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November 21, 2012

London Cookery Classes at La Porte des Indes

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

London, UK – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

On the final Friday of every month, award-winning London restaurant La Porte des Indes hosts a cookery master class. Particplants learn how to create dishes on La Porte des Indes’ menu, which are inspired by the French Creole cuisine of Pondichéry and other former French trading posts in Southern India.

Classes are led by Executive chef Mehernosh Mody, who spent several months in Southern India researching traditional dishes and persuading the locals to part with closely guarded family recipes.

The afternoon begins with a welcome drink and a tour of the kitchens. Mehernosh then reveals how he reinterpreted traditional recipes to create La Porte signature fare like Cassoulet de Fruits de Mer, a rich seafood stew simmered in ‘vindai’ spices, and Poulet Rouge, shredded chicken marinated in yoghurt and red spices served in a creamy sauce.

There will then be an opportunity to watch the chef and his team at work, and the chance to sample the finished results. Suggestions will also be given on the best food and wine pairing options.

Along the way, Mehernosh will offer tips on the array of herbs and spices that are the mainstay of Indian cooking, including how to source, prepare and store them. At the end, guests will be invited to enjoy the La Porte des Indes’ lunch menu.

Timings are from 12pm until 1.30pm with a 3-course lunch from 1.30pm onwards. The price is £45 per person to include VAT. Guests also receive a signed copy of the La Porte des Indes cookbook, a complimentary spice mix and a certificate of participation.

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