The ‘Curry Queen’ Sharmini’s Spice Starter kit in collaboration with Steenbergs Spices of Ripon and inspirational online Indian ‘cook-a-long’ course.

The East comes to North Yorkshire with a new collaboration between ‘Curry Queen’ Sharmini Thomas and Ripon based Steenbergs Spices. With over 20 years’ experience delivering her cookery classes to individuals, groups and business in and around York, Sharmini is thrilled to collaborate with Yorkshire based Steenbergs Spices, who were the first company in the UK licensed to sell spices carrying the Fairtrade Mark.

Steenbergs specialise in organic herbs and spices with an emphasis on flavour and the environment. Owners Axel and Sophie have this to say about their collaboration with Sharmini:

“We have enjoyed working with Sharmini in Yorkshire over a number of years and love her enthusiasm and passion to impart her wisdom to help get everyone cooking authentic Indian food. Sharmini shares our ethos about cooking food from scratch, using good quality spices that are respectful to the environment and people“.

Sharmini has demonstrated her authentic Indian recipes over the past 16 years at the York Food & Drink Festival alongside the likes of Michelin Star chefs Tommy Banks and Andrew Pern. She excels in showing her audience how to use and layer spices to create your own authentic Indian dishes. Sharmini says “Anyone can learn how to create simple Indian dishes using fresh ingredients and warming spices”.

The launch of the starter kit is timed to complement Sharmini’s new online 5 week inspirational Indian ‘cook-a-long’ where participants can learn how to use and layer spices to create their own authentic Indian dishes. The course runs from the 28th June – 26th July and if booked before 22nd June, you can receive a FREE Sharmini’s spice starter kit worth £45* and join her to create 10 authentic Indian dishes.

The spice starter kit came about when Steenbergs sent Sharmini some of their spices and she decided to use them in preparing her usual curries. She was amazed at the taste which she describes as ‘taking it up another notch’. Sharmini did not look back after trying them and then went on to do a joint demonstration session with Axel and Sophie at the York Food & Drink Festival.

The spice kit will feature Sharmini’s famous garam masala ; her recipe blend has been passed down from her mother-in-law which, in turn, was passed down from her mother. It consists of the most expensive, luxurious, and perfumed spices; cinnamon – the bark of paradise, cardamom – queen of all spices and cloves – a perfumed bud which is never left to flower.