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“really nice lady and awesome food”

Karuna s Cooking Class @ Sonja's Healthfood Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 5 Food & Drink in Unawatuna
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Reviewed May 4, 2014

cooking curry together with sonja was really interessting! You go to the market to buy the ingredients together (and we did not visit the to expensive spice dealer) and then you cook diffrent currys. Sonja is a really nice lady, we had a lot of fun with her and the food outcome was very delicious

Thank JuliettaSH
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Reviewed April 22, 2014

Karuna's cooking is a stand out in Unawatuna. Her flirtatious characteristics made the course enjoyable. We did the afternoon session 4-7pm. We were stupid enough to book a restaurant that evening so couldn't take advantage of all the delicious food.

Pineapple curry and eggplant pickle were a standout for us.

Thank Simon L
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Reviewed February 11, 2014

Our trip in Sri Lanka had been a bit disappointing food-wise but Karuna brought it back for us! After a trip to the markets (where not much is explained but it is good to see the veggies on offer), spice shop (tourist trap but has an amazing garam masala!!) and the fishmonger on the way back (again, not much explanation but great to watch him do his thing!) we started cooking the 7 curries that would make up our lunch. The key is to ask questions as Karuna gives basic instruction. She gives you a notebook and pen at the start and everyone scribbles furiously to get the simple but tasty recipes down. We then had our beautiful dishes for lunch. Karuna is bubbly, with an infectious laugh and though it seems she has been doing this for so long it has become a bit routine for her, she is still a great instructor and a great cook!

1  Thank DangerMouse2482
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Reviewed February 11, 2014

Karuna is a cheerful but this is not a course. Visit to the Galle market is nice but it's a bit chaotic, and not much is explained about which foods to choose and how to choose them.
Also, not much is explained about cooking (although I did ask) i.e. how to slice onions or garlic. Which flavours or spices work together etc.
Most disappointing was that you can't actually do much cooking. You just watch Karuna cook. You may be able to slice an onion or garlic but that's about it.
Food is good though hence I have given 2 stars. But it's not a course. Not recommended.

2  Thank olaf54
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Reviewed February 10, 2014 via mobile

We had a fun day, enjoyed the company of smiling Karuna and tasted one of the best curry (Karuna asks your favorite and makes it). But: it was not really a course. The market was nice, but we didn't get any explanations about the vegetables sold. And the spice men definitely is a rip off. The rooftop cooking is a nice experience, but Karina prepares the meals very quickly; hard to follow. Also the recipes are not printed out. So you have to write them down quickly while cooking. Therefore you have to decide if you want to do some cooking or writing. We ended up taking turns in writing and cooking. We would recommend it for the food, the experience of cooking with a local and to get some recipes.

1  Thank Saskia V
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