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Host: Pallavi

Mumbai (Bombay), India

USD
$34-$86 per person

A Gujarati thali experience the Maharaj way

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

Meet Pallavi

Pallavi lives with her husband and daughter in an elegant apartment in Nariman Point in south Mumbai. After getting married she learned to cook from her mother, mother-in-law and the family maharaj (cook) but it was her father-in-law who gave her the most encouragement and taught her how to pair ingredients, showing her which roti should be eaten with which vegetable and lentil. 25 years later she puts this knowledge to use when she curates menus for her catering service, Be Delicious, that provides high-quality, home-style food to corporate offices and private residences.

Her family is so serious about food that each day Pallavi packs picnic baskets for her daughter and husband to take to work. They are stuffed with five or six tiffins to ensure that they never go hungry and there is always something to munch on! When she’s not in the kitchen, Pallavi also enjoys watching tennis, cricket, reading and listening to music.

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: (1-12 guests) Pallavi will welcome you into her sprawling apartment dressed in an elegant sari. Get to know each other as you sip on chaas (buttermilk) and eat delicious Gujarati snacks such as dhokla (made from rice and fermented chickpea batter), khandvi (a savory bite sized snack) or patra (rolled colocasia leaves). Your lunch will be served on a traditional silver thali and might include dishes such as bhaigan bhartha (roasted eggplant with onions and tomatoes), bajra roti (pearl millet flatbread), aloo and gobi sabzi (potato and cauliflower) and other seasonal vegetables. End your meal with a typical Gujarati dessert called shrikhand, a sweetened yogurt dish.

Cooking experience: (1-8 guests) Join Pallavi in her kitchen to cook a vegetarian Gujarati meal. You can expect your host Pallavi to demonstrate 2-3 of the main dishes you will be eating later. She and her cook (maharaj) might show you how to make paneer (fresh cheese) and sweet daal (a famous Gujrati lentil dish), or how to fry puris and cook a seasonal vegetable dish.

Market visit: (1-8 guests) After you meet at Pallavi's home and have a refreshing drink, she will take you to Crawford Market, a large, bustling local marketplace where you can find everything you could possibly need for your kitchen or home in Mumbai.

Street food tour: (4-14 guests) Have you wanted to try delicious Mumbai street food (chaat) but worried that it may not be safe? Join Pallavi in her beautiful home and discover the sweet, spicy and tangy flavors of chaat such as vada pav, the quintessential Mumbai street snack or dahi wada, a light, airy dumpling drenched in cool yoghurt and tamarind chutney. Share high-tea with Pallavi over safely prepared scrumptious chaat and learn about Indian cultural and culinary traditions with this local Mumbaiite at her dining table.

Pallavi will greet you at her sprawling apartment with a refreshing drink called shijanki (a sweet, salty and spiced fresh lemonade). Later you will watch as she recreates the street food experience at home by plating and assembling flavors of chaat for you to taste. Your menu might include hot and cold dishes such as pav bhaji, ragda pattice, vada pav, bhel puri, dahi wada and kulfi (Indian ice cream).

Notes: Pallavi only cooks and serves vegetarian food. The street food experience with Pallavi takes place in her home, where she recreates Mumbai's favorite street food in the comforts of her home. A minimum of 4 travelers are needed to book this "street food at home" experience.

Languages spoken: English, Hindi

Traveler reviews

Pallavi was a wonderful host! Her beautiful apartment is in a great neighborhood for walking and has views of the Oval Maidan. My husband and I loved the hands-on cooking of several items for the meal. Our favorite was the delicately stuffed okra! We loved the cooking and conversation. And the meal was healthy and so fresh, with warm puris arriving in a constant flow from the kitchen, but we did manage to save room for the sweet Shrikhand for dessert. We left with recipes in hand! Pallavi is easy going and full of interesting info about local food and culture.
- Michelle

Our experience with Pallavi was wonderful. She is such a sweet woman and her passion for food shines through. First, we sipped delicious buttermilk with her at her home. Then, she took us to the market, where she explained the city and spices to us. When we came back, she taught us cook dishes on the traditional thali. Everything was delicious. And the best part was sharing the meal with her and her lovely family (husband and daughter). Our favorite activity in Mumbai!
- Dorna

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Pallavi

$34-$86 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
$54 $44 $34
Cooking Experience + Meal
$64 $54 $42
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $76 $76
Street Food Tour
Not offered $34 $34
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$54 $44 $34
Cooking Experience + Meal
$64 $54 $42
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $76 $76
Street Food Tour
Not offered $34 $34
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:30pm-2:30pm 5:30pm-7:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-2:00pm
Street Food Tour
5:30pm-7:30pm

Meet Pallavi

Pallavi lives with her husband and daughter in an elegant apartment in Nariman Point in south Mumbai. After getting married she learned to cook from her mother, mother-in-law and the family maharaj (cook) but it was her father-in-law who gave her the most encouragement and taught her how to pair ingredients, showing her which roti should be eaten with which vegetable and lentil. 25 years later she puts this knowledge to use when she curates menus for her catering service, Be Delicious, that provides high-quality, home-style food to corporate offices and private residences.

Her family is so serious about food that each day Pallavi packs picnic baskets for her daughter and husband to take to work. They are stuffed with five or six tiffins to ensure that they never go hungry and there is always something to munch on! When she’s not in the kitchen, Pallavi also enjoys watching tennis, cricket, reading and listening to music.

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: (1-12 guests) Pallavi will welcome you into her sprawling apartment dressed in an elegant sari. Get to know each other as you sip on chaas (buttermilk) and eat delicious Gujarati snacks such as dhokla (made from rice and fermented chickpea batter), khandvi (a savory bite sized snack) or patra (rolled colocasia leaves). Your lunch will be served on a traditional silver thali and might include dishes such as bhaigan bhartha (roasted eggplant with onions and tomatoes), bajra roti (pearl millet flatbread), aloo and gobi sabzi (potato and cauliflower) and other seasonal vegetables. End your meal with a typical Gujarati dessert called shrikhand, a sweetened yogurt dish.

Cooking experience: (1-8 guests) Join Pallavi in her kitchen to cook a vegetarian Gujarati meal. You can expect your host Pallavi to demonstrate 2-3 of the main dishes you will be eating later. She and her cook (maharaj) might show you how to make paneer (fresh cheese) and sweet daal (a famous Gujrati lentil dish), or how to fry puris and cook a seasonal vegetable dish.

Market visit: (1-8 guests) After you meet at Pallavi's home and have a refreshing drink, she will take you to Crawford Market, a large, bustling local marketplace where you can find everything you could possibly need for your kitchen or home in Mumbai.

Street food tour: (4-14 guests) Have you wanted to try delicious Mumbai street food (chaat) but worried that it may not be safe? Join Pallavi in her beautiful home and discover the sweet, spicy and tangy flavors of chaat such as vada pav, the quintessential Mumbai street snack or dahi wada, a light, airy dumpling drenched in cool yoghurt and tamarind chutney. Share high-tea with Pallavi over safely prepared scrumptious chaat and learn about Indian cultural and culinary traditions with this local Mumbaiite at her dining table.

Pallavi will greet you at her sprawling apartment with a refreshing drink called shijanki (a sweet, salty and spiced fresh lemonade). Later you will watch as she recreates the street food experience at home by plating and assembling flavors of chaat for you to taste. Your menu might include hot and cold dishes such as pav bhaji, ragda pattice, vada pav, bhel puri, dahi wada and kulfi (Indian ice cream).

Notes: Pallavi only cooks and serves vegetarian food. The street food experience with Pallavi takes place in her home, where she recreates Mumbai's favorite street food in the comforts of her home. A minimum of 4 travelers are needed to book this "street food at home" experience.

Languages spoken: English, Hindi

Traveler reviews

Pallavi was a wonderful host! Her beautiful apartment is in a great neighborhood for walking and has views of the Oval Maidan. My husband and I loved the hands-on cooking of several items for the meal. Our favorite was the delicately stuffed okra! We loved the cooking and conversation. And the meal was healthy and so fresh, with warm puris arriving in a constant flow from the kitchen, but we did manage to save room for the sweet Shrikhand for dessert. We left with recipes in hand! Pallavi is easy going and full of interesting info about local food and culture.
- Michelle

Our experience with Pallavi was wonderful. She is such a sweet woman and her passion for food shines through. First, we sipped delicious buttermilk with her at her home. Then, she took us to the market, where she explained the city and spices to us. When we came back, she taught us cook dishes on the traditional thali. Everything was delicious. And the best part was sharing the meal with her and her lovely family (husband and daughter). Our favorite activity in Mumbai!
- Dorna

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$54 $44 $34
Cooking Experience + Meal
$64 $54 $42
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $76 $76
Street Food Tour
Not offered $34 $34
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$54 $44 $34
Cooking Experience + Meal
$64 $54 $42
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $76 $76
Street Food Tour
Not offered $34 $34
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:30pm-2:30pm 5:30pm-7:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-2:00pm
Street Food Tour
5:30pm-7:30pm
FAQ

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