We offer some truly wonderful opportunities for those who are keen to learn how to master the very best of authentic Indian cuisine. These are mainly in south India but also in Jaipur, in Rajasthan where we have probably the most renowned cookery teacher who has appeared on many national television cookery shows.
She takes her guests to the markets and then demonstrates the cookery in a professional kitchen. The day ends with a delightful mouth watering meal together.
From the Greeks, Romans and the Arabs to the Portuguese, Dutch and the British - all those who came, left their own indelible mark. Whilst the style of cuisine varies as you travel from region to region, you will find that ingredients such as spices, rice and coconuts, which are commonly grown in Kerala, find a place in every style of cooking.
It is this genius of being able to fuse local ingredients and styles with external influences that makes the culinary experience here fascinating. Today the cuisine is a remarkable fusion of many distinctive and rich culinary varieties and offers you a gastronomical experience like no other.
Tourism today is more than just travelling to a place, sight-seeing and going back. People now look forward to learning a new culture, absorbing the ways of living, dressing, language, defense and so on of the destinations they pay a visit to.
One such aspect of tourism that has taken a stronghold is food. Culinary experiences are rapidly becoming a vital aspect of ones holiday. What better way to enjoy the cuisine than cooking and dining with a local family? We bring you this unique opportunity in which a local family will host you and walk you through every step of the cooking process – from sourcing local produce to preparing a delicious meal.
Banish all thoughts of what it’s like to stay with your in-laws, home stay families are incredibly hospitable and genuinely happy to be looking after their guests. Your home stay could be a plantation bungalow, backwater hideaway or a restored colonial mansion.
A home stay offers the chance to experience a side of India that’s only possible by staying with a family. It’s a concept that originated in Kerala and an opportunity not to be missed.
From a colonial house in Cochin where you can dine as a house guest (while being shown the secret ingredients that go into a Keralan curry), to staying at a gorgeous house in Calicut where the owner demonstrates and you partake as well over a three hour session of how to make the most sublime Indian food – which is then served to the guests in the evening.
Most people who stay at the house come from France (which shows how good the food truly is!) and one can either simply visit as a non participatory guest, or stay for three days to a week or as long as one wishes – learning about the intricacies of Indian cookery and one actually has the opportunity to cook each dish.
Walk out in the morning with the owner to the markets and select your fresh fish and vegetables together – ready to be cooked in the afternoon or morning for that evening’s dinner. The tantalising markets are a real sight to behold – with the most gorgeous array of vegetables, herbs and fresh fish and seafood.
In addition, the house has a swimming pool to cool off in the heat of the day and there is a long beach opposite that is almost always empty, where one can take long walks.
By Marcela Kunova - 20th April 2017
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