Cooking Classes

Heritage Day at DC Central Kitchen

Indique / Indique Heights Restaurants at DC Central Kitchen

I was honored to be invited for the third year in a row to teach the 76th culinary job training class at the DC Central Kitchen. I was joined by Executive Chef Steve Mannino of Rustico restaurant and Graham Barlett, Executive Chef of Zengo Restaurant.

After the class we joined the students for lunch and spoke about our experiences in the industry and took questins from the students and faculty.

I have a lot of respect for the folks who run this lovely establishment from  Robert Eggar, President,  Mike Curtain, C.E.O, Ann Nix, Event Managar, Marianne Ali, Director of culinary Job training, Jerald Thomas, Kitchen director and all the folks who work so hard and put their heart and soul together to run such a fine establishment.

It is amazing that they produce 4000 meals a day,seven days a week  for local shelters, halfway houses, drug programs, senior programs and children's programs in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.This is the 20th year for DCCK and for all these  years they have have been combating hunger and creating opportunity by: 

  • Recovering un-served food from restaurants, hotels and foodservice businesses
  • Training unemployed men and women for careers in the food service industry
  • Providing free, nutritious meals to shelters and other social service agencies
  • Coordinating outreach services to help men and women living on the street find a way inside
  • Opening "Campus Kitchens" at universities and high schools across America
  • Offering change through empowerment

Source : DCCK 


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Cooking classes 2008

We just finished the cooking class series for the year 2008

 with the last class on the street snacks of India. It was a lot

of fun as we had the students try some of the dishes – hands on…

We will announce next year's cooking classes here....


Here are some pictures from the event.....


I am personally very thrilled to hear that some of the students already tried some of the dishes

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Indique Heights on Fox 5 WTTG

We were honored to be invited back to Fox 5 WTTG channel 5 for yet another cooking demonstration. Demonstrated a fish dish from the southern state of Kerala - Meen Pollichathe and a lentil salad - Parupe Kosambari. Disregard the recipe posted on the fox site as it is not the recipe of the Meen Pollichathe . I shall post the recipe here soon!

Here is the link :

Fox TV Click here


Cooking Classes

I am happy to report that our first cooking class went on very well and we were sold out. Here are some pictures from the event.




 Ms.Simone Krembs won a prize for identifying the maximum number of spices in the class. The prize ? Champagne Brunch for Two at Indique Heights. Cheers! Folks, the next class is going to be on South Indian Cooking and am looking forward to it.

Cooking Classes

Cooking Classes at Indique Heights

Join me and my colleagues Co-Executive Chefs Abraham Varghese and S.Balamurugan of Indique /Indique Heights restaurants as we take you on a Culinary journey through India with our three part interactive Cooking Classes.

First Class : North India
October 18, 2008 (12 noon to 3 P.M)

Menu :

Veg. Samosa
Papri Chaat
Chicken Tikka Makhani
Saag Makai
jeera Aloo
Mattar Pulao
Jeera Aloo
Cucumber Raita
Mango Kheer

$ 55.00 inclusive of lunch and a glass of wine

Second Class : South India
November 2, 2008 (12 noon to 3 P.M)

Menu :
Chicken 65
Parupe Vada
Kerala Fish Curry
Chicken stew (ishtew)
Potaot/Yuca Ullarthiyathe
Lemon Rice
Mango Pachadi
Semiya Payasam

$ 55.00 inclusive of lunch and a glass of wine

Third Class : Street Snacks of India
October18, 2008 (12 noon to 3 P.M)

Menu :
Veg. Bhajia
Aloo Bonda
Aloo Tikki
Mini Dosa
Mini Idli
Fish Amristari
Cilantro Chutney
Tamarind Chutney

$ 55.00 inclusive of lunch and a glass of wine

Farmers Market, Dupont Circle, Washington DC

What a pleasure it was to be at the Farmer's Market yesterday. We did a cooking demonstration and met a lot of farmers and producers. Rain was in the forecast and still we had quite a good turn out. We demonstrated and talked about the following :

  • The art of using spices. - spoke about various permutations, combinations, sequence of using spices etc  and demonstrated how to make "lemon rice".
  • Demonstrated how to make "Oothapam."
  • Demonstrated the popular street snack "Bhelpuri"

This is truly an amzing market  and I only wish that it was closer to my house. Here are some pictures from the event. 

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Indique Heights was on Fox TV 5 yesterday. Executive chef Abraham Varghese and I demonstrated how to make a "Veg oothapam" and "Bhelpuri". We took  anchor Holly Morris and the crew on a journey through the streets of India . At Indique Heights we now have an array of street snacks on the Menu - starting from Bhelpuri, Paani puri, Papri chaat, Pav Bhaji, Vada Pav, Mini dosas (chicken and veg.), Mini oothapams (both veg and chicken), Mini Idli and sambar, Meen fry etc.

Here are some pictures :