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Get a taste of true Indian hospitality thanks to this 3-hour cooking lesson and meal in the home of a local Kerala family. Learn all about ‘Malayali’ cuisine as you prepare an array of seasonal dishes like ‘idiappam’ (string hoppers), vegetables, chicken curry, ‘vellai-appam’ (pancakes), and more. End the experience by enjoying your meal, accompanied by lots of lively conversation, with the family.

Highlights

  • Learn to cook authentic Kerala-style cuisine during a class in a local family home
  • Get a taste for the spices and flavors of "Malayali" cuisine, the typical food of Kerala
  • Prepare dishes like ‘idiappam’ (string hoppers), chicken curry and ‘vellai-appam’ (pancakes)
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Enjoy a laid-back meal and lively conversation with your host family
  • Great way to have a local experience in Kochi

What You Can Expect

Begin your cooking experience with a morning or afternoon pickup from your Kochi hotel or the Cochin Cruise Port, transferring to your class by private vehicle. Your start time will depend on whether you’ve requested a lunch or dinner cooking session.

After exchanging warm greetings with your host family, get busy in the kitchen with the lady of the house. You’ll work on a variety of local specialties from Kerala’s “Malayali” cuisine, beginning with starters like fish fry or ‘idiappam’ (string hoppers), then continuing with an array of vegetables, rice, chicken curry, ‘vellai-appam’ (pancakes) and more. The menu on any given day can be totally different, as your meal will depend upon whatever is freshest and in-season at the market.

While the food finishes cooking, you might take a look around the family home with the guidance of your hosts, learning about daily life for these typical Kochi residents. Then sit down to eat your delicious repast, enjoying your food almost as much as the fun, friendly, conversation you’ll share with your hosts. At the end of the experience, you’ll receive a ride back to your hotel or the cruise port.

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