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Asha's story

Some of my first memories are of smelling rotis and curries being cooked when I was a wee girl in Punjab in India. My family came over to Glasgow when I was five, and our family life has always revolved around food and cooking. I remember my mum cooking fresh curries every day when we were little, and I learnt to cook by watching her. I then took over a lot of the cooking, as my mum and dad were working, and as I'm the oldest I cooked for my younger siblings.

When I was eighteen I got married to Tommy, and moved to Magherafelt where we still live. We lived with my parents in law at first, as well as my husband's brothers and sisters, and I learnt new recipes from them too. In those days we used to cook for all the big celebrations ourselves - when there was a wedding all the women would spend days together cooking samosas and making Indian sweets in a kind of production line. With three sons of our own and a big extended family to cook for our kitchen was always busy! Some things never change though, and I recently made all the starters for my youngest son's wedding.

Tommy and I love cooking for others, and we had an Indian restaurant for several years before setting up Indian Nights Inn. Our food is based on our traditional family recipes, and is exactly the same as we eat at home. The only change we've really made is to make the recipes healthier by cutting out the ghee, which we also think makes our curries taste even fresher. For me the hardest thing has been writing down the recipes for the packs and our forthcoming cookery book - I've always cooked by taste and instinct, and measuring everything out scientifically felt very odd at first.

We're so lucky that Northern Ireland has fantastic food producers and we buy produce locally whenever we can. Indian Nights Inn is a true family business, I run it from our home with the help of our middle son Paul. Our youngest grandson is five and a very keen cook who likes nothing better than helping make rotis so it may soon be three generations of Chada's cooking together!

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Join Asha in the Indian Nights Inn kitchen and discover more about our contemporary approach to modern Indian cuisine with an hands on lesson and interactive demonstration. You will be given the opportunity to watch, cook, learn and ask questions while Asha demonstrates our signature dishes and helps guide you through her recipes.

After preparing several dishes, the class is concluded enjoying the meal that you have cooked, with a glass of wine or beer

Available packages include:

One to One lessons

1 Hour lesson                 £40 per person

2 Hour Lesson                £80 per person

3 Hour Lesson                £100 per person


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We cater from a minimum of 6 people up to a maximum of 10. 
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Special Offer:

2 hour lesson for Mr. & Mrs. at our Indian Nights Inn Kitchen
Including meal and complimentary glass of wine.


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