Indian Thali - In Person

Thursday, October 21, 2021 6:00pm to 9:30pm
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3674 18th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States
Member Price: 
2 slots available

A hands-on in-person cooking class culminating in a dinner served with wine and beer. This class is limited to 10 students. See our registration policies here and our rules for in-person events here.

Cooking together in our kitchen on 18th St gives us a particular advantage: many hands make light work! Indeed, the number of dishes and condiments to make a thali is a bit much to do alone at home for a home cook learning the flavors of the North Indian pantry. We will be cooking together as a team to make a list of appetizers, mains, and sides. Students will experience a classic thali-style meal and have multiple recipes in their back pocket to mix and match at home as they like. In the thali spirit, we'll be plating the finished array of foods on our plates in the kitchen, and heading out to our communal dining table to tuck in!



Paneer Tikka—Pieces of cheese marinated with spices

Dahi Aloo—A simple potato curry in yogurt

Chicken Curry—A spicy curry with chicken and tomatoes

Green beans with Coconut—Crunchy green beans flavored with coconut and curry leaves

Cucumber Raita—A cooling side dish of yogurt and cucumber

Spiced Rice—Fragrant Basmati rice with whole spices

Cilantro chutney—Fiery cilantro sauce


This menu contains the following common allergens: Dairy. If you have allergies or dietary restrictions that concern your ability to cook along, please e-mail before purchasing a ticket.

Let’s Cook Together! 


Through her company, Crimson Kitchen, Meghna Agarwal teaches Indian cooking classes, caters parties, runs her private chef business, and occasionally feeds the hungry souls of San Francisco’s numerous startups. When asked about her culinary background, Meghna notes with a smile that she comes from a culture that has been focused on food for the past five thousand years! With a heritage of food as the epicenter of most occasions, she is driven to find and replicate the countless traditional tastes of India – from Mumbai’s modern restaurants to the street food of tiny villages.

Meghna regularly visits India, where she works with Indian restaurateurs and chefs to keep abreast of their evolving cuisine. Upon return to her San Francisco kitchen, she infuses the latest trends with ancient traditions and techniques to pass along to her students. Meghna can now be found  teaching cooking classes in collaboration with 18 Reasons, San Francisco Cooking School, The Civic Kitchen and her own company Crimson Kitchen. You can find more information on her at or follow her food journey on instagram @crimsonkitchen.


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