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Host: Archana

Bengaluru (Bangalore), India

USD
$26-$64 per person

Traditional Gowda cuisine

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Archana

Archana lives in a modest and clean apartment with her husband Rajesh and their two children. A native of Bangalore, Archana is a warm and inviting host with whom you will immediately feel at ease. She has worked in the telecom industry for 15 years but her passion is cooking. She started cooking as a teenager and learned to make traditional Gowda dishes from her mother and mother-in-law. Archana is excited to share her culinary traditions and famed Karnataka hospitality with guests over a healthy and delicious meal.

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) Archana will welcome you into her traditional home where you will dine on a traditional Gowda meal, which is typically served on a banana leaf and eaten while sitting on the floor. Enjoy a welcome drink of paanaka (lemonade sweetened with sugar) while snacking on a variety of starters such as kosambari (lentil salad), neruli bajji (fried onion fritters), or crisp snacks like nippat, chakli or usli. Main dishes might include holige (a lentil-stuffed flatbread), ragi mudde (millet flour balls which are typically eaten in rural Karnataka state), mamsada saaru (stewed mutton), followed by traditional Gowda sweets for dessert. If you would prefer to eat at a table please make a note when you confirm your experience and Archana can provide a table and chairs. Please note that as is typical in her culture, Archana prefers to serve you your food so you can enjoy it while it is hot. She may not join you at the table but her husband Rajesh or Archana's mother will join you for the meal.

Cooking experience: (1-8 guests) You will learn to prepare 2-3 traditional Gowda dishes including bisi bele huli anna (a savory dish of rice, vegetables and lentils) and ragi balls before you dine on the meal you helped prepare. You will dine on a traditional Gowda meal served on a banana leaf as you sit on the floor.

Market visit: (1-8 guests) Meet Archana at her home and go together to explore local and regional produce available in a local Bangalore market before returning to her kitchen to cook.

Notes: Please remove your shoes before entering Archana's home. This home does not have air conditioning so it can get hot in the warmest months of March - May.

Languages spoken: English, Kannada

Traveler reviews

4.56 (9)
I went with my wife and had a wonderful evening with Archana and her charming family. The experience takes place in a well looked-after home and started with meeting Archana and her family and a relaxing talk through what we would be doing. This included some background on the different influences on food in the region and wider country. Soft drinks and spicy nibbles were provided to start with and then we headed to the kitchen.Archana leads the food preparation but gives you plenty of opportunity to help produce the dishes that you'll eat later. You can see all the basic ingredients, are told all about them and how to balance the spice vs blander foods to your own taste. Once the food is ready you get a chance to sit together and eat the food served from a banana leaf. The spiciness / heat of the food can be varied to your taste; I like milder curries by local standards and Archana served a number of side dishes, such as yoghurt, which help you balance the spiciness really well.The meal was excellent and the overall experience felt more like spending an evening learning something new with good friends.Very much recommended if you like good company and a more authentic cooking and eating experience; we'd definitely repeat the trip again.Enjoy !
- deanp215 December 29, 2019
We had an amazing evening! Our host and his wife were very hospitable! Our cooking experience was fun: we prepared a few dishes under their guidance and supervision! We later on, had the opportunity to sit and enjoyed a very nice meal (great food, great conversation). We finished the evening with a walk in town and a wonderful cup of coffee! My husband and I have taken many cooking classes throughout our travels. The Bangalore 3-hour Cooking Lesson was one of the best experiences we ever had! If you are passing through Bangalore, don’t miss it!
- FRTraveler06 December 10, 2019
This was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our family, and we are so grateful we were able to meet Archana and her family, and spend the afternoon together.We are a traveling, homeschooling family (myself, my husband and our 11-year-old daughter). My daughter loves to cook and we try to take cooking classes wherever we travel. This experience went way beyond a cooking class - Archana, Rajesh as well as Archana's mother and aunt all shared so much of their culture and family with us. We all enjoyed ourselves but the experience especially resonated with my daughter. Archana shared how she uses food as medicine for her family and ways to nourish my daughter as she continues through puberty, taking into account different spices and needs. Her mother shared pictures of Archana and Rajesh's wedding and recounted the day to us. And needless to say the meal was excellent. While I certainly have *a lot* left to learn about Indian cooking (and indeed we just focused on one region's cuisine) I left with a deeper understanding of the art and culture behind Gowda cuisine and that feels more valuable than a bunch of recipes!
- ElizabethS956 March 04, 2019
I am currently in Bangalore, India for work with a few others and we decided to do a cooking class together. I found BInu's page on Traveling Spoon and was very excited at the prospect of doing an authentic Indian cooking class in her home. First of all, Binu's home is absolutely beautiful and she was extremely kind and welcoming towards us. Her son lives close by and actually came over and joined us for most of the class as well! I wouldn't necessarily describe this as a cooking class since we didn't actually do any of the cooking but she walked us step by step through what she and her chef were making, gave us some great tips for when we're on our own, and allowed us to smell/taste all of the ingredients. The meal we had was absolutely delicious and probably the best I've had in India thus far! Unfortunately, I will only be in India for another week but the rest of our group will be here through the end of January and is already planning a trip back next month! I will be recommending Binu's class to all of my friends and family that visit Bangalore in the future!
- liztemmy December 13, 2018
We booked a market visit and cooking lesson - what we ended up with was a fabulous cultural experience. We were warmly welcomed by Archana and her family, followed by an enjoyable trip to the market where we learnt about different vegetables, sweets & other products. Archana then produced the most wonderful meal, talked us through the cooking process and showed us all the spices she regularly uses. We sat down to a beautifully presented meal and learned more about the local culture. We had a lovely few hours with Archana and her family and would recommend!
- bitesizedtravelsAUS November 14, 2018
For the 3 hour cooking class, you would enjoy a vast menu for making and also learning. This is done by practical approach, you would carry out the cooking in front of experts and then you would have lunch program also to taste what you made
- lakjoth August 03, 2018
This is a tour for those wishing to get off of the beaten path and have a truly local India experience. I was in Bangalore on business and I took a coworker who lives there, although these foods were new to him too. Archana and her family greeted us at their place. Her entire family made us feel welcome and we spent hours having fun talking and watching her cook (we could have helped with the cooking too, but I was content just watching). After a short education on the various spices and plants of the area, Archana cooked traditional dishes from the Karnataka region of India and explained as much of the details of the process as one wanted to hear. We ended up eating pickle (chili sauce), chow chow (a vegetable salad), raita (similar to tzatziki-yogurt and cucumber with pomegranate seeds), kosambari (lentil salad), fried fish, sihi kasubu (sweet center rice pasta/peroghi), papad and sandige (varieties of bread/poppadoms with deep fried hot chili pepper), ragi mudde (ball made from millet flour) and hitakbele chicken (spicy sauce with chicken and potato pieces) all off of a banana leaf. The evening lasted several hours and was the tour was well worth doing. It's one of those experiences that I will always remember.
- Jeffrey D November 19, 2017
Archana was a wonderful host. We enjoyed our market visit. The prepared food was excellent and explanations of the dishes very informative. There was not an opportunity to cook which we were hoping for and have enjoyed on other similar experiences. It would have been nice if the hosts had joined us in eating the meal.
- Ian_ncl September 26, 2017
Archana was a wonderful host. We enjoyed our market visit. The prepared food was excellent and explanations of the dishes very informative. There was not an opportunity to cook which we were hoping for and have enjoyed on other similar experiences. It would have been nice if the hosts had joined us in eating the meal.
- Ian.Ncl January 25, 2017
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Archana

$26-$64 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
$38 $30 $26
Cooking Experience + Meal
$54 $48 $42
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$64 $58 $44
Alcohol
$2 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$38 $30 $26
Cooking Experience + Meal
$54 $48 $42
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$64 $58 $44
Alcohol
$2 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:30pm-2:30pm 7:30pm-9:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:30am-2:30pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-3:00pm 5:00pm-10:00pm

Meet Archana

Archana lives in a modest and clean apartment with her husband Rajesh and their two children. A native of Bangalore, Archana is a warm and inviting host with whom you will immediately feel at ease. She has worked in the telecom industry for 15 years but her passion is cooking. She started cooking as a teenager and learned to make traditional Gowda dishes from her mother and mother-in-law. Archana is excited to share her culinary traditions and famed Karnataka hospitality with guests over a healthy and delicious meal.

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) Archana will welcome you into her traditional home where you will dine on a traditional Gowda meal, which is typically served on a banana leaf and eaten while sitting on the floor. Enjoy a welcome drink of paanaka (lemonade sweetened with sugar) while snacking on a variety of starters such as kosambari (lentil salad), neruli bajji (fried onion fritters), or crisp snacks like nippat, chakli or usli. Main dishes might include holige (a lentil-stuffed flatbread), ragi mudde (millet flour balls which are typically eaten in rural Karnataka state), mamsada saaru (stewed mutton), followed by traditional Gowda sweets for dessert. If you would prefer to eat at a table please make a note when you confirm your experience and Archana can provide a table and chairs. Please note that as is typical in her culture, Archana prefers to serve you your food so you can enjoy it while it is hot. She may not join you at the table but her husband Rajesh or Archana's mother will join you for the meal.

Cooking experience: (1-8 guests) You will learn to prepare 2-3 traditional Gowda dishes including bisi bele huli anna (a savory dish of rice, vegetables and lentils) and ragi balls before you dine on the meal you helped prepare. You will dine on a traditional Gowda meal served on a banana leaf as you sit on the floor.

Market visit: (1-8 guests) Meet Archana at her home and go together to explore local and regional produce available in a local Bangalore market before returning to her kitchen to cook.

Notes: Please remove your shoes before entering Archana's home. This home does not have air conditioning so it can get hot in the warmest months of March - May.

Languages spoken: English, Kannada

Traveler reviews

4.56 (9)
I went with my wife and had a wonderful evening with Archana and her charming family. The experience takes place in a well looked-after home and started with meeting Archana and her family and a relaxing talk through what we would be doing. This included some background on the different influences on food in the region and wider country. Soft drinks and spicy nibbles were provided to start with and then we headed to the kitchen.Archana leads the food preparation but gives you plenty of opportunity to help produce the dishes that you'll eat later. You can see all the basic ingredients, are told all about them and how to balance the spice vs blander foods to your own taste. Once the food is ready you get a chance to sit together and eat the food served from a banana leaf. The spiciness / heat of the food can be varied to your taste; I like milder curries by local standards and Archana served a number of side dishes, such as yoghurt, which help you balance the spiciness really well.The meal was excellent and the overall experience felt more like spending an evening learning something new with good friends.Very much recommended if you like good company and a more authentic cooking and eating experience; we'd definitely repeat the trip again.Enjoy !
- deanp215 December 29, 2019
We had an amazing evening! Our host and his wife were very hospitable! Our cooking experience was fun: we prepared a few dishes under their guidance and supervision! We later on, had the opportunity to sit and enjoyed a very nice meal (great food, great conversation). We finished the evening with a walk in town and a wonderful cup of coffee! My husband and I have taken many cooking classes throughout our travels. The Bangalore 3-hour Cooking Lesson was one of the best experiences we ever had! If you are passing through Bangalore, don’t miss it!
- FRTraveler06 December 10, 2019
This was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our family, and we are so grateful we were able to meet Archana and her family, and spend the afternoon together.We are a traveling, homeschooling family (myself, my husband and our 11-year-old daughter). My daughter loves to cook and we try to take cooking classes wherever we travel. This experience went way beyond a cooking class - Archana, Rajesh as well as Archana's mother and aunt all shared so much of their culture and family with us. We all enjoyed ourselves but the experience especially resonated with my daughter. Archana shared how she uses food as medicine for her family and ways to nourish my daughter as she continues through puberty, taking into account different spices and needs. Her mother shared pictures of Archana and Rajesh's wedding and recounted the day to us. And needless to say the meal was excellent. While I certainly have *a lot* left to learn about Indian cooking (and indeed we just focused on one region's cuisine) I left with a deeper understanding of the art and culture behind Gowda cuisine and that feels more valuable than a bunch of recipes!
- ElizabethS956 March 04, 2019
I am currently in Bangalore, India for work with a few others and we decided to do a cooking class together. I found BInu's page on Traveling Spoon and was very excited at the prospect of doing an authentic Indian cooking class in her home. First of all, Binu's home is absolutely beautiful and she was extremely kind and welcoming towards us. Her son lives close by and actually came over and joined us for most of the class as well! I wouldn't necessarily describe this as a cooking class since we didn't actually do any of the cooking but she walked us step by step through what she and her chef were making, gave us some great tips for when we're on our own, and allowed us to smell/taste all of the ingredients. The meal we had was absolutely delicious and probably the best I've had in India thus far! Unfortunately, I will only be in India for another week but the rest of our group will be here through the end of January and is already planning a trip back next month! I will be recommending Binu's class to all of my friends and family that visit Bangalore in the future!
- liztemmy December 13, 2018
We booked a market visit and cooking lesson - what we ended up with was a fabulous cultural experience. We were warmly welcomed by Archana and her family, followed by an enjoyable trip to the market where we learnt about different vegetables, sweets & other products. Archana then produced the most wonderful meal, talked us through the cooking process and showed us all the spices she regularly uses. We sat down to a beautifully presented meal and learned more about the local culture. We had a lovely few hours with Archana and her family and would recommend!
- bitesizedtravelsAUS November 14, 2018
For the 3 hour cooking class, you would enjoy a vast menu for making and also learning. This is done by practical approach, you would carry out the cooking in front of experts and then you would have lunch program also to taste what you made
- lakjoth August 03, 2018
This is a tour for those wishing to get off of the beaten path and have a truly local India experience. I was in Bangalore on business and I took a coworker who lives there, although these foods were new to him too. Archana and her family greeted us at their place. Her entire family made us feel welcome and we spent hours having fun talking and watching her cook (we could have helped with the cooking too, but I was content just watching). After a short education on the various spices and plants of the area, Archana cooked traditional dishes from the Karnataka region of India and explained as much of the details of the process as one wanted to hear. We ended up eating pickle (chili sauce), chow chow (a vegetable salad), raita (similar to tzatziki-yogurt and cucumber with pomegranate seeds), kosambari (lentil salad), fried fish, sihi kasubu (sweet center rice pasta/peroghi), papad and sandige (varieties of bread/poppadoms with deep fried hot chili pepper), ragi mudde (ball made from millet flour) and hitakbele chicken (spicy sauce with chicken and potato pieces) all off of a banana leaf. The evening lasted several hours and was the tour was well worth doing. It's one of those experiences that I will always remember.
- Jeffrey D November 19, 2017
Archana was a wonderful host. We enjoyed our market visit. The prepared food was excellent and explanations of the dishes very informative. There was not an opportunity to cook which we were hoping for and have enjoyed on other similar experiences. It would have been nice if the hosts had joined us in eating the meal.
- Ian_ncl September 26, 2017
Archana was a wonderful host. We enjoyed our market visit. The prepared food was excellent and explanations of the dishes very informative. There was not an opportunity to cook which we were hoping for and have enjoyed on other similar experiences. It would have been nice if the hosts had joined us in eating the meal.
- Ian.Ncl January 25, 2017
Read More
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$38 $30 $26
Cooking Experience + Meal
$54 $48 $42
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$64 $58 $44
Alcohol
$2 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$38 $30 $26
Cooking Experience + Meal
$54 $48 $42
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$64 $58 $44
Alcohol
$2 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:30pm-2:30pm 7:30pm-9:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:30am-2:30pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-3:00pm 5:00pm-10:00pm
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