Cooking with Migrateful – Albanian Courgette Fritters, Tzatziki & Jahni 

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In a nutshell

Breathe in rich aromas from a bubbling stew, hear the sizzle of tasty fritters and soak up the culinary wisdom of Albanian host Deshira – all without stepping foot outside your kitchen. This online class gives you a taste of authentic Albanian cuisine, teaching you how to make Jahni (meat stew) and petulla me kungulleshka (courgette pancakes) the Albanian way.

This is one of many Migrateful cook-alongs taught by refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. The London-born organisation not only helps to support the lives of these talented cooks but breaks down social and linguistic barriers, offering a glimpse into their world as they share anecdotes, traditions and culinary practices that are part of their culture.

Migrateful's other virtual cooking classes include:


Why book?

  • Learn from a host who knows the recipe like the back of their hand
  • Support a valuable cause that helps people around the world
  • Impress dinner guests with two authentic Albanian dishes they’ve likely never tried before 


About the host

Host Deshira, who was born in Albania, in southeastern Europe, discovered her culinary talents when she was just nine years old and had to cook for her family while her mother was in hospital. Her first dish was byrek, a flaky pastry stuffed with meat, cheese or spinach. In her culture, sharing a meal is a way to form connections with others, and Deshira uses this and her passion for cooking as a source of positivity in the face of hardship.


Essential info


  • 90 minutes


  • Online classes are held over Zoom. You will be given the link to join prior to the class.


  • The class will be hosted in English.

Time zones

  • Please note that the start times for this virtual experience are scheduled in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Please be aware and adjust the start time to your time zone if you are not based in a country where GMT is observed.


  • If you want to amend or cancel your booking please contact and provide your Culture Trip booking reference to enable our team to assist you as quickly as possible.


What you'll need

Ingredients for Albanian Jahni (meat stew):

  • 100g mutton, chopped into large cubes and marinated overnight
  • 1 carrot
  • 1⁄2 large green chilli or 1⁄2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 red onions
  • 4 to 5 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp ghee (or sunflower oil)
  • 1 x 400g tin of chopped tomato
  • Handful of parsley (and/or dill)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Overnight marinade:
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp of dried chillies

Ingredients for Petulla me Kungulleshka (courgette pancake):

  • 1 medium courgette
  • Salt for drawing out water from courgettes
  • 50g cheddar cheese
  • Handful of parsley
  • 1⁄2 tsp salt
  • 1⁄2 tsp pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 100g plain flour
  • Vegetable oil


  • 1 Large bowl
  • 1 Grater
  • 1 Sieve
  • 2 Frying pans
  • 1 Large pot
  • 1 Oven tray
  • Kitchen paper/baking paper
  • 1 Slotted spoon

This booking is made on Culture Trip’s Terms & Conditions but please note the contract for the purchase of the experience is between you and Migrateful as per their terms.

Migrateful offer a 100% refund policy on all classes providing tickets are cancelled or exchanged up to seven days before the booked event. Unfortunately, refunds will not be offered for any cancellations within seven days of an event, as classes are prepped at least one week ahead.

Cook along at home and support a worthy cause