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Host: Tara

Chennai (Madras), India

USD
$8-$50 per person

Authentic Indian cuisine as well as oriental and continental choices

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

Meet Tara

Tara's home is filled with beautiful furnishings and collectibles. Tara, who lives with her young children, is a personable and friendly host who has led an exotic life.

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: (1-10 guests) Tara serves a wide variety of authentic Indian regional dishes which may include Tamil-style fish curry, lal maas, a Rajasthani-style goat dish, a Christian-style veal curry sopped up with addictive phulkas made hot and fresh while you eat and her signature chicken biryani served with refreshing boondhi raita followed by traditional payasam. Gather at the family dining table to share the meal with Tara's children. She can cook authentic North Indian food, as well as Oriental and Continental food too.

Cooking experience: (1-8 guests) Tara offers a cooking demonstration during which she will prepare 2-3 dishes from different parts of India. Be sure to let her know beforehand if you're interested in learning one particular cuisine.

Market visit: (1-5 guests) Join Tara in a visit to a typical village market at Arumbakkam, a 10 minute drive from her home to discover regional produce in a chaotic, local market.

Notes: Please note that Tara prefers not to host just a meal for solo travelers. For solo travelers who only want a meal, Tara charges a premium.

Tara's home is 10 minutes from Nungambakkam by car. If you choose a dinner experience, Tara's kids and husband would join you at the table

Languages spoken: English, Tamil, Hindi and French

Traveler reviews

Our lunch cooking experience with Tara was exactly what we were hoping for and exceeded our expectations. I had requested certain dishes in advance and Tara showed us how to make them. It was a fun and interactive experience, and best of all, I learned how to make my favourite Indian meals! Would highly recommend. Excellent communications from booking to finish with all my questions answered via email. Very professional
- Vanessa November 24, 2018

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Tara

$8-$50 USD

per person
100%
Satisfaction Guaranteed
  • 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
$28 $24 $20
Cooking Experience + Meal
$40 $34 $28
Market Tour
$10 $8 $8
Market Tour + Meal
$40 $34 $28
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$50 $46 $40
Alcohol
$4 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$28 $24 $20
Cooking Experience + Meal
$40 $34 $28
Market Tour
$10 $8 $8
Market Tour + Meal
$40 $34 $28
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$50 $46 $40
Alcohol
$4 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
11:00am-1:00pm 5:00pm-7:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
9:00am-12:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour
10:00am-12:00pm 5:00pm-7:00pm
Market Tour+ Meal
10:00am-2:00pm 4:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
8:30am-1:30pm 5:00pm-10:00pm

Meet Tara

Tara's home is filled with beautiful furnishings and collectibles. Tara, who lives with her young children, is a personable and friendly host who has led an exotic life.

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: (1-10 guests) Tara serves a wide variety of authentic Indian regional dishes which may include Tamil-style fish curry, lal maas, a Rajasthani-style goat dish, a Christian-style veal curry sopped up with addictive phulkas made hot and fresh while you eat and her signature chicken biryani served with refreshing boondhi raita followed by traditional payasam. Gather at the family dining table to share the meal with Tara's children. She can cook authentic North Indian food, as well as Oriental and Continental food too.

Cooking experience: (1-8 guests) Tara offers a cooking demonstration during which she will prepare 2-3 dishes from different parts of India. Be sure to let her know beforehand if you're interested in learning one particular cuisine.

Market visit: (1-5 guests) Join Tara in a visit to a typical village market at Arumbakkam, a 10 minute drive from her home to discover regional produce in a chaotic, local market.

Notes: Please note that Tara prefers not to host just a meal for solo travelers. For solo travelers who only want a meal, Tara charges a premium.

Tara's home is 10 minutes from Nungambakkam by car. If you choose a dinner experience, Tara's kids and husband would join you at the table

Languages spoken: English, Tamil, Hindi and French

Traveler reviews

Our lunch cooking experience with Tara was exactly what we were hoping for and exceeded our expectations. I had requested certain dishes in advance and Tara showed us how to make them. It was a fun and interactive experience, and best of all, I learned how to make my favourite Indian meals! Would highly recommend. Excellent communications from booking to finish with all my questions answered via email. Very professional
- Vanessa November 24, 2018

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$28 $24 $20
Cooking Experience + Meal
$40 $34 $28
Market Tour
$10 $8 $8
Market Tour + Meal
$40 $34 $28
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$50 $46 $40
Alcohol
$4 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$28 $24 $20
Cooking Experience + Meal
$40 $34 $28
Market Tour
$10 $8 $8
Market Tour + Meal
$40 $34 $28
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$50 $46 $40
Alcohol
$4 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
11:00am-1:00pm 5:00pm-7:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
9:00am-12:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour
10:00am-12:00pm 5:00pm-7:00pm
Market Tour+ Meal
10:00am-2:00pm 4:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
8:30am-1:30pm 5:00pm-10:00pm
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").

    Your safety and security are our top priority. To ensure this, Traveling Spoon personally vets 100% of all hosts, including an in-person host visit, to ensure each host and experience meets our strict quality requirements.

    Hosts typically respond to booking inquiries within 72 hours. If for some reason you have not heard from your host or if you have any questions you can always contact us at reservations@travelingspoon.com.