Indian Tea Party

Indian Afternoon Tea Party - Virtual Cooking Class & Meal Kit
Virtual Cooking Class - Saturday, January 20th 2-4pm
Meal Kit Pick Up - Friday, January 19th 4-6pm



Join us for an Indian afternoon tea party and virtual cooking class taught by longtime Co-op instructor, Sirisha Bhandaru. Cook along in your kitchen with our class meal kit and learn flavorful fun recipes. Each $40 class ticket includes a meal kit with everything you need to make each recipe.


The Menu includes:

  • Homemade Traditional Indian Chai- authentic chai made with strong Assam black tea, a flavorful blend of whole spices, sugar, and whole milk
  • Parsi Mawa Cake - Irani cafe-style cake with rich flavors from cardamom and mawa (evaporated milk solids) topped with slivered almonds. This cake is very popular in bakeries spread across the cities of Mumbai and Pune in Maharashtra.
  • Poha - a popular household snack or breakfast all across India made from flattened rice flakes, herbs, spices, roasted potatoes, peanuts, and onions.
  • Chutney Sandwiches - dainty finger sandwiches with refreshing cilantro coconut chutney, butter, sliced cucumber, and pickled beets.

Register using the form below and preorder your class meal kit to pick up on Friday, January 19th from 4-6pm in the Common Ground Flatlander Classroom. Tune in for the virtual Zoom live cooking class on Saturday, January 20th from 2-4pm. You will receive email reminders about the upcoming pick-up date and a link to attend the Zoom class. The class kit can serve between 2-3 people. Class ticket includes meal kit and must be paid for during registration for ticket to be honored.

About the Instructor: Sirisha Bhandaru

Sirisha Bhandaru grew up in Andhra Pradesh and Bombay, India where she spent many summers with her grandmother, who taught her how to cook authentic dishes from scratch using home grown ingredients. As she grew older and her family moved to different regions of India for her father’s work, she was exposed to the unique range of regional Indian cuisines. She moved to Champaign, IL nearly two decades ago. Sirisha has been a longtime local food enthusiast and uses Central Illinois ingredients to inspire her recipe development. Since 2016, Sirisha has taught dozens of cooking classes teaching regional Indian cuisines and has adjusted her recipes to highlight local and seasonally-relevant ingredients. Sirisha incorporates Indian culinary arts traditions into her cooking classes with the aim to teach her students how they can incorporate these techniques and artistry in their own cooking. In addition to cultural cuisine instruction, Sirisha also manages her popular Instagram food blog page, My Craves and Raves, known for professional food styling and photography, food storytelling, and recipes.