Online Cookery Class: Vegan Southern Indian Cuisine

May 14 2021 18:00 - 20:00
Super organiser

Nishma Shah of award-winning vegan educators & caterers Shambhu's will teach you how to make a healthy and delicious South Indian dosa meal, which happens to be gluten-free and will provide a mix of highly nutritious and delicious pulses in your diet.

This live interactive class will include:

  • How to make a versatile wholesome split pigeon pea sambhal, also known as daal which can be batch cooked 
  • How to flavour the sambhal using a combination of particular spices to enjoy as a hearty soup or with masala dosa or otherwise with rice to create a Gujarati dish
  • How to make a thin dosa using a fermented rice and split urid bean mix.
  • How to make the classic potato-based masala for a masala dosa
  • How to make two delicious accompaniments: coconut and onion chutneys
  • Opportunity to ask Nishma questions
  • Recipe handout

For ingredients and equipment needed see below

About Nishma

Nishma Shah is founder and chef of award-winning London-based plant-based food business, Shambhu's. She provides plant-based catering and teaches plant-based cookery in a number of settings. She has taught for Made In Hackney since 2016 leading classes in Southern Indian, Gujarati, Mughlai, Sri Lankan and East African Cuisines.

INGREDIENTS LIST  (Please not this is a draft list only and there may be minor changes made closer to the time)


  • 100 grams split pigeon peas
  • 300 millilitres water x2 (for washing the lentils)
  • 500 millilitres water (for soaking the lentils)
  • 1250 millilitres water (for cooking the lentils)
  • 100 grams potato
  • 50 grams carrot
  • 50 grams onion
  • 50 grams peas
  • 20 grams red peanuts
  • 10 grams fresh ginger


  • 1 tablespoon oil (rapeseed or coconut)
  • ½ teaspoon black mustard seeds 
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds 
  • 10 fenugreek seeds (optional) 
  • 3 pieces of appx 1 inch shards of cinnamon stick
  • 5 pieces of cloves 
  • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes or 1 fresh chilli 
  • 5 curry leaves (optional) 
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric 
  • 5 tablespoons passata 
  • 3 tablespoons lime/lemon juice 
  • 10 grams jaggery 
  • 3 sprigs of coriander leaves (decoration) (optional)


  • 100 grams split urid beans (huskless) 
  • 200 grams red rice 
  • Salt and black pepper to taste 
  • 500 millilitres water for soaking the urid beans 
  • 1 litre water for soaking rice 
  • 500 millilitres water for the batter


  • 200g onions 
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 4tbsp tomato passata 
  • 5 curry leaves (fresh or dry)
  • Salt Chilli flakes (or whole dry chilli)
  • 1 teaspoon Oil


  • 100g coconut (fresh or desiccated) 
  • 1 green chilli
  • Coconut water (optional) 
  • 2 sprigs coriander
  • Salt 
  • Cumin powder


    • Pan
    • Scales
    • Knife
    • Measuring spoons
    • Lime squeezer
    • Wooden spoon
    • Shallow non-stick frying pan
    • Measuring jug
    • 1 cup measurement
    • Blender for grinding the bean and rice mix (ahead of class)
    • Spatula
    • Mixing spoon
    • Plate to keep the dosa in
    • Food processor to blend the chutney mix
    • If using fresh coconut: Grater, hammer to open the coconut
    • Tea towel
    • A jug/mug

      Fee*: £20 Standard / £10 Concessions**/ £5 Unwaged 

      *All funds raised go towards our community meal service providing free nutritious, tasty meals to households who need them during these challenging times. 

      **Concessionary rate available for students, pensioners and low waged

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      Refunds: we require a minimum of 24 hours' notice for any cancellations or transfers once you have booked onto a class.

      For information: / 020 8442 4266

      LocationZoom, details to be provided via email (usually the day before the class). Check your junk mail if need be!

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