sharmini.co.uk

Sharmini.co.uk is an Interactive Indian Cookery web site, with a growing collection of recipes, articles and events aimed to compliment Sharmini's activities as a tutor.

Learn Indian cookeryTeam building

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.

Qualifications:

  • City and Guilds 7307 Further and Adult Education Teachers’ Certificate
  • Certificate in Home Science
  • Food Hygiene Certificate
  • Safeguarding Awareness Training
  • Certificate on Vegetable carving
  • Degree in Psychology
  • Practitioner in Neuro - Linguistic Programming
  • Certificate in Life Coach
  • Creating a bond by working towards a common goal
  • Applying what’s learnt in the kitchen to your working environment, and watch productivity increase
  • Cooking in an innovative, effective, delicious and fun way
  • Giving the team an event they will never forget

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’.

Outcomes:

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.

Feedback on

‘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

We enjoyed the introduction on how to be in a win-win situation, learning to cook Indian food, learning new combinations of spices, getting to know the rest of the team and mixing as a team. This is one of the best team building workshops we have attended and we have prepared some of the dishes at home too. NMSI team

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

Other information:

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

Other information:

• 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
E: cookery@sharmini.co.uk
W: www.sharmini.co.uk

Sharmini:Guru/teacher with over 20 years teaching experience.

Contact Sharmini E mail: cookery @sharmini.co.uk

(1/2 day session - 3 Hours)

Demystify the belief that Indian cooking is difficult and learn to cook a complete meal with ease in short span of time.

Half day session (group booking 10-14)

Please choose one dish in each category

Type of Activity:

Preparation of 1 course meal (main dish, side dish and rice/bread)

Bespoke meals or vegetarian meals are available too

LUNCH/DINNER

Category 1: Main Course

Chicken Kuruma or Butter chicken

Shammi Kebab or Malai kofta

Fish Moilee or Goan prawn

Category 2: Side dish

Cucumber raita

Carrot thoran (carrot with freshly ground coconut)

Bombay Potato

Category 3: Rice or bread

Vegetable pulao

Coconut rice

Bhatura (bread)

Option

Bring your own beer/wine

Date: to be discussed Time: tbc

Number of attendees: 10-14

Price: £80.00 pp

Please do inform if you have any food allergies.

OR

Hands on Indian Christmas cookery party

(Full day -5 Hour session)

Demystify the belief that Indian cooking is difficult and learn to cook a complete meal with ease in short span of time.

Full day session (group booking 10-14)

Please choose two dishes in category 1 and 2

Type of Activity:

Preparation of 2 course meal (2 main dish, 2 side dishes and rice/bread)

Bespoke meals or vegetarian meals are available too

Lunch/Dinner

Category 1: Main Course-select 2 dishes

Chicken Kuruma or Butter chicken

Shammi Kebab or Malai kofta

Fish Moilee or Goan prawn

Category 2: Side dish- select 2 dishes

Cucumber raita

Carrot thoran (carrot with freshly ground coconut)

Bombay Potato

Category 3: Rice or bread-select 1 dish

Vegetable pulao

Coconut rice

Bhatura (bread)

Package for 1/2 day or full day includes

· Coffee/tea and biscuits and get into the festive mood.

· Christmas Cracker

· All ingredients supplied

· 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.

· Have lunch of the dishes you prepared.

· Learn to identify commonly used spices.

· Receive recipes of the dishes demonstrated.

· ‘Step by step’ guidance through the preparation and cooking of all dishes.

· Pick up tips handed down for generations.

· Have a fun, interactive and enjoyable session.

· Complimentary dessert

Option

Bring your own beer/wine

Date: to be discussed Time: 1.00 pm - 6 pm

Number of attendees: 10-14

Price: £110.00 pp

Please do inform if you have any food allergies.

Venue: Joseph Rowntree School, Haxby Road
New Earswick, York, North Yorkshire YO32 4BZ

Contact: Sharmini: 0794 160 8487 Web www.sharmini.co.uk

Birthdays, Social events, Anniversaries, Christmas party, Friends get-together, raise funds for charities, Reunions & Family Gatherings

Demonstrations for Organisations/W.I available too.Cook & Dine.

Upto 20 different spices including spice tin and my mother - in - law’s unique garam masala £25.00

Bookings:

Chicken Biryani

Uploaded by Steenbergs on 2017-02-26.

Recipe to follow..

Indian Fish Curry

Uploaded by Steenbergs on 2017-02-25.

Recipe

Fish and lamb kebabs

Fish and lamb kebabs, two meat dishes made on the day.

Rice in coconut shells.

Rice presented in coconut shells garnished with dried fruits.

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

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