Here’s an idea for a fun night with friends or loved ones in Scottsdale – sign up for cooking classes!

As a lover of all things Indian cuisine, when I saw Nirvana Scottsdale’s post on Instagram, I knew I had to be there.

Nirvana Scottsdale cooking classes are relatively new, and due to their popularity among the patrons, these cooking classes will continue to happen at their Scottsdale location from time to time. Follow them on Instagram to stay up to date, and be notified when tickets to future classes go on sale.

Did you know that in making samosas (and naan), all the dough HAS TO BE kneaded by hand?

man kneading flour for samosas at Scottsdale Indian cooking class
Keep kneading, and when you think you’re just about done kneading, continue.

Because Anjali and her mom strive to create a very immersive and hands on experience for every attendee, tickets to the event are limited to about a dozen people per class, and they sell out very fast.

Scottsdale Indian cooking class attendees
Limited ticket availability to ensure a completely immersive and hands-on experience.

The class started at 5.30pm and lasted about 2 hours.

All attendees were asked to sign in before the class started. There was no need for anyone to take notes or record parts of the class, because at the end of the class, everyone is sent an email with the recipe.

Some Important Samosa Making Tips I Learned:

  1. You must knead by hand. No machines can save you.
  2. Keep kneading.
  3. When making the dough,  add the water little by little.
  4. The dough can get sticky. Ruby a teeeny bit of oil all over your hands to help with that.
  5. THOU SHALT SEAL THE DOUGH PROPERLY. The last thing you want is your samosas bursting open in the fryer, so make sure you seal them like your life depended on it.
  6. You don’t have to deep fry your samosas. An air fryer will work just fine!
  7. Vegan/Vegetarian? Replace meat with boiled potatoes and other vegetables.

From what I’ve seen so far, these Indian cooking classes at Nirvana will only get more popular. If you love or are curious about Indian cuisine, consider signing up for a class (Inquire via email or Instagram DM) with a friend. You’re guaranteed to enjoy your time there, meet people who share the same interests as you, and go home with a bunch of delicious food!