Award-wining local chef and cookbook author shares secrets to tasty Indian curries

This Saturday at the CLL, Farhana Sahibzada teaches Indian Curries with Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables


Winner of the Beverly Hill Book Award 2016 for her cookbook Flavorful Shortcuts to Indian/Pakistani Cooking, CLL teacher Farhana Sahibzada shares these simple, but powerful secrets to make your curries stand out! Try this tip on your own, or sign up for this Saturday’s special Indian cooking class in the CLL’s recently renovated teaching kitchen!


Skip the butter, but don’t skimp on flavor!


Ghee butter is an amazing way to bring out the natural flavor of your favorite Indian curry recipe. But you can still get that rich and strong flavor even without it by using oils – such as olive oil or grapeseed oil. Plus, it’s simple!


To create a rich and exotic curry without the ghee:

  • Double the amount of ginger and garlic the recipe calls for.
  • To prep the ginger, you can peel it or leave it whole – just remove any dried areas with knots.
  • Slice your ingredients thin or even put them in your food processor together.


Try it out!


Join us at the CLL to explore unexpected ingredients like mango and exotic flavors like saffron for a true royal experience. In fact, some of the finest Indian dishes never make it to restaurant menus. Luckily, Farhana Sahibzada is here to share these special secrets with you! 


WHAT:             Indian Curries with Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

WHEN:             11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday June 24

WHERE:           Schott Campus, Room 27, 310 W. Padre Street, Santa Barbara

ADMISSION:    $52 Materials: $10

EVENT INFO:, (805) 687-0812


Please register here.

Course number: 20725


About SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning (The CLL)

The SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning mission is to be responsive to the diverse lifelong learning needs of adult members of the Santa Barbara Community. CLL aims to be the educational, cultural and social hub for the Santa Barbara community, continuing a nearly 60-year tradition of excellence. CLL is online at, and on Facebook (sbccCLL), Twitter (@sbccCLL) and YouTube.

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