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Host: Hansel

Mumbai (Bombay), India

USD
$28-$46 per person

The East Indian meal with chef Hansel in his 135 year old bungalow

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

Meet Hansel

Hansel is a continental chef by profession and specializes in bistro and bar food. He lives with his wife Diana, who is a schoolteacher, and his parents on the top floor of an old and modest Portuguese-style bungalow, build in 1880 in the heart of Mazagaon called the Matharpacady village. It was the first East Indian village, or gaothan, of Mumbai.

Hansel often visits various markets in Mumbai to source some of the freshest ingredients for his cooking. It is wonderful to see how passionate he is about his culture and how he is trying his best to safeguard the heritage of this place where his family has been living for generations. His wife Diana and mom Marie are wonderful cooks, who help him prepare the meal and make excellent cakes and pickles.

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: (2-20 guests) The Matharpacady village, where Hansel lives is a Portuguese hamlet distinguished by Moorish architecture, split-level houses with wooden staircases, open balconies and sloping brick roofs. For a moment, you might forget that you are in Mumbai, as this Grade III heritage neighbourhood is one of the quietest in the city. Your meal might include Bombay duck fry, pork vindaloo (a pork dish flavored with chilies, garlic and vinegar), sorpotel (a spicy and tangy stew of pork, liver and spices which was originally brought to India during Portuguese colonization), beef roast, hand bread and pickles. You can even buy Hansel’s homemade masalas and pickles to take back home.

Cooking experience: (2-20 guests) Most of the cooking is done using the famous East Indian “bottle masala” which is prepared just before the monsoons. You can expect to learn from your host Hansel accompanied by his wife Diana or mother Marie how to make 2-3 of the dishes you will be eating. You can expect to be cooking for 1 hour before you share the meal you helped prepare over conversation with your host.

Market visit: (2-20 guests) You can either take a tour of the village and soak in the history of the area, which is built, nurtured and populated by the East Indians or you can opt to visit a nearby market where you may buy some local ingredients and then learn to whip up a traditional home cooked East Indian meal before you can share it with the family.

Notes: Hansel also offers a Walking Tour + Meal in the Matharpacady village which boasts of some of the city’s oldest and quaintest houses. In the 3 hours that you spend here, you will discover untold stories of the community in the landscape of beautiful bungalows, visit a 180 year old chapel, meet a typical East Indian family and share a traditional East Indian meal (Lunch/Dinner) jointly stirred up by Hansel and his lovely wife Diana or his mother Marie.

Languages spoken: English

Traveler reviews

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Hansel

$28-$46 USD

per person
100% VETTED
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  • 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
Not offered $34 $28
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $40 $32
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $46 $36
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $34 $28
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $40 $32
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $46 $36
*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
11:00am-2:00pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-1:00pm 4:00pm-8:00pm

Meet Hansel

Hansel is a continental chef by profession and specializes in bistro and bar food. He lives with his wife Diana, who is a schoolteacher, and his parents on the top floor of an old and modest Portuguese-style bungalow, build in 1880 in the heart of Mazagaon called the Matharpacady village. It was the first East Indian village, or gaothan, of Mumbai.

Hansel often visits various markets in Mumbai to source some of the freshest ingredients for his cooking. It is wonderful to see how passionate he is about his culture and how he is trying his best to safeguard the heritage of this place where his family has been living for generations. His wife Diana and mom Marie are wonderful cooks, who help him prepare the meal and make excellent cakes and pickles.

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: (2-20 guests) The Matharpacady village, where Hansel lives is a Portuguese hamlet distinguished by Moorish architecture, split-level houses with wooden staircases, open balconies and sloping brick roofs. For a moment, you might forget that you are in Mumbai, as this Grade III heritage neighbourhood is one of the quietest in the city. Your meal might include Bombay duck fry, pork vindaloo (a pork dish flavored with chilies, garlic and vinegar), sorpotel (a spicy and tangy stew of pork, liver and spices which was originally brought to India during Portuguese colonization), beef roast, hand bread and pickles. You can even buy Hansel’s homemade masalas and pickles to take back home.

Cooking experience: (2-20 guests) Most of the cooking is done using the famous East Indian “bottle masala” which is prepared just before the monsoons. You can expect to learn from your host Hansel accompanied by his wife Diana or mother Marie how to make 2-3 of the dishes you will be eating. You can expect to be cooking for 1 hour before you share the meal you helped prepare over conversation with your host.

Market visit: (2-20 guests) You can either take a tour of the village and soak in the history of the area, which is built, nurtured and populated by the East Indians or you can opt to visit a nearby market where you may buy some local ingredients and then learn to whip up a traditional home cooked East Indian meal before you can share it with the family.

Notes: Hansel also offers a Walking Tour + Meal in the Matharpacady village which boasts of some of the city’s oldest and quaintest houses. In the 3 hours that you spend here, you will discover untold stories of the community in the landscape of beautiful bungalows, visit a 180 year old chapel, meet a typical East Indian family and share a traditional East Indian meal (Lunch/Dinner) jointly stirred up by Hansel and his lovely wife Diana or his mother Marie.

Languages spoken: English

Traveler reviews

This is a new host who does not yet have any reviews. You can see reviews of our other Mumbai Traveling Spoon experiences on TripAdvisor:
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
Not offered $34 $28
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $40 $32
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $46 $36
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $34 $28
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $40 $32
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $46 $36
*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
11:00am-2:00pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-1:00pm 4:00pm-8:00pm
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