We felt welcome from the very first moment we stepped through the door. Surinder and Safia are 2 of the most beautiful people, both inside and out, that we have had the pleasure to meet, Knowledgeable, patient and passionate about everything they do and happy to pass on their knowledge and skills that they have spent years mastering. You can genuinely feel the history coming through the dishes as you cook.
I cook a lot of indian food at home, mostly self taught but focussing on one region and learning their tips and techniques has been invaluable, especially understanding some fundamental things that I’ve been doing wrong that all make sense now. Thanks for a fantastic day, we will definitely be back soon.” Phil, February 2020
We are proud to be named by Olive Magazine as one of the top 8 UK Indian cookery courses.
Join us in our Punjabi home for ‘The Indian Experience’ Cookery Workshop…workshops held on the edge of The New Forest, 6 miles south of Salisbury, on the Hampshire/Wiltshire border.
Led by mother and daughter team, Surinder and Safia, you will be taught how to make a home-style 3-course meal from scratch, using the traditional Punjabi cookery methods and ingredients, producing mouth-wateringly authentic dishes. Our cookery is the real, healthy food, cooked daily in the conventional North Indian home and is NOT British-Indian restaurant food.
We teach Punjabi food, which comes from the region of Punjab in North India and is typically famous for dishes such as Tandoori and Tikka chicken, Naan, Dhal, Roti (chappatis), Samosas, Biriyani, Saag…to name but a few.
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Saturday 29th August – 2 places available
Saturday 12th September – 1 place available
Saturday 26th September- Sold out
Saturday 17th October – 4 places available
The Indian Experience Cookery Workshop is for domestic use only. We reserve the right to refuse any application, we do not accept caterers on this course. Please contact us for any commercial arrangement.
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‘Excellent… Style of teaching… It exposed me to traditional cooking methods’ – Richard Hillyer, March 2020
‘Very warm, friendly running their training with clear passion – The food was amazing!… Thank you so much for a super day – I look forward to cooking these for friends and family. Look forward to returning!’ – Glen Campbell, March 2020
‘The group was great, other attendees were friendly… Fun & informative day, very welcoming, great relationship between Surinder & Safia.’ – Toni Mitchell, March 2020
‘Great day, great host, great food, great experience x’ – Stephen Mitchell, March 2020
‘Enjoyable day – lots of hands on experience & good knowledge, very professional with individual attention given.’ – Chris Hains, March 2020
‘It was a thoroughly enjoyable day Surinder and Safia certainly know their stuff and it was great to learn from them. I would definitely recommend it to anyone with an interest in cooking.’ – Kevin Hains, March 2020
‘Far exceeded my expectations. It was a superb day…The whole day was a very enjoyable experience. Surinder & Safia were both extremely good at passing on the techniques of this type of cooking – thoroughly recommend!’ – Andy Hall, February 2020
‘Great fun, informative and cooked lovely food… It was a pleasure to spend the day in your family home learning about the Punjabi region and the food. Very friendly atmosphere and would love to return for another visit.’ – Mark Kaye, February 2020
‘A perfect mixture of learning, fun, practical skills, eating and enjoyable conversation. Authentic & worth experiencing.’ – Robin Weber, February 2020
‘This was a fantastic day with fantastic hosts. A very welcoming and supportive environment that made me feel very welcome and at ease. It was insightful about the culture as well as the food. Very educational.’ – Geoff Shaw – February 2020
‘A wonderful day, really enjoyable. A small group meant that we had lots of attention. Would highly recommend. We came as a couple but someone on their own would be well looked after!’ – Julie Broughton, February 2020
‘Fantastic day and making it more than the food made it a great experience… A memorable day. Great interactive experience and the group size was perfect.’ – Phil Broughton, February 2020
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 a 3 course Indian meal by yourself, under expert supervision, hands-on, with no sharing or demonstrations.
- Enjoy a relaxing lunch with beer and wine.
- You will make enough for 5 people, for your own enjoyment during the day and to take home everything you make which is enough for a meal for four!
- No hidden fees or charges.
- All workshop prices include your ingredients equipment, tuition, and refreshments .
- A discount on our products on the day.
- Workbook, which includes extra recipes and the sides which are served with lunch.
You will learn how to make…
- A traditional Punjabi starter (you will make enough for yourself and take home for a family of 4).
- A vegetarian Punjabi main (you will make enough for yourself and take home for a family of 4),
- A meat Punjabi main (you will make enough for yourself and take home for a family of 4),
- The daily flatbread, roti (chapattis) (you will make enough for yourself and take home for a family of 4),
- Plus an Indian rice demo for lunch and the recipe in your workbook to make at home,
- We will then sit down together to eat the food we have prepared, either in our Indian dining room or out on the terraced garden
- Once you have eaten, we will then head back into the kitchen to make:
- A traditional Punjabi dessert, which you will then enjoy with our Indian cha (chai), tea or coffee
- Pack up all the food you have made to take home to frineds & family.
‘The tutors were friendly, passionate about Punjabi cooking and gave easy to follow information and instructions. They were very patient and ensured everyone was up to speed. it was a good learning environment.’ – Andrea Ford, January 2020
‘Had a great time, more than just cooking, it was good to learn about the history & culture.’ – David Newland, January 2020
‘Excellent experience exceeding my expectations. Fun day, would definitely recommend.’ – Kevin Gosden, January 2020
‘A wonderful and informative day in a family kitchen. A great wealth of experience distilled really well. Thank you so much.’ – Gill Somerville, January 2020
’10/10′ – Kevin Radford, January 2020
‘I have thoroughly enjoyed my day and it’s great spending time with friends/family as a fun experience. The food was brilliant and I would definitely make it again. The hosts were lovely and very knowledgable too.’ – Amy Brogden, November 2019
‘I wasn’t sure what to expect what but I really enjoyed it… understanding the background/ home cooking and intro to Punjabi made it more than ‘just’ a cooking class.’ – John Brogden, November 2019
‘This was the best experience gift I have had ever. The hosts are the most lovely you can experience. A home from home with love, passion, care and very personal attention. I learnt so much about the Punjabi culture, food and of course how to cook fresh, tasteful food and a banquet to take home. xx Amazing !! xx’ – Jonathon Baker
‘Great day for our family. We all have different levels of experience and this was not an issue. One of our party had specific allergy issues and this was also catered for. Highly recommend.’ – Gill Brogden, November 2019
‘Such an interesting day and amazing to learn in such a small group. Relaxed, informal and so welcoming – thank you!’ – Anna Bage, November 2019
‘Charming hosts, fantastic food, an all round superb day.’ – Johnny Brogden, November 2019
‘The day exceeded expectation. Surinder and Safia were fabulous hosts and teachers. The food was delicious and I thoroughly enjoyed the history and background to the food and the Punjab.’ – Jennifer Campbell, November 2019
‘Wonderful flavours’ – Mark Fawcett, November 2019
‘Great experience learning to cook the dishes on the worksheet. Safia and Surinder are very knowledgeable and great teachers/cooks!’ – William Campbell, November 2019
‘Friendly, great tuition’ – Ian Campbell, November 2019
‘Excellent’ – Charlie Campbell, November 2019
‘Very enjoyable and delicious food… Thank you for a very enjoyable day. The food was delicious and will enjoy making again!’ – Victoria Campbell, November 2019
October 2019 - We took our Punjabi food on a European culinary experience!
28th September 2019
‘My sister and I had the most enjoyable day. Surinder & Safia are so generous with their fabulous knowledge. The teaching is impeccable and the whole course so personable and friendly.’
I would recommend Pure Punjabi to anyone who loves food and cooking it was thoroughly enjoyable day, a small group that meant everyone could cook; and get the help needed to make sure everyone understands it all; and gets brilliant results. You’ll be charmed, thrilled and totally satisified! Your friends and family will be delighted with the food you bring home.’
‘What a fabulous day! Loved every minute. I know the food should have been the ‘star act’ but the family are divine. Plenty of laughter but I learned so much about the Punjabi culture too… Adopt me please!’
Itinerary & Details
Time: 9.30a.m. – 4.30p.m. (Prompt arrival for 9.30. Finish time may over-run, depending on the group).
Venue: The workshop is held at our home in Downton (just 10 minutes away from the M27, junction 1 – on the edge of the New Forest)
Includes all your ingredients, plus take home enough for a family of four, plus a workbook covering everything on the workshop as well as extra recipes!
Each workshop is limited to a maximum of 6 people, allowing Surinder and Safia the opportunity to give personal attention to each and every participant. Each dish is broken down into a step by step method to ensure simplicity and delicious results every time.
29th June 2019
“What a warm & charming experience.
I learnt a lot & made a wonderful memory.”
“It was a fantastic day in every aspect. The food was superb. I would encourage others to do the same.”
“Really enjoyed it, especially the history of Punjabi food & the culture.
recommend the workshop to others”
“Excellent. Thank you.”
19th June 2019
“Perfect speed and very informative. Tutors are excellent.
Highly recommend and you take it home.”
“I had an amazing experience!
I will take away what I learnt today and use it in my cooking.”
“Thank you for doing a great job.
Really good food, really well taught. Great day!”
“Fantastic day well presented,
each area of prep cooking explained fully.”
“Informative, friendly and great teaching = good food!”
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I had a fantastic and friendly cooking experience and at authentic home made Indian food for the first time. Much better than any Indian food I have ever tried.’ – Magdalena Masters
‘Thank you for a fantastic day. I learned a lot and ate well too! I’d very happily come again for another course very soon.’ – Jon Masters
‘Lovely hosts, felt relaxed… Very pleasurable, informative & memorable day.’ – Frank Stanley
‘Lovely, easy relaxed atmosphere :-)’ – Val Cooper
‘Wonderful hosts, wonderful food, so lovely to be welcomed at your table too. Many thanks! – Chelsea
‘Excellent, very informative, so interesting to hear about the history/geography of India’ – Gillian Geary
I really enjoyed the day, I learned lots & it was explained simply. I enjoyed the background history & I would recommend the day. The food we made was tasty & I will be trying it at home.’ – Michelle Madden
‘I would highly recommend booking a Pure Punjabi workshop – a great experience. Informative and fun with superb teachers.’ – Sarah Veerappan
‘I would recommend this to anyone who wants to learn traditional Punjabi cooking.’ – Zayren Veerappan
I would recommend Pure Punjabi to anyone who loves food and cooking it was thoroughly enjoyable day, a small group that meant everyone could cook; and get the help needed to make sure everyone understands it all; and gets brilliant results. You’ll be charmed, thrilled and totally satisfied! Your friends and family will be delighted with the food you bring home.’ – James Mcavoy
‘What a wonderful day. Great company, great tips & techniques and really good fun. Couldn’t recommend it more.” – Ian Dunn
‘Had a fabulous day’s experience – learnt so much about Punjabi traditions, cultures, etc. Surinder and Safia are so professional, yet so friendly and helpful throughout the workshop. Wishing you all the best for the next week!!!’ – Margaret Dunn
‘Wonderfully explained, demonstrated and reinforced process. Felt like being at home cooking with family… wonderful and delicious day spent learning new styles with teachers passionate about their craft. Everyone should try this.’ – Adam Coshan – September 2019
“I would recommend to others – certainly. Level of expertise by the tutors was excellent. Very informative.” – Gail, – May 2019
“The excellent experience with accomplished teachers explaining everything. Huge satisfaction. A very friendly group, just the right size.” – Diana, – May 2019
“Excellent… lived up to expectations” – Jill, – May 2019
“Excellent… the small group setting meant lots of 1-2-1 interaction” – Denham, – May 2019
“Would recommend this as a gift. Good company. The day was conducted at a manageable pace with lots of useful information and good fun.” – Sally, Hampshire – May 2019
“I received the day’s tuition as a Christmas present, what a fabulous, a treat to spend a day with people so passionate about what they do for a business” – James, Hampshire – May 2019
“The whole experience was enjoyable, cooking together and learning about the culture & influences which make Punjabi food so delicious. The level was perfect for me and the pace was relaxed. Thank You.” – Sarah, Winchester – April 2019
“This was my second visit to Pure Punjabi and I have enjoyed it as much as my first. I have gained more skills and have renewed enthusiasm for cooking & experimenting in my own home.” – Amy, Bournemouth – April 2019
“Very personable presenters – good communicators. Able to spot when individual participants needed a helping hand. Interesting to get some historical/cultural/religious background to the cooking.” – Peter, Wimborne – April 2019
“Being someone who enjoys cooking but often cooks the same things, it was brilliant learning new techniques which I can now use to make lots of dishes for family and friends, Surinder and Safia are lovely and make the day relaxed and enjoyable. Would highly recommend to everyone.” – Ciaran, Totton – April 2019
“This provided a really good grounding in North Indian dishes both savoury and sweet as described in the invitation.” – Heather, Bath – April 2019
“Exceeded my already high expectations… Had a great day, thank you. Learned a lot and have great motivation to repeat and expanded on what I did today.” – Jim, Surrey – April 2019
“Brilliant, and a good all-round experience of not just food but the whole Punjabi experience” – Alex, Hayling Island – March 2019
“Surinder & Safia are great in teaching traditional methods of cooking in a professional way. They speak the language of Punjabi food in English!” – Faiza, London – March 2019
“Great day experiencing Punjabi culture and food” – Alison, Winchester – March 2019
“Surinder & Safia provide great tuition on traditional Punjabi cookery. A homely and laid back atmosphere.” Jamie, Winchester- March 2019
“I will definitely recommend this to everyone I know. My only wish is if it lasted longer! The expertise was unbelievable & I have learnt so much. Thank you” – Dave, Buckingham – March 2019
9th March 2019
6th March 2019
“Relaxed atmosphere and a steep, detailed learning curve… Don’t hesitate! Book yourself onto a Pure Punjabi cookery course. It’s a great experience and fun, not to mention cultured and very tasty!!” – Andrew, Wellow. – February 2019
“Exceptional. Warm & friendly welcome made you feel part of the family. Clear & beautifully equipped workshop. Great tuition. Food was stunning I cooked it.” – Andy, Wellow. – February 2019
“Really relaxed, humour throughout the day. Caters for all abilities… Absolutely fabulous! “ – Jen, Oxfordshire – February 2019
“Bang on… 100% recommended, ideal level for all. Great techniques and sense of humour, food was decent too :-)” – Mark, Oxfordshire – February 2019
“We’ve had an excellent day and it met our expectations. Thank you.” – Matthew & Cameron, Guernsey – February 2019
“I like how respect has been paid on ingredients. I loved every step with additional story & detail, not like typical classes but always additional. I loved the environment, felt very comfortable.” – Miguel, Wokingham – January 2019
“Fantastic food, great company, very professional.” – Michelle, Southampton -January 2019
‘We’ve had a fantastic day! Surinder and Safia are so friendly and knowledgeable – we really did learn so much, lunch in their dining room was great fun too. I am looking forward to attempting to repeat the meals at home.” – Sarah Gibbard, Oxfordshire, January 2019
“Exactly met expectation, really fantastic. Lovely atmosphere. Excellent learning… Would 100% recommend. Surinder and Safia were the most welcoming and lovely hosts. I learnt loads in very relaxed and warm family atmosphere. Thank you so much.” – Jon, Oxfordshire – January 2019
“Was great!… Felt SO welcome in your home & the stories & info on Punjabi culture & religion were really interesting.” – Megan Masters, Southampton -January 2019
“Better than expectations. Really enjoyed it … Would highly recommend the course. Excellent tuition, great location, friendly atmosphere.” – Emma, Southampton – January 2019
“The day went by fast – I learned so much. I really enjoyed the format of the day & the background stories & information that were at hand. Great teachers, great company, great food, fantastic day!” Sue, Ropley, Hampshire – January 2019
“A great day, meeting new people and together exploring the beautiful, delicious simplicity of genuine Punjabi cuisine.” – Stuart, Romsey – January 2019
“Very interactive with small numbers which gave more attention from tutors… Very relaxed and friendly atmosphere in a home environment made me feel of ease. The tutors were very knowledgable & helpful.” – Jason, Hook, Hampshire – January 2019
“Friendly, informative and delicious food. What’s not to like? – Philip, Salisbury – January 2019
“Excellent day in a relaxed and informative kitchen. Provides great base recipes that can be added to eating with the tutors and other students really added to the experience.” – Tom, Salisbury – January 2019
“I would definitely to others. It’s detailed enough not to be too complicated and gives a good foundation for experimenting in the future.” – Debbie, Hampshire – January 2019
” Friendly, fun and delicious.” Simon, Dorset – January 2019
“A most enjoyable day – we learnt so much in a friendly atmosphere. The instruction & attention to each individual was marvellous & allowed everyone to achieve success. Our lunch was fun – great conversation & lovely to get to know other. Detailed recipes to go home with a long with our food. Wonderful course.” – Edrys, Dorset – January 2019
“A fully immersive experience that allowed learning in a relaxed atmosphere and I just absorbed the day. Fantastic experience I will remember for a long time. Field trip to Punjab was excellent!” – Martin, Redlynch – January 2019
“You have a very professional approach, the day was well put together, just the right number of guests. Menu was delightful.” – Ian, Romsey – January 2019
“Friendly, informative instructions in a family setting, Key learning messages got out very clearly.” – Anthony, Sturmister Newton – January 2019
“A very enjoyable experience discovering authentic Indian cooking. Surinder and Safia were very attentive teacher and all too happy to share their knowledge and experience.” – Nick, Dorset – January 2019
“Yes I would recommend, so nice to have a small group, felt like a dinner party with friends. Safia & Surinder are very welcoming hosts & it was relaxed & fun.”. – Martine, Poole – January 2019
“Fantastic cooking workshop making amazing food. Simple enough that I could do it and learned a lot. Totally recommend to anyone with an ounce of interest in food.” – Stuart, – Chiswick – January 2019
“Brilliant experience & a great way to spend a day if you love Indian food.” – Sundeep, Chiswick – January 2019
“Surinder & Safia were very helpful and attentive.” – Beverley, Amesbury – January 2019
“Fun, informing and yummy food to eat & take home!! :-)” – Heather, Wiltshire – January 2019
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” I would definitely recommend the Pure Punjabi course – a great and genuine introduction to cooking basic Punjabi food”. Rob Sims (August 2018)
“Brilliant…I enjoyed everything but the chapatti was great fun to make…From the moment I arrived, I was made to feel very welcome and relaxed and enjoyed the ‘whole’ cooking experience and enjoyed meeting the other students”. Wendy Brown (June 2018)
” Absolutely loved it” Nicola Pumfrey (June 2018)
“Brilliant – I think I will remember how to make these dishes…This was a really hands-on experience with a chance to make a range of different dishes. Explanations were clear and memorable and I will be confident to try them again at home. Boht ladies are really friendly and warmly welcomed us into their home” Chris Leahy (June 2018)
“I couldn’t recommend this course more highly. Surinder and Safia are amazing, so kind, hospitable and patient. I have learned so much and will definitely be back for a follow-up course!” Harriet Gemmell (April 2018)
“I couldn’t recommend this cookery course enough.
Surinder and Safia deliver a pitch perfect day full of flavour, fun and
fascinating insights into the Punjabi culture. Five stars!” Michael Davis-Marks (April 2018)
“Having done various cookery courses, this one was amazing! Made to feel incredibly welcome in Surinder & Safia’s beautiful home. Their depth of knowledge is superb and the way they teach is relaxed, fun and very thorough……Brilliant day, thank you!” Kerry Jackson (October 2017)
“Fan bloody tastic! The workshop was excellent and fantastic value for money. Thank you for a great day!”
Steve Adshead, ‘The Indian Experience’ cookery workshop participant (April 2016)
“Perfect. Both Surinder and Safia were excellent and very accommodating. It is really good to cook yourself and not just see a demonstration.”
Sophie Bainsfair, ‘The Indian Experience’ cookery workshop participant (January 2016)
“The content and the pace worked very well. The most valuable aspects for me were learning about the importance of balancing spices and learning how to make roti. Surinder & Safia were perfect: supportive: clear instructions: good company. The lunch was excellent: a nice touch to be offered wine. A very enjoyable day with a tasty meal to share with family at home – thank you. A great Christmas present!”
Fran Deeming, ‘The Indian Experience’ cookery workshop participant (May 2015)
“My favourite part was the bread making. The tutors were fab 🙂 and the lunch was yummy. Thank you for a great day.”
Bridget Eley, ‘The Indian Experience’ cookery workshop participant (March 2015)
“The course content was very interesting and the tutors were excellent. Extremely friendly, patient and knowledgeable. Loved everything, would definitely recommend.”
Eleanor Powell, ‘The Indian Experience’ cookery workshop participant (May 2015)
” A delightful way to spend a cold, rainy Sunday.”
Fay Grayer, ‘The Indian Experience’ cookery workshop participant (January 2016)
“A brilliant day out”
Emma Parry OBE, ‘The Indian Experience’ cookery workshop participant (January 2016)
“10 out of 10. Excellent. Very well thought out and easy to follow. A great fun day. Thank you!”
Samantha Laynon, ‘The Indian Experience’ cookery workshop participant (January 2016)
“The venue was excellent and easy to find. The content was perfect and very flexible according to my needs. The most valuable aspect of the workshop for me was the simplicity – you can cook most things ahead of your guests arriving. Surinder and Safia were great, wouldn’t change a thing. So friendly & relaxed…perfect, thank you!”
Jane Glen, ‘The Indian Experience’ cookery workshop participant (January 2015)
“Great fun and terrific hospitality.”
Ian & Lesley Mc Bride, ‘The Indian Experience’ cookery workshop participant (October 2014)
Both Surinder and Safia are food hygiene certificate holders. The premises holds (and has always held) a 5 out of 5 food hygiene rating. Last inspection 20.4.2018
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The Indian Experience Cookery Workshop is for domestic use only. We reserve the right to refuse any application, we do not accept caterers on this course.
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