Biryani Master Class - In Person

Thursday, May 18, 2023 6:00pm to 9:30pm
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3674 18th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States
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A hands-on in-person cooking class culminating in a dinner served with wine and beer. This class is limited to 12 students. Review our registration and cancellation policies here. Masks are welcome.

Biryani is a classic South Asian dish that combines fragrant rice with savory meat, vegetables, and spices. It is a crowd-pleaser that is perfect for special occasions and family dinners alike.

Biryani preparation is deceptively technical - making fluffy rice that emerges as individual grains, dry between moist layers of meat, is an art form. Meghna will make you feel confident with the techniques needed to achieve the complex biryani flavor: roasting whole spices, caramelizing onions, and pre-cooking rice to an intimidating 70% doneness. 

In this master class, you’ll learn two delicious biryani recipes - chicken biryani and vegetable biryani - along with two classic side sauces to infuse your meal with a final bit of flavor - cucumber raita and cilantro mint chutney. And to drink, you’ll make a refreshing mango lassi! 



Chicken Biryani—Layered rice with fried onions, marinated chicken with cashews and yogurt, saffron rice

Vegetable Biryani—Layered rice with fried onions, beans, cauliflower, carrots, peas, and nuts

Cucumber Raita—A cooling yogurt and cucumber dip

Cilantro Mint Chutney—A fiery and bright cilantro and mint sauce

Mango Lassi—A refreshing sweet yogurt and mango drink


This menu contains the following common allergens: Tree Nuts, 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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