I like cooking and had a short day to spend, off a cruise ship in GOA. I thought Rita's Gourmet would fit the bill. It WAS so much more. We went with two other people from the ship - and that was the class! Classes are small and hands on.
To save time, we first went to the local market and, met Rita and learned about the local fruits and vegetables, then the seafood. We purchased items that we cooked, later in the day. Then we went to Rita's home for a typical Indian breakfast. (Normally you would do this first, then go to the market, but the order we followed saved time due to our limited time). We met Rita's daughter and husband as well. (It felt as if we were invited into a friend's home rather than an impersonal cooking school.)
Next we went to her outside cooking area. She had two assistants as well. After reviewing the seasoning and spices that we would be working with, we learned about some of the differences between Goan and Indian dishes. We then started cooking.
We made Prawns & Vegetables Caldin, Fish Recheado, Galinha Cafreal (Chicken in Coriander &Mint Sauce), Navratna Korma (a vegetable dish) etc. We also made a Creme Caramel for desert. We were given excellent instructions and direction. All the cooking was done by us (students), under the watchful eyes of Rita and her assistants.
As the food was being taken into the house, and the table set, we spent some social time with Rita and her husband, Mukund. We spoke about cooking as well as life in India.
Then time to eat what we prepared. Wow! This was so much better and different than Indian food that I had had in the US. I've become a fan. I will now go and try to cook different Indian food at home.
This was a great experience. If you are in Goa, do this, you will be richer for it
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