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“Best Cooking Class, Spices and People!”
Review of Cooking Masala

Cooking Masala
Ranked #1 of 2 Food & Drink in Rishikesh
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Here at Cooking Masala we are deeply passionate about cooking, an art form that brings families and communities together and that extends through all cultures and ages. India is especially famous for it's vast and diverse cuisines, which has been influenced through the years by such cultures as Portuguese, Arabic, British and Persian.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed April 4, 2018

The "Cooking Masala” Indian gastronomy class was certainly the most memorable, informative and enjoyable experiences of our recent trip to India. Amit and his delightful family put so much good spirit into sharing the refined art and labor of love that is Indian cooking. We learned how to make Saag Aloo, Shahi Paneer, Kadai Paneer, Kheer, Masala Chai and Rice Pulao. Each dish was more delicious than the next and the manner in which he taught gave us the fundamentals to make a plethora of other dishes. Amit is so patient, kind and knowledgeable and answered every question (no matter how silly or irrelevant) with grace and courtesy. Amit's wife, son and staff are charming, kind and treated us like family from the moment we walked in.

The Masala Chai tea that Amit prepares and teaches you to make, is simply the finest I have ever tasted.I was delighted to find out that Amit sells all the spices you use in the class and tea at the Cooking Masala kitchen and also at his shop just down the road, the Jain Spice Shop on Lakshman Jhula Road. The price for the class and spices is minuscule in comparison to the quality that is received. Worth every penny and then some.

After visiting the shop it was quite evident that he is from a long tradition of the finest Spice Purveyors in the land and that their non-violent approach of spice preparation and drying is reflected in the utmost superior quality.

We were so grateful that we saw the Cooking Masala flyer on the street and made our way to such memorable and fulfilling experience.

Thank you and Jai Jinendra!

Thank forcesoflight
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Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

My sister and I spent a morning with Amit Jain in June. We did not know what to expect as this was our first cooking lesson in India. It was a wonderful experience.

We chose our menu in advance and Amit explained all the ingredients when we arrived. We spent a couple of hors cooking a variety of dishes and making fresh chapatis. We learnt a lot about the cooking processes and tips to add flavour to the dishes. But the lesson was much more than this; we learnt a lot about Indian food and culture. It was really fascinating.

At the end we sat down and ate the meal we had cooked. It was delicious and really inspired us both to try the dishes back home. Amit was very friendly and informative. He has a very professional programme which is well managed and good value for money. I would definitely recommend it.

Amit sent us lots of recipes and we have tried some of them back home. An excellent experience. Thank you Amit. We hope to see you next time we are in Rishikesh.

Thank WendyCampervan
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Reviewed March 29, 2018

We took Cooking Masala’s basic cooking course. Nilu was the teacher cook – very knowledgeable, delicious cooking and such great hospitality. She showed us techniques and concepts of Indian Cuisine, as well as insights of how to use herbs and spices for cooking and medicine. We also got an inside peek into Indian culture and household. Her staff was also so nice and kind. Later we continued to Amit’s spices shop to take back home some of the tastes and smells of the new things we learned.
Meeting Amit and Nilu was a lovely experience – we felt at home there – we made new friends.
Thank you Amit and Nilu for the best cooking class experience!

Thank Amit R
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Reviewed March 15, 2018

If you love to cook or also love natural remedies, then this little Jain Spice Shop is for you! They grind and package their natural spices on the spot,. Each packet also includes medical properties of the spices. hey let you taste them there! They are so fresh that they are pungent and powerful! It is a reminder to those of us who buy pre-ground packaged commercial spices that by the time we buy it it is already old and not worth using! 5 friends also took a cooking class in his home and said it was fabulous! I did have to bring them home in the outside pocket of my carry-on and immediately put them in glass jars. What a trea to bring a taste of India home!

1  Thank Sally K
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Reviewed March 9, 2018 via mobile

If you love Indian food and would like to take some knowledge about it with you home then you have possibly arrived in the best place. You are'nt only learning a variety of basic and ongoing recipes but also about spices, regional differences and the culture behind. If you're vegan or gi you can book a special class or just joining any and get an adapted menu. Otherwise it's all vegetarian.
I can really recommend this cooking school wholeheartedly. Amid is one of the nicest guys we met so far in india and we probably spent hours in his shop just sitting and talking. Can't wait to make his Chai at home.

Thank Ronja L
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