Ancient Secrets

Explore the richness of ancient cultures

What is Ancient Secrets

Ancient Secrets is about exploring the richness of ancient cultures. It's about bringing new fragrances into your world, new flavours into your kitchen and expanding your palate. It's about sharing the knowledge and experience of various ancient cultures with people.

Who is Ishvara

When I am not travelling to exotic destinations I spend my time teaching various ethnic cuisines. My main focus is on traditional ways of cooking, particularly in North Africa, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Central Asia and South East Asia. I began working in a vegetarian Indian restaurant at Laguna Beach, California in 1987 and have been involved with catering and teaching ever since. I am a traditionalist, and treat recipes as holy scripture, and prefer to keep exact recipes the way they have been taught for centuries.

Vivid colour, exotic flavours & seductive fragrances

Ancient Secrets Cooking Classes

From the Beaches of Bali to the Markets of Marakesh.. From Vegetarian to Vietnamese... From Mexican to Moroccan... We explore our many various cultures through the medium of food.. Ancient recipes that have been passed down in villages for thousands of years come to life in comfort of your home... Learn about Galangal from Thailand ...Loomi from Arabia.. Neroli water from Morocco... Berbere from Ethiopia..

Classes consist of a minimum of 8 students. Taught in the privacy of your home. Particular cultural themes are explored through the use of food. We try to capture the essence of various world cuisines in a day workshop People are introduced to all things particular to a distinct cultures food. Spices, herbs, utensils pertaining to the various cuisines are used on the day. We learn where to buy various ingredients in our home town and how to prepare an authentic meal. Each class includes salads, side dishes, main meals, desserts and drinks particular to a cultural cuisine. All recipes and ingredients are provided...

Some of our cooking classes

Immerse yourself and return transformed

Ancient Secrets Tours

Walking Tours - Cultural walks in Johannesburg

African Secrets is an opportunity to explore the rich cultural heritage of Johannesburg. Several years ago, I began taking student chefs around the city to show them where to purchase various ingredients.
Today the food tours have also become cultural excursions.
If you would like to keep updated about cultural walks around Johannesburg on Saturdays / Sundays then
join the African Secrets group on Facebook. Walks include:

  • Spice Walk in Fordsburg
  • Asian Culture in Cyrildene
  • Ethiopian Culture in the city centre
  • African Traditional Culture in Ferreirasdorp
  • Arts on Main and the New JHB
  • Troyeville ~ home of artists and political activists
  • Jeppestown ~ the early history of Johannesburg
  • Doornfontein ~ the Jewish Shtetl
  • Newtown ~ the cultural heart of Johannesburg

Our place in the world

Ancient Secrets
PO Box 1946, Houghton 2041
Johannesburg, South Africa
Mobile +27 84 624 00 00
Landline +27 11 624 27 27
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Ancient Secrets - Exploring the richness of ancient cultures