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Host: Kamala

Chennai (Madras), India

USD
$20-$58 per person

Traditional Chettinad cuisine at the Chennai seashore

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

Meet Kamala

Kamala, a member of the trading community of the Chettinad region, lives within walking distance to the beach and a short drive to Dakshinchitra, a cultural heritage center that showcases the homes of South India. She enjoys introducing travelers to the flavors of Chettinad cuisine. Please note that Kamala lives about 40-50min outside of Chennai.

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: (1-6 guests) After your long drive, relax in Kamala's traditionally decorated home before enjoying a traditional Chettinad meal. The Chettinad region of Tamil Nadu is famous for its focus on aromatic flavors and use of freshly ground spices in predominately non-vegetarian dishes. Your menu may include dishes such as Chettinad chicken, minced mutton nuggets, egg dosa, fish curry, jackfruit masala, and one of our favorites, piping hot dosas (roasted, rice pancakes) fresh off the griddle, all served on a fresh banana leaf.

Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) Kamala will teach you to prepare two or three traditional Chettinad dishes, including how to pour dosas, a savory roasted crepe prepared from fermented rice and lentil batter, a Chennai food specialty. Your hands-on cooking lesson will last about 1-2 hours before you sit down at her dining table and enjoy the meal you helped prepare.

Market visit: (1-6 guests) Meet Kamala at home before embarking on a visit of the local vegetable market, a 15 minute drive from Kamala's house which is open between 7am-12pm and 5pm-7pm. Please note that the market is closed on the last Friday of every month. If you're interested in visiting the local fish market instead or in addition, it is 5 minutes away and is only open in the morning from 10am-12pm.

Notes: Kamala's home is about 1 hour outside of central Chennai by car, so please leave enough time for the drive. Her home is en route to Mahabalipuram, Chennai's popular tourist sight of the coastal temples of the Pallava Kings. Her home is 5 minutes away from the beach and 20 minutes away from Dakshinachitra, a beautiful open-air museum of South Indian heritage and culture.

Languages spoken: English, Tamil

Traveler reviews

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Kamala

$20-$58 USD

per person
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Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$30 $26 $20
Cooking Experience + Meal
$45 $40 $36
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$58 $50 $42
Transportation
$16 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$30 $26 $20
Cooking Experience + Meal
$45 $40 $36
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$58 $50 $42
Transportation
$16 per car
*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
9:30am-12:30pm 4:30pm-7:30pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-2:00pm 4:00pm-9:00pm

Meet Kamala

Kamala, a member of the trading community of the Chettinad region, lives within walking distance to the beach and a short drive to Dakshinchitra, a cultural heritage center that showcases the homes of South India. She enjoys introducing travelers to the flavors of Chettinad cuisine. Please note that Kamala lives about 40-50min outside of Chennai.

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: (1-6 guests) After your long drive, relax in Kamala's traditionally decorated home before enjoying a traditional Chettinad meal. The Chettinad region of Tamil Nadu is famous for its focus on aromatic flavors and use of freshly ground spices in predominately non-vegetarian dishes. Your menu may include dishes such as Chettinad chicken, minced mutton nuggets, egg dosa, fish curry, jackfruit masala, and one of our favorites, piping hot dosas (roasted, rice pancakes) fresh off the griddle, all served on a fresh banana leaf.

Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) Kamala will teach you to prepare two or three traditional Chettinad dishes, including how to pour dosas, a savory roasted crepe prepared from fermented rice and lentil batter, a Chennai food specialty. Your hands-on cooking lesson will last about 1-2 hours before you sit down at her dining table and enjoy the meal you helped prepare.

Market visit: (1-6 guests) Meet Kamala at home before embarking on a visit of the local vegetable market, a 15 minute drive from Kamala's house which is open between 7am-12pm and 5pm-7pm. Please note that the market is closed on the last Friday of every month. If you're interested in visiting the local fish market instead or in addition, it is 5 minutes away and is only open in the morning from 10am-12pm.

Notes: Kamala's home is about 1 hour outside of central Chennai by car, so please leave enough time for the drive. Her home is en route to Mahabalipuram, Chennai's popular tourist sight of the coastal temples of the Pallava Kings. Her home is 5 minutes away from the beach and 20 minutes away from Dakshinachitra, a beautiful open-air museum of South Indian heritage and culture.

Languages spoken: English, Tamil

Traveler reviews

This is a new host who does not yet have any reviews. You can see reviews of our other Chennai Traveling Spoon experiences on TripAdvisor:
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$30 $26 $20
Cooking Experience + Meal
$45 $40 $36
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$58 $50 $42
Transportation
$16 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$30 $26 $20
Cooking Experience + Meal
$45 $40 $36
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$58 $50 $42
Transportation
$16 per car
*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
9:30am-12:30pm 4:30pm-7:30pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-2:00pm 4:00pm-9:00pm
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