My daughter and I stayed in the Zuri White Sands, Goa for 6 days in March 2013, after doing the Golden Triangle Tour followed by tiger safaris at Ranthambore National Park. It is a resort complex, on Varca Beach far away from other hotels. It has beautiful gardens, a gorgeous coconut fringed beach, an attractive meandering pool (with sit up bar for your pina coladas), a reception foyer that includes waterfalls, and charming helpful staff.
We approached Reception and requested any information on a local cookery class we could attend. Elaine contacted Executive Chef Farooq and one was arranged for us for that day! An American guest had the same request so three of us went together.
We joined Chef Akashdeep, Rani and the other friendly cooks in the outdoor kitchen of the Blue Lagoon Restaurant by the pool. Three dishes were cooked from fresh materials and spices, beautifully arranged ready for the class. The results became our delicious lunch.
In a one hour lesson we were shown and participated in cooking Pomfret Fish Masala, using garlic, turmeric, star anise, tamarind, coriander seed, chilli and onion. Then Dal, using pre-cooked yellow lentils (boiled for 1hr), and Paratha, a delicious fried flatbread dough incorporating aloo (potato) masala. The results were sooo tasty. We signed for the bill to go on our room account and were surprised by the low cost, less than €10, including lunch.
We returned to Elaine to thank her and said surely other hotel guests would enjoy a class. She replied that they had thought of it but no-one had enquired! So the moral of my story is: if Cookery Classes in Goan food are not advertised, ask for one and get a few people together. Reception will arrange it for you with Chef Farooq who was keen on the idea. It was certainly great fun and quite delicious eating.
We also had good assistance from the Concierge desk in booking a 6am start in a private car to see the Dudhsagar Waterfall and swim in the Mountain Lake (so wear costumes underneath!). Its a 2 hour journey. We switched to a jeep when the road became a track and then did 30 minutes hiking on a stony path through pretty jungle with rushing streams. So we were pleased to strip off and splash into the freezing water by the time we arrived! It's not an unknown spot. Approx 50 people were there when we arrived. Some had done the alternative journey, by train. On the way back we visited an excellent spice farm where we had a guided tour and lunch, and visited Shantadurga Hindu Temple, where we bought flower chains and made a donation in return for asking the priest every mother's wish: good fortune please for my daughter. The cost: INR4500 for the car 6am-4pm (incl tip), and approx INR500 per person for each of the spice farm and jeep. Fantastic value!
So, in all a very enjoyable stay even though we could not speak to 95% of the other guests, as they were Russian.
One thought for the management: we would have loved to have heard some Indian Music while we were there.
And one for visitors: for a change try Misha's Hut for dinner, only 5 minutes walk from the hotel entrance (turn right at Michaels Corner). They do lovely Pomfret Vindaloo, to the spice level you like, at very inexpensive prices. Back at the Zuri, you should also try the freshly made Roti with Chilli, Garlic and Coriander dips at breakfast. And the Happy Hour "Bloody Marys" at the Tangerine Bar. Enjoy!
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