Frequently asked questions

I don’t cook a lot – can i attend a class?

Our classes are geared for anyone who is interested in learning to cook, independent of their cooking experience and background. If you’re willing to learn, sign up.

What will i have to do during class?

Classes are hands on, and participation during cooking is encouraged. You’ll chop, mince, toss, knead, marinate, stir and serve, depending on what we’re cooking. If you’re the type who likes to sit and watch, you’re more than welcome to do so.

What are the class sizes?
Class sizes vary depending on the night of the week and the menu for the class. Weeknight classes tend to be six to ten people, while weekend classes tend to be ten to twelve people. Private classes can be organized if you’d like with as few as two and as many as 30+ people. Please contact naveen's cuisine to plan a private event. Private events can be organized any day of the week for lunch or dinner time classes.

What style of food do you teach people to cook?

I specialize in northern indian cooking. You can expect the food we cook during class to taste like food at an indian family’s home.

What should i bring with me when i come to attend a class?

Bring a healthy appetite for a great meal, a curiosity to learn about indian food and indian culture, a beverage of your choice to drink during class (including wine, beer or spirits, if you’d like), and a willingness to have a fun-filled evening. Please remember, you need to be of legal drinking age to consume alcohol, and we reserve the right to check your id.

I don’t like spicy food - can the food be made less spicy?

Indian food is very flavorful and uses a wide variety of spices. It is made hot using cayenne and other spicy peppers. For our classes, the spice level is customized to the tolerance level of people attending the classes. The food will be flavorful, not spicy.

What are the prices to schedule a private class?

Class price is $75 per person. For private classes, the price depends on the number of people attending the class, the finalized menu for the evening, and any special requirements for the evening. Please call us to discuss, and we’ll be happy to quote a price.

Can we bring our own alcohol to class? Is there any corkage?

Classes are byob and you’re welcome to bring wine, beer, or spirits to classes. We do not charge a corkage fee. You need to be of legal drinking age (21), and we reserve the right to verify your age. Please drink responsibly, especially if you are going to drive home after class. If you’re planning a private event and want to drop off wine or beer before the event, you can do so, and we will chill it for you prior to the event.

What type of wine is suggested for indian food?

People think of indian food as spicy, and customers at wine stores are generally guided towards sweeter wines like riesling, muscadet, pinot gris, etc. Indian food is actually very flavorful, and you can pair any wine with it. Because taste is very personal, our philosophy is simply to bring wine(s) that you like to drink. Personally, we like to drink chilled whites on summer days and heavy reds on cold chicago winter windy days.

Can you teach us to make naan?

The right way to make a naan is to cook it in a tandoor (indian clay oven). Since we do not have a tandoor in our kitchen, we don’t have the ability to cook naan. There are many other types on indian breads like roti, paratha, puri, or bhatura that are cooked using different techniques on a stove top, and we can teach you to cook these breads. Certain breads go with only certain types of entrée’s, so food pairing is important.

How do i register for a class? Can i register online?

If you have decided on the class you want to attend, please call us, send an e-mail, or stop by the kitchen studio. If space is available, we will reserve a spot for you in class, inform you of payment options, and help you with your class registration. At this time, online registration is not available.

When do i pay for the class? How do i pay for a class?

Payment for the class is due at the time of registration. A spot can be reserved for you, but your registration is not confirmed until payment for the class is received. You can mail a check for the class and once the payment is received, a class confirmation message will be sent. Or, you can stop by the kitchen studio, and we can register you while you wait. We accept cash, check, or major credit cards.

Can i buy a gift certificate?

You can purchase a gift certificate for a single class or for multiple classes – each class is $75. You can also purchase a 5 class pack at a discounted price for $300. The 5 class pack is for one person attending 5 classes. Each gift certificate is valid for a period of one year from date of purchase.

Do you cancel classes?

In the unlikely event of low enrollment, there is a possibility a class may be canceled. You will have the option to register for another class, or the class dues refunded to you.