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Asma

Khan

Teaches her Indian Cuisine

5+ hours  ●  13 lessons  ●  33 recipes
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Discover exclusive video lessons from Asma Khan's YesChef class.

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.

What students are loving

"Great recipe! I love the techniques. So much better than I have made before. Thank you!"

Jennifer .

"Amazing! Palak paneer has been my son's fave. Today I made this with kale for us. Delicious!"

Jennifer .

"Amazing and inspiring! Saag paneer and saffron chicken korma for us tonight."

Jennifer .

"Thanks for this documentary. Very interesting as I try to teach my son, how to cook, as Asma said. Nice story too. As an immigrant, I understand her words."

Felipe A.

"A wonderful story. I’ve been to Kolkata it’s an amazing place. I had no idea where to go or what to see. I went to paint and sketch to capture its magic. I. Wish I knew about Asma then. I cook food as my mother taught me, with love and care, I too get compliments about the food I serve. Asma is an inspiration, with such wonderful stories and experiences."

Janet B.

"Watching her cook the paneer and spinach is so much better than reading a recipe. I tried this from a recipe and ended up with too much liquid. Will try it her way!"

Emily E.

"This was easy to follow, explained clearly and slowly as she cooked and I could replay and replay as I cooked. It tasted amazing, so delicious. I loved it. Thank you for your skill-sharing and delicious recipes. It tasted so fresh and real."

Janet B.

"Amazing woman, chef, and leader! Loved her story here and on Chef’s Table."

Kate C.

"Looks awesome! I can’t wait to try making this for my family. Thank you for all the great tips on technique"

Helen G.

"So simple, yet I could almost smell the prawns. I think I was drooling...I know what's for dinner tonight. Thank you for sharing your recipe."

Christine R.

"I love all the potted marigold flowers in Asma’s kitchen! And the bent spoon cupboard handles! I love her strong deep voice. All her advice about preparing tamarind fruit and using pulp to wash dishes and silver. And the wonderful street scenes of everyday life! From now on I will always wash my dahl! Wonderful series!"

Nien S.

"Love it. It was such a moving story, It brought tears to my eyes. She’s an inspiration to me and I pray she will continue to inspire women all over the world. Thanks!"

Kathy W.

"This was delicious and quick to make. I will definitely make it again soon.Perfect!"

Marcy O.

"I’ve been doing my basmatI rice wrong! Will be trying this dish and washing it correctly with these wonderful tips."

Vanessa L
Vanessa L.

"Thank you! She is so clear with her instructions. Left me inspired to make this dish. Can't wait to watch the rest of her episodes."

Vania S.

"Just love this I can smell it from my house. I wish I could go cook and spend a day with you ? Shukran. Will be trying this recipe for sure!"

Giroflee A.

"Lovely presentation…lovely lady! Excellent explanation, Asma speaks from the heart of home cooking … Thank you"

Stella R.

"You inspired me to make an alternative with swiss Chard and tofu. It was delicious."

Alan V.

"This was my first class in YesChef… oh my goodness it was amazing! Thank you for this amazing recipe. Now onto the next one!!"

Bernice S.

"I have just tried it and it tastes amazing. Thank you for sharing the recipe and your knowledge. The dish is really tasty!"

Ingrid S.

"I've always been put off ordering this in a restaurant because they make it so rich and creamy. But this looks magnificent and I will definitely try it!"

Annie M.

"She is great.She does not just cook in front of the camera like most.She actually teaches us how to cook."

Gladys T.

"Thanks so much for sharing your family recipe! Really heckin delicious and a treat to make"

Libby M.

"I like Asma more and more with each subsequent video! Can't wait to try a recipe. Looks delicious!"

Matt G.

"I love the onions on top. Familiar with the mild creamy goodness of korma, and Asma made it look so do-able at home. Almond flour was the surprise ingredient for me. Excellent. I Will cook this. Thanks."

Hege R.

"I tried this but smoked the steak at 180° until the internal temp hit 112° then reverse seared it on both sides over open wood fire. My family went completely nuts for it. This is my love language, so that you for sharing the love!"

Jim K.

"I've never seen Asma onscreen before. Great screen presence and mouthwatering recipe!"

Matt G.

"Wonderful teacher. The prawns were very good. I will cook my rice the way it was described in the video.♥️"

Judith F.

"Love this class… spent the whole day going through each lesson. Will be hitting the Indian market tomorrow."

Stacy K.
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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.
Tadka
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.
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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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Asma’s lesson plan

Asma Khan takes a culinary journey through the bustling streets and colorful markets of Kolkata, India to explore the nostalgic smells, flavors, and ingredients of her ancestral Bengali heritage. She chases childhood memories and meets with inspiring women, all on a quest to understand the influences behind the foods that define the chef she has become.

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.

Matar PulaoAdd some extra excitement to your plain white rice and learn how to make this simple, straightforward, and ultra flavorful side dish. If you want to learn more about masalas (spice blends), this lesson is a must watch.

Asma serves this lentil and rice dish in her restaurants and loves it for its complex simplicity, a sweet and sour dish with balanced flavors. 

"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.

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. While Asma uses spinach, this recipe also works great with kale, arugula, or swiss chard.

For the first time ever, Asma is making her family’s recipe with Middle Eastern and Persian roots. A recipe that has been cooked for generations, but never written down. She serves it with a refreshing cucumber and pomegranate salad.

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.

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

Take a ride on the Darjeeling Express and 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.

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.

Asma became famous worldwide for her Indian supper club in London. She has returned to Kolkata to cook an outdoor dinner party on the grill with journalist and friend Kounteya Sinha: fish and cheese paneer kebabs, smoky eggplant dip, and sweet potato salad.

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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.

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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.

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

Asma Khan takes a culinary journey through the bustling streets and colorful markets of Kolkata, India to explore the nostalgic smells, flavors, and ingredients of her ancestral Bengali heritage. She chases childhood memories and meets with inspiring women, all on a quest to understand the influences behind the foods that define the chef she has become.

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