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Host: Yakuta

Mumbai (Bombay), India

USD
$34-$50 per person

A mix of flavors and tradition in Mumbai

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

Meet Yakuta

Yakuta lives with her young daughter Xai in Worli, which marks the beginning of South Mumbai. Food has always been a central part of Yakuta’s life as she has been blessed with an incredible culinary lineage. A Bhori Muslim with ancestral roots that trace back to Yemen, she grew up with her cousins and relatives in a cottage in Agripada, the heart of the Muslim area of Mumbai. At the age of 13 she moved to the suburbs with her Bohri mother and Maharashtrian Hindu father. 13 years later she married a Parsi, so she now her cooking is an eclectic mix of Bohri Muslim, Maharashtrian and Parsi traditions.

Her passion and love for food guided her to switch professions and start a catering business called Cold Food Company which specializes in dishes that are best enjoyed cold or at room temperature.

Yakuta believes that every meal has a story to tell and she looks forward to sharing hers with guests.

“I am passionate about cooking and loves to share it with love and laughter!”

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: (1-5 guests) Yakuta will prepare a typical Bohri Muslim meal which includes a refreshing kokum sherbet drink (traditional Indian summer cooler great for curing acidity) followed by staple celebratory meal called khuddal palidoo or dal chaval palidoo (lentil rice served with a curry) served with bengan bhartha (roasted eggplant, mashed and cooked with spices) and chana bateta (chickpeas and potato in tamarind sauce) followed by a traditional Bohri dessert called thuli made of sweetened cracked wheat.

Yakuta can also offer a typical Parsi meal of mutton sham aak or masonry ma gosh (mutton curry and rice) or saace ni machi (fish cooked in a tangy white sauce). If you are looking for a Maharashtrian meal with a twist then Yakuta is the one! Try her teesrya, shellfish cooked in fresh coconut with greens and pickles.

Notes: Please indicate your preference for a Bohri, Parsi or Maharashtrian menu at the time of booking.

Languages spoken: English

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Yakuta

$34-$50 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
$50 $40 $34
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$50 $40 $34
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
11:00am-1:00pm 5:00pm-7:00pm

Meet Yakuta

Yakuta lives with her young daughter Xai in Worli, which marks the beginning of South Mumbai. Food has always been a central part of Yakuta’s life as she has been blessed with an incredible culinary lineage. A Bhori Muslim with ancestral roots that trace back to Yemen, she grew up with her cousins and relatives in a cottage in Agripada, the heart of the Muslim area of Mumbai. At the age of 13 she moved to the suburbs with her Bohri mother and Maharashtrian Hindu father. 13 years later she married a Parsi, so she now her cooking is an eclectic mix of Bohri Muslim, Maharashtrian and Parsi traditions.

Her passion and love for food guided her to switch professions and start a catering business called Cold Food Company which specializes in dishes that are best enjoyed cold or at room temperature.

Yakuta believes that every meal has a story to tell and she looks forward to sharing hers with guests.

“I am passionate about cooking and loves to share it with love and laughter!”

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: (1-5 guests) Yakuta will prepare a typical Bohri Muslim meal which includes a refreshing kokum sherbet drink (traditional Indian summer cooler great for curing acidity) followed by staple celebratory meal called khuddal palidoo or dal chaval palidoo (lentil rice served with a curry) served with bengan bhartha (roasted eggplant, mashed and cooked with spices) and chana bateta (chickpeas and potato in tamarind sauce) followed by a traditional Bohri dessert called thuli made of sweetened cracked wheat.

Yakuta can also offer a typical Parsi meal of mutton sham aak or masonry ma gosh (mutton curry and rice) or saace ni machi (fish cooked in a tangy white sauce). If you are looking for a Maharashtrian meal with a twist then Yakuta is the one! Try her teesrya, shellfish cooked in fresh coconut with greens and pickles.

Notes: Please indicate your preference for a Bohri, Parsi or Maharashtrian menu at the time of booking.

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
$50 $40 $34
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$50 $40 $34
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
11:00am-1:00pm 5:00pm-7:00pm
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