Sharmini Thomas, from Kerala (God’s own country) is now settled in York (God’s own county) has been teaching Indian cuisine for the City of York Council for the past 20 years.
Indian cooking is an art handed down from generation to generation in India. Now Sharmini wants to share her knowledge with you and turn you into a culinary expert. She also provides a deep understanding of the origin and health benefits of spices - something so often overlooked by experts. Her pleasant and calm nature also makes you feel at ease which is useful, as the complexities of Indian cuisine can be quite daunting to the novice.
At York Food and Drink Festival, she is a presenter and a judge. Her presentations are great fun to attend with an opportunity to learn new skills to create healthy and delicious Indian dishes using locally sourced produce.
Already well known in York, Sharmini has won the 'Yorkshire Vision Curry Contest' through public vote against several reputable York curry houses.
She also delivers cookery demonstrations on Radio York. Her latest recipes are featured on ‘YouTube’ and is being developed further.
In addition, Sharmini provides team building events to Corporate clients through the ‘medium’ of cooking; client networking events; hands - on cookery workshops.
Sharmini (a Science and Engineering Ambassador) supports the Science curriculum in schools, where she highlights the scientific elements of Food and Cooking. Her workshops cater to ages 5 through to 16 and provide an oasis for the senses. Students experience the colors, touch and smell of exotic fruits, vegetables and spices, and taste the delicious dishes and drinks that she makes with them.
How does cooking help?
Cooking food is one of the very few activities which arouses all our 5 senses.
By combining Indian Cookery (one of the most popular cuisines in England) with team building, staff form a much closer bond while enjoying themselves and learning a useful skill.
How to cook your dish to perfection?
• Introduction to Spices of the ‘Mystic East’. Discover the mystery and health benefits of such spices commonly used – such as black pepper, cloves cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and turmeric
• Understand the magic of Indian cooking is in the choice of ingredients, their proportions and sequence of cooking.
• With step-by-step guidance and tutor demonstration, you'll learn the sequence of cooking required to obtain the right color, texture, aroma and flavor for each dish!
As an old Asian proverb says: ‘Tell me, and I’ll forget. ‘Show me, and I may remember. But Involve me and I’ll understand’.
Identifies time management challenges in today’s workplace. (by cooking 3-4 dishes in a span of 2 hrs)
Provides understanding of cultural diversity and food habits.
Cooking home meals (using local produce) produces happier, healthier and less stressed individuals.
Individuals will be using soft skills such as communication skills, flexibility and co-operation to boost self esteem which is relevant to working confidently in their qualified hard skills’ jobs.
Creates interaction among employees and shows staff how to work together towards a common goal.
‘How enjoyable the team building session was’ ?
Good level of knowledge pitched at the right level. Your knowledge is fabulous.Yorkshire waters
Great-something new and different. Very enjoyable cooking our lunch together by working as a team. ASDA
Cooking and mixing with the team especially when 2 teams based in London and York were merging together NRM
The purpose of the weekend was partly team building, and partly a thank you to the managers for working hard and doing extremely long hours and a thank you to their partners for supporting them. Wackerneuson Company
What have you learnt from this experience?
How to make a delicious curry and rice-no more takeaways Asda
Learning new combination of spices. Yorkshire Waters
Excellent day, well executed and fun. Wackerneuson Company
• You will be working in pairs. • All ingredients and recipe folder will be provided
• Fully equipped kitchen
• You can also purchase an apron for £15.00 or rent for £5.00
• Please do inform if you have any food allergies.
• Gift vouchers are available
Your event will be unique to meet your requirements, time frame and budget. To discuss your very different Indian cuisine corporate event contact Sharmini Thomas on
T: 07941 608 487
Sharmini:Guru/teacher with over 20 years teaching experience.
Feedback from students:
Excellent, welcoming and helpful tutor- enjoyed learning with her.
Classes are fun, informative, learnt to use spices and how to cook with them and meeting new people.
Venue: Joseph Rowntree School, Haxby Road, York YO32 4BZ
Time: 12.00am - 5.00pm Day: Saturday Each workshop £110.00 pp
Non vegetarian Classes: ‘Lunch pack- ups’ Date: 26th August 2017
Vegetarian Classes: ‘Humble potato – ‘made Indian’ Date: 16th Sept 2017
Gluten free classes: ‘Lentils and I’ Date: 21st October 2017
Christmas: ‘Festive kebabs, pakoras and chutneys’ Date: 18th Nov 2017
“Learn how to prepare Indian dishes for all your friends and family!
Understand the magic of Indian cooking is in the choice of ingredients, their proportions and sequence of cooking.
With step-by-step guidance and tutor demonstration, you'll learn the sequence of cooking required to obtain the right color, texture, aroma and flavor for each dish!
Introduction to Spices of the ‘Mystic East’:
Discover the mystery and health benefits of such spices commonly used – such as black pepper, cloves cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and turmeric.
1 pm - 5.00 pm
Preparation of dishes after demonstration and guidance on how to cook them
You will be working in pairs.
Parent and child(10 years and above) can attend too as long as parent supervises and guide your child.
• All ingredients and recipe sheets will be provided.
• Fully equipped kitchen but please bring your own knife if you prefer.
• You can also purchase an apron for £15.00, rent for £5.00 or bring your own.
• Please bring some takeaway dishes.
• Please do inform if you have any food allergies.
• Gift vouchers are available
Cost: £110.00 per person
Clients feedback on 'Benefits of these cookery sessions'’
How to prepare an Indian meal and when to add each ingredient.
How the curries should look like at each stage.
Understanding the aroma of the curry at each stage and when to add the next ingredient/s.
How to cook properly.
How it should taste in the end.
The introduction of spices, how to use them and the spice 'starter pack'
Starter pack of Spices:
Upto 20 different spices including spice tin and my mother - in - law’s unique garam masala £25.00
Recipe to follow..
Ingredients for 1st part
1. Chicken thighs/legs 250 gm
2. Butter 10 gm butter
3. Onion 1 medium (diced finely)
4. Garlic 1-2 cloves (chop finely)
5. Ginger ½ inch cube (chop finely)
6. Green chilli 1 (chop finely)
7. Salt to taste
8. Coconut cream ½ carton (125gm)
Method for 1st part
1. Prick chicken pieces with a fork.
2. Heat 1 dsp(10gms) butter in a dry saucepan on medium heat.
3. When hot, add diced onion & fry until golden brown.
4. Next, add chopped garlic, ginger and chilli and stir until butter separates from the mixture.
5. Add chicken pieces and fry till they are sealed (turns white in colour).
6. Add salt and 125 ml coconut cream. Give a good stir. Cover saucepan with lid. Stir occasionally
7. Cook on medium heat until chicken is tender and gravy thickens.
8. Next add tomato cream sauce (2nd part).
Ingredients for 2nd part:
1. Butter 5 gm
2. Ginger ½ tsp (chop finely)
3. Tomatoes 2 medium (Chopped)
4. Green chilli 1 slit.
5. Salt to taste
6. Sugar ½ tsp
7. Double cream 10 ml
8. Tomato puree 15 ml
9. Lemon juice 1tsp
10. Garam Masala ¼ tsp
11. Garnish: Coriander leaves 1 tsp (chopped)
Method for 2nd part
1. Heat butter in a small pan over low heat and add ginger, tomatoes, slit chilli, salt and sugar. Cook for 5 minutes.
2. Beat cream and tomato puree together and add to the cooked tomato mix.
3. When it starts to bubble, add sauce to the cooked tender chicken and cook till sauce thickens.
4. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice and garam masala
5. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
I will be holding a taster session on 29th September and Cookery demonstrations on 30th September and October 1st at 3 pm
This workshop runs on two dates in the summer holidays –Thursday August 17th or Tuesday August 29th – 1.30 – 4.30pm .
Where is it?
The Parent and Child Indian Cookery Workshop will take place at Joseph Rowntree school in New Earswick, York.
Length of experience
Workshops last approximately 3 hours.
What you need to know
This workshop is for parent, grandparents or carers with a child of 7 years and above.
Carers are responsible for supervising and guiding your child.
Please let us know if you have any nut allergies as some recipes contain nuts.
How much will it cost?
The Parent and Child Indian Cookery Workshop costs £100 for one adult and one child.
More details and Bookings: