What is the course about?
This course will focus on a variety of spices used in North and South Indian cooking – beyond the most common ones used in the UK. You will be able to touch smell and feel the spices.
What will we cover?
The health benefits of these spices, which foods they go with, their provenance and their use, both historical and in modern India. Supporting material from ancient Indian medical and culinary texts will be provided.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- recognise and confidently use Indian spices.
- you will be able to decide which spices and what quantities are right for you based on your constitution and taste.
- learn how to read and write a verse from the original Ayurveda text – Caraka Samhita, in Devanagari/Hindi.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a beginners course. No particular skill is required, but a spirit of inquiry! The course will be taught in English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will consist of a presentation, handouts and there will be samples of the spices available for familiarisation. There will be no work outside the course.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no extra costs. A pad and a pen for notes might be useful.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Attend an Indian cooking course and apply your knowledge of Indian spices.
Attend a Hindi language course at CityLit and extend your culinary vocabulary, as well as prepare yourself for at trip to India.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details