Sufra: Bengali Cook-up and Festive Feast | Oct 13

Duration: 3.5 HRS

Date: 13 Oct 2018

Location: Gallery Café in Hyatt Place, Al Rigga

Sufra Members

AED 220

14 years + only.

Non- Members

AED 350

14 years + only.

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Learn secret recipes and culinary traditions from a Bengali gastronome as she whips up a festive lunch to celebrate the Durgotsav festival.


This event will run once on October 13, 2018.

11:00AM to 2:30PM.

2 Non-vegetarian dishes (1 meat, 1 seafood), the remaining menu is vegetarian, details below.

Dishes may include Gluten/Lactose/Dairy/Nuts. Please notify us of severe allergies.

The minimum age to join this experience is 14 years.

Minimum of six guests required; We may cancel and refund tickets if minimum is not met.

Dress comfortably; carry a light sweater if you feel cold in air conditioning.


What to Expect

Learn to cook classic Bengali dishes with Ishita Saha, Kolkata-born Dubai resident and food blogger at ishitaunblogged. Ishita fed us generously during our podcast episode, Bengali Food 101 with Ishita, and has gladly extended this invitation to feast again in celebration of the Bengali festival, Durgotsav.

Watch with a hawk’s eye (and offer a helping hand) as Ishita conjures up three festive dishes, possibly letting a few of her kitchen secrets out of the bag along the way. Pick her brains on Bengali culinary traditions and learn about authentic ingredients like mustard oil, the ubiquitous Bengali five-spice mix and of course Ilish.

Once the stove is turned off, enjoy a family-style lunch, heaps of lively conversation and the characteristic long, drawn-out farewell typical of any Indian celebration.

At this interactive demo you will:

  • Learn to cook recipes passed down to Ishita from her mother and grandmother that will transport you to Kolkata through the lesser known flavours of Indian food.
  • Get a glimpse into traditions around Durga Pujo, a revered festival among the Bengali community.
  • Discover authentic Bengali ingredients and where to hunt them down in the U.A.E.
  • Be as hands-on as you like! Volunteer to help prepare the family style dishes or observe and taste as the dishes are prepped.

Dishes demonstrated:

  • Begun bhaja – pan seared eggplant topped with yoghurt and garlic
  • Salmon shorshe paturi – steamed salmon in a creamy mustard paste
  • Luchi – deep fried puffed bread

Lunch Menu:

After the demonstration, retreat to the comfort of one of the Hyatt’s serviced apartments and enjoy the dishes prepared for lunch, in addition to:

  • Khichuri – comforting rice and lentils porridge cooked with warm spices
  • Kumro Bhaja – sliced pumpkin fritters
  • Jhure Aloo Bhaja – potato strings fried till crunchy
  • Shukto – light mixed vegetable stew
  • Cholar Daal – gram lentils
  • Kosha Mangsho – slow cooked mutton in a thick caramelised gravy
  • Steamed Rice
  • Baked Yoghurt – a sensuous dessert inspired by a classic Bengali treat
  • Tomato Chutney and Lemonade – as a palate cleanser
  • Aam Panna –  refreshing raw mango drink

The experience will be held at the Gallery Café in Hyatt Place Al Rigga.
Free valet parking is available - please make sure to have your ticket stamped at the restaurant.
The nearest metro is Al Rigga metro station (red line).

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Here’s how, and if any one or more of these distinguishing features resonate with you, then you’re our perfect Sufra guest:

  • Stronger community focus – You’re eager to connect with other intellectually curious members of our community, over a common passion for food, culture and exploration.
  • More dynamic and collaborative – You’d rather be involved in discussions moderated by a Sufra host, rather than being “guided on a tour;” you leave the event knowing that the dialogues you had within the group added richness to the experience.
  • More fringe discoveries – You already know the not-so-secret “hidden gems” in the city; you’re looking to access those cultures, conversations and experiences that are rarely on the mainstream radar. They’re either reserved to a few cultural circles or are often discovered only by people with special insider access, e.g. journalists.
  • Less formal, more fluid – You simply want to have a fun, not overly planned outing with like-minded people who love food!

Yes, you can join any Sufra experience as a member or as a non-member, as a resident or tourist, simply by booking any of the listed Sufra events below.

By becoming a Sufra member! Learn more and sign up for the Sufra membership by visiting our Sufra community page.

  • AED 990.00 for 9 months of the programme through the year*, excluding 5% VAT and processing fees of AED 15.00 if booking online or AED 2.00 if booking via phone at +971 56 471 8244.
    • AED 850.00 per person for couples’ or group membership bookings. If your group is larger than 8, please reach out to us at sufra@fryingpanadventures.com.
  • Perks include:
    • Discounts on every Sufra event, adding up to AED 220 in monthly savings over 9 months of the programme.
    • 10% off on our signature food tours for members and their guests.
    • Priority notification and exclusive 1-week booking access, every month, on new listings prior to the event going public.
  • Membership is on a rolling basis and always begins on the 1st of the next month; e.g. if you purchase the membership on October 15th, 2018, you become a Sufra member from November 1st, 2018.  In this case, your membership will expire on October 31st, 2019.
  • Once purchased, your membership cannot be frozen, transferred or refunded for any reason.

*Sufra is not operational from June to August due to the heat. If we do plan any indoor events, our Sufra members will be the first to know!

Yes, depending on the chosen experience and size of your group. In most cases, we would be happy to adapt an existing Sufra event for your private party or corporate team.

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