Cooking Class Testimonials

Thank you to our valued clients for your wonderful feedback!

 

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My father and I took your Curries class. We had such a fabulous time and learned a lot. We're both very passionate about cooking and Indian is one of our shared favourites. It was a delight to learn from you both first hand. Thanks again, I can't wait to try some of the recipes at home.

- Laura, Toronto, ON

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We just had your magnificent food with a friend of ours, and still too much for the three of us. But the contrasts in flavour were magnificent and we really enjoyed both the food and your very patient and courteous tuition. And, for sure, we’ll both be experimenting at our cottage AND back for a repeat session with you towards the end of the summer. For sure we’ll be telling everyone we see to come and visit you. Thanks again.

- Jake, Toronto, ON

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I thoroughly enjoyed your class and look forward to more classes. I have not tried your recipes yet but I did make my girl friend's Dahl recipe after learning some excellent techniques from you. It turned out superbly so next week I will make the pancakes and Khichri.

- Christine, Mississauga, ON

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Just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed your class last night. Not sure my husband knew where the kitchen was in our house ! ... Now he wants to jump right in! THANK YOU!!

It was such a great class and I learned so much. The class really showed me that cooking is an art and can be so creative. Lovely meeting you both.

- Joan, Oakville, ON

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I wanted to thank you so much for the wonderful lunch and tour of Little India.  We so enjoyed the food and spending time with both of you. Its too bad that the weather turned so rainy but nonetheless we had such a lovely time.  My sister was so happy and everyone loved the loot bags with your spices!! My brother-in-law went crazy for the pappadums!! We hope that our paths cross again in the not-so-distant future.

- Lissie, Toronto, ON

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Thank you for a wonderful evening filled with delicious treats. Thank you for making my sister's bachelorette a very special, memorable occasion. Your hard-work and expertise were greatly appreciated.

- Lynne, Burlington, ON

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Thank you very much. We all had a great time and have already begun preparing our own Indian dishes. Everyone was very pleased with the class that your mother and yourself put on for us. We just got back from a camping trip last night and actually did some Indian while camping that turned out great! Thank you, best wishes.

- Surindur, Guelph, ON

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Thanks for an exquisite evening of cooking and the experience of the best in Indian home cooking. Now to experimenting :-). Please thank your mother too. I look forward to the September class. Have a wonderful summer.

- Marlene, Montreal, QC

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I just wanted to thank you both very much for a wonderful evening. We all had a fabulous time at the cooking class and I know my sister especially enjoyed herself. Your kitchen was warm and inviting, and you had everything organized so well. I really liked the personalized menus; those were such a nice touch. I know we all appreciated the extra information and explanations you provided about Indian cooking and the ingredients we were using. It truly was a great evening and I hope that I will have an opportunity to attend some more of your classes in the future.

- Carmen, Mississauga, ON

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Just wanted to say my Mom and I had a wonderful time at your cooking class. I actually think I could make those dishes. It tasted so good and the atmosphere of the night was fun and relaxed. I had the leftovers for dinner tonight and they were so good. Thank you, we learned so much, and we bought your spices to get us started. We will definitely be back in the fall for more classes. Thank you.

- Alison, Mississauga, ON

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What a great class. It was so nice to share few hours again with you, with your patience and Tender Loving Care. I looked into your classes, I will wait till it comes to Toronto, (and) I will keep on checking for the lineup of your classes. Do not forget, please to let me know where I can find your cookbook in hardcover. I want to also to give it as a bridal gift and the hardcover is more appropriate. Thank you again for a great class. Much love.

- Lori, Burlington, ON

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Thank you for a wonderful evening. As I said, it (private cooking party) exceeded my expectations and I had very positive feedback from all of the guests including those who didn''t really know if they liked Indian food, they do now! Your cooking is amazing, delicious and fresh. Hope to see you again sometime! All the best.

- Joan, Oakville, ON

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Thank you so much, we learned so much from you and your Mother. What a wonderful source of knowledge. Thank you so much for sharing with my family, we had an amazing afternoon. All the best and happy New Year.

Alyson - Woodbridge, ON

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We do want to tell you how successful our Indian Feast went that we had with our husbands with all the recipes from the previous class!! It was awesome!! We can''t wait to learn new things that we can try again at home!!

- Daliah, Toronto, ON

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Just a quick note to thank you for the great south Indian cooking class last night. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have already been requested to make pork Vindaloo this week-end. I could feel the passion that you have for Indian cooking at home and wish you all the best for the future. Best regards.

- Kelly, Hamilton, ON

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I just wanted to say thanks for showing us such a great time! We all really enjoyed ourselves, and Amaris was so happy (about her bridal shower). You guys were super professional and I learned a lot. Thanks again.

- Dona, Toronto, ON

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My husband and I had a wonderful experience at your South Indian cooking class at Nella Cucina a few weeks ago. We''ve been talking about it ever since, and have incorporated several of your tips into our cooking.

- Judy, Oakville, ON

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I took your vegetarian cooking class in in December 2008. I have finally started to do some of the cooking and am loving it. One of my guests said "mmmmm" many, many times as she tried each of the dishes. I have since made another feast for myself and one guest. A big hit again (I made the spinach paneer, aloo gobi, masoor daal (my favourite), pappadum, and the chai ice cream and stewed apples for dessert. I had this with the unoaked chardonnay that you recommend - an excellent pairing.

As my guest was a chicken eater, I also made the chicken tikka (as on your recipe card with the tikka masala) and it was also a hit. I have still not worked myself up to making Chapati, but that is my next endeavour. I hope to master this before the summer as I am going to bring all of the spices and any special ingredients to my parents and make a big feast for them. They will love making Chapati as they are experts at rolling and bread-making. By the way, any favourite chicken dishes you would recommend for my non-veggie guests. Thank you once again for your great teaching.

- Alexa, Toronto, ON

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I wanted to thank you and your Mom for a great evening last night. Our guests had a wonderful time. They found the food delicious and loved the experience of being walked through a full Indian menu. I''m looking forward to polishing off the leftovers today and attempting some of the recipes on my own very soon. Thanks again and all the best.

- Pamela, Ajax, ON

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My mother & I attended your North Meets South Class and it was absolutely delicious!!!! Prior to the class I liked Indian food, but I was not the biggest fan. After taking your class and sampling the meals, Indian foods are now on my top favourite types of cuisine! Keep up the good work!

- Vic, Mississauga, ON

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I wanted to say thanks for such a wonderful class on Wed. evening (Rich & Creamy Butter Chicken) to you and your Mom. I thought the class was very well presented and organized. I found that you gave a lot of useful tips and background info about the spices etc., and most of all the food was delicious. Will definitely have to sign up for another class in the future. Warmest thanks.

- Gina, Oakville, ON

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I was at your class on January 13 with my sister-in-law and we truly enjoyed it!! I am excited to attempt to cook this meal this Saturday (as I have raved about it so now I have to do it). Thanks so much! We had such a wonderful evening - lots of fun and very interactive! I now invite all of my friends over for my new "secret recipe" for chai tea!! I''m looking forward to attempting the meal on my own and using the amazing spices I purchased that night!

- Holly, Toronto, ON

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With a week gone by, I''ve spoken with almost everyone who joined us last Saturday (birthday party). I can tell you that everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening and especially the wonderful food you prepared -- the Bombay Bhel was a crowd favourite!....I think this was because it was, of course, delicious, but also not like anything they have had around Toronto. There have been several conversations about planning a follow on evening for us each to try out a recipe or two. It''s always wonderful to see you two and hear about your latest adventures in cooking. Thanks so much for joining us.

- Prayrna, Markham, ON

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I just wanted to say thank you for the cooking tips - I enjoyed the class. It was wonderful to spend some time learning with you and your mom. I appreciate all the detail you put into describing the origin of the spices and the medicinal benefits.

- Joan, Oakville, ON

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Again, many thanks for your informative presentation, as our luncheon afterwards was really healthy and good Indian food that is so hard to find in restaurants all over Toronto. I feel your classes do a lot to help many peoples taste and understand the difference between restaurant Indian cuisine, and your much healthier homemade Indian cuisine. Namaste.

- Sacha, Burlington, ON

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I just wanted to thank you and your family for such an amazing learning experience. Paul and I had a great time and we''ve already begun practicing at home. It was an amazing amount of information and it wasn''t until we''d left that I realized how brilliant you and your Mother are at teaching!! Thank you so much.... and hopefully we''ll meet again... The samosa course sounds pretty tempting ;) Thanks again.

- Kim, Toronto, ON

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Arvinda, the foods that you presented at the Kerr Village Organic Farmers Market this past weekend (Labour Day weekend) were so delish. I purchased your cookbook and some of your spice blends but don't use the cookbook. This has me convinced to get my cookbook out so I am able to recreate these amazing foods. Everyone around me that tried your cooking were in total agreement that it's the tastiest Indian foods they''ve eaten!!

- Joanne, Toronto, ON

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I wanted to take a moment to thank you and your mother for a truly lovely cooking class last Saturday. Oh and I made the Madras Chicken, the rice and the Aloo Gobi a couple of days ago and they were ALL resounding hits! Delectable actually - thanks to the spice blends I bought - I saved a ton of time when cooking during the week. Gracias!

- Francine, Toronto, ON

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Just wanted to thank you so much for a fabulous evening on Saturday. The menu you customized for our class was outstanding and we all loved the instruction and hands on approach. I''m sure I will make the recipes over and over. Look forward to the next class.

- Robin, Oakville, ON

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Hello from sunny, cold Edmonton, Arvinda. My girlfriend and I took some of your classes about five years ago. I moved to Alberta three years ago. There is a high percentage of Indian population here and I enjoy talking about cooking with my work colleagues and shopping with them at the various stores where they get their food and spices. Thanks so much for your wonderful classes. Wish I could take more. Wishing you continued success in your endeavours.

- Jan, Edmonton, AB

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Thank you to both you and your mother for an interesting afternoon last Saturday. I enjoyed the class, took away lots of new ideas and insights. My team at work is having our annual Christmas dinner soon and I have been asked to demonstrate my new skills by preparing naan. Of course I will use your recipe - it made the softest, tastiest naan I have had in a long time.

- Susanne, Oakville, ON

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My special thanks for a wonderful six-weeks of learning Indian cuisine. It was so informative, interesting and enjoyable. It is great to be able to cook at home all the delicious dishes. The whole course was excellent and beautifully presented and followed up.

- Margarita, Mississauga, ON

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Thank you so much for the wonderful class - Creamy Almond Chicken. It was fabulous!!! I can''t wait to take my next class. Thank you, Arvinda and Preena, for teaching me so many wonderful things to cook. I can''t tell you how much I, and my family, appreciate it!!!!!!

- Liz, Mississauga, ON

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Just wanted to send you a note to thank you for hosting our dinner party. Everyone thought it was absolutely wonderful - and we have you to thank for that! The most talked about dish was the butter chicken - absolutely a prize winning recipe!

- Jan, Hamilton, ON

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Thank you to both you and your mother for an interesting afternoon last Saturday. I enjoyed the class, took away lots of new ideas and insights. My team at work is having our annual Christmas dinner soon and I have been asked to demonstrate my new skills by preparing naan. Of course I will use your recipe - it made the softest, tastiest naan I have had in a long time.

- Rick, Oakville, ON

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My friend just wrote to me to say she received the spice box and loved it! Apparently, she and some friends took a cooking class with you last year and had a great time! I just wish I lived closer and I would certainly take a class or two as well! Thanks again for all your help and you have one happy customer here!

- Evan - Portland, ME

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Thank you for a most enjoyable cooking weekend. I believe I learned some great tips which I look forward to applying in my own kitchen.

- Sandra, Toronto, ON

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Not sure you remember me but I took your class at this time last year, the vegetarian Indian one. It was fantastic. I still practice all the time and am adding dishes to my repertoire. Mattar Paneer has quickly become our favourite.

- Robert - Toronto, ON

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I took your samosas and North meets South classes a few weeks back and would like to tell you how successful the recipes were - they were great! I made the samosas the other weekend and ... my Dad, the self-proclaimed samosa evaluator said they were an 8/10, an excellent score! We made the Madras curry that night and it was delicious; we made a big pot using the entire can of spice and it was very much enjoyed on a cold winter's night. I have made the vindaloo too, again, excellent, but will have to double the recipe as my Dad would eat the whole batch by himself! Word is spreading fast in my family about the recipes and your spices ...

- Becky, Georgetown, ON

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Thank you again for a wonderful evening - it was friendly & intimate, informative & fun. I look forward for recreating the seafood recipes. Congratulations on your success.

- Fiona, Toronto, ON

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I just wanted to let you know how much my daughter and I loved the class on Tuesday night (Rich & Creamy Butter Chicken). You were great, the other participants were fun and the food was wonderful.

- Sharon, Toronto, ON

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Hi Arvinda, I have already made the Butter Chicken a few times and it has been a HUGE hit! I will definitely see you again in the new year for some more classes.

- Mark, Guelph, ON

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My wife & I attended your South Indian Vegetarian cooking class last Saturday in Toronto...we thoroughly enjoyed it...informative, delicious and above all, FUN!!

- Dennis, Toronto, ON

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I just wanted to thank you again for this past weekend. The Indian cooking class was amazing. I went home Sunday night and made Red Lentil Curry for my husband and I have already had a request for an Indian dish for a potluck party this coming weekend.

- Teresa, Waterloo, ON

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You're a great teacher because you genuinely enjoy cooking and you bring so much more to the cooking experience and share that with others. I'm looking forward to the next vegetarian class.

- Sarah, Toronto, ON

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We all had a great time (private cooking party) and thoroughly enjoyed all the recipes and company. It was a great night. Thanks again.

- David, Burlington, ON

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Thank you for the most enjoyable class last weekend; me and Daniela are already planning our Indian meals, and we're anxiously awaiting our next class. We would love to go to learn more about Indian cuisine.

- William, Toronto, ON

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Thank you so much for an absolutely lovely time yesterday. I can never get enough of your delicious food, and it was so great to watch and learn how to make the snacks. And the amazing lunch was a wonderful treat. I'm ready to get cooking it up myself now.

- Laura, Toronto, ON

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Just a quick note to thank you for the wonderful class last night. My friends and I had a great time. As always your gracious hospitality made it feel like a party in a friends kitchen. I look forward to the next class I can attend. All the best and have a great summer!

- Lee, Oakville, ON

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Thank you so much for such a fun time at our company cooking class on Monday night. I learned a lot of excellent tips from you and completely enjoyed eating all the yummy food we cooked. ps - the left overs were great the next day.....

- Don, Georgetown, ON

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Thank you so much for the Butter Chicken cooking class on Tuesday night. I learned so much. I have set up my Masala Tin with the spices (I just need celery seeds) and plan on going out on Saturday to purchase chickpea flour and saffron. I will highly recommend your classes to my friends.

- Eileen, Oakville, ON

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I just wanted to thank you for a lovely evening yesterday. It was a privilege to be invited to cook in your location and the food tasted delicious! I made the Chai tea this morning as a treat for myself and it was a wonderful start to the day.

- Sarah, Toronto, ON

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I do thank you so much for organizing Little India tour....lunch was great, the company of new friends was a pleasure and visiting Gerrard street India stores was so colourful, literally and figuratively. Again, many thanks and I will be selecting a class from your new program....

- Rosa, Woodbridge, ON

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I took a class with Arvinda a few years ago and still remember how amazing it was ...

- Lara, Toronto, ON

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I want to thank you for helping to inspire me and broaden my passion for cooking - Indian food, as you know was something I loved but couldn't eat much of because of the amount of oil used traditionally. Your method of cooking was great to learn and has helped immensely. But truly, it was your cooking style that really made me realize how healthy Indian food can be. So thanks again.

- Jared, Toronto, ON

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My heart felt thanks for your hospitality. I truly enjoyed this culinary experience. It certainly stimulated all my senses! My palate thanks you!

- Rosa, Woodbridge, ON

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I took your vegetarian Thai cooking class about a year ago with a few coworkers and I have to say it has changed our life here, adding not only the dishes you taught us to our menu but the confidence to try others. Anyway - I hope you have a happy new year and thanks again for a great class and some wonderful recipes!

- Todd, Toronto, ON

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Today I really enjoyed your cooking class. Of course I couldn't understand English perfectly, but I could understand how to cook. I really love Indian food and love your class!

- Mana, Tokyo, Japan

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Hi Arvinda, I just wanted to send you a quick note to thank you very much for a very enjoyable evening last night. Allison and I enjoyed the experience. You have a lovely way of dealing with people, and the food was delicious! I will definitely recommend your classes to my friends.

- Kristi, Toronto, ON

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We had a great time in the Yoga & Ayurvedic cooking class. Thank you!

- Yana, San Francisco, CA

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I also just wanted to thank you so much for the 6 week course. I really loved it and John and I are enjoying making many of the recipes. I'm also having a bunch of friends over at the end of June for an Indian night at my house!! Should be lots of fun. Thanks again and I will be seeing you again at another one of your classes - probably not until the fall!

- Tracey and John - Brampton, ON

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I really enjoyed the class - thank you for taking so much care & being such a gracious host. I tried the biryani - it tasted good but the rice turned out soft. But Im going to try it again - Im determined to make biryani as perfect as yours. You gave me such confidence with making the chappathis that I tried making parathas this weekend.

- Ida, Mississauga, ON

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My daughter ... took your course about 2 years ago, and still raves about how wonderful it was.

- Sharon, Aklavik, NWT

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I love all the new vegetarian classes, they sound wonderful. What a great way to start off the new year. Thank you for being such a great influence in our lives.

- Angela & Doug, Oakville, ON

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I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful cooking class last night. We all had a great time! The atmosphere was relaxed, the instructions were very clear and the food was delicious! It was also great to meet and mingle with the other participants. I told my husband all about the class, and he can't wait to take one with me!

- Joanna, Montreal, QC

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My husband thoroughly enjoyed the evening, the cooking and hospitality. He has made Naan since and is looking forward to preparing the Biryani. Thanks again so much for a fabulous time. We will be seeing you again...

- Lucy, Woodbridge, ON

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Last Saturday night was a wonderful treat! Who would have thought staying at home for dinner could be so relaxing and delicious. The food of course was scrumptuous and we all enjoyed learning more about India and Indian cuisine. We would highly recommend to anyone looking for a unique evening with friends and family, to invite Arvinda into your home. Thanks so much.

- Holly, Toronto, ON

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Your class has really 'spiced' up our dinners. We really enjoy making the dishes and savouring the smell and taste of all of the wonderful spices. Thank you ... for being such an inspiring teacher. We felt very welcome ... and we will tell all of our friends about your great cooking classes.

- Melissa, Burlington, ON

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I really enjoyed your class and the shopping/restaurant trip! I will keep in touch with you and will take your classes every so often, they are wonderful and you are a great person.

- Teague (14 years old), Oakville, ON

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We have been making curry on a regular basis now and I am also making my own yogurt too, which my children love! Thanks again for the inspiring course. It has changed our eating habits.

- Sarah, Guelph, ON

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I have been cooking up a storm with the recipes that I learned in your class and enjoying it immensely. I cook indian about two or three times a week now and my husband is starting to appreciate it and even requesting things. I even took my masala boxes away on vacation and cooked some meals for others at the cottage, big success.

- Lynda, Carlisle, ON

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I just would like to say thank you for the wonderful day I had on Sunday with you and the other ladies. I really enjoyed it. I have never been in that area of the city and do not know if I would have ventured into the shops if it was not for you and your cooking class. The food, the experience and the company were wonderful. I have taken other cooking classes and I can not say that I have enjoyed them as much as I have enjoyed your class. Your experiences in life have made you a great person and we all should go through some of your experiences to know what life is about. Thank you again.

- Charlie, Woodbridge, ON

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Sunday was absolutely wonderful. Thank you for your hospitality. The food was awesome!! I have thumbed through your book and will be trying some of the recipes. One thing I have noticed, they are fairly simple.

- Joan, Markham, ON

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Thank you so much for the experience of a life time, it was an experience we will all treasure for a very long time. The event has been a family topic since you and Preena worked your special magic in our family kitchen. Everyone is set to prepare a feast on their own. It was truly a pleasure to have both you and Preena in our home and to have your share the interesting facts and secrets of your culture. We all learned from the experience and will always think of you as we develop our skills and venture further into Indian cooking. Wishing you both the very best, with all our thanks for sharing your talent and enthusiasm.

- Marianne, Mississauga, ON

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We really enjoyed ourselves and of course all of the wonderful cooking. Again, thank you so much. Hopefully we'll be able to take more courses on my return visits.

- Sandra, San Francisco, CA

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We both really enjoyed the evening, and look forward to doing more Thai food on our own in the future. I'm jealous of the people who are able to come for the 6-week Indian course. It would be lots of fun. If we ever move to Toronto, we'll definitely look you up again.

- Jennifer & Giles, Berlin, Germany

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Hello! I just was looking through the internet for some tips on Indian spices when I found your site. I've been reading through it and just wanted to tell you that it is GREAT! I wished I lived closer to you and I would jump at the chance of taking a class of yours. You have so many incredible, creative ideas, it is just wonderful, like culinary trips in India!! I am 30 years old, born and raised in the US with Indian parents, with a Mom who cooks like a goddess. I am absolutely no comparison to her, but I do like to cook .... seeing your web site has been such an inspiration!!

- Lina, Washington, DC

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Arvinda, since taking your class and learning how to make rice even better than I did and also your Butter Chicken, my wife is in raptures. She says that it as good if not better than at a restaurant and is the best she's tasted.

- Barry, Mississauga, ON

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Just wanted to send you a note to thank you for hosting our dinner party. Everyone thought it was absolutely wonderful - and we have you to thank for that! The most talked about dish was the butter chicken - absolutely a prize winning recipe!

- Liz, Mississauga, ON