The grey early morning with a dull sky. The clouds releasing sudden heavy showers at intervals and the green grass. The anticipation of meeting ‘The Bread Whisperer’ akka ‘Sujit Sumitran’. The towering Portuguese villa with canary yellow walls and Sujit welcoming me with his warm better half ‘Sudha’ and the gentle 16 year old dog ‘Ginger” and of course the fellow participants. Oh! And then I usher into the bread heaven where the magic happens. The simplest of the ingredients known to mankind- flour, salt, water and natural yeast is kneaded with love and patience which turn into the softest baby bottoms. The banettons are layered with the floured napkins and the soft pliable dough is scored to be baked. The clay wood fired oven is smoked. The eyes lit up as they go in the fire and the hearthy brown cedar wood lemony tang boules with a crackling crust emerge victorious and mature ready to be shared. And what is bread after all if not shared. The smell of freshly baked sourdough and the smell of raging rain. Knead I say more!!! Thanks Sujit Sumitran for lifetime of memories.
– Paayel Agarwal (Artisan Sourdough Bread Baking Workshop 17th July 2016)
Having fallen in love with all the amazing pictures posted by Sujit, the ‘Bread Whisperer’ and master artisan sourdough bread baker, I decided to take a break from the traffic-ridden, almost claustrophobic Bangalore life, for a wonderful weekend getaway to attend Sujit’s Sourdough Bread Workshop at his current idyllic residence in Goa. It was a wonderful experience – right from the warmest of welcomes, an excellent group of people from different places with the common interest in learning to bake bread the natural way for company, the fantastic set up inside an earth-y well maintained old house, the drinks, the conversation, the garden tour, the delicious food (that included herbed sourdough crackers, a Panzanella salad, Sujit’s flavourful breads, Sudha’s mouth-watering Kerala curries, and a fantastic bread pudding for dessert) and the entire gamut of sourdough bread baking from the master himself. Anyone considering to enter into the world of sourdough bread baking must do so from Sujit, because he is definitely the bread Whisperer who works magic with his fingers and his knowledge, by way of his experience of baking them almost everyday! A truly inspirational workshop, worth making a trip to Goa for. Thank you, Sujit, for instilling an addiction and the constant mentoring when in doubt.
– Shreya Ravi Kumar (Artisan Sourdough Bread Baking Workshop 19th June 2016)
5 stars doesn’t quite cover it. These Workshops exceeded all my expectations. You not only learn from the best but also get to meet some of the nicest people ever. If you are remotely interested in cooking/baking (or eating!), you do not want to miss this experience. Sujit & Sudha, you guys stole my heart!
– Smita Sharan (Appam & Curries Workshop and Artisan Sourdough Bread Baking Workshop 6th & 7th August 2016)