Monday, 19 November 2012

Work Shop with Sara Koshy

Deviating from my normal recipe posts,I am today writing about a work shop I attended hosted by The Chennai Food Guide showcasing the multi talented cook/chef and our principal instructor for the day - Sara Koshy...Those who live in Chennai need no introduction to her,she has been teaching the wonderful art of cooking and baking for more than a decade,proficient in Asian cuisine,she is a powerhouse where food is concerned...

To begin with the workshop had organised a set Thai menu consisting of the following:

Tofu Satay
Chicken Satay
Tom Yum (vegetarian)
Tom Yum Gai 
Red Curry both vegetarian and non vegetarian
Thai Fried rice,vegetarian and non-vegetarian
Buoroy (stuffed Lychees in coconut milk )

The workshop started with the sweet dish first the magical Buoroy,its easy to make and tasted absolutely divine....Meanwhile Sara had started with the chopping of the vegetables for the stock and the main menu....Learnt the art of cutting in yin yang style from her...notice the vegetables are cut at a slant... that's the yin yang effect...

The stock simmered with a delicate balance of many vegetables for a couple of minutes,before it was strained and used to make a light soup...The Thai Fried rice seemed easy enough to make as Sara effortlessly went about showing us all the delicious,perfectly balanced recipes...

Learnt further that Thai food is a mixture of the sweet and the sour,found a lot of it happening at the workshop...chilli,coconut and jaggery played important roles in Thai cooking.The cutting of the Tofu and the skewering of both chicken and Tofu for the satay were explained clearly by Sara..Red curry chicken/vegetable was a simple no fuss recipe,in fact,found that Sara made most of the recipes simple and easy to make....

An evening well spent,thanks to Chennai Food Guide for introducing us to workshops and to the art of Thai cooking by Sara Koshy... Valuable inputs were given by Mohamed Ali M the administrator of Chennai Food Guide on Naga Bhut Jolokia the hottest pepper in the world together with Saras reportee on the distinct use of fish sauce in Thai cuisine...

The pictures you see here are courtesy my dear friend Kamalika Krishmy,who was kind enough to share the photographs of the workshop with check out her blog


  1. Wow Tasneem, nice feedback. Thank you.

  2. Yes, it was an overwhelming day for me to meet sara......i was surprised that yin yang were followed in cutting the veggies..though in the Gita it is said that the person cooking transfer s their own energies and that results in the food being the south we say kai manam