The Pure Punjabi Cookery School

We teach you the way our mothers taught us!

The Pure Punjabi cookery school teaches the cookery of the first generation of North Indians coming to Britain two generations ago, and preserves, promotes, and teaches the traditional culinary ways.

The workshops are fully hands-on and run by mother-daughter team, Surinder and Safia.  They pass on the culinary heritage of their Punjabi family, using the same methods their mothers and grandmothers used to teach them. Both started their culinary ‘training’ at the age of 7-8 years and by the age of 11 Surinder was preparing the traditional family meals, after returning from school.

  • Small group of maximum 6 people,(reduced to 4 household bubbles during Covid-19).
  • Hands-on workshops – You make everything yourself.
  • No shared cookery
  • No demonstrations only.
  • Take home everything you make

Workshops are held in Downton, SP5 3PJ, (6 miles south of Salisbury), on the edge of the New Forest, between Bournemouth, Southampton & Salisbury.


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Teaching the way that Indian mothers teach their daughters to cook...

The Indian Experience

Our full day cookery workshop culinary & cultural experience. This is the way our mothers start teaching us!

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Indian Bread-making & Tasting Experience

The Indian Bread Making Workshop & Tasting Experience. Learn how to make three types of North Indian bread, with a three-course taster menu of the accompanying dishes.

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Parent/child workshop

Parent & Child Cookery Workshop -child comes free

If you’re interested in learning how to cook North Indian food and would love your child to learn with you, then this is the workshop for you

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Indian Street Food Workshop

The Indian Street Food Workshop gives you the chance to learn, hands-on, how to make three different and popular street food dishes.

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What will you get at our cookery workshops?

  • Access to culinary knowledge only found within Indian families, learning traditional techniques in the style that Indian mothers teach their daughters.
  • An open and relaxed learning environment where you can ask questions and are given culinary advice on how to transfer these skills to suit your kitchen facilities, as well
    as your lifestyle.   
  • Small groups (maximum of 6 people to a workshop) 
  • Preparing traditional North Indian dishes by yourself, under expert supervision, hands-on, with no sharing or demonstrations.
  • You will make enough to eat for your own enjoyment during the workshop and to take home everything you make!
  • No hidden fees or charges.
  •  All workshop prices include your ingredients equipment, tuition, and refreshments .
  • A discount on our products on the day.
  • Workbook for the workshop.



We’d been thinking of how to help our customers and anyone interested in attending our award-winning ‘Indian Experience’ cookery workshop book with confidence …Our Indian Experience Cookery Workshop Options GIFT CARD is THE answer and has been very well received as a safe way to book our flagship workshop!

 It’s our Covid-19 flexible options gift card and the answer to the dilemma of purchasing live experience gifts with confidence, in an increasingly uncertain situation.

Now it’s easy for anyone who really wants to give the gift of our Indian Experience workshop, but is concerned about future restrictions for events.
None of us know what is going to happen and how long the social isolation, restrictions or regional lock downs will continue, and which events we will be able to attend in 2021.
This gift card is valid for The Indian Experience workshop only, in both a full price and a part-payment option. The recipient has the option to make the decision to transfer their workshop gift to our Indian meal kits business for a 12 month Indian Meal kit Box subscription for the £189 workshop gift card.
That means that if staying in and cooking remains the necessity and live events remain restricted, then recipients can have the option to have deliveries of delicious non-perishable meal kits.
This allows gift purchasers the safe option to provide their recipient with a back-up gift of a store cupboard of delicious, non-perishable Indian meal kits, should we go further into lockdown and they or their recipient prefer not to venture out and attend the workshop.
Click HERE to see The ‘Indian Experience’
The Indian Experience Cookery Workshop Options Gift Card £189


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Things to do in the area

Downton lies 6 miles south of the medieval town of Salisbury, which is home to Salisbury Cathedral, the third most visited Cathedral in England and houses one of the four original copies of The Magna Carta.

For dates, booking and more information: click HERE or email Surinder at