Spice Routes & Saffron Kingdoms with Sumayya Usmani

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Join renowned food writer Sumayya Usmani on a day of discovery of the tantalising flavours and spices found in the traditional food of North and South Pakistan.

Under Sumayya’s expert guidance, together you’ll make recipes from her award-winning cookbook, Summers Under the Tamarind Tree, and recreate dishes from Mountain Berries and Desert Spice, her cookbook mapping Pakistan’s dessert culture. She will also share authentic recipes and fascinating insight drawn from her recent travels to the land of the Hindu Kush, the Himalayas and Karakoram ranges in North Pakistan.

This hands-on one-day course will give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to create your own delicious Pakistani food at home. You’ll make dishes including:

  • Peshawari chapali kebabs with dried pomegranate and garlic chutney
  • Mughal qabooli biryani (split gram lentil and saffron biryani)
  • Chambrough (stewed Hunza apricots with rose water cream and toasted walnuts and pine nuts)
  • Roasted vermicelli sweet laddo with coconut and pistachio
  • Mamtu dumplings stuffed with seasonal vegetables with minted yoghurt and tomato sauce
  • Spiced apple pakoras.

Each dish can either be enjoyed at the School or taken home. Refreshments will be available throughout the day, as well as a buffet style lunch prepared by our team of chefs. All ingredients, equipment and recipes will be provided.


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