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Host: Bibi

Kolkata (Calcutta), India

USD
$22-$108 per person

Traditional Bengali food and cooking with a passionate local

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

Meet Bibi

Bibi lives in a traditional Calcutta home with her teenage daughter, Joyee, and husband. Bibi, a restaurateur, started her career selling momos (steamed pork dumplings from Darjeeling) at the Nari Seva fair. She is a fun and friendly host passionate about sharing Bengali food and culture.

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) After your welcome drink of ampura sherbet (a refreshing raw mango drink) or, in the winter, apple juice with a hint of ginger, you will share a traditional Bengali meal eaten in courses with Bibi and her family. Dishes may include rice with a shaag bhaja (fried greens) or shukto (mixed bitter vegetables), dal, and vegetable bhaja (fried eggplant, crisp fried potato sticks), khao suey (Indian style Burmese chicken curry and noodle) and papad and chutney. To finish, a dessert of mishti doi (sweetened yoghurt) or payesh (rice pudding with jaggery made from nectar from the date palm tree).

Cooking experience: (1-8 guests) Join Bibi in her small kitchen watch her demonstrate how to cook authentic Bengali food that centers around a variety of vegetables and the flavors of mustard and panch poran (Bengali five-spice). The cooking demonstration will last about 1-2 hours.

Market visit: (1-8 guests) Discover local produce at one of Calcutta's old-world markets before returning home to learn to cook a traditional Bengali meal.

Notes: The road leading to Bibi's house is rough and the entrance will appear run down but once you enter her home and meet Bibi, you feel comfortable and at home.

Traveler reviews

This was a wonderful experience. The family were all so knowledgeable and involved in Bengali food. We had a lovely visit with them and really enjoyed both the lesson and the lunch.
- JHillard September 30, 2017

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Bibi

$22-$108 USD

per person
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Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$26 $22 $22
Cooking Experience + Meal
$66 $54 $42
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$108 $98 $88
Alcohol
$5 per person
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$26 $22 $22
Cooking Experience + Meal
$66 $54 $42
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$108 $98 $88
Alcohol
$5 per person
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
1:30pm-4:30pm 8:30pm-11:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 5:30pm-8:30pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:30am-2:30pm 4:00pm-9:00pm

Meet Bibi

Bibi lives in a traditional Calcutta home with her teenage daughter, Joyee, and husband. Bibi, a restaurateur, started her career selling momos (steamed pork dumplings from Darjeeling) at the Nari Seva fair. She is a fun and friendly host passionate about sharing Bengali food and culture.

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) After your welcome drink of ampura sherbet (a refreshing raw mango drink) or, in the winter, apple juice with a hint of ginger, you will share a traditional Bengali meal eaten in courses with Bibi and her family. Dishes may include rice with a shaag bhaja (fried greens) or shukto (mixed bitter vegetables), dal, and vegetable bhaja (fried eggplant, crisp fried potato sticks), khao suey (Indian style Burmese chicken curry and noodle) and papad and chutney. To finish, a dessert of mishti doi (sweetened yoghurt) or payesh (rice pudding with jaggery made from nectar from the date palm tree).

Cooking experience: (1-8 guests) Join Bibi in her small kitchen watch her demonstrate how to cook authentic Bengali food that centers around a variety of vegetables and the flavors of mustard and panch poran (Bengali five-spice). The cooking demonstration will last about 1-2 hours.

Market visit: (1-8 guests) Discover local produce at one of Calcutta's old-world markets before returning home to learn to cook a traditional Bengali meal.

Notes: The road leading to Bibi's house is rough and the entrance will appear run down but once you enter her home and meet Bibi, you feel comfortable and at home.

Traveler reviews

This was a wonderful experience. The family were all so knowledgeable and involved in Bengali food. We had a lovely visit with them and really enjoyed both the lesson and the lunch.
- JHillard September 30, 2017

Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$26 $22 $22
Cooking Experience + Meal
$66 $54 $42
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$108 $98 $88
Alcohol
$5 per person
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$26 $22 $22
Cooking Experience + Meal
$66 $54 $42
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$108 $98 $88
Alcohol
$5 per person
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
1:30pm-4:30pm 8:30pm-11:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 5:30pm-8:30pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:30am-2:30pm 4:00pm-9:00pm
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