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Host: Noopur

Mumbai (Bombay), India

USD
$16-$38 per person

A traditional Gujarati Thali or street-style high tea the Mumbai way

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

Meet Noopur

Noopur is a baker and chef, who runs a culinary studio called Eat.Sleep.Bake.Repeat from her home in Santacruz in North Mumbai. She lives with her mother, who is the principal of a nearby school, and her sister, who is studying fashion design. After a 7-year stint in advertising, she gave up her corporate life to play entrepreneur and live her hot-out-of-an-oven dream of creating memorable experiences through her magical baking. She has a fast-growing clientele which ranges from Bollywood celebrities to fitness experts and various corporate houses. Noopur has always been known for her cooking skills and has been hosting parties for friends and families for as long as she can remember.

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: (2-6 guests) Noopur will welcome you with a big smile into her cute and cozy apartment that overlooks the bustling shopping street of Santacruz. She will give you a low-down on Gujarati food and culture while you enjoy your appetizer called jaljeera, a tangy, spicy, aromatic drink made with cumin seeds and is served with boondi (crisp, fried gram flour balls). Gujarati food is more often served on a silver platter called thali, so you can either sit on the floor in the traditional Indian way or at the table. Your meal will be vegetarian and might include sambharo (stir fried vegetables), duma aloo (potato), accompanied by roti (flat bread), sweet dal (lentils), rice, and to finish, no meal is complete without paan (betel leaf) and mukhwas (a colorful Indian after-meal snack or digestive aid).

Cooking experience: (2-6 guests) Join Noopur in her kitchen, where you will learn how to prepare 1-2 authentic vegetarian Gujarati dishes with the same spices, ingredients and cooking techniques that have been handed down for generations. A Gujarati meal is incomplete without accompaniments, so you will help her make the chutney and banana raita, fry the papad and arrange them with a variety of pickles on the dining table where you will share the meal.

Market visit: (2-6 guests) Noopur does not do a market visit but instead can also do a street-style high tea where you will learn how to make masala chai, filter coffee and then prepare your own chaat (savory snacks), typically served at road-side stalls and food carts. The experience ends with a walk around the nearby areas for some street shopping along with your host. To choose this option, select Noopur’s Market Tour + Cooking Class + Meal.

Notes: Noopur serves only vegetarian food

Languages spoken: English,Hindi,Gujarati

Traveler reviews

Wonderful cooking and lunch with Noopur - highlight of our trip in Mumbai! We spent a wonderful time with Noopur at her home chatting, cooking and eating. My husband and I were in Mumbai for some days and, both loving cooking and vegetarian Indian cuisine, we joined Noopur for a cooking class and lunch. The welcome was warming, the time together was entertaining and full of information. We got to know more about Gujarati food and culture, about spices, about family, it was like joining a friend you've never met before! Then we went food-shopping too... great fun! Thanks Noopur and thanks to Traveling Spoon for this unique experience! To be repeated!
- Mariangela May 01, 2018

My wife and I visited India for a month... cooking/lunch with Noopur was the best thing we did on our entire trip. Great conversation, phenomenal meal, afterwards she took us shopping and we bought everything we need to cook tasty food back in the States. Cannot recommend this experience highly enough.
- Kris and Kelly February 15, 2018

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Noopur

$16-$38 USD

per person
100%
Satisfaction Guaranteed
  • 100% Satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Your credit card will not be charged until your host accepts your booking
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
Not offered $30 $25
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $38 $30
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $20 $16
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $30 $25
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $38 $30
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $20 $16
*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
3:30pm-8:30pm

Meet Noopur

Noopur is a baker and chef, who runs a culinary studio called Eat.Sleep.Bake.Repeat from her home in Santacruz in North Mumbai. She lives with her mother, who is the principal of a nearby school, and her sister, who is studying fashion design. After a 7-year stint in advertising, she gave up her corporate life to play entrepreneur and live her hot-out-of-an-oven dream of creating memorable experiences through her magical baking. She has a fast-growing clientele which ranges from Bollywood celebrities to fitness experts and various corporate houses. Noopur has always been known for her cooking skills and has been hosting parties for friends and families for as long as she can remember.

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: (2-6 guests) Noopur will welcome you with a big smile into her cute and cozy apartment that overlooks the bustling shopping street of Santacruz. She will give you a low-down on Gujarati food and culture while you enjoy your appetizer called jaljeera, a tangy, spicy, aromatic drink made with cumin seeds and is served with boondi (crisp, fried gram flour balls). Gujarati food is more often served on a silver platter called thali, so you can either sit on the floor in the traditional Indian way or at the table. Your meal will be vegetarian and might include sambharo (stir fried vegetables), duma aloo (potato), accompanied by roti (flat bread), sweet dal (lentils), rice, and to finish, no meal is complete without paan (betel leaf) and mukhwas (a colorful Indian after-meal snack or digestive aid).

Cooking experience: (2-6 guests) Join Noopur in her kitchen, where you will learn how to prepare 1-2 authentic vegetarian Gujarati dishes with the same spices, ingredients and cooking techniques that have been handed down for generations. A Gujarati meal is incomplete without accompaniments, so you will help her make the chutney and banana raita, fry the papad and arrange them with a variety of pickles on the dining table where you will share the meal.

Market visit: (2-6 guests) Noopur does not do a market visit but instead can also do a street-style high tea where you will learn how to make masala chai, filter coffee and then prepare your own chaat (savory snacks), typically served at road-side stalls and food carts. The experience ends with a walk around the nearby areas for some street shopping along with your host. To choose this option, select Noopur’s Market Tour + Cooking Class + Meal.

Notes: Noopur serves only vegetarian food

Languages spoken: English,Hindi,Gujarati

Traveler reviews

Wonderful cooking and lunch with Noopur - highlight of our trip in Mumbai! We spent a wonderful time with Noopur at her home chatting, cooking and eating. My husband and I were in Mumbai for some days and, both loving cooking and vegetarian Indian cuisine, we joined Noopur for a cooking class and lunch. The welcome was warming, the time together was entertaining and full of information. We got to know more about Gujarati food and culture, about spices, about family, it was like joining a friend you've never met before! Then we went food-shopping too... great fun! Thanks Noopur and thanks to Traveling Spoon for this unique experience! To be repeated!
- Mariangela May 01, 2018

My wife and I visited India for a month... cooking/lunch with Noopur was the best thing we did on our entire trip. Great conversation, phenomenal meal, afterwards she took us shopping and we bought everything we need to cook tasty food back in the States. Cannot recommend this experience highly enough.
- Kris and Kelly February 15, 2018

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
Not offered $30 $25
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $38 $30
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $20 $16
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $30 $25
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $38 $30
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $20 $16
*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
3:30pm-8:30pm
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