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Indian Cooking Classes

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Meet new people & learn about Indian food from a chef as he prepares the evening’s meal in front of you — then dig in & fill your belly.

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October 2019 update: These classes are currently on hold, but may be resumed at some point.

Learn how to cook Indian food with chef Mike Henry at The Victoria hotel in Ajijic.

Mike will walk you through how to prepare a full-course Indian meal in the hotel’s kitchen for you and up to nine other guests. Learn about the history of the food and how to use the ingredients, which are easily found lakeside, to create its signature flavors.

A sample menu might include:

  • Curried carrot and ginger soup with cumin croutons
  • North Indian vegan curry
  • Murg tikka
  • Basmati rice
  • Chapati (flatbread)
  • Carrot halva dessert

Classes, which last two to three hours, are held once a month on Sundays from 5-8 p.m. The next class will be held August 19, 2018. Check their website for additional details about the class. Tickets are $450 pesos and available in advance only at Wilde’s. The hotel’s garden bar opens at 4 p.m. if you want to arrive early to purchase pre-dinner cocktails and meet new people.

Other cuisines aside from Indian will likely be added in the future and with enough interest, the classes might increase to more than once a month.

Last updated October 10, 2019

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Photos of Indian Cooking Classes

The dining room and kitchen where you eat and watch Mike as he cooks a full-course meal for you.

The dining room and kitchen where you eat and watch Mike as he cooks a full-course meal for you.

Mike does some prep work while some early arrivers have drinks in the hotel's backyard garden bar.

Mike does some prep work while some early arrivers have drinks in the hotel's backyard garden bar.

Mike takes you through each step of the Indian cooking process.

Mike takes you through each step of the Indian cooking process.

Slicing mangoes for the vegan curry.

Slicing mangoes for the vegan curry.

All the ingredients can be found locally.

All the ingredients can be found locally.

Chef Mike explains what he's doing while guests gather around the bar area.

Chef Mike explains what he's doing while guests gather around the bar area.

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Curried carrot and ginger soup.

Curried carrot and ginger soup.

Vegan curry.

Vegan curry.

Indian-style rice, which gets fried first.

Indian-style rice, which gets fried first...

Before being simmered in tomato sauce and chicken broth.

...before being simmered in tomato sauce and chicken broth.

Tikka masala chicken, marinated overnight in tumeric, garam masala, yogurt, cumin, coriander.

Tikka masala chicken, marinated overnight in tumeric, garam masala, yogurt, cumin, coriander.

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The dinner table settings.

The dinner table settings.

A sangrita, available for purchase from the bar.

A sangrita, available for purchase from the bar.

Chapati flatbread.

Chapati flatbread.

The prepared curried carrot and ginger soup with cumin croutons.

The prepared curried carrot and ginger soup with cumin croutons.

Plating everything.

Plating everything.

The rice, tikka masala, curry and chapati are ready to go.

The rice, tikka masala, curry and chapati are ready to go.

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