Do you love the idea of exploring the vibrant flavours of India without leaving Brisbane?

At Wholesome Bellies our founder, Fiona, has a special connection to India through her family. She learned from her mother-in-law, who was a chef at her own family Indian restaurants in Queensland for many years. Fiona has taken authentic Indian recipes and given them a plant-based twist.

Our Indian Cooking Classes celebrate this rich heritage. They are packed with flavour and a variety of dishes. Whether you're a fan of traditional Indian cooking or just getting started.  We have two Indian cooking classes on offer – Thali Class and Classic Indian.

Experience the "Thali" Tradition

One of the highlights of our Indian Cooking Classes is the “thali” tradition. In India,  “thali” means a “plate.” It’s an age-old custom where a traditional meal is served with up to 10 different dishes in small bowls called “katoris.” These bowls are arranged on a larger plate known as a “thali.” It’s a feast that showcases a wide variety of flavours, textures, and ingredients – a true treat for your senses.  Every dish in this class is carefully crafted to be gluten-free, making it suitable for different dietary types. We believe that everyone should have the chance to savour the wonderful flavours of Indian cuisine, and our gluten-free Thali Master Class ensures just that.


  • Aloo Gobi (Potato and Cauliflower Stir Fry)
  • Sambar Dhal
  • Lemon Rice
  • Eggplant Curry with Mustard Seeds
  • Coconut Chutney
  • Dosa

Classic Indian

In addition to our gluten-free Thali Master Class, we also offer the Classic Indian Cooking Class. This class draws from Fiona’s family heritage and her mother-in-law’s expertise, delivering authentic and time-tested Indian recipes. It’s a showcase of rich flavours and a wide variety of dishes.


  • Potato and Cauliflower Pakora
  • Coriander Chutney
  • Broccoli and Lentil Dhal with Coconut Cream
  • Traditional Chole Curry (Chickpea
  • Home-made Roti Bread
  • Basmati Rice Infused with Roast Cumin and Almonds

Why Choose our Indian Cooking Classes?

What sets Wholesome Bellies’ Indian Cooking Classes apart is our commitment to simplicity. We believe that cooking should be accessible and enjoyable for everyone, regardless of their cooking skills. Our recipes are thoughtfully designed to use only a few key ingredients, ensuring that you can recreate these dishes in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Suitable for All Levels: A Feast for the Senses and Skills

Our classes are intimate and personal, with a maximum of 12 participants, allowing for a hands-on experience and ample opportunities to learn and ask questions. 

After the cooking is done, we sit down as a group to enjoy a feast of the dishes we’ve prepared. We encourage you to bring your favorite beverage to complement the meal. It’s a time to relax, connect, and savour the fruits of your culinary efforts. You’ll leave our classes with a full tummy and a heart full of joy.

Find at date for one for these classes

Our classes run over weekends, either a Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday mornings and afternoons.  Our schedule changes every month so be sure to check out dates as they pop up.

To check dates for our Indian Thali Classes  Click HERE

For our Classic Indian find dates HERE

Dietary Considerations

As a plant-based cooking school, our Indian cooking classes are dairy-free and animal product-free by default. Many classes are also designed to be gluten-free, and we always offer options for those with specific dietary needs. If you’re concerned about nut allergies, please let us know, and we’ll make sure you’re taken care of.

Do you Offer NDIS Special Pricing?

To find out more about NDIS and pricing please click HERE!

Cooking Class Terms and Conditions

Classes at Wholesome Bellies are popular and often booked out weeks in advance.  We do offer options on rescheduling. Before booking in please read through the Ts & Cs HERE.

Our menus are based on seasonable products which means that from time to time some fresh ingredients may not be available.  In this instance we will always substitute with the best available option. 

Your Teachers

Your Teacher - Classic Indian

Fiona is the Founder of Wholesome Bellies and our resident chef/teacher! Indian cuisines holds a dear place in her heart, having married into and Indian family over 20 years ago she's grown accustomed to the delights of traditional recipes. She's also been fortunate to have a mother in law that is an incredible cook, running her own successful Indian restaurant in her younger years, she has now taught Fiona their incredible family recipes and she brings these to you today, with much love and heart. These are recipes you won't find at your local Indian restaurant. You're in for a treat

Your Teacher - Lynn Johnstone

Lynn, a seasoned home cook and passionate vegan, joined our Wholesome Bellies family in 2021. Her journey into plant-based cuisine was inspired by her daughter's decision to go vegan. In her dedication to supporting this lifestyle shift, Lynn returned to University to study Nutrition and Dietetics. Lynn's commitment and passion for veganism led her to author her own book, "Nourished Vegan: Teenagers Guide," aimed at assisting families considering plant-based eating. The book is a treasure trove of wholesome recipes, practical tips, and valuable insights into plant-based nutrition.