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Private In-Home Vegetarian Cooking Class and Meal in Chennai
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Private In-Home Vegetarian Cooking Class and Meal in Chennai

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Duration: 3h
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  • Bottled water
  • Gratuities
  • Homecooked meal
  • Private cooking class with your host Srividya
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


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  • North Boag Road, N Boag Rd, Drivers Colony, T. Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600017, India
    Please meet Srividya at her home in T. Nagar neighborhood of Chennai. Please check the 'Before you go' section on your voucher for the exact address, the above only offers neighbourhood details, and not the exact address. Exact address can be found in your ticket upon booking confirmation.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 7626P78

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

    • If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 7626P78

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    • Traveling Spoon
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    • YHRHY
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      Great cooking experience where you can enjoy not only food but conversation with Meena
      I truly had a great time with Meena who showed me how to cook authentic home made sambar, yoghurt rice, pan fried cauliflower and dosa. She showed me how she makes those dishes with tips, and I also get to do some of the prep works with her. Being a Japanese, I found the way those Tamil dishes are made was sometimes different from how we cook, and because Meena explained why she would prepare and cook things in certain ways, it helped me to understand the process more. And needless to say, the dishes she taught me were simply amazing with fresh, rich flavours..! And what I equally enjoyed at her place was the conversation I had with her; she, her family and relatives all lived in the neighbourhood for a long a time, and listening to stories about the neighbourhood and how she spent time there in her childhood was another thing I couldn’t have got if I didn’t come to her place. I will definitely come back to take her lesson again when I’m in Chennai again.
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      I had a great experience of preparing traditional dishes and learning about plants used for their therapeutic effects.
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      Srividya was very friendly and attentive. She explained in detail every step of her preparation. She only used fresh, homemade products. The meal that followed was a very appreciated moment of sharing with her and his son.Thank you.
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      Great food and a great experience.
      Meena first took me to the fruit and veg market to buy fresh, local ingredients. We then returned to her home where she taught me to cook a number veggie dishes using these ingredients. Her style of teaching is very hand on so you learn quickly. She also made me feel very welcome in her lovely home.
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    • FarAway302870
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      Interesting and informative cooking class learning skills that I will take home with me
      We really enjoyed our cooking class with Kamala. She was helpful and responsive before the course so we knew we were in good hands. We learned a variety of local dishes and she was also happy to discuss others. It was very personal to have the class in her home. She also provided notes afterwards so I will be able to recreate the dishes for my family in the UK.
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      Such a amazing experience ! Go for it :)
      Such a great day ! Thanks a lot to this excellent cook - Meena ! She was an outstanding friendly host & her cooking class was a lot of fun :) An experience we surely will never forget - thank u !
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      Thank you for a good time.
      My first cooking class. Our host family welcomed us warmly. The house was very nice and clean. During the lesson, we learned the requested sambar, rasam, vada, and carrot pickle. The recipe she gave me was simple but delicious. After the lesson, we ate the food we had cooked together with our host families. He was a kind teacher who talked to us a lot even though we were not good at English and taught us until we understood it. The teacher is a very reliable person. Thank you for a good time.
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      An absolute highlight of our trip! 🌟
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      Amazing dinner and experience‼︎
      First of all, I would like to say that her cooking class was amazing! Even though I had a lot of requests, she kindly responded to my requests via email even before I went. During the lesson, she answered each and every question carefully, and I was able to experience many things that I would only be able to experience in her cooking class. Also, her family was very kind and wonderful, and I wanted to stay there longer. Her family sent me in front of her home, and I was moved to tears by their wonderful personalities. I highly recommend her cooking class when you come to Chennai. I will definitely visit her again next time I come to Chennai.
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    • rosiej06
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      We had a really nice evening here. One comment would be that you watch, rather than participate, in the cooking which is still a good way to learn.
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      Nattu Kottai Tamil Chettiars cooking is worth it than Brahmins poor tasteless cooking
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    • DogDaze55
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      Excellent cooking class, local in-home hospitality. We learned how to cook classic dishes. Highly recommend.
      Wow! Amazing hospitality, We learned recipes and got to do hands-on supervised cooking on three dishes. And, we could elect the level of chile we cooked with, from USA our tourist heat tolerance is milder than South India's love of chile. The many other spices layered under the heat are wonderful. On arrival, our host took us on a car tour of a local shrine, the beach front, and a bustling outside vegetable market identifying unfamiliar fruits, vegetables, spices, and lentils. Back home, we were greeted by a friendly yellow lab! We visited, then adjourned to the kitchen, making three dishes. What fun. We learned a lot! Highly recommend this experience.
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      A special experience with delicious food!
      Our group of New Zealand cricket fans had such a special time with Sundari and Krishna. We learned heaps about Indian food and Chennai life and had a wonderful delicious meal. Sundari and Krishna were super welcoming and it was very easy to coordinate with them, and we came away with a set of new recipes to try at home! It was a real highlight - highly recommended!
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    Alex
    Edinburgh, UK6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I had a fantastic experience, and learnt so much about Southern Indian cooking with Srividya, who explained all about the various ingredients, spices and cooking process.
    I thoroughly enjoyed eating what was prepared, and chatting about the food. Srividya and her family were very friendly and made me feel very welcomed, and would definitely recommend this fun and interesting activity.
    Written March 22, 2024
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    sofiadujour
    Chicago39 contributions
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    Oct 2022 • Solo
    This was one of my favorite memories in Chennai! Srividya is very kind and pleasant to chat with. The dishes she had in mind to teach were ones that could be easily recreated back home without unique ingredients, which is a great concept for this class. These dishes were supplemented by several others for a festive lunch. Highly recommend!
    Written October 17, 2022
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    Harriet B
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    Jan 2018 • Solo
    This is the best thing I did during my stay in Chennai - Jyashree, my host, was very welcoming and the experience was so much more than I hoped for. We went to the market to buy supplies (with a temple visit and a little souvenir shopping on the side), then Jyashree showed us how to make various delicious south Indian foods, including sambar which I had particularly requested. The meal we ate was one of the best meals I have eaten in India and I left very full and happy! I would definitely recommend this to anyone, whether you have an interest in cooking yourself or would just like to experience a proper home-cooked meal.
    Written January 26, 2018
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    勇 西
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sep 2023 • Solo
    Her dishes are really heartful.
    Thank you so much for taught me very carefully.
    If you want make wonderful memories in Chennai,you should be go to her cooking class
    Written May 12, 2024
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    DogDaze55
    Salem, OR114 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Srividya and her family welcomed us into their condo-home for a cooking lesson.  A highlight of our Chennai visit.

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    We helped cook, mostly watched. We were served a beautiful meal and ate from a banana leaf "plate" with our right- hand fingers. What fun!

    The dishes prepared with us were:

    Keerai Kuzhambu (spinach steamed with tomato then finished with spices, dal in coconut oil and curry leaves)

    Kovakkai Perattal (a vegetable, steamed, then finished with spices, ground peanuts, and fresh grated coconut)

    Kuzhi Paniyaram (tiny round dumplings made with fermented dosa batter, served with chutneys and pickled mango)

    We gained some confidence that we might try to experience cooking these at home.  We took photos of the recipe progressions.

    A wonderful adventure! The home is in central Chennai near GRT Grand Chennai Hotel and the Hyatt. Uber works well for transport.

    Written November 10, 2023
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    Kathryn H
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2023 • Friends
    Absolutely loved this experience! Learnt so much about the amazing flavours of South Indian cooking. Amazing host. Thoroughly recommend this.
    Written August 23, 2023
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    Chandrika S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2023 • Family
    I had some trouble getting in touch with Srividhya because I did not have what’sapp, and I found the layers of booking services confusing (Tripadvisor via travelling spoon). However, the phone number provided went right to Srividhya, and this was our main way of communicating.

    She was kind enough to make specific dishes that I was interested in learning. She showed us all the steps for these two dishes (kutu and kozhambu) and answered all my questions. This included possible substitutions and variations. We had a delicious and beautifully presented meal on banana leaves.

    Overall, we really enjoyed the experience and learned a lot! I’ve already made the dishes at home since returning.

    I would have loved to actively cook with her instead of just watching, and if I were to book with her again, this is something I would ask about in advance. Once we were there, she had everything thoughtfully prepared, like a cooking show, and it didn’t make sense for us to participate.
    Written August 14, 2023
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    Christoph Kägi
    Siebnen, Switzerland25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simply an excellent experience being hosted at this private place and learn how traditional South Indian food is being prepared. You learn step by step how the dishes are made and the highlight is to eat them at there home
    Written November 30, 2022
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