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Host: Pratibha

Chennai (Madras), India

USD
$26-$32 per person

A beautifully balanced Ayurvedic vegetarian meal or a South Indian thali in Chennai

Host offerings
  • House
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Pratibha

Pratibha is the co-author of award-winning cookbooks and has been invited to demonstrate Indian culinary traditions in venues worldwide. She calls herself a spiritual and creative cook and focuses on healthy vegetarian cooking. She specializes in Ayurvedic Cooking and South Indian Cooking. Pratibha lives in a traditional home in the Mylapore neighborhood of Chennai.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-4 guests) Pratibha cooks healthy, balanced vegetarian food. She will welcome you into her traditional home with a welcome drink of effervescent homemade lime mint cooler spiked with some fruit (such as guavas, apples or grapes). Then you will sit down to eat a healthy vegetarian, Ayurvedic meal that focuses on local, seasonal vegetables and lentils OR a South Indian vegetarian thali that includes multiple dishes that are staples of South Indian cuisine served on a round platter. Pratibha believes in balanced tastes - for example her carrot soup has the sweetness of carrots balanced by the earthy flavors of cloves and coriander. As you share a meal together, hear about the various properties of the ingredients she uses and how they benefit the body and mind. This experience is a unique and memorable one where you get to visit a local home and meet an award-winning cookbook author to share Indian culture and cuisine together.

When making your booking, please state if you would prefer an Ayurvedic meal or South Indian thali.

Notes: Pratibha only serves vegetarian food.

Languages spoken: English, Hindi, Tamil

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Ayurvedic meal: Carrot kheer, bottlegourd soopa, khakra snack, mixed vegetable sabzi, dal with healthy lentils, fresh salads and pickles, spiced buttermilk, steamed rice and rotis.
  • South Indian meal: Almond payasam, chapati with potato side-dish, bisi bele with broken wheat, raw mango or curry leaf rice, fresh salads and pickles, spiced yogurt, papads.

Traveler reviews

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Pratibha

$26-$32 USD

per person
100%
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  • 100% Satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Your credit card will not be charged until your host accepts your booking
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$32 $26 Not offered
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$32 $26 Not offered
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
1:00pm-3:00pm 6:00pm-8:00pm

Meet Pratibha

Pratibha is the co-author of award-winning cookbooks and has been invited to demonstrate Indian culinary traditions in venues worldwide. She calls herself a spiritual and creative cook and focuses on healthy vegetarian cooking. She specializes in Ayurvedic Cooking and South Indian Cooking. Pratibha lives in a traditional home in the Mylapore neighborhood of Chennai.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-4 guests) Pratibha cooks healthy, balanced vegetarian food. She will welcome you into her traditional home with a welcome drink of effervescent homemade lime mint cooler spiked with some fruit (such as guavas, apples or grapes). Then you will sit down to eat a healthy vegetarian, Ayurvedic meal that focuses on local, seasonal vegetables and lentils OR a South Indian vegetarian thali that includes multiple dishes that are staples of South Indian cuisine served on a round platter. Pratibha believes in balanced tastes - for example her carrot soup has the sweetness of carrots balanced by the earthy flavors of cloves and coriander. As you share a meal together, hear about the various properties of the ingredients she uses and how they benefit the body and mind. This experience is a unique and memorable one where you get to visit a local home and meet an award-winning cookbook author to share Indian culture and cuisine together.

When making your booking, please state if you would prefer an Ayurvedic meal or South Indian thali.

Notes: Pratibha only serves vegetarian food.

Languages spoken: English, Hindi, Tamil

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Ayurvedic meal: Carrot kheer, bottlegourd soopa, khakra snack, mixed vegetable sabzi, dal with healthy lentils, fresh salads and pickles, spiced buttermilk, steamed rice and rotis.
  • South Indian meal: Almond payasam, chapati with potato side-dish, bisi bele with broken wheat, raw mango or curry leaf rice, fresh salads and pickles, spiced yogurt, papads.

Traveler reviews

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$32 $26 Not offered
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$32 $26 Not offered
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
1:00pm-3:00pm 6:00pm-8:00pm
FAQ

    You can cancel your experience 48 hours or more before your experience date and receive a full refund. To request a cancellation once you have made a booking simply log in and click the "Request Cancellation" link from the bottom of your booking. Your refund will be processed immediately (note it can take up to 10 business days for this refund to post to your credit card statement). Please note that for cancellations within 48 hours of your experience we unfortunately cannot offer a refund; this is because our hosts typically purchase food and begin their preparations up to 48 hours before the experience.

    Most of our hosts are able to accommodate dietary restrictions and allergies, including vegetarian and gluten free options. For vegetarian travelers, we have an icon on each host profile to indicate whether that host can also offer a fully vegetarian menu. There is a section in the booking form to note any allergies or dietary restrictions which will be sent directly to your host.

    If you have a question about an experience, create a reservation and include your note in the field "Write a note to your host". Once you request a booking you can continue to message your host directly to ask any specific questions. You can always cancel your booking and receive a full refund as long as you cancel 48 hours in advance.

    Your card will not be charged until your host accepts your booking. Typically hosts respond to bookings within 72 hours. In the event your host is unavailable on your selected date and your host rejects your booking your credit card will not be charged.

    Your host's detailed contact information, including their phone number, address, and direction notes, will all be provided immediately upon successful confirmation of your experience (after your hosts accepts your booking and your credit card is successfully processed). This information will be emailed to you to the email address you used to sign up, and will also be visible on your Traveling Spoon profile.

    All prices are noted per person prices unless otherwise specified. Transportation is typically charged on a per car basis, but otherwise all prices are per person. Children aged 5-11 are 50% off, and infants aged 0-4 are free.

    Some hosts offer alcohol as an optional add-on for travelers who are of legal drinking age. Pricing for alcohol is visible on the host profile page and includes one to two glasses of wine, beer or local alcohol.

    Some hosts offer transportation as an optional add-on for travelers. Typically this is round trip transportation with pick up and drop off at your hotel. Pricing is quoted per car. Specific instructions for transportation will be provided in your confirmation details when your booking is confirmed.

    Many of our hosts accommodate solo travelers. You can see if a host accepts solo travelers by looking at the traveler range found next to the experience descriptions on the host profile (indicated by the numbers in parentheses next to "In-home meal", "Cooking experience" and "Market visit").

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