Ashburton Cookery School

Indian Plus

Ashburton Cookery School

Indian Plus

On our Indian cookery weekend you will learn the fundamentals of Indian cookery, covering the concepts, history and skills required to understand this hugely varied and vibrant cuisine.

We will teach you how to work with fresh ingredients, herbs and spices to create Indian starters, curries, main dishes and accompaniments that truly reflect the spirit of Indian cuisine and that can easily be replicated in the home without Tandoor ovens or specialist equipment.

You will learn to master the subtleties of flavour, and the power of spice whilst cooking a wide range of delicious, authentic Indian dishes as far removed from the British curry house as Ashburton is from New Delhi.

This is a highly practical course and great fun for couples and friends to take together which also makes for an original gift idea.

Typical Recipes

Saturday Menu

The recipes you will prepare are designed to give you as broad a range of fundamental cookery skills as possible, giving you the confidence and skill to further explore this cuisine.

    • Fried Squid with Turmeric and Samphire
    • Keema Samosa
      Spiced lamb parcels with pineapple and ginger chutney.
    • Pork Vindaloo & Jeera Pilaf
      Traditional marinated Goan curry with cumin basmati rice.
    • Chana Aloo
      Chickpea, potato and sev salad with yogurt and tamarind chutney.
    • Naan Bread
      Risen soft Indian bread.

Sunday Menu

    • Murgh Tika Skewers Makhan
      Marinated chicken pieces cooked on a skewer with a sweet tomato masala.
    • Aloo Gobi Mutter Paratha
      Potato, cauliflower and pea stuffed Indian breads.
    • Biryani with Pomegranate, Yogurt and Coriander.
      Haunch of venison cooked slowly with mixed spices, saffron and sultana rice, baked with a roti dough lid served with Cucumber, Tomato and Chilli Salad

Residential Cookery Course

Weekend Accommodation just £138

Relax at Ashburton Court with an en-suite room with double bed, television, free wifi, tea and coffee making facilities and a delicious breakfast.

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Partners can stay for just £20 extra per night and don't need to take a cookery course!

While you enjoy your cookery course on Saturday & Sunday, your partner can explore our wonderful Dartmoor area.

Things To Do

Coronavirus Questions

To see some of the changes we have put in place to make our courses Covid-secure please click here

When you arrive at the cookery school you will check-in at the Arrival Station at the front entrance where you will be registered, asked to sanitise your hands, issued with a face mask and have a quick non-intrusive temperature check (a 2 second check with temperature gun that doesn't touch you). You will then be shown to your own table in the dining room and will be served tea or coffee at your table.

When you arrive you will be issued with a comfortable face mask which you should wear when travelling around the building. In the kitchens you will wear a comfortable face visor. We have tested these in the kitchen and after a few minutes you really forget you are wearing them and they don't impede your cooking or enjoyment of the course.

When you are in the dining room, you will be seated 2m from others at your dedicated table and can drink and eat without a face covering.

No. We have reorganised our kitchens so that if you come as an individual on a course you will have your own isolated workstation, equipment and ingredients to work with throughout the course.

If you are coming with someone from the same household you will be able to work together on a workstation, but again you won't be sharing anything with others outside of your household.

Certainly. If you book with someone from the same household or 'social bubble' you will be stationed at the same workstation so you can enjoy the course and the experience together. You will also be seated together in the dining room so will eat together.

We are providing a Reschedule Guarantee, so if you feel unwell or need to self-isolate contact us with 24 hours notice and you will be able to reschedule to another course date of your choice. You will have 12 months to decide.

Common Questions

You will enjoy a sit-down lunch featuring what you have cooked in the morning session along with a glass of wine. Weekend courses (Saturdays) and 5 day courses (on Monday to Thursday) have a lunch and you will take-away dinner to enjoy at home.

Note: On certain courses such as Breadmaking, Chocolate Making we will provide a Buffet lunch.

All of our courses are highly practical and you will spend 90% of your time in the kitchen learning and cooking. We maximise your quality learning time by taking care of time-consuming tasks such as weighing and assembling ingredients and washing up.

This course is at an Intermediate Level. Aimed at the typical home cook. These courses will build your confidence in all areas of the kitchen. You should be familiar with common cookery concepts such as frying, baking, grilling and be able to follow a recipe. No other special skills are required.

The minimum age to take this course is 18 years old unless otherwise specified.

You will need to tell us about any food allergies or special diets at the time of booking. Whilst the course content will stay the same, we will always try and accommodate your requirements with substitutions and alternatives.

We are very familiar with common food allergies and regularly welcome coeliacs, vegetarians and those with gluten-free, dairy-free or religious diets on our courses. Please contact the Customer Service team who will be able to advise you further.

You need to wear sensible footwear with non-slip soles and covered toes. Long hair needs to be tied back; we advise wearing comfortable clothes and not your best outfit. We also recommend wearing trousers.

You don't need to bring anything else with you since everything else is provided. If you wish to bring some containers to take away food you may, but recyclable boxes are provided.

You will receive a Certificate from the Ashburton Cookery School upon completion of this course.

Yes, we have two kitchens that are wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

We source as many ingredients from ethical, local suppliers within a 25 mile radius of the cookery school as possible. All our fish, poultry, meat and dairy is sourced from local producers as well as vegetables and English fruit.
We will always prioritise locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and recipes where possible.