I’ve been number crunching

Sunday, July 21st, 2019

I guess you it wouldn’t surprise you that I like to check numbers and analyse data  (I was an accountant) so here’s some behind the scenes facts with you.

It all started when I felt the need to apologise for my lack of social media and digital presence.  For you amazing lot that supports me, book me, use my spices, learn to cook with me or even engage with my social media posts, thank you so much.  Without you, I would not have a business.

Before I share the facts, I’d like to do so from the humblest place because, at times,  it can seem quite “braggy”.

thank you

From April 2019 to Jun 2019, the staggering total of 642 people have seen me do a cookery demonstration, have learnt to cook with me in a workshop or class, or taken part of a team-building activity with me.  Incredibly humbling and I do hope your curry making skills have improved and you had a giggle whilst learning to make curry.

In this three month period, I have taken many bookings to include Demonstrations for groups of Women’s Institue all over Shropshire, some private teaching for groups of friends, there was a charity booking, where 80 guests watched me cook a curry and rice which was served, bowl style with a crunchy salad top and dressed with a fresh homemade raita. The salad topper is very similar to a chaat dish with spicy, sweet, sour, crunchy and fresh in each mouthful.  This works particularly very well for charity events, please get in touch if I can help.

charity chairs

I was invited to help with two shows produced by The Chef Show at Quatt Village Hall and Thimble Mill Library in Birmingham. This was good fun, so good that I went to watch the show as part of the audience.

chef show

I have taught three classes for the Vegetarian Society, it’s quite special and I feel honoured to be teaching at the cookery school in Altrincham and surprisingly a very easy drive over with a couple of easy routes I can take.  It’s a very special venue, the team have been particularly welcoming and the learners are just fab.

veg society

Miraculously, I took an order for a team build and delivered the activity four days later, there were a few bits to juggle in my diary but I was relieved to report back that it was a complete success.

I taught two workshops at Little Wenlock Village Hall and the next three Tuesday evenings, 6 – 9 pm, Little Wenlock Village Hall, will be 24th Sept, 22nd Oct and 19th Nov.  We have 8 learners per class and it will be £65 pp.   I will be theming the classes with, Simple and basic Indian, Starter Dishes (onion bhajes and somosas), Vegetarian Indian and for Christmas, we should do the Indian Banquet Class.  If you are interested in joining me, please let me know which dates you’d like to book onto and the dishes you’d like to learn, as always, the first ones to book will decide on the dishes.


One of my favourite experiences is the Indian Afternoon Tea where I serve Indian snacks, tandoori chicken in wraps with salad and dips or somosas for example, spice up scones to serve with chilli jam and clotted cream, spicy cakes and Indian sweets.  I took a booking for a firm of accountants to entertain some guests, please get in touch if you’d like me to spice up your afternoon tea.


I did the catering for a wedding – this made me nervous but I did it with a huge thank you to my husband, Krish and we wish the happy couple a lifetime of happy and healthy future together.

It’s been super-busy with some very exciting projects coming up and I can’t thank you all enough to be part of the journey.

The magic number of 642 does not contain spice, apron, bag or gift voucher sales, I have had not a chance to review these figures.





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About Lajina

Lajina Leal, Lajina Masala

Lajina Leal, Founder, Lajina Masala

Lajina had a Corporate Career as an Accountant for many years and whilst discussing an impending redundancy in an Indian restaurant with her friends, they persuaded her to set up an Indian Cooking School.

The fun started in October 2013 and the business has grown from strength to strength.

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