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Foodie Friday - Indian snacks cooked by Hari Ghotra and Brighton Bloggers

Cumin brings out the sweetness of a dish, said our hostess Hari, as she stood in front of us preparing an Indian snack of samosas.

Indian spices #CookWithHari photo by Modern Bric a Brac

A handful of Brighton Bloggers had been invited to an evening event to cook with Hari Ghotra, an Indian Cookery Expert and Youtuber, who wants to encourage everyone to try cooking Indian food at home.

Pakora #CookWithHari photo by Modern Bric a Brac

Although not sure what an evening cooking with Hari would actually mean, I love learning about food and wanted to join in. My only concern was that the event was to be filmed for Hari's YouTube channel. Hm.

That night we collected around a cooking station while Hari explained that we would learn how to create some Indian snacks and began by showing us how to make samosas. "Potato and ginger go hand in hand in Indian food" Hari told us as the samosa she was making started to take shape. Happily hidden on the other side of the cooking station, I thought "cooking with Hari" means watching Hari cook, great!

Hari Ghotra #CookWithHari photo by Modern Bric a Brac

Not so fast Sarah.

A moment later and Hari had swiftly moved along the table stopping at various points to speed through instructions for making a selection of other snacks planned for the evening - turkey kebabs, pakora (similar to bhajis) and vermicelli fish cakes. She then invited us to take our places. The sections filled up from the samosa end and following the line of Bloggers I ended up at the other side in front of the vermicelli fish cakes and the video camera.

Bloggers #CookWithHari photo by Modern Bric a Brac

I was soon chopping onions. Following the recipe provided and joined by Lily blogs life, Andrew Kay and with critical input from Hari we soon had some fish cakes frying to a golden crisp.

Vermicelli fish cakes #CookWithHari photo by Modern Bric a Brac

#CookWithHari photo by Modern Bric a Brac

Once the food had been prepared we could relax a little and we got stuck into our freshly made snacks. For me the pakora was the stand out dish. Unlike onion bhajis I have had in the past, it didn't taste greasy and tasted fresh and full of flavour. Absolutely delicious, I joke you not. Here's a link to Hari making pakoras in case you're tempted to give it a go.

Apart from all these fun shenanigans it was also really great meeting some other local food Bloggers and food lovers including Aisling Brock, Shelley Baker and local celebrity and restaurant reviewer Andrew Kay. The night ended with some wine tasting of an Indian red wine from Soul Tree, a perfect accompaniment to some pretty fine snacks.

Soul Tree red wine #CookWithHari photo by Modern Bric a Brac

If you're intrigued to watch the video of the night you can view it here.

With thanks to Hari Ghotra and Jellyfish for hosting such a thoroughly interesting and enjoyable evening. Hari has devised a clever way to make cooking authentic Indian food more accessible. She has created spice packs that provide the right amount of each spice to cook a meal, saving you the expense of buying jars of spices instead.

The spice mix I took away was for Tikka Masala, I'll share the results of my cooking attempt on a Foodie Friday in the very near future.

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#CookWithHari photo by Modern Bric a Brac

This is not a sponsored post and I have not been paid to write this article, although I did receive a complimentary goody bag with spice mix to try at home.
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