We took the cooking class organised by the affable Stanley Wilson and hosted by his lovely wife Jasmine at their home a mile or two from downtown Fort Cochin. If you are interested in learning about Indian and Keralan cooking I can heartily recommend this course. Jasmine takes up to 3 people on the course, unlike some other more widely advertised courses which can have classes five times that number, and so it is a really personalised experience.
Jasmine has a magic with spices and taught us a host of dishes and clued us up on so many more. We took the vegetarian course but cooking with fish is also offered.
Unfortunately we didn't have enough time to arrange one of the tours but having met Mr Wilson and given his 18 years experience in the trade, I would certainly seek out Wilson Tours should I ever return to Cochin.
NB we didn't stay at the hotel, just took the cooking class but it is situated in a quiet part of town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jasmin Villa - The homestay run by Jasmin Stanley which is one and half kilometers away from the city center of Cochin. At Jasmin Villa, you will find the warmth and charm of homely atmosphere. It has three well furnished and spacious bath-attached rooms (AC/Non AC) with hotwater facility. Like some of the most distinctive homestays in the world, the Jasmin Villa offers its guests so much more than is ever expected from a homestay – all included in the nightly rate. Complimentary breakfast and dinner (Best and delicious Kerala delicacies) is served daily, Free Internet, Wi-fi and complimentary refreshments 24 hours a day. Above all,Mrs. Jasmin is an excellent cook and she used to conduct cooking classes in traditional Kerala cuisines for interested tourists. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jasmin Villa Homestay Kochi (Cochin), India - Kerala