Host: Archana

Bengaluru (Bangalore), India

USD
$26-$64 per person

Traditional Gowda cuisine

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit

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

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 Bangalore 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.

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Archana

$26-$64 USD

per person
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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

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 Bangalore 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.

Pricing
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$38 $30 $26
Cooking Experience + Meal
$54 $48 $42
Market Tour + Cooking + Meal
$64 $58 $44
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 + Meal
10:00am-3:00pm 5:00pm-10:00pm
Host Contact
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