Learn the intricacies of making an authentic masala chai from India with Pondicheri chef and co-owner Anita Jaisinghani. Each participant will receive a Chai Masala Tin (filled with a spice blend of cardamom, cinnamon, mace, and cloves) and Assam Black Tea to use during the session.
Cost: $35/person (excludes shipping)
Duration: 45-60 minutes (including Q&A)
Group Size: 25+
What's Included: Chef-led class + spices & tea
What You Need: Chai Masala Tin & Assam Black Tea (sent by Pondicheri), choice of milk or milk-alternative, fresh ginger, and choice of fresh herbs. Optional: honey or sugar to sweeten
Anita Jaisinghani, chef & co-owner of Pondicheri Restaurant, was born and raised in India and is of Sindhi descent. She developed a love for food early on in her life however trained and practiced as a microbiologist. Transitioning as a stay-at-home mother for her two children in Canada first and then Houston, she gradually developed her love of food into a career, beginning with an out-of-home catering business & selling chutneys through Whole Foods.
Her first restaurant job was at the famous Café Annie, where she worked in the pastry department for 2 years. Following her time at Café Annie, Anita opened Indika in 2001 serving deeply personal dishes that illustrated her desire to portray Indian food in a new light. Pondicheri, followed in 2011, expanding with the opening of the Bake Lab + Shop in 2014. Anita is a 2020 James Beard Award finalist for Best Chef. With all of her kaleidoscopic menus, Anita combines the complexities of Indian cuisine with leanings toward the ancient body of wisdom of Ayurveda, the magic of spices & the goodness of fresh, local ingredients.