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Host: Upasana

Mumbai (Bombay), India

USD
$32-$68 per person

Rustic flavors from Rajasthan and Lucknow in Mumbai

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

Meet Upasana

Upasana lives with her husband Sumit in a pretty apartment in Khar, a suburb of Mumbai. She is a nutritionist and, together with Sumit, runs a catering business that provides homemade, healthy tiffins to hungry Mumbaikars! Originally from Lucknow in north India, Upasana lived in Gujarat for 7 years before moving to Mumbai and marrying into a Marwari family from Rajasthan. She can dish out delectable dishes from all three parts of India, be it Lucknow, Gujarat, or Rajasthan.

She learned all her cooking from her mother, sister and mother-in-law, and as a child she enjoyed helping out in the kitchen and perfecting the taste, color and thickness of each dish she prepared. She prefers homemade masalas and always packs a few bottles from her mom’s kitchen when she visits. Sumit and Upasana enjoy travelling and she always tries to recreate tastes from their travels in their home kitchen.

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) Upasana will welcome you home with the warmest smile and a glass of freshly squeezed lemonade. A font of knowledge, you can ask her anything about vegetarian food from North and West India and she will be happy to share her knowledge about the cuisne’s deep, rustic flavors. Later you will dine either seated on the floor or at the dining table and enjoy dishes such as dal dhokhli (thick wheat flour noodles in a pigeon pea stew), gatte ki sabzi (curry prepared with gram flour), dal baati churma (lentils and hard unleavened bread) and moong dal halwa (sweet yellow lentil pudding).

Cooking experience: (1-5 guests) Please note that this is a cooking demonstration, not a hands-on cooking class. You can expect your host Upasana to demonstrate 2-3 of the main dishes you will be eating, this may include a seasonal vegetable and dum aloo (slow cooked potato) or chole (chickpeas) and flat breads, depending on the menu.

Market visit: (1-5 guests) After sipping on your welcome drink, you will head out in a rickshaw for a tour of the local market, showing you the essence of real India. You will not only see the fresh produce but also touch, smell and might buy ingredients for your cooking class.

Notes: Upasna can also do a high tea experience instead of the meal that will include traditional street food of Mumbai served with a twist. It will be a fun and casual evening of assembling your own chaats and enjoying a burst of flavours from spicy, sweet and tangy all at once. Some of the dishes that may be served will be pani puri, sev puri, raj kachori, aloo tikki chole, pav bhaji and lassi.

Upasana only serves vegetarian food.

Languages spoken: English

Traveler reviews

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Upasana

$32-$68 USD

per person
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  • 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
$48 $38 $32
Cooking Experience + Meal
$55 $46 $38
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$68 $58 $46
Alcohol
$4 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$48 $38 $32
Cooking Experience + Meal
$55 $46 $38
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$68 $58 $46
Alcohol
$4 per person
*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
11:00am-2:00pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
5:00pm-9:00pm

Meet Upasana

Upasana lives with her husband Sumit in a pretty apartment in Khar, a suburb of Mumbai. She is a nutritionist and, together with Sumit, runs a catering business that provides homemade, healthy tiffins to hungry Mumbaikars! Originally from Lucknow in north India, Upasana lived in Gujarat for 7 years before moving to Mumbai and marrying into a Marwari family from Rajasthan. She can dish out delectable dishes from all three parts of India, be it Lucknow, Gujarat, or Rajasthan.

She learned all her cooking from her mother, sister and mother-in-law, and as a child she enjoyed helping out in the kitchen and perfecting the taste, color and thickness of each dish she prepared. She prefers homemade masalas and always packs a few bottles from her mom’s kitchen when she visits. Sumit and Upasana enjoy travelling and she always tries to recreate tastes from their travels in their home kitchen.

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) Upasana will welcome you home with the warmest smile and a glass of freshly squeezed lemonade. A font of knowledge, you can ask her anything about vegetarian food from North and West India and she will be happy to share her knowledge about the cuisne’s deep, rustic flavors. Later you will dine either seated on the floor or at the dining table and enjoy dishes such as dal dhokhli (thick wheat flour noodles in a pigeon pea stew), gatte ki sabzi (curry prepared with gram flour), dal baati churma (lentils and hard unleavened bread) and moong dal halwa (sweet yellow lentil pudding).

Cooking experience: (1-5 guests) Please note that this is a cooking demonstration, not a hands-on cooking class. You can expect your host Upasana to demonstrate 2-3 of the main dishes you will be eating, this may include a seasonal vegetable and dum aloo (slow cooked potato) or chole (chickpeas) and flat breads, depending on the menu.

Market visit: (1-5 guests) After sipping on your welcome drink, you will head out in a rickshaw for a tour of the local market, showing you the essence of real India. You will not only see the fresh produce but also touch, smell and might buy ingredients for your cooking class.

Notes: Upasna can also do a high tea experience instead of the meal that will include traditional street food of Mumbai served with a twist. It will be a fun and casual evening of assembling your own chaats and enjoying a burst of flavours from spicy, sweet and tangy all at once. Some of the dishes that may be served will be pani puri, sev puri, raj kachori, aloo tikki chole, pav bhaji and lassi.

Upasana only serves vegetarian food.

Languages spoken: English

Traveler reviews

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$48 $38 $32
Cooking Experience + Meal
$55 $46 $38
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$68 $58 $46
Alcohol
$4 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$48 $38 $32
Cooking Experience + Meal
$55 $46 $38
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$68 $58 $46
Alcohol
$4 per person
*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
11:00am-2:00pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
5:00pm-9:00pm
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