Ask The Chef

Click Here to submit your questions.

For many diners, Indian cuisine is a mystery. So many spices! Plus, India is a huge country with different regional specialties. Many of the Indian restaurants in St. Louis are northern India. Aruna Menon, a culinary instructor at Kitchen Conservatory, hails from southern India where the cuisine is hotter and includes lots of fish and coconut.

Aruna Menon - Guest teacher at Kitchen ConservatoryRead the lovely profile of Aruna Menon in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Let’s Eat, which includes several recipes designed with the home cook in mind.

Aruna has two available cooking classes at Kitchen Conservatory:

Cumin and Taste the Spices of India on Saturday, July 13 at 10:30 am:

Join Aruna Menon in the kitchen and discover the five basic spices of India – cardamom, coriander, cumin, garam masala (a blend of Indian spices), and white pepper. This hands-on class will create creamy chicken curry with cashews, prawn curry with coconut milk, pan-fried cauliflower and potatoes, crunchy cucumber and peanut salad, whole wheat chapatis, plus Indian ginger chai.

Date Night for Couples: The Summer Heat of India on Saturday, August 10 at 6 pm:

Couples will discover a bit of spice in the kitchen as this hands-on class creates a memorable dinner with Aruna Menon, born in Bangalore, India. Learn to prepare tandoori chicken with cilantro chutney, tangy pork curry, Punjabi chick peas, cucumber raita, parathas – Indian pan-fried flat breads, and Indian ginger chai.