A typical Indian meal combines salty, sweet, creamy, spicy, hot and pungent flavors. The basic menu is usually comprised of starch, a meat or fish main dish, vegetables, and chutney. Traditionally, Indian flatbread or basmati rice complement the other dishes to highlight a balanced spectrum of flavors. This culinary journey will explore the many facets of Indian cuisine, and give you confidence to prepare these amazing dishes on your own. Register for individual classes, or save 10% when you register online for the entire series in the same shopping cart. A $15 supply fee is payable to the instructor at each class. Week 1: Palak Panneer - Wednesday, March 18 Menu: Palak Panneer with Mixed Vegetable Rice and Chapati Palak Panneer: Palak paneer is a vegetarian dish from the punjab region, consisting of paneer in a thick paste made from puréed spinach and seasoned with garlic, garam masala, and other spices. Palak paneer may be called saag paneer in some restaurants in the US. Mixed Vegetable Rice: Veg Pulao is a comfort and satisfying complete meal, cooked with aromatic rice (basmati), mixed vegetables & whole spices. This makes a healthy, nutritious & delicious one pot meal. Chapatti: Chapati, also known as roti, phulka and roshi, is an unleavened flatbread from the Indian Subcontinent and staple in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, East Africa and the Caribbean. Week 2: Dal Makhani - Wednesday, April 15 Menu - Dal Makhani & Cumin Basmati Rice with Cucumber Yogurt Raita. Dal Makhani: Dal makhani or dal makhni is a popular dish from the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent. The primary ingredients are whole black lentil, red kidney beans, butter and cream. The dish gets its richness from the use of cream, but it can also be prepared with yogurt, milk or no dairy. Cucumber Yogurt Raita: This cool, creamy condiment is a must with spicy Indian recipes. Whole-milk yogurt soothes the palate and stands up to the spicier dishes. Cumin Basmati Rice: Cumin rice is an earthy and slightly peppery dish that can be used as the base for many meals. Week 3: Skewers and Samosa - Wednesday, May 13 Menu: Sesame and ginger chicken skewers and samosa with alternative filling.