated names from different regions and interpretations of each cook. Would it be possible to cook it at home with ingredients you can find even across the world? After this class, there are big chances I’m adding some Indian dishes to my table.
What added value of the story behind the dish, a look into the history and the actual real proper way of cooking but at the same time simplified steps without losing the essence and having incredible results. Harjeet’s way of showing and explaining each dish and ingredient and action is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this and spreading the message of the dishes, being much more than just food. Coming together, showing love, delegating the tasks of preparation and passing the recipes from generation to generation. Thank you!
Happy cooking and happy teaching!
This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla in collaboration with Make a Wish Box.
Awesome awesome awesome!! Wow Harjeet! you’ve pulled off an amazing class with panache my dear …joy is bubbling inside me as I read the post and saw the pics. You have a way with whatever you do and keep doing it… this is where you belong. With people doing what you love.
Thank you, darling..you are the bestest friend one can have…always supportive and motivating.
Harjeet ! It’s just lovely how you do everything so well 🙂 way to go ! Yes even to me it looks yummy !! It’s so good to see you enjoying yourself !!lots of love to you ! May you grow to be an international Master Chef !
Hahaha.,..thanks a ton, Malli. Its a great booster when your school buddies still cheer you on at 59.
Great job Jeet👍👍
Love the way u do it with perfection 😘😘
Thanks Sabbi…its awesome to have my friends here.
Wow Jeet !! Your mouth watering preparations make u world famous and u rock whereever u go ..keep going and looking for many more Ind Mex dishes ..❤️
Thank you, Sesha. Your words are very encouraging and help me do more.
Lovely work, lovely blog! So much to learn! The passion and the love put on the food is tangible. Thanks a lot for sharing the knowledge.
Thank you, Andrea…it was a real pleasure. Hope you are doing well.
We are proud of you the way you come out with flying colours with what ever you do keep going all the best in all your future projects either cooking or writing god bless you
Thanks, Heena.Really feel humbled with all the appreciation.
Jeet the winner. Keep going, sky is the limit. U never miss a chance to share your skill in culinary. Very happy for you. I wish to dine with you one day, with the best of your cuisine on the platter. Lookin forward. All the best for now and forever
Thank you so much, Shanta..sure one day we will dine together.
Wonderful Harjeet. You deserve a big round of applause.I loved the way you presented each dish.Really feeling proud 👏 to have a friend ❤️ like you.Just enjoy your work our support is always there for you.
Thanks, Sujji. Friends boost is the best for morale. Keep supporting me.
Food looks delicious. You were always a winner Harjeet way back from school days. Way to go. Keep rocking my friend. Go for the International Chef competition, I am sure you will come out in flying colours. It’s never too late to achieve your dreams. Good luck
Thanks a ton, Anne. Means a lot to me. Keep patting my back 🙂
Hi Harjeet I am so happy for you ,winning is there in your name itself so no one can stop you .Keep doing what you are best at.our best wishes are always with you .Proud of you.
Thank you so much, Manju. Means a lot to me.
Awesome work, Harjeet! Keep flourishing!
Thank you, Cindy
First, you were in Mexico, which has been on my bucket list for years and years. And you have so beautifully linked food with relationships and gratitude. I am sure all that love and excitement added to the flavours. Kudos, girl, way to go for keeping India alive on the other side of the planet.
Thank you so much..My grandsons are there and my DIL. I keep going often.
Wow wow wow! soooo happy for you Harjeet. What an amazing experience it must have been. I could actually visualize the entire event while reading your blog. Hats off to you. The menu looks great n I’m sure everything was as tasty at it looked.
P.S: the tiny tiranga touch is very cute… 😊
Thank you, Kaveri. My grandsons like the flag so I took it for them.
This blog brought back memories of me growing up in Costa Rica. My mother also loved sharing her recipes with her friends and would often have to hunt for ingredients and rely on jugaad like you did. I love how you shared a slice of India with your friends and how they loved being a part of it. The menu also looks delish.
Thank you, Meetali…wow..costa rica…sounds interesting
Yummilicious, is the word that comes to my mind when I read and saw the images in your post. The food menu and table look beautiful and the Indian touch added (your outfit and the flag) make it even more interesting, I was simply drooling the entire time. Not just your cooking but your words too have a way to the heart, your post is so beautifully worded and accentuated with images and video that add onto the whole reading experience.
Thank you, Zenobia….you are so effusive with ur praise. I loved it.
Amazing you are and I am equally proud of you because you managed to impress the people out their in Mexico with your Indian delicacies. It will be wrong if I dont appreciate your Daughter in law as she is the one who gave the needed touch to the interior for a complete Indian feel and look… By the way will you mind sharing some Mexican recipes with us… well I am a passionate cook too although so far restricted to Indian traditional and fusion recipes. Will love to learn new dishes of other nations from you.
I do have them on my blog. Please check
This would’ve been such an amazing experience! Mexican food palate is quite similar to ours but a class for them in Indian food truly takes the cake. Quite an interesting choice of dishes as well. Foodies anywhere can bond over food, can’t they?
The whole experience would be wonderful I am sure the pics shared are just the tip of the iceberg. Really glad to read about your experience and kudos for coming up with such an idea. All the Best for many more.
I couldn’t get my eyes off the butter chicken pic 😂, I could feel what you have shared was ek dun dil se…. Im sure the hunt for Indian ingredients was not easy and there also you did the jugad.
Wow, this is amazing. I had seen your update on Instagram and it is so good to read more about it. You are an inspiration. I really liked the dishes you chose.
Yeeaaaa Harjeet Mam….you rock🤘🤘
I am tempted after reading your all pee-preparation and mouth watering dishes. And Chai, our Indain tea. Very happy that you teach all of them our Indian food. 👍🏻
This would have been an incredible opportunity! I can feel you. I enjoyed seeing the video. I am delighted that you have taught them all about our Indian cuisine.
Harjeet, you outdo yourself every time. When I opened the post, I didn’t realise it was yours but as I was reading it, I knew it had to be you and I was delighted to see your pics. Hats off!You’re such an inspiration!!
My mouth was watering like anything when you mentioned about serving the naans to their platters. I love eating naans and puris sorts of dish and enjoy my meal thoroughly. The story you shared behind the Indian cooking class in Mexico and how in Christmas you all met each other, and this eventful thing happened was very much soothing to hear.
Must have been an awesome experience for you to teach the other girls to cook Indian food! Sadly I have not had the pleasure of cooking full-course meals with a bunch of people. When we used to get together in my ancestral home, we did come together and helped out with the meals – but I haven’t done it with friends just for the fun of it. Reading your post, I am inspired to try something new.
Kudos to you for such cooking up such a sumptuous spread! I am sure everyone loved it! Cooking such elaborate dishes in a foreign land is an accomplishment in itself!
Wow, Harjeet congratulations!!! I am sure everyone would have loved and relished this culinary experience. And I applaud you for organizing this masterclass taking our rich food to the nook and corner of the world through your learners. And what a delectable spread of food items.
Even though I am a vegetarian, I must say each of the items in the images look equally mouth-watering and tempting! Also, I am so delighted to see all of you smiling in the images and the positivity you all radiate here is equally worth-appreciating.
You are such an inspiration. I am sure the participants would be delighted to learn the dishes from you. It must have been a wholesome experience for them. I have seen your recipe demo videos and you explain them so well.
You have such a beautiful smile, Harjeet! Congratulations on this achievement! And your words, food is love made visible, will stay with me forever 🙂
What you did was great Harjeet, not only did you teach the folks a bit about India, you created space for self expresssion and joy. I am sure your family feels proud of you. Loved the Indian flag deco.
I can totally relate to this post. I use to go hunting for spices in Mexico when we lived there for a month during the pandemic. I have found there are so many things common between Mexican and Indian foods.
It is great to hear that your daughter-in-law is supporting your passion. After a long time visiting your site. Reading food blogs feeds our eyes.
How happy you look in these pictures. Food looks so delicious. I can say how much you love cooking and teaching.
I’m delighted for you. One day, I hope to have dinner with you and enjoy the finest of your cooking. Looking ahead Best wishes for the future. You deserved a thunderous round of applause. I adored how you displayed each dish.
We’ve been more and more immersed with Indian cuisine nowadays. We may not love spicy food that much but with its great spices, it surely am delectable. Even the kiddos are now into Indian cuisine. Food is really one thing that bonds different nationalities and what makes us know more of the other. It’s great that you’re able to share your cuisine with others.
Wow Harjeetji! Congratulations. The pictures of the dishes looks so mouth watering and I am so proud of you being in a foreign land you held an Indian food class there. You also look so happy doing it. Kudos!
Now that’s amazing ya! Great to see that your passion is giving you recognition. I am sure they all had a gala time while tasting the amazing Indian food. many congratulations and looking forward for many such collaborations,
This is amazing, teaching Indian cooking outside India in itself is a victory. It would have been awesome to do so and to connect with ladies different counties through food and cooking while sipping wine.