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Host: Monal

Mumbai (Bombay), India

USD
$56-$158 per person

Gujarati thali in South Mumbai

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

Meet Monal

Patient, practical and persevering, Monal believes her angels are always by her side, looking after her every need. Unassuming and fun loving, emotional yet tough, Monal says, “challenges make me stronger and end up being great blessings”. Born and raised in cosmopolitan Bombay, Monal cherishes (and happily clings onto) old-fashioned food and cooking styles as much as she does her old-fashioned values. Monal is currently penning a cookbook to chronicle her family recipes, heritage and traditions.

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) Monal serves a home cooked, traditional Gujarati thali created with the freshest ingredients of the season. A thali is a well-balanced meal, including dessert and although the clichéd image of a thali is vegetarian, there are many non-vegetarian dishes that have their origin in Gujarat. A typical Summer menu, that you could expect to eat here are fajeto (a delicately spiced yogurt kadhi prepared with the extract from the seed of Payari mango), ras (chilled mango juice made from Payari mangoes), vaal ni daal (sprouted field beans in a mild gravy), batata nu shaak (potato), phansi nu shaak (French beans), lila masala nu mutton (tender goat in a green gravy), bepadi rotli (paper thin rotis eaten with ras and fajeto), with freshly made mango pickle and papad.

Cooking experience: (2-6 guests) You can expect to learn from your host Monal how to make 2-3 of the dishes you will be eating. The cooking class will be for 1 hour before you share the meal you helped prepare over conversation with your host.

Market visit: (2-6 guests) Monal will take you to a nearby local market, where you can view the different kinds of produce available and she will teach you how each one is used in Indian cooking.

Notes: Please note, the dishes that Monal makes are seasonal and the menu changes accordingly. Monal can also do a sundowner meal instead of the thali, which will be a medley of homecooked street-food consisting of 4 cold and 2 hot dishes.

Languages spoken: English

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Monal

$56-$158 USD

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  • 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 $70 $56
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $118 $95
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $158 $126
Alcohol
$18 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $70 $56
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $118 $95
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $158 $126
Alcohol
$18 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:30pm-2:30pm 6:30pm-8:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 6:30pm-9:30pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:30am-2:30pm

Meet Monal

Patient, practical and persevering, Monal believes her angels are always by her side, looking after her every need. Unassuming and fun loving, emotional yet tough, Monal says, “challenges make me stronger and end up being great blessings”. Born and raised in cosmopolitan Bombay, Monal cherishes (and happily clings onto) old-fashioned food and cooking styles as much as she does her old-fashioned values. Monal is currently penning a cookbook to chronicle her family recipes, heritage and traditions.

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) Monal serves a home cooked, traditional Gujarati thali created with the freshest ingredients of the season. A thali is a well-balanced meal, including dessert and although the clichéd image of a thali is vegetarian, there are many non-vegetarian dishes that have their origin in Gujarat. A typical Summer menu, that you could expect to eat here are fajeto (a delicately spiced yogurt kadhi prepared with the extract from the seed of Payari mango), ras (chilled mango juice made from Payari mangoes), vaal ni daal (sprouted field beans in a mild gravy), batata nu shaak (potato), phansi nu shaak (French beans), lila masala nu mutton (tender goat in a green gravy), bepadi rotli (paper thin rotis eaten with ras and fajeto), with freshly made mango pickle and papad.

Cooking experience: (2-6 guests) You can expect to learn from your host Monal how to make 2-3 of the dishes you will be eating. The cooking class will be for 1 hour before you share the meal you helped prepare over conversation with your host.

Market visit: (2-6 guests) Monal will take you to a nearby local market, where you can view the different kinds of produce available and she will teach you how each one is used in Indian cooking.

Notes: Please note, the dishes that Monal makes are seasonal and the menu changes accordingly. Monal can also do a sundowner meal instead of the thali, which will be a medley of homecooked street-food consisting of 4 cold and 2 hot dishes.

Languages spoken: English

Traveler reviews

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
Not offered $70 $56
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $118 $95
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $158 $126
Alcohol
$18 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $70 $56
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $118 $95
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $158 $126
Alcohol
$18 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:30pm-2:30pm 6:30pm-8:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 6:30pm-9:30pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:30am-2:30pm
FAQ

    You can cancel your experience 48 hours or more before your experience date and receive a full refund. To request a cancellation once you have made a booking simply log in and click the "Request Cancellation" link from the bottom of your booking. Your refund will be processed immediately (note it can take up to 10 business days for this refund to post to your credit card statement). Please note that for cancellations within 48 hours of your experience we unfortunately cannot offer a refund; this is because our hosts typically purchase food and begin their preparations up to 48 hours before the experience.

    Most of our hosts are able to accommodate dietary restrictions and allergies, including vegetarian and gluten free options. For vegetarian travelers, we have an icon on each host profile to indicate whether that host can also offer a fully vegetarian menu. There is a section in the booking form to note any allergies or dietary restrictions which will be sent directly to your host.

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    All prices are noted per person prices unless otherwise specified. Transportation is typically charged on a per car basis, but otherwise all prices are per person. Children aged 5-11 are 50% off, and infants aged 0-4 are free.

    Some hosts offer alcohol as an optional add-on for travelers who are of legal drinking age. Pricing for alcohol is visible on the host profile page and includes one to two glasses of wine, beer or local alcohol.

    Some hosts offer transportation as an optional add-on for travelers. Typically this is round trip transportation with pick up and drop off at your hotel. Pricing is quoted per car. Specific instructions for transportation will be provided in your confirmation details when your booking is confirmed.

    Many of our hosts accommodate solo travelers. You can see if a host accepts solo travelers by looking at the traveler range found next to the experience descriptions on the host profile (indicated by the numbers in parentheses next to "In-home meal", "Cooking experience" and "Market visit").

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