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Host: Amol

Goa, India

USD
$20-$38 per person

Typical Goan Saraswat cuisine

Host offerings
  • House
  • Professional cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit

Meet Amol

Amol has restored his ancestral property into a sumptuous seven-villa resort on a lush, green hill teeming with pineapples, cashews, pepper, and an abundance of additional vegetables and spices, all of which serve as inspiration for his Goan 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: (1-5 guests) Amol is a true nature lover, and will begin your experience with a garden tour of his gorgeous eight-acre villa resort property filled with exotic local fruits and vegetables. Amol serves traditional Hindu Goan cuisine which focuses on subtle flavors with a rich coconut base. Dishes may include chicken xacuti, prawn and fish curry, kismoor (dried roasted prawns with grated coconut), green leafy vegetables stir-fried or in a coconut-based gravy, a coconut milk-based vegetable kurma with rice or roti, mung or toor dal, pulses with a coconut-based gravy. For dessert you might have brownies, ice cream, or a creamy banana halwa.

Cooking experience: (1-5 guests) You will learn to cook some of Amol's Hindu Goan family recipes that have been passed down through generations of his family. You will cook together in the resort's professional kitchen and then share a meal with Amol at one of the dining tables in his seven villa resort.

Notes: This experience takes place in a beautiful resort that Amol has created, not in his home as you might typically expect.

Traveler reviews

Amol was an excellent host and the villa is an oasis from the usual crowds of Goa! We had an incredible time with him. It was, by far, one of the best experiences we have had in India for what we learned and the connection we made. After a refreshing fresh fruit juice, he gave us a tour of the fruit and vegetable plants around the property, many of which are unique to the climate and cuisine. We picked fresh ingredients for cooking and to try as we walked around. The meal was healthy and delicious! During the cooking experience, we asked endless questions, and Amol was happy to explain ingredients, cooking techniques, ways to adjust the spice, and how the flavors interact in Goan cooking. We now have a much better understanding of Goan menus and with the simple recipes and natural ingredients, we look forward to cooking our own Goan meal soon!
- Kimberly

Amol gave us a lovely garden tour and then we had a great conversation about Indian economy and government. We learned a lot and it was the most delicious meal we've had yet - including our fancy dinner in Delhi.
- Charlie

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Amol

$20-$38 USD

per person
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Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$28 $24 $20
Cooking Experience + Meal
$38 $32 $26
Alcohol
$4 per person
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$28 $24 $20
Cooking Experience + Meal
$38 $32 $26
Alcohol
$4 per person
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 6:00pm-8:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:30am-2:30pm 5:00pm-8:00pm

Meet Amol

Amol has restored his ancestral property into a sumptuous seven-villa resort on a lush, green hill teeming with pineapples, cashews, pepper, and an abundance of additional vegetables and spices, all of which serve as inspiration for his Goan 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: (1-5 guests) Amol is a true nature lover, and will begin your experience with a garden tour of his gorgeous eight-acre villa resort property filled with exotic local fruits and vegetables. Amol serves traditional Hindu Goan cuisine which focuses on subtle flavors with a rich coconut base. Dishes may include chicken xacuti, prawn and fish curry, kismoor (dried roasted prawns with grated coconut), green leafy vegetables stir-fried or in a coconut-based gravy, a coconut milk-based vegetable kurma with rice or roti, mung or toor dal, pulses with a coconut-based gravy. For dessert you might have brownies, ice cream, or a creamy banana halwa.

Cooking experience: (1-5 guests) You will learn to cook some of Amol's Hindu Goan family recipes that have been passed down through generations of his family. You will cook together in the resort's professional kitchen and then share a meal with Amol at one of the dining tables in his seven villa resort.

Notes: This experience takes place in a beautiful resort that Amol has created, not in his home as you might typically expect.

Traveler reviews

Amol was an excellent host and the villa is an oasis from the usual crowds of Goa! We had an incredible time with him. It was, by far, one of the best experiences we have had in India for what we learned and the connection we made. After a refreshing fresh fruit juice, he gave us a tour of the fruit and vegetable plants around the property, many of which are unique to the climate and cuisine. We picked fresh ingredients for cooking and to try as we walked around. The meal was healthy and delicious! During the cooking experience, we asked endless questions, and Amol was happy to explain ingredients, cooking techniques, ways to adjust the spice, and how the flavors interact in Goan cooking. We now have a much better understanding of Goan menus and with the simple recipes and natural ingredients, we look forward to cooking our own Goan meal soon!
- Kimberly

Amol gave us a lovely garden tour and then we had a great conversation about Indian economy and government. We learned a lot and it was the most delicious meal we've had yet - including our fancy dinner in Delhi.
- Charlie

Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$28 $24 $20
Cooking Experience + Meal
$38 $32 $26
Alcohol
$4 per person
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$28 $24 $20
Cooking Experience + Meal
$38 $32 $26
Alcohol
$4 per person
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 6:00pm-8:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:30am-2:30pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
Host Contact
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  • Address and phone number will be provided upon booking confirmation
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