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Host: Nithya

Mumbai (Bombay), India

USD
$30 per person

A traditional vegetarian Tamilian meal fit for a king!

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • In-home meal
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit + Cooking class + Meal
  • Food tour

Meet Nithya

Nithya is a physician at a large public hospital in South Mumbai, where she lives with her husband, mother-in-law and two dogs. A woman of many talents, she was the Editor for a top ranked Indian medical journal, is a trained bharatanatyam dancer (a classical Indian dance form), and she plays the mridangam, a south Indian drum. Nithya learned how to cook after she got married and finds it therapeutic, a source of relaxation that helps her unwind at the end of a tiring day. She enjoys feeding her friends and family as much as she likes cooking and loves to see the joy and happiness it brings to all.

She married into a Maharashtrian home and while she has learned to cook some food from the western region of India, South Indian food will always remain close to her heart as it helps her stay connected to her roots and culture. When she cooks the foods she grew up with, she is reminded of home.

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) You will be greeted by Nithya, Jaideep and Duke, her Labrador, at their apartment in the centrally located neighbourhood of Dadar. Nithya is a Tamilian Brahmin and her food and cooking style and are heavily major influenced by the Iyengar community in south India. As you sip on your welcome drink she will tell you how the cooking of the Iyengar community is largely rice-based and is traditionally prepared without any onion and garlic. They use a wide variety of legumes such as lentils, parrupu (pigeon pea), ulundu (black gram) and kadalai paruppu (split chickpeas) and, like all south Indian food, there is also the use of coconut.

A traditional Iyengar lunch/dinner might include two to three varieties of rice, such as coconut rice, tomato rice or yogurt rice which are be eaten with kuzhambu (lentil and vegetable stew), saturmadu (a tangy soup seasoned with spices), vegetables in coconut gravy, or china urilakizhangu (small roasted baby potatoes) and paruppu usili (french beans). No south Indian the meal complete without appam (a pancake made with fermented rice) and poppadum (thin crispy wafers). To finish you’ll enjoy a sweet rice pudding called payasam. Despite the numerous restaurants in Mumbai that serve south Indian food none can compare to the taste of traditional home-cooked meal like this one!

Notes: Nithya only serves vegetarian food and lives on the sixth floor of a building. There is an elevator. You can either do a traditional south Indian meal or do just snack items which are very famous in South India, please tell her your preference while booking. (eg: idlis, doasas, medu vadas, rava and semia upma that go well with South Indian filter coffee).

Languages spoken: English

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Nithya

$30 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 $30 $30
Alcohol
$4 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $30 $30
Alcohol
$4 per person
*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

Meet Nithya

Nithya is a physician at a large public hospital in South Mumbai, where she lives with her husband, mother-in-law and two dogs. A woman of many talents, she was the Editor for a top ranked Indian medical journal, is a trained bharatanatyam dancer (a classical Indian dance form), and she plays the mridangam, a south Indian drum. Nithya learned how to cook after she got married and finds it therapeutic, a source of relaxation that helps her unwind at the end of a tiring day. She enjoys feeding her friends and family as much as she likes cooking and loves to see the joy and happiness it brings to all.

She married into a Maharashtrian home and while she has learned to cook some food from the western region of India, South Indian food will always remain close to her heart as it helps her stay connected to her roots and culture. When she cooks the foods she grew up with, she is reminded of home.

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) You will be greeted by Nithya, Jaideep and Duke, her Labrador, at their apartment in the centrally located neighbourhood of Dadar. Nithya is a Tamilian Brahmin and her food and cooking style and are heavily major influenced by the Iyengar community in south India. As you sip on your welcome drink she will tell you how the cooking of the Iyengar community is largely rice-based and is traditionally prepared without any onion and garlic. They use a wide variety of legumes such as lentils, parrupu (pigeon pea), ulundu (black gram) and kadalai paruppu (split chickpeas) and, like all south Indian food, there is also the use of coconut.

A traditional Iyengar lunch/dinner might include two to three varieties of rice, such as coconut rice, tomato rice or yogurt rice which are be eaten with kuzhambu (lentil and vegetable stew), saturmadu (a tangy soup seasoned with spices), vegetables in coconut gravy, or china urilakizhangu (small roasted baby potatoes) and paruppu usili (french beans). No south Indian the meal complete without appam (a pancake made with fermented rice) and poppadum (thin crispy wafers). To finish you’ll enjoy a sweet rice pudding called payasam. Despite the numerous restaurants in Mumbai that serve south Indian food none can compare to the taste of traditional home-cooked meal like this one!

Notes: Nithya only serves vegetarian food and lives on the sixth floor of a building. There is an elevator. You can either do a traditional south Indian meal or do just snack items which are very famous in South India, please tell her your preference while booking. (eg: idlis, doasas, medu vadas, rava and semia upma that go well with South Indian filter coffee).

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 $30 $30
Alcohol
$4 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $30 $30
Alcohol
$4 per person
*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
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