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Host: Iti

Kolkata (Calcutta), India

USD
$32-$42 per person

Bengali food in the heart of Kolkata

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Iti

Iti, a warm and welcoming retired British Airways executive, has been on a series of cooking shows on Indian TV where she demonstrates Bengali cuisine. She lives in Calcutta in an elegant, modern apartment with a garden terrace. Iti is keen to showcase the diversity of Bengali cuisine through her menu that includes a variety of dishes.

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: (1-8 guests) Share with Iti a traditional Bengali tasting menu (8-10 dishes) served on beautiful hand-painted terracotta plates with matching bowls for curries. Bengali cuisine centers around seafood, lentils and vegetables redolent of flavors like mustard, poppy seeds, panch poran (a traditional Bengali five spice blend) and coconut. Dishes may include pulao (fragrant saffron-flavored rice), dal (yellow mung lentils spiked with mango-flavored ginger and cumin), beguni (crispy eggplant fritters), alu jhinge posto (potatoes, zucchini, and yellow pumpkin cooked with a poppy seed paste), chingri malai curry (aromatic coconut cream prawns), bhetki paturi (sea bass coated with a mustard paste and steamed in banana leaves) which is one of the best fish dishes we have ever had. For dessert, you might try payesh (Bengali style rice pudding flavored with cinnamon and sweetened with date palm sugar) or another of her fantastic dishes. Iti offers beer if you choose the optional alcohol add-on.

Notes: Please note that this experience is not suitable for children. Also note that four groups larger than four travelers the meal will be served buffet style.

Languages spoken: English, Hindi

Traveler reviews

5.0 (15)
Visited Kolkata and my family had booked a private dinner at a locals home. The food was spectacular, a variety of traditional dishes followed by a beautiful Bengali dessert and tea. Our hostess was welcoming and we instantly felt at ease . Iti was a very interesting conversationalist having traveled extensively and offered rich topics which kept the night flowing with interest. We could sense she genuinely loved people and took pleasure in hosting !! If you’re looking for a delightful evening , don’t let this one get away . Thank you for a memorable dinner.Denise from New Hampshire USA
- DeniseF1330 December 08, 2019
We found this event to be very enjoying. Good food and good conversation. It was nice to talk to a local and get some insight about Kolkata. Our host was a good cook and explained the menu. Over all a very pleasant evening
- DebbyBelle December 08, 2019
I apologise for the delay in posting a review but I haven't stopped wandering through this wonderful country of yours long enough to put pen to paper until now. My first few hours in Calcutta were full of calamity..missed connections hacked bank cards lost bag and and 9 hour delay meant I arrived to Iti's home a full 2 hours later than originally booked..but she welcomed me with open arms a ready smile and delicious meal and took time to ensure I relaxed after the ordeals of the day....it was just what I needed to calm the soul and energise the body The meal was delicious but mostly I appreciated the genuine thoughtfulness and patience of my host...Iti is the jewel in this experience
- helenmanning May 08, 2019
I could go on and on about the Bengali food Iti prepared, it was an AMAZING meal! Iti is so knowledgeable and passionate about food, cultures, and history. I loved our conversations while sitting outside sharing tea after the meal. I was fighting off the beginning stages of a head cold, but after eating the nutritious spices and healthy lunch I was already feeling better. Iti brewed a ginger tulsi tea with honey after the meal, and I swear it cured my cold! Thank you Iti for this experience. I will be back again to see you!
- brookebier January 31, 2019
I recently had dinner with Iti. It was a wonderful experience, sharing a delicious dinner in someone's home!.This was a pleasant change from eating solo in restaurants every evening. Iti discussed Bengali food, her experiences, …. the time flew by!!The presentation of the dinner was as lovely as the food was delicious. We ate on hand-painted (by Iti) plates reminiscent of the clay cups used for tea in tea shops.We sat on her balcony before dinner and chatted amicably. Again, this was quite an oasis of conviviality for a solo traveller.Thank you, Iti.Helen
- helencpoot June 19, 2018
My American friends from Singapore loved Calcutta and Bengali food so much that one was on her second visit in 3 months! She had eaten at all the big-name restaurants, and wanted to eat in an authentic Bengali home. I've lived in Calcutta for over 30 years, but am not ethnically Bengali. Found Travelling Spoon on the web, and booked a wonderful dinner at Iti's. The hostess was charming and elegant, and served seasonal market fresh local dishes only enjoyed at home. My friend said: "The menu card was handwritten, with descriptions of all the dishes. Our names were at the top. Everything was as if a lesson from Letitia Baldridge. Really a super experience."
- jayjaymon March 02, 2018
Read about this on TripAdvisor itself & was very intrigued & wanted to try it out. We were meeting our American friends from Hong Kong in Kolkata, so contacted Iti Mishra & booked a dinner at her home.Our friends are Vegan & Itidi didn't bat an eyelid even when she was told that. An amazing spread was waiting for us. We enjoyed each & every dish laid out in front of us. She is such a lovely hostess, there was interesting conversation flowing throughout. Really enjoyed this experience & would highly recommend all to go for it.Thank you Itidi for this wonderful experience.
- gargi28 February 25, 2018
The cooking and lunch with Itti were interesting , funny , and of course new tastdiscovery what we liked . A nice home and we felt relax . Afterwards I realized that Itti had to handle with quite much.. explaining all about Kolkata's gastronomy and spices to my friend and in the same time I was confrontating her with some big philosophy items as cast system, reincarnation, culturedifferences.. and much more..thank you so much for your energy and commitment.Henry George and Jef
- Jef V February 18, 2018
We had the most wonderful evening being made so very welcome in Iti’s Home, so fantastic to learn all about traditional Indian Home life and food culture. She cooked an amazing Thali all really tasty not too spicy but very authentic and very delicious. I loved the fish with a mustard sauce wrapped in banana leaves. We arrived as strangers and left as friends, highly recommend if you are interested in the cuisine of Bengal and India.
- MariaTalavera27 January 14, 2018
Excellent and different experience.
- John Peak October 17, 2017
It was a great pleasure to meet Iti.. a privilege to be invited into someone's home in a new city. The meal and the setting were lovely, and the hostess! what a way to celebrate a 70th birthday but the best was her lovely invitation to a superb concert in the evening in the Maidan Thank you Iti!!!!!!!!!
- JennyW February 18, 2017
We had a lovely time. The food was delicious and Iti had tempered down the spices for tender American pallets:-) I would definitely do this again and look forward to checking it out in other countries.
- Leni December 12, 2016
Iti was an excellent host. She made us so welcome and was very happy to answer any questions. We had some stimulating conversation and Iti provided us with beautiful Bengali food we are looking forward to her recipes which she is sending onto us.
- Nanette Dodds December 06, 2016
I actually booked this through Viator, is this the same as travelling spoon? I have already reviewed this on Viator. In summary, we had a wonderful evening at Iti's home. She is a very interesting and friendly lady who is well travelled and well read. She provided great insights into the life and culture in Kolkata. The food was superb too!
- Edel November 30, 2016
It was delightful and delicious! Spending a relaxing afternoon in Iti's home while savoring her excellent home-cooked meal was a perfect way to spend our first day in India. It gave us the opportunity to ease into the local culture.
- Viajera November 29, 2016
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Iti

$32-$42 USD

per person
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  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Credit card is not charged until the host confirms your booking
  • Private experience
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$42 $38 $32
Alcohol
$4 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$42 $38 $32
Alcohol
$4 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:30pm-2:30pm 7:00pm-9:00pm

Meet Iti

Iti, a warm and welcoming retired British Airways executive, has been on a series of cooking shows on Indian TV where she demonstrates Bengali cuisine. She lives in Calcutta in an elegant, modern apartment with a garden terrace. Iti is keen to showcase the diversity of Bengali cuisine through her menu that includes a variety of dishes.

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: (1-8 guests) Share with Iti a traditional Bengali tasting menu (8-10 dishes) served on beautiful hand-painted terracotta plates with matching bowls for curries. Bengali cuisine centers around seafood, lentils and vegetables redolent of flavors like mustard, poppy seeds, panch poran (a traditional Bengali five spice blend) and coconut. Dishes may include pulao (fragrant saffron-flavored rice), dal (yellow mung lentils spiked with mango-flavored ginger and cumin), beguni (crispy eggplant fritters), alu jhinge posto (potatoes, zucchini, and yellow pumpkin cooked with a poppy seed paste), chingri malai curry (aromatic coconut cream prawns), bhetki paturi (sea bass coated with a mustard paste and steamed in banana leaves) which is one of the best fish dishes we have ever had. For dessert, you might try payesh (Bengali style rice pudding flavored with cinnamon and sweetened with date palm sugar) or another of her fantastic dishes. Iti offers beer if you choose the optional alcohol add-on.

Notes: Please note that this experience is not suitable for children. Also note that four groups larger than four travelers the meal will be served buffet style.

Languages spoken: English, Hindi

Traveler reviews

5.0 (15)
Visited Kolkata and my family had booked a private dinner at a locals home. The food was spectacular, a variety of traditional dishes followed by a beautiful Bengali dessert and tea. Our hostess was welcoming and we instantly felt at ease . Iti was a very interesting conversationalist having traveled extensively and offered rich topics which kept the night flowing with interest. We could sense she genuinely loved people and took pleasure in hosting !! If you’re looking for a delightful evening , don’t let this one get away . Thank you for a memorable dinner.Denise from New Hampshire USA
- DeniseF1330 December 08, 2019
We found this event to be very enjoying. Good food and good conversation. It was nice to talk to a local and get some insight about Kolkata. Our host was a good cook and explained the menu. Over all a very pleasant evening
- DebbyBelle December 08, 2019
I apologise for the delay in posting a review but I haven't stopped wandering through this wonderful country of yours long enough to put pen to paper until now. My first few hours in Calcutta were full of calamity..missed connections hacked bank cards lost bag and and 9 hour delay meant I arrived to Iti's home a full 2 hours later than originally booked..but she welcomed me with open arms a ready smile and delicious meal and took time to ensure I relaxed after the ordeals of the day....it was just what I needed to calm the soul and energise the body The meal was delicious but mostly I appreciated the genuine thoughtfulness and patience of my host...Iti is the jewel in this experience
- helenmanning May 08, 2019
I could go on and on about the Bengali food Iti prepared, it was an AMAZING meal! Iti is so knowledgeable and passionate about food, cultures, and history. I loved our conversations while sitting outside sharing tea after the meal. I was fighting off the beginning stages of a head cold, but after eating the nutritious spices and healthy lunch I was already feeling better. Iti brewed a ginger tulsi tea with honey after the meal, and I swear it cured my cold! Thank you Iti for this experience. I will be back again to see you!
- brookebier January 31, 2019
I recently had dinner with Iti. It was a wonderful experience, sharing a delicious dinner in someone's home!.This was a pleasant change from eating solo in restaurants every evening. Iti discussed Bengali food, her experiences, …. the time flew by!!The presentation of the dinner was as lovely as the food was delicious. We ate on hand-painted (by Iti) plates reminiscent of the clay cups used for tea in tea shops.We sat on her balcony before dinner and chatted amicably. Again, this was quite an oasis of conviviality for a solo traveller.Thank you, Iti.Helen
- helencpoot June 19, 2018
My American friends from Singapore loved Calcutta and Bengali food so much that one was on her second visit in 3 months! She had eaten at all the big-name restaurants, and wanted to eat in an authentic Bengali home. I've lived in Calcutta for over 30 years, but am not ethnically Bengali. Found Travelling Spoon on the web, and booked a wonderful dinner at Iti's. The hostess was charming and elegant, and served seasonal market fresh local dishes only enjoyed at home. My friend said: "The menu card was handwritten, with descriptions of all the dishes. Our names were at the top. Everything was as if a lesson from Letitia Baldridge. Really a super experience."
- jayjaymon March 02, 2018
Read about this on TripAdvisor itself & was very intrigued & wanted to try it out. We were meeting our American friends from Hong Kong in Kolkata, so contacted Iti Mishra & booked a dinner at her home.Our friends are Vegan & Itidi didn't bat an eyelid even when she was told that. An amazing spread was waiting for us. We enjoyed each & every dish laid out in front of us. She is such a lovely hostess, there was interesting conversation flowing throughout. Really enjoyed this experience & would highly recommend all to go for it.Thank you Itidi for this wonderful experience.
- gargi28 February 25, 2018
The cooking and lunch with Itti were interesting , funny , and of course new tastdiscovery what we liked . A nice home and we felt relax . Afterwards I realized that Itti had to handle with quite much.. explaining all about Kolkata's gastronomy and spices to my friend and in the same time I was confrontating her with some big philosophy items as cast system, reincarnation, culturedifferences.. and much more..thank you so much for your energy and commitment.Henry George and Jef
- Jef V February 18, 2018
We had the most wonderful evening being made so very welcome in Iti’s Home, so fantastic to learn all about traditional Indian Home life and food culture. She cooked an amazing Thali all really tasty not too spicy but very authentic and very delicious. I loved the fish with a mustard sauce wrapped in banana leaves. We arrived as strangers and left as friends, highly recommend if you are interested in the cuisine of Bengal and India.
- MariaTalavera27 January 14, 2018
Excellent and different experience.
- John Peak October 17, 2017
It was a great pleasure to meet Iti.. a privilege to be invited into someone's home in a new city. The meal and the setting were lovely, and the hostess! what a way to celebrate a 70th birthday but the best was her lovely invitation to a superb concert in the evening in the Maidan Thank you Iti!!!!!!!!!
- JennyW February 18, 2017
We had a lovely time. The food was delicious and Iti had tempered down the spices for tender American pallets:-) I would definitely do this again and look forward to checking it out in other countries.
- Leni December 12, 2016
Iti was an excellent host. She made us so welcome and was very happy to answer any questions. We had some stimulating conversation and Iti provided us with beautiful Bengali food we are looking forward to her recipes which she is sending onto us.
- Nanette Dodds December 06, 2016
I actually booked this through Viator, is this the same as travelling spoon? I have already reviewed this on Viator. In summary, we had a wonderful evening at Iti's home. She is a very interesting and friendly lady who is well travelled and well read. She provided great insights into the life and culture in Kolkata. The food was superb too!
- Edel November 30, 2016
It was delightful and delicious! Spending a relaxing afternoon in Iti's home while savoring her excellent home-cooked meal was a perfect way to spend our first day in India. It gave us the opportunity to ease into the local culture.
- Viajera November 29, 2016
Read More
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$42 $38 $32
Alcohol
$4 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$42 $38 $32
Alcohol
$4 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:30pm-2:30pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
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