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12:06 04 January 2013

Denleys cookery school

Denleys cookery school


Does the aroma of curry as you enter Denley’s Essence of India in Topsham send you into seventh heaven?

Does the aroma of curry as you enter Denley’s Essence of India in Topsham send you into seventh heaven?

Do you stand awestruck at the huge array of colourful dishes and flavours regularly presented to customers?

And do you dream that one day you too will be able to create such deliciously aromatic and spicy Indian meals of your own?

If so, then wonder no more. Because with Denley’s Curry School your dreams could become a reality!

The course will help you learn how to create a curry sauce that can then be transformed into numerous dishes. And you’ll discover the huge variety of spices, meats and vegetables used to cook them.

For just £99, you’ll not only learn to cook a delicious curry meal to take home with you, but you’ll also be served one for lunch.

The course will cover specific preparation techniques, such as how to slice an onion and the importance of choosing the correct variety, the significance of marinating meat for different curry dishes, and the intricate formulas associated with mixing Indian spices.

Confirmed foodie Helen Griffin has already tried some of Denley’s expert tuition. She said: “I learned how to make the basic curry sauce, which is the basis for all curries. Depending on the dish ordered, the relevant spices are added to it. We made tamarind chicken, pilau rice and onion bhajis with various relishes.

“I usually have a problem cooking rice where the grains don’t separate – but with their guidance I managed to cook the perfect rice.

“They went through the various spices and their characteristics – ie Tamarind is sour, so we included jaggery in the tamarind chicken to counteract the sourness.

“And they talked me through the various flours and what they are used for, such as chickpea flour being used to make the bhajis.

“At the end, all the dishes were beautifully presented and they were delicious.”

Suitable for anybody interested in Indian cookery, from business people, yummy mummies and dads to team-building events and hen/stag nights, Denley’s Curry School will open in the new year on January 23 and will run every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday in their very own, intimate VIP room from 10am to 4pm.

Taking a maximum of five per booking, the VIP room kitchen will enable all students to work on the practicalities of curry-making with personal tuition from Denley’s highly trained chefs.

For more detailed information on their cooking classes, where and when they will take place and how to book and pay, call Denley’s Essence of India on 01392 875675/876065.

Win a place at the new curry school ... and then come back and cook for 10 of your friends in the restaurant’s new VIP room!

Jamil Miah, the owner of Denley’s Essence of India in Topsham, has teamed up with the Exmouth Journal to give readers the chance to win a very special experience.

Not only is Jamil offering one lucky reader the chance to attend his new one-day cookery course for free, but once you have learnt the art of authentic Indian cuisine, you will then be given the chance to bring 10 of your friends to Denley’s exclusive VIP room where you will throw your very own private dinner party!

A chef will help you prepare the delicious meal for your friends, and your private waiter will be on hand to make sure the evening runs smoothly.

To win this amazing prize, worth over £300, please answer the following question:

What kind of flour is used to make onion bhajis?

a) Self-raising flour, b) Chickpea flour, c) Plain flour, d) All spice flour.

For a chance to win, just email your answer to: dave.somerton-rees@archant.co.uk by 11am on Monday, January 14, with your name and address.

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