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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
  • In-home meal
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit + Cooking class + Meal
  • 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% VETTED
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  • 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • 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
$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
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    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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