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Indian Cuisine

5+ hours  ●  13 lessons  ●  33 recipes
Join Asma on a culinary journey to Kolkata, India and explore her favorite Indian dishes and Bengali flavors.

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Travel to India and discover a lifetime of recipe secrets

Bring Asma’s flavors home and learn the cooking techniques and dishes that have been in her family for generations.

Get to know Asma

Stream over 5 hours of video, including a documentary that follows Asma through her home town of Kolkata to uncover her roots and influences, alongside 12 lessons that immerse you in her food.

Learn her secrets

Learn how to cook the best Indian food from the chef/owner of award winning restaurant Darjeeling Express. Master the foundations of her Kolkata cuisine and the building blocks of its flavors.

Cook her food

Become a better cook. Get into the kitchen with a whole new repertoire of dishes that will elevate your cooking to new heights. Recreate over 30 incredible Indian recipes at home and transform how you view spice and flavor.

transform how you cook
Get Inspired By Spices

Learn all about masalas and how to make Asma’s secret spice blends and curries.

Balancing Flavor Profiles
Asma will teach you how to balance many complex flavor profiles in simple and approachable ways. They are the type of skills that will help guide your journey as a cook.
Creating Your Own Spice Blends
Learn all about masalas and how to make some of Asma’s secret spice blends. Be inspired to create your own blends – and to tell your own unique stories through these flavors.
Making Restaurant-Quality Curries At Home
Make the most delectable curries at home. Whether it's with meat, chicken, seafood, or vegetables, your curry will be the talk of the town.
The Essentials of Indian and Bengali Cuisine
Asma breaks down the fundamentals of Indian cuisine. She teaches her family’s secret recipes that are so good, you'll want to learn them by heart.
Making the Perfect White Rice
Never make mushy rice again. There’s an art to cooking rice, and Asma reveals the methods that will help you make it perfect every time.
Recipe Inspiration
Develop a wide arsenal of recipes that will get you cooking any meal of the day, any time of the year. Follow these suggestions to a T, or modify them to make them your own.
Learn the technique that is the ultimate way to layer flavors, blow minds, and make tongues dance.
Comfort and Confidence in Your Home Kitchen
Asma didn't learn how to cook until she was married with children. Gain a new sense of freedom and confidence in your own kitchen, empowering you to cook without fear.
Developing Your Unique Cooking Style
Improvise intuitively and gain the courage to develop your own culinary style and identity.
Nourishing Loved Ones
Nourish yourself and wholesomely feed the people you love. Asma teaches the importance of cooking with appreciation and joy.
Cooking Fundamentals
Master one of life’s greatest pleasures and become not only a good cook, but a great one.
All Levels Welcome
Asma teaches over 25 recipes for cooks of all skill levels. She makes it easy for you to follow them step-by-step and to find success. No matter how much culinary experience you have, Asma will help you make the kitchen your playground!
Spice Personalities
Learn how to analyze different spice personalities and to identify when and where their flavors change.
Wow your loved ones tonight with the food of the world’s greatest chefs, made by you.
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Asma’s class

The acclaimed Indian-born chef, London restaurateur, and social activist, guides home cooks on a culinary journey through the bustling bazaars and narrow alleyways of Kolkata. In her first-ever cooking class, Asma teaches her favorite homemade recipes – from unique Bengali dishes to recipes that have been in her family for generations. Go on an adventure through her hometown, where you will meet Asma’s friends, family, and the people making a difference in West Bengal’s food scene. Learn how techniques like how to make your own spice blends, the secrets to making perfect white rice, and the proper way to create a well-balanced curry. Feed your knowledge of Indian masalas (spice blends), vegetables, and street foods as you expand your epicurean horizons and learn how to cook the foods that made Asma Khan who she is today.

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Browse Asma’s Recipes

Asma teaches how to infuse saffron, blend masalas, build flavor profiles, and she even reveals her secret tips on making the ultimate homemade garam masala.

Asma's garam masala is a delicious blend of traditional spices that adds an unforgettable flavor. This Indian spice mix is made with spices like Indian bay leaves, cassia bark, green cardamom pods, and clove – carefully curated to create a complex yet balanced masala.

Make these flavor-packed Bengali beans, the perfect fiery side dish to the mild and floral chicken korma, or to eat any day of the week.

Add some extra excitement to your plain white rice and learn how to make this simple, straightforward, and ultra flavorful side dish. ‘Matar’ is Hindi for green peas and ‘pulao’ means pilaf, and when you put those two words together, you get ‘matar pulao’ or ‘peas pulao’ the classic and insanely popular Indian rice and peas dish. If you want to learn more about masalas (spice blends), this lesson is a must watch!

Master how to make masala and learn to blend your very own spice mix at home. This will introduce warm masala flavors into every dish.

“Dal is something we eat every day, it’s unusual to not have dal on the dinner table,” Asma says about one of her favorite comfort foods.

Follow Asma’s tips and your white rice will never be mushy again. This lesson covers the simplest cooking method and traditional presentation of basmati rice.

Learn how to properly infuse oil with masala spices like cassia bark, cloves, cardamom pods, bay leaves. Wait for the clove to pop and you’ll know your oil is ready.

"It's rice pudding on steroids," Asma says about ki kheer, a traditional Indian rice pudding that uses Gulab (baby basmati rice), and jaggery (palm sugar), and is known for bringing good luck and fortune. Learn how to make this delicious spin on the classic dessert, which makes Asma think back on her fondest memories and happiest moments. Every bite brings Asma joy and will make you want to celebrate, too.

Sandesh is one of Bengal's favorite desserts. There are many different types, but Asma likes to infuse it with saffron to give it a delicate floral flavor.

This Indian version of creamed spinach is the perfect vegetarian side dish. It’s packed with flavor and so easy to make. You can use spinach, or maybe experiment with kale, arugula, or Swiss chard.

Become a cheesemaker at home and learn how to make fresh cheese with just two everyday ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.

If you’re new to Indian flavors, this yellow chicken curry is a great place to start. It’s a recipe that has been in Asma’s family for generations, and never written down until now.

Cool off your palate with this refreshing cucumber salad. Pomegranates add gorgeous color and a bright pop of flavor. A great side on its own, or with the luscious chicken curry.

Asma teaches how to make India's favorite street food, Bengali-style samosas (known as singara), that are stuffed with an aloo gobi filling of cauliflower, potatoes, peanuts, and seasonings like ginger and turmeric. She pairs it with a fiery tomato chutney.

Stuff this delectable Bengali-style spiced cauliflower, potato, and peanut mash inside your samosas, or prepare it as a scrumptious side dish.

Make a perfectly balanced tomato chutney that is equal parts fiery and sweet. This dipping sauce hits all the right notes, and is ideal to douse on samosas, and pretty much everything else.

Mustard and seafood is a classic Bengali combination. Learn how to make this regional specialty with jumbo fresh tiger prawns. Asma teaches how to make a traditional turmeric and salt marinade and Bengali-style boiled rice, a method, which according to Asma, is the healthiest way to eat rice.

An essential pantry item to always have on hand when cooking Indian food.

Make ginger into a paste and add it to all your curries, sauces, and marinades.

Garlic paste a versatile prep hack that can be incorporated whenever finely minced or grated garlic is called for in a recipe. It brings tons of flavors and a smooth consistency to every dish, especially sauces, marinades, and dressings.

Make this Bengali-style boiled rice, one of the healthiest ways to eat rice. Follow Asma’s instructions and your rice will come out perfect every time.

Take a ride on the Darjeeling Express with Asma as she teaches how to make Mutton Railway Curry, a local traditional recipe with deep roots in her Bengali heritage. The story of how the Railway Curry came to be is the perfect analogy for the story of Kolkata. Learn how to make the Indian version of meat-and-potatoes as Asma teaches life-changing cooking skills like how to properly blend spices, infuse oils, and layer flavors.

Follow Asma’s tips and your white rice will never be mushy again. This lesson covers the simplest cooking method and traditional presentation of basmati rice.

“Paratha is not just bread or something you eat, it is an emotion.” Whenever Asma thinks of home, she thinks of parathas, her favorite bread. Learn as Asma shows how to make this incredible Indian flatbread and teaches two methods of how to roll and cook it on the tawa, a flat griddle pan.

The incredible marinade on this fish kebab is what makes this one of Asma's favorite recipes. Asma teaches how to make this flavorful dish, explains what type of fish is best to use, and reveals her mother's secret skewering, grilling tips, and butter basting tips.

Once you make this citrusy lemon marinade, you’ll want to use it for all of your dishes.

This creamy marinade with yogurt and warm spices evokes flavors of India. Perfect for a stunning late-summer feast around the grill.

What's more mouthwatering than a hunk of cheese? Cheese that is marinated in a yogurt sauce, skewered, and grilled! Asma shows the wonders of paneer and how to obtain a great barbecue char, a recipe that will totally reinvent how you barbecue, and make vegetarians happy as well.

This popular smoky eggplant dip is popular throughout India. While it can be cooked in the oven or on the stovetop, Asma says the best flavor comes from when it is slowly charred in hot embers.

Shakarkandi ki chaat is a total crowd pleaser. The delicious and tangy sweet potato salad is not only healthy, but it's easy to make! This popular street food makes the perfect side dish for any meal.

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meet your teacher
Asma Khan

Asma Khan is one of the UK and India’s brightest culinary stars. The owner of the famed London eatery Darjeeling Express and bestselling cookbook author teaches her favorite family recipes, inspired by her childhood in Kolkata. A chef, restaurateur, and activist fighting for gender equality, Asma is the first British chef on Netflix’s Emmy-nominated Chef’s Table. Join Asma on a culinary journey to explore the smells, flavors, and ingredients of her Bengali roots.

Discover Asma Khan's dishes, spice blends, and favorite family recipes.

Learn how to cook the foods that made Asma Khan who she is today. Make her favorite recipe at home. You’ll leave this class inspired and with a whole new set of culinary skills.

Asma's Story
Documentary | Inspirational | Kolkata, India
Asma Khan’s Documentary Film
49 min

Learn how to cook the foods that made Asma Khan who she is today. Make her favorite recipe at home. You’ll leave this class inspired and with a whole new set of culinary skills.

Get into Asma'S kitchen and learn her incredible recipes
12 lessons
Saffron Chicken Korma
20 min
Matar Pulao
15 min
Tamarind Dal & Rice
26 min
Gur Ki Kheer - Rice Pudding with Jaggery
16 min
Saffron Sandesh
15 min
Saag Paneer
10 min
Yellow Curry Chicken & Kachumber Salad
18 min
Samosas & Chutney
35 min
Mustard Prawns
20 min
Railway Curry
24 min
27 min
Asma's Bengali Supper
40 min
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