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Chef Kiran Ramgotra Sancious inspires with Indian home cooking classes at New York's Omega Institute

Kiran Ramgotra Sancious, a former Vancouver resident has shared her phenomenal cooking techniques with celebrities the likes of Uma Thurman, Jane Curtin, Donna Lewis, and Kate Pearson from the B52’s. And if you are lucky enough to be in the Rhinebeck, New York region this weekend, you could be let in on her cooking secrets as well! Back by popular demand for a fourth year, Kiran Ramgotra Sancious shares her family’s coveted secret recipes to the Omega Institute ( located in Rhinebeck, New York on August 6th, 7th and 8th, 2010. The scent of freshly ground spices and complex curries perfumes the air in Omega’s cooking classroom during Kiran’s weekend workshop on northern Indian home cooking.

Kiran joins other outstanding teachers including Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Mariel Hemingway and Michael Bernard Beckwith at Omega’s Lifelong Learning series this summer. Omega Institute is co-founded by Elizabeth Lesser, a frequent guest and contributor on Oprah. Located in beautiful Rhinebeck, New York, Omega offers workshops, trainings, retreats, conferences and vacations.

Kiran moved from Vancouver, British Columbia to Woodstock, in upstate New York, when she met and then married famed musician David Sancious ( David has played keyboard for Sting, Seal, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton, and was with the original Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band. The world renowned musician couldn’t stop raving about Kiran’s famous cooking, and as the word spread, so did Kiran’s Indian cooking classes.

Kiran grew up in a family of cooks who celebrated their Indian heritage with culinary secrets handed down for generations. On a typical Sunday, there would be 20 women in the kitchen preparing food for up to 100 guests. Kiran’s mother began teaching her to cook when she was just seven years old, and now Kiran teaches her family’s unique and delicious recipes to private clients and small groups of people in their own kitchens throughout Canada and the United States. Kiran is currently writing her first cookbook. Visit: for more information. 

At Omega through hands-on learning, cooking demonstrations, and tasting, Kiran shares her family’s culinary secrets as students learn to prepare delicious, healing, healthy vegetarian meals and how to modify traditional dishes to meet specific dietary needs. She explore ways to cook with unique spice combinations while preparing dals; curries; parantha, roti, and naan breads; Indian desserts; lassi; and masala chai.

Though the flavors and procedures are typically intricate, Kiran teaches a process that simplifies Indian home cooking, making it accessible to everyone. The workshop is open to all. You will return home with delicious food, recipes, and the confidence to cook Indian food on your own.

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