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Host: Reshma

Mumbai (Bombay), India

USD
$25-$52 per person

An authentic Maharashtrian thali

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

Meet Reshma

Reshma lives with her father in a beautifully decorated apartment in Santacruz in North Mumbai. As a child, Reshma’s love for poha (beaten rice with masala) made her curious about cooking and so Reshma spent all of her time watch her mother cook in the kitchen, fixing dishes for loved ones. Like every Indian family, her parents hoped she would become a doctor, engineer or earn an MBA, but she had only one dream: starting her own restaurant. As destiny would have it, she went on to study at the Dadar Catering College. Her passion for food and cooking has translated into a business venture called Every Aroma Caterers and she now offers catering services for parties and conducts cooking classes. When she’s not cooking and feeding people, Reshma enjoys photography and playing squash.

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) Your meal will be served in a thali and will feature a masala (spice mix) called ‘tikkat’, which come from Reshma’s ancestral place in Kolhapur. Since they cannot be sourced locally, Reshma makes them in her own kitchen to ensure her cooking has just the right flavor. You might be served dishes such as chicken masala, tambda rassa (a spicy mutton broth), pandhra rassa (mutton broth with coconut milk), masale bhat (masala rice) and shrikhand (a sweet dish made from strained yogurt).

Cooking experience: (2-6 guests) During your cooking class with Reshma in her small kitchen, you can expect to learn to make 2-3 of the regional Maharashtrian dishes you will be eating. You may learn to prepare authentic dishes such as junka (gram flour), chicken masala or a seasonal vegetable, typical of what the family eats everyday.

Market visit: (2-6 guests) Reshma will welcome you into her apartment with a refreshing drink. You’ll then head to the Santacruz market (perhaps by rickshaw!) and may pick up some fresh ingredients for the meal that you will prepare together. Reshma will show you the different fruits, vegetables and spices available and explain how to select the best ones.

Languages spoken: English

Traveler reviews

Reshma was the perfect host. She took great pride in serving us authentic dishes from her Maharashtra region. Her passion to share her knowledge for local produce and cooking technique gave us a very memorable experience. The dinner Reshma prepared for us was delicious and my challenge is to repeat some of it when I return to Australia.
- Sandy

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Reshma

$25-$52 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 $52 $42
*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 $52 $42
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
1:00pm-3:00pm 7:30pm-9:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
12:00pm-3:00pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
4:00pm-8:00pm

Meet Reshma

Reshma lives with her father in a beautifully decorated apartment in Santacruz in North Mumbai. As a child, Reshma’s love for poha (beaten rice with masala) made her curious about cooking and so Reshma spent all of her time watch her mother cook in the kitchen, fixing dishes for loved ones. Like every Indian family, her parents hoped she would become a doctor, engineer or earn an MBA, but she had only one dream: starting her own restaurant. As destiny would have it, she went on to study at the Dadar Catering College. Her passion for food and cooking has translated into a business venture called Every Aroma Caterers and she now offers catering services for parties and conducts cooking classes. When she’s not cooking and feeding people, Reshma enjoys photography and playing squash.

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) Your meal will be served in a thali and will feature a masala (spice mix) called ‘tikkat’, which come from Reshma’s ancestral place in Kolhapur. Since they cannot be sourced locally, Reshma makes them in her own kitchen to ensure her cooking has just the right flavor. You might be served dishes such as chicken masala, tambda rassa (a spicy mutton broth), pandhra rassa (mutton broth with coconut milk), masale bhat (masala rice) and shrikhand (a sweet dish made from strained yogurt).

Cooking experience: (2-6 guests) During your cooking class with Reshma in her small kitchen, you can expect to learn to make 2-3 of the regional Maharashtrian dishes you will be eating. You may learn to prepare authentic dishes such as junka (gram flour), chicken masala or a seasonal vegetable, typical of what the family eats everyday.

Market visit: (2-6 guests) Reshma will welcome you into her apartment with a refreshing drink. You’ll then head to the Santacruz market (perhaps by rickshaw!) and may pick up some fresh ingredients for the meal that you will prepare together. Reshma will show you the different fruits, vegetables and spices available and explain how to select the best ones.

Languages spoken: English

Traveler reviews

Reshma was the perfect host. She took great pride in serving us authentic dishes from her Maharashtra region. Her passion to share her knowledge for local produce and cooking technique gave us a very memorable experience. The dinner Reshma prepared for us was delicious and my challenge is to repeat some of it when I return to Australia.
- Sandy

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 $52 $42
*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 $52 $42
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
1:00pm-3:00pm 7:30pm-9:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
12:00pm-3:00pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
4:00pm-8:00pm
FAQ

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    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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