Authenticook
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Experience India, home-made! Unique culinary experiences hosted by locals at their homes for travellers and locals alike. Authenticook is the perfect avenue to explore the local Indian food scene and meet interesting and likeminded people. You can opt from cooking lessons, market visits, cooking demos and dining experiences with locals.
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Katie L
Atlanta, GA3 contributions
Couples
Neelam and Amit, our hosts, really surpassed all our expectations. Their home was very easy to find and close to a rail station. Amit stayed on the phone with me to help us find his front door. Neelam had prepared such a spread of small snacks, all homemade and delicious, we ate too much and had to take a break before cooking the main!

We met her sons, chatted about our travels, and talked about the city. We really felt like old friends catching up instead of strangers in someone's house. They are such a warm and welcoming family.

Onto the food - Neelam can COOK! Although Amit did most the talking and translating, Neelam has that universal boss look of a proud mother feeding you dishes she's made thousands of times. Beware, there will be seconds. She's happy to slow down so we could take video notes too. We made Bedmi Puri, a lentil and flour puffed bread, and aloo. I never would have tried to make an Indian bread before but I'm confident I can make this again at home. Before we left she offered to help via chat if I had any problems with the recipe at home too.
Written October 25, 2019
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CRWinnie
Alvor, Portugal95 contributions
Couples
We arrived in Delhi and had decided in advance to immerse ourselves in The city by using Authenticook to book a dinner at the home of Vinka. What can I say but our evening could not have been any better. The food and company were both excellent and it was like eating with friends and even though we were tired we came away from the evening feeling energised. Thank you to Vinka and all her family for making us feel so welcome in your home. I have no hesitation in recommending this dining experience. Do not expect five dining, but enjoy the home cooked soul food and the excellent chat.
Written November 3, 2019
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Marlen A
Ottawa, Canada6 contributions
Couples
Cooking with Vinka is an awesome way to learn how to cook traditional Punjabi food! She is such a welcoming and warm-hearted host! She explained every ingredient in detail to us and even helped us to buy the spices so we can cook the dishes at home. We were dining with the whole family and we had good conversations about Indian culture and food. Her home is very clean and she prepared everything with bottled water. Absolutely entertaining, educational, and enjoyable afternoon spent with Vinka and her family. And the food was so yummy!
Everything was just great - definitely recommend to do the cooking class with her!
Written May 23, 2019
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Hey Marlenanne, Thank you so much for taking the time out to share your feedback & experience. We are glad you had an amazing time with your Host in New Delhi. Do spread the Authenticook cheer and looking forward to hosting you again!! Thanks, Team Authenticook.
Written July 16, 2019
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theblessingbucket
Toronto, Canada29 contributions
Solo
I had such an amazing time with Moushumi. She made me feel so welcomed and comfortable in her home. I loved talking with her and hearing about her life. I learned a lot about Bengali cuisine. The food she made were absolutely delicious. Moushumi took the time to explain everything to me, from the starter to dessert. I left on a full stomach with lots of good memories. Thank you Moushumi! I would love to come back again one day!
Written March 18, 2019
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Hey Theblessingbucket, Thank you so much for taking the time out to share your feedback & experience. We are glad you had an amazing time with your Host. Do spread the Authenticook cheer and looking forward to hosting you again!! Thanks, Team Authenticook.
Written July 16, 2019
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Eduard
2 contributions
Couples
We arrived at Moushumi's home knowing very little of what to expect. Moushumi was an amazing host, taking time to answer any questions, share stories and weigh on us with her brilliant, authentic Indian food.

We were also very grateful for the fact that she had taken into account the fact that we are vegetarians. The dishes she chose were some of the best I have ever had. I am likely to develop a true passion for Indian cuisine and much of this is due to this meal and the hosts' great hospitality.

I can't end my review before mentioning Moushumi's very kind-hearted spirit, youthful personality, and eagerness to share her insight into the best ways to discover India and its food culture.

I would absolutely recommend this to all foodies, and/or to those simply looking to spend a nice evening with a fascinating person.
Written February 20, 2019
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Hey WhereisEduard777, Thank you so much for taking the time out to share your feedback & experience. We are glad you had an amazing time with your Host in New Delhi. Do spread the Authenticook cheer and looking forward to hosting you again!! Thanks, Team Authenticook.
Written July 16, 2019
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juliasomething
19 contributions
Couples
As a first time traveller in India, I really recommend trying to meet locals and try homemade food. As most travellers might have issues with street food or may be sensitive to the spicy Indian food, a home cooked meal especially for you would be the best option.
I learnt just how spicy the food is, what are some dished I can eat and order at an Indian restaurant, and also learnt to cook some Indian food. This was a truly authentic experience and my host Moushumi was the best host to introduce me to Indian Bengali vegan food! Choose her if you are in Delhi and you are interested in Bengali Indian food! She is also the best conversation partner!
Written February 20, 2019
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Hey Juliasomething, Thank you so much for taking the time out to share your feedback & experience. We are glad you had an amazing time with your Host in Mumbai. Do spread the Authenticook cheer and looking forward to hosting you again!! Thanks, Team Authenticook.
Written July 16, 2019
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EllieCleary
London16 contributions
Solo
I had a wonderful time at Alka's enjoying her Western UP Thali that I booked via Authenticook, and the desert (rabri) was incredible! It w as a great chance to make some new friends and enjoy the comforts of home cooked food. This is truly Delhi at its best.
The only problem? I was too full to move afterwards ;-). Highly recommended.
Written February 22, 2018
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Hey Trundler83, Thank you for taking the time out to share your feedback & experience. We are glad you had an amazing time with your Host. Do spread the Authenticook cheer and looking forward to hosting you again!! Thanks, Team Authenticook.
Written June 6, 2018
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Paula L
Arlington, VA5 contributions
Family
We had a great time at Alka's home. There were 9 of us - 4 adults and 5 kids ranging from 11 - 17 years old. The food was delicious and very plentiful. We were amazed by how many dishes she prepared for us. She explained a lot to us about the preparation, ingredients used and more about her culture. She even made us an impromptu appetizer (street food) when the conversation led to it. Our only issue (and we explained this to Authenticook staff who was there with us) was that it was very difficult to find her home - even our driver couldn't. Our advice to Authenticook is to provide much more detailed directions to locations. Thank you for this incredible authentic experience. We'd definitely do it again and will tell others!
Written January 18, 2018
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Hey Paula, Thank you for taking the time out to share your feedback & experience. We are glad you had an amazing time with your Host. We shall keep your suggestion in mind and ensure we improve on it. Do spread the Authenticook cheer and looking forward to hosting you again!! Thanks, Team Authenticook.
Written June 6, 2018
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