Cooking Masala

Cooking Masala, Rishikesh: Address, Phone Number, Cooking Masala Reviews: 5/5

Cooking Masala
5
Lessons & Workshops • Cooking Classes
About
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.
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing

Top ways to experience similar attractions


5.0
215 reviews
Excellent
212
Very good
3
Average
0
Poor
0
Terrible
0

AlanRowoth
Syracuse, NY13 contributions
Can I give it 10 stars?? So much knowledge in 4 hours and the best dinner too!
Mar 2020 • Friends
This was the first thing I decided to do when planning my trip. I have never seen such great reviews on the Trip advisor for any attraction. I had high expectations, but Amit and his wife exceeded them on every level. They were so friendly and accessible. Explaining everything in perfect detail. He handed out sheets with all the recipes and detailed instructions, as well as an overview of the spices. A lot of good cooks can’t tell you why they cook the way they do. They learned from someone and never asked the science behind the rule. They know what to do, but they don’t know why. He can tell you exactly why you cook the aromatic spices in the oil, but add the flavor spices later. He can tell you how to tell if you are overcooking, undercooking, or just right. He knows much of the history of food. We asked a lot of questions and he answered every one clearly and fully. He even offered to accept our questions over WhatsApp if we got stumped when we got home.

Amit let me shoot pictures and videos of our entire experience. It was a perfect afternoon. The class was very hands on letting us measure, mix, and cook our own pots. Sometimes if you study with a master, you feel later like everything was a blur and you didn’t really absorb anything. I left this class with a high degree of confidence that I can replicate the results in my own kitchen. That I can use his “Magic Sauce” as a jumping off place to create my own unique fusion dishes using locally sourced, seasonally ripe ingredients from my home in upstate NY. If you have food sensitivities, he spoke about substitutions to make vegan, vegetarian, or lactose free versions of the dishes.

He explained each of the primary spices, what they are used for and how they can balance each other. He taught us the difference between aromatic and flavor spices and how to use them. Some, like black pepper can serve in both roles. He owns a spice shop and has crafted some special spice blends perfectly balanced for certain dishes. I have had this experience with Thai foods too. Sometimes the flavors are so complex that it’s virtually impossible to replicate the exact flavor when cooking family size portions. The measurements are just so subtle. Some of his more exotic spice blends contains 25 or more spices in a precise mixture. Even just to stock the discreet spices at home would be ridiculously expensive. His magic sauce is easy to replicate and is the building block that the more subtle flavors stack on top of.

I was especially interested in his chai because my chai experiences in USA have often been disappointing. His chai is my favorite and the cooking technique foolproof. You can also get his perfectly blended chai spice, premade.

I’m bursting with joy from the experience. I could talk for hours, but just go. You will talk about it and use your new skills for the rest of your life.
Written 7 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

litena2014
Hod Hasharon, Israel21 contributions
A great cooking class experience
Dec 2019 • Couples
I highly recommend Amit's cooking class and spice shop.
It began with me going crazy in the shop, and then the cooking lesson. It is a very good introduction to cooking indian food, with focus to the correct usage of spices.
Amit is truly a spice master, and knew how to accomodate the different preferences of our 3 people group.

Written 24 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

AutumnTraveler
9 contributions
One of the best experiences in India
Dec 2019 • Couples
I cannot recommend these cooking classes enough! I went there with my boyfriend for my birthday and I had an unforgettable experience. Amit and his whole family were truly exceptional from beginning to end. I had a last minute booking and they still provided me with hospitality and a meal that tasted like heaven. They even surprised me with a birthday cake and laughter. Thank you so much! Obviously the class itself is top notch and I learned a lot, but it was so much more than that.
Written 11 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Torichang
Sydney, Australia105 contributions
Great North Indian cooking class!
Dec 2019 • Solo
Really organised and well run cooking class. Booking was so easy - I messaged them directly and got to tailor the class to exactly which dishes I wanted to learn. I also avoid onion and garlic which was perfectly catered for. You get to do cooking alongside Nilu who teaches the class - so it’s good first hand experience. She gives information about each spice and why each needs to be cooked differently. Everything is done in such a great logical way. I feel confident that I could make each of the dishes when I get home! Highly recommend this to anyone!
Written 6 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Sarina Arnold
8 contributions
Best cooking class ever!
Nov 2019 • Friends
Everything was soooo perfect. It started with making the appointment. 'Friend' (thats how we coukd call our cooking teacher) was so uncomplicated and nice, eventhough we had to change the schedule a few times... he answered all my questions with patience.

The class was amazing. First if all me and my two friends felt so welcome. 'Friend', his lovely wife and the beautiful assistant took so great care on us!! I really felt they all know what they do! I learnd so much and i can not wait to try all the recepies at home! The best part is, that he makes all the spices and herbes by himself and they are available there. Also they have an amazing shop, were we could buy jewellery and saris while the dough had to rest...

The food we cooked was deliciouse and soooo much! Everything was so well organized and i would recommend this cooking school to EVERYONE! Even if its just for the atmosphere and the good taste!

Thank you, friend so much for sharing your knowledge with us! It was a great honor to meet you! All the best for you, your family and your team.
Written 24 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

EvtCanada
canada9 contributions
Amazing!!!!
Oct 2019 • Friends
What an amazing experience! The best way to learn authentic indian cooking. Amit was very entertaining and informative. I learnt a lot about the health benefits of all the spices and best way of cooking with them. We cooked different masalas and made our own naan. Everything turned out delicious. Also made masala chai. Best masala chai I had in Rishikesh. They also have spices in the school that we cooked with available for purchase, which was great. It’s an absolute must place to visit if you find yourself in Rishikesh!
Written 30 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ana M.
6 contributions
Best cooking experience in Rishikesh
Sep 2019
Neelam is the best cook and teacher ever. She explains you the properties of each ingredient and how to use them. She clearly explains how to prepare the recipes, step by step. It's recommended for beginners and more advanced cooks. I loved the class and I prepared some recipes back home and was amazing.
Written 14 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jess R
Seattle, Washington, United States80 contributions
Family and food
Nov 2018
Amit, Neelam, and Nik provide such a wonderful experience. They are part of my family now. I have rented a room from them and shared a lot of chai. I've also taken a cooking class last year and will take at least one more this year. Easy to understand classes, beautiful food, and a lot of fun!
Written 14 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Teresa W
Perth, Australia31 contributions
Amazing!
Oct 2019 • Solo
What a wonderful experience! Amit and Neelam are so lovely and welcoming. They both speak excellent English and are very easy to understand. Amit’s teaching of cooking curries makes it very easy to follow and easy to cook at home. Neelam is the expert when cooking naan bread. The feast at the end is amazing and so delicious. To top off a wonderful experience you get to take home the recipes and you are also able to buy all the spices from Amit. I can highly recommend this experience when visiting Rishikesh.
Written 4 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

TarynWeg
Pererenan, Indonesia123 contributions
AMAZING! Highlight of Rishikesh
Oct 2019 • Friends
I cannot count how many times I have come here. I run yoga retreats twice a year and Cooking Masala is the #1 highlight for my groups. They ALWAYS exceed expectations with the most incredible knowledge, skills, teaching ability, copies of every single recipe (plus additional 55 recipes emailed to guests!) and highest quality food,. ingredients and spices.

Amit and Neelam never 'cut corners' and always ensure everyone has the most amazing experience learning how to cook authentic Indian cuisine.

A bonus addition is knowledge on Ayur Veda and using spices to heal various illness and physical concerns, which is always an impressive addition and my groups appreciate!

Thank you Amit and Neelam once again for a most memorable and FUN experience, a delicious feast and a time of group bonding and laughs that continued into the night!

Much love,
Taryn
Written 3 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 191
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing