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Host: Mahrukh

Mumbai (Bombay), India

USD
$32-$92 per person

An authentic Parsi feast in Mumbai

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

Meet Mahrukh

Mahrukh lives with her husband, son and daughter in their ancestral home in the old-world Ness Baugh, situated in South Mumbai. By profession Mahrukh runs a beauty parlour but cooking and feeding her friends and family has always been her passion, so she jumped at the chance to serve authentic Parsi food to travelers from worldwide and we’re so glad she did!

She started cooking at the age of 7 and was so tiny that she needed a step stool to reach the gas burner. Her biggest fan has always been her father, who was always delighted to eat whatever his little daughter cooked with happiness and pride. She learned all of her cooking techniques from her mother and grandmother and delights in keeping old family recipes alive.

You’ll notice that Mahrukh does not have small cooking vessels in her kitchen - every time she cooks, she cooks for an army and frets over flavour like it’s fundamental to the workings of the universe! She is very spiritual, has immense knowledge of Parsi food and culture and wishes to share the flavours of her kitchen straight to your heart!

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: (1-8 guests) Mahrukh lives in an old Parsi colony giving you a feel of their unity and strong bonds. Before you enter the house you will notice that the doorstep is decorated with beautiful rangoli designs. Rangoli is an art form in which decorative patterns are created on the floor in living rooms or courtyards using materials such as colored rice, dry flour, colored sand or flower petals. Mahrukh will welcome you with a warm smile into her apartment that has been decorated with her daughter’s beautiful sketches and other artwork that reflects the creativity and artistic nature of the people who live in this home.

Later you can join the family to share a meat-centric meal that might include saria and lagan nu achaar (rice crisps served with homemade date pickle), tam tamata prawns (prawns in a spicy, tangy sauce), jardalu na gosht (tender lamb, slow-cooked in an intense apricot gravy topped with crisp salli), roast chicken, and finally lagan nu custard (dense, luscious baked caramel custard topped with nuts and served with vermicelli and sweet yogurt).

Cooking experience: (1-8 guests) You can expect to learn from your host Mahrukh, how to prepare 2 of the dishes you will be eating. You may learn to make some of her signature dishes like akuri (scrambled eggs) and patra ni macchi (steamed fish topped with chutney and wrapped in a banana leaf) or chicken pulao and daal (chicken with basmati rice topped with browned onions and lentils).

Market visit: (1-8 guests) You will be greeted at Mahrukh's home with raspberry soda, which is an integral part of every Parsi meal. As the saying goes “Parsi is raspberry, and raspberry is Parsi.” You’ll then be taken to the Grand Road Market, where Mahrukh will show you how she buys all her fruits, vegetables, meats and fish.

Traveler reviews

She is absolutely amazing! I loved everything Mahrukh served, but my favorite dish was the fish.
- Simon

From the moment we arrived, Mahrukh and her family made us feel genuinely welcome and relaxed. Mahrukh outdid herself with her gracious and generous hospitality. The dishes she had selected, and the instruction she provided at the market place, and in the kitchen, gave each dish added meaning, flavor and satisfaction. Coupled with this was her patience with all our questions, adding further to the cultural element of each dish. This visit was a true privilege, and one we hope many others come to enjoy.
- Doug

What a wonderful experience I had with Mahrukh! We shopped in the market, cooked in her kitchen using traditional methods and then enjoyed an amazing meal together! Mahrukh was a fantastic teacher. I highly recommend a cooking class with Mahrukh!
- Robin

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Mahrukh

$32-$92 USD

per person
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Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$54 $46 $32
Cooking Experience + Meal
$80 $62 $46
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$92 $80 $64
Alcohol
$4 per person
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$54 $46 $32
Cooking Experience + Meal
$80 $62 $46
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$92 $80 $64
Alcohol
$4 per person
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
1:00pm-3:00pm 7:30pm-9:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:30am-1:30pm

Meet Mahrukh

Mahrukh lives with her husband, son and daughter in their ancestral home in the old-world Ness Baugh, situated in South Mumbai. By profession Mahrukh runs a beauty parlour but cooking and feeding her friends and family has always been her passion, so she jumped at the chance to serve authentic Parsi food to travelers from worldwide and we’re so glad she did!

She started cooking at the age of 7 and was so tiny that she needed a step stool to reach the gas burner. Her biggest fan has always been her father, who was always delighted to eat whatever his little daughter cooked with happiness and pride. She learned all of her cooking techniques from her mother and grandmother and delights in keeping old family recipes alive.

You’ll notice that Mahrukh does not have small cooking vessels in her kitchen - every time she cooks, she cooks for an army and frets over flavour like it’s fundamental to the workings of the universe! She is very spiritual, has immense knowledge of Parsi food and culture and wishes to share the flavours of her kitchen straight to your heart!

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: (1-8 guests) Mahrukh lives in an old Parsi colony giving you a feel of their unity and strong bonds. Before you enter the house you will notice that the doorstep is decorated with beautiful rangoli designs. Rangoli is an art form in which decorative patterns are created on the floor in living rooms or courtyards using materials such as colored rice, dry flour, colored sand or flower petals. Mahrukh will welcome you with a warm smile into her apartment that has been decorated with her daughter’s beautiful sketches and other artwork that reflects the creativity and artistic nature of the people who live in this home.

Later you can join the family to share a meat-centric meal that might include saria and lagan nu achaar (rice crisps served with homemade date pickle), tam tamata prawns (prawns in a spicy, tangy sauce), jardalu na gosht (tender lamb, slow-cooked in an intense apricot gravy topped with crisp salli), roast chicken, and finally lagan nu custard (dense, luscious baked caramel custard topped with nuts and served with vermicelli and sweet yogurt).

Cooking experience: (1-8 guests) You can expect to learn from your host Mahrukh, how to prepare 2 of the dishes you will be eating. You may learn to make some of her signature dishes like akuri (scrambled eggs) and patra ni macchi (steamed fish topped with chutney and wrapped in a banana leaf) or chicken pulao and daal (chicken with basmati rice topped with browned onions and lentils).

Market visit: (1-8 guests) You will be greeted at Mahrukh's home with raspberry soda, which is an integral part of every Parsi meal. As the saying goes “Parsi is raspberry, and raspberry is Parsi.” You’ll then be taken to the Grand Road Market, where Mahrukh will show you how she buys all her fruits, vegetables, meats and fish.

Traveler reviews

She is absolutely amazing! I loved everything Mahrukh served, but my favorite dish was the fish.
- Simon

From the moment we arrived, Mahrukh and her family made us feel genuinely welcome and relaxed. Mahrukh outdid herself with her gracious and generous hospitality. The dishes she had selected, and the instruction she provided at the market place, and in the kitchen, gave each dish added meaning, flavor and satisfaction. Coupled with this was her patience with all our questions, adding further to the cultural element of each dish. This visit was a true privilege, and one we hope many others come to enjoy.
- Doug

What a wonderful experience I had with Mahrukh! We shopped in the market, cooked in her kitchen using traditional methods and then enjoyed an amazing meal together! Mahrukh was a fantastic teacher. I highly recommend a cooking class with Mahrukh!
- Robin

Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$54 $46 $32
Cooking Experience + Meal
$80 $62 $46
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$92 $80 $64
Alcohol
$4 per person
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$54 $46 $32
Cooking Experience + Meal
$80 $62 $46
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$92 $80 $64
Alcohol
$4 per person
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
1:00pm-3:00pm 7:30pm-9:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:30am-1:30pm
Host Contact
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