Join a group of like minded people in the East Village to explore the art of cooking incredibly tasty and healthy food! In these classes you will learn a variety of dishes, flavors, utencils, smells, textures and colors to make your life better. And you'll most certainly walk away finding your kitchen a more comfortable, useful and inspiring place, no matter who you are!
This approach is based on Ayurveda, the 5,000-year-old tradition of holistic medicine that comes from India. It applies to practically any style of cooking, culture or circumstance. If you are interested in gaining tools to eat better, healthier, tastier and easier then this class will have immense value for you. Join either our 2.5 hour intro class or 4-part seasonal class today! Both are described below.
These are one-session classes that introduce you to the art of making delicious easy-to-make vegetarian meals based on Ayurveda. You will gain a basic understanding of:
Each class will combine lecture, discussion and cooking demonstrations, and ends with a delicious meal for everyone!
As ayurveda aligns health with the rhythm of the seasons, so our intro cooking classes change focus seasonally
Intro Class – Fall/Early Winter Menu
1) Vata Balancing Tea
2) Kale and Baked Sweet Potatoes
3) Lime Rice Pilaf
4) Red Lentils and Beets Soup
5) Cashew Ricotta
6) Orange Cupcakes with Homemade Cream Cheese Frosting
7) How to Make Fresh Homemade Cheese (Paneer)
Each of these classes cover an essential aspect of Ayurvedic cooking and offer a spectrum of tools and teachings you can continually draw from to build your own practice of cooking at home. Each is a single session class with a demo and discussion style and includes a sampling of few dishes. The dates vary per class.
HERBS & SPICES
Herbs and spices are essential components of every healthy diet, and they’re also the secret to having tasty food. The trick is creating flavor without overheating or overloading your body. This class will explore a whole variety of possibilities!
In this 3hr class you learn a lot about spices and herbs:
Why use them
Heating, warming and cooling attributes for body-mind balancing
What goes well with what (and what doesn’t)
Techniques of preparation & use: dry toasting, sautéing boiling
Spice mix recipes for your body type, detox, desserts, savories, traveling
Preservation and storage
The 6 essentials—if you can’t go for the 20, start with the basic 6
Resources – where to get them or learn more about them
If you feel that it’s time to go beyond salt and pepper, this class is for you. It is a must for everyone who wants to learn the art of spicing to improve flavor and digestive health. Even if you do not cook a lot, you will learn about the spices you can sprinkle on your ready-made food to get more out of it.
This class is for people who are thinking to make a healthy transition to a vegetarian diet or, if you don’t want to be a vegetarian, how to implement more vegetables in your diet in a way that is tasty, practical and healthy.
Cooking classes that are small-group and completely hands-on! See details below for the next available series.
In this 2-part series, you will learn how to make appetizers, snacks, vegetables and small savory and sweet tidbits which you can serve at home as a part of a meal or pack as special holiday gifts. A lot of these dishes also make an excellent travel food.
* Vegetable Filo Baskets
* Cheese Sticks w/ Avocado Dip
* Samosas (baked)
* Mini Vegetable Pies
* Spelt Cookies
* Sesame Snack for Weight Loss
* Spinach & Cheese Rolls
* Homemade Apple Sparkle
* Ayurvedic doughnuts (maybe J)
* And SO much more!
I guarantee you that all this yumminess will feel filling yet light, thus NOT leading to the notorious holiday indigestion and weight gain.
Classes are limited to 12 participants. Hope to see you there.
Dec 3rd & 10th - 6-9pm
Dec 1st & 8th - 4-7pm
One person - $195
Two people - $375
Three people - $500
Includes all materials, ingredients and two profoundly delicious meals!
We offer private classes on a case by case basis. Please Email us at BVTLife@gmail.com or call 347-736-9887 to inquire.
I didn’t know it was so easy to cook healthy, flavorful food with ingredients from “scratch.” I never cooked with spices before other than salt and pepper. If I knew making great flavorful food was so easy, I would have started a long time ago. Now, I can say that I actually can “cook.”
~ Maria Depanfilis
The vegetarian cooking class has been a life changing experience. I have learned so much about wholesome foods and their nutritional value—how to cook, how long to cook so that we retain their flavor and food value.
~ Rita Mitra
Divya’s cooking classes open up a wonderful world of Ayurvedic healing that you can take into your home and body. I highly recommend to all
~ Pamela Rich, Vedic Master Chopra certified
It gave me the confidence to go home and begin trying these dishes for this spring/summer season. I loved the information and nutritional tips about each dish. It makes cooking process more insightful.
~ Jonathan Borin
This class has changed the way I approach food, the way I approach life! Eating is finally a spiritual experience. I think it’s rubbing off on my friends!
~ Pamela Harris
I feel jumpstarted to do more cooking for myself.
This class has inspired me to cook more inventive and creative vegetarian dishes. It’s amazing how
delicious healthy food can be!
~ Ivy Gabbert
This was much more than a cooking class. We learned so much about good and healthy food and living. I loved the combinations of spices and herbs–and was amazed each time by the incredible feast that we put together.
~ Kirsten Endacott