Cook with Sumayya Usmani at the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School


Join Sumayya Usmani, award-winning food writer and cookery teacher, this autumn for a culinary journey through the Indian sub-continent at the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School

“Spiced Kingdoms and Colonies” is a three-part cookery class taught over three Sundays in September, October, and November that will see Sumayya impart her extensive knowledge of the flavours and recipes of Pakistan.

On this journey, you will first discover authentic Bengali and Burmese flavours, then learn about the flavours of South India with its Portuguese influences before finally diving into North India’s royal Mughal cuisine.

The days will start at 9.45am with a talk and demonstration by Sumayya. The participants will then head to the kitchen where they will be cooking the recipes which will form lunch to be served in the dining room. The day will draw to a close at around 2.30pm after lunch.

Sumayya’s class will be an eye opening and sensory journey into a world of many unknown recipes, spices and culinary history that will leave you with an eclectic repertoire of recipes that once savoured, are never forgotten.

All three classes of “Spiced Kingdoms and Colonies” can be booked together or separately.

Originally from Pakistan, Sumayya contributes regularly to many prestigious UK-based food magazines such as BBC Good Food, Delicious, Good Things, and the Guardian Cook.

3 September Eastern Spice: Flavours of Bengal, Burma and Eastern provinces

Recipes may include:

Fish Jhal Deya: Seasonal fish cooked in Bengali mustard and onion sauce
Ghee Bhaat: basmati rice in ghee
Khaow Suey: chicken or beef coconut milk and turmeric noodle soup
Sweet jaggery yoghurt

1 October: Coconut Monsoons and Red Chillies: Flavours of South India & Portuguese colony influences

Recipes may include:
Tamarind fish curry
Sambar daal
Kerala lamb
Mango Payasam

12 November:  Kingdoms of Saffron: Flavours of North India & South and North Pakistan

Recipes may include:
Mughali lamb biryani
Mamtu dumplings with minted yoghurt and tomato sauce
Aubergine borani
Chicken rose korma
Shahi tukra saffron bread pudding


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