Indian Thali Cooking Class & Meal Kit

- 02:30 pm

Indian Thali Cooking Class & Meal Kit

August 5, 2023
2:30pm - 5:00pm

A Free Culinary Arts Class


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Join us for our FREE virtual cooking class & meal kit where we will explore Indian culinary arts with Sirisha Bhandaru! Cook along in your kitchen while learning how to make a colorful and flavorful multi-course Indian dinner from scratch. This culinary arts class was paid for by the City of Urbana's Arts and Culture Grant with the purpose to inspire home cooks to create artistic culinary dishes in celebration of this multi-disciplinary art form. In this class, we will explore preparation and cooking, flavors and textures, styling and plating, while blending traditional Indian recipes with locally grown ingredients.


The Menu includes:

  • Paneer Makhani - seasoned tomato and cream sauce with cubes of paneer cheese
  • Cilantro Spinach Pulao - basmati white rice with cilantro and spinach
  • Laccha Pyaaz - sliced sweet onions and pepper with lime juice and roasted spices
  • Beet Raita - chilled yogurt sauce with a naturally bright pink color
  • Mango Shrikhand - a sweet dessert made with mango puree and yogurt

Register using the form below and preorder your class meal kit to pick up on Friday, August 4th from 4-6pm in the Common Ground Flatlander Classroom. Tune in for the virtual Zoom live cooking class on Saturday, August 5th from 2:30-5pm. 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. Only 40 meal kits are available. The class zoom link will be available for those that are interested in watching the class without registering for the class meal kit.

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.


This class is paid for in part by the City of Urbana Arts and Culture Grant.

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