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Host: Nilufer

Gurgaon, India

USD
$42-$62 per person

An authentic Parsi meal in a quaint bungalow

Host offerings
  • House
  • Professional cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit

Meet Nilufer

Food is integral in any Parsi home, be it at festivals, as part of tradition or the everyday enjoyment of a leisurely, lavish spread. Nilufer will introduce you to her cuisine and culture, explaining how, centuries ago, they migrated from greater Iran to the western borders of South Asia to avoid persecution. They are fondly referred to as Bawas (men) and Bawis (women) and are known as a loud, eccentric and friendly group of people. Parsi food is known for being meat-centric.

Nilufer lives with her husband and daughter in a charming, tastefully decorated bungalow in Sushant Lok, one of the most up scale areas of Gurgaon. There is a beautiful lawn at the entrance to their home where Nilufer has planted herbs – she especially likes to enjoy a cup of tea with some of her fresh lemon grass when the weather is pleasant!

Nilufer has been creating culinary delights for over 30 years from her home kitchen. Her delicious cakes, mustards, dips and Parsi masalas have been a hit with food lovers. As a family they love entertaining people at their home. Her daughter Anhaita has followed her footsteps and is the chef manager at SodaBottleOpenerWala, a popular restaurant that serves Parsi food.

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: (2-5 guests) Share an authentic Parsi meal at Nilufer’s dining table. Your menu may include dishes such as salli kheemo (minced goat meat with potato straws), sali murghi (spicy chicken with fried matchstick potatoes), eeda ni akuri (scrambled eggs with spices), or prawn patio (prawn curry). No meal is complete without something sweet, like Nilufer’s ravo (date and semolina pudding).

Cooking experience: (2-5 guests) With the community dwindling fast, it is feared that a true Parsi meal will soon be a thing of the past. Nilufer is eager to share some of her treasured recipes and teach you how to make a Parsi favorite perhaps dhansak (goat and vegetables in a lentil gravy) served with brown rice and kachumbar (a piquant onion-cucumber salad) or patra ni macchi (steamed fish topped with chutney and wrapped in a banana leaf) and kheemo (minced mutton). Please note that this is a cooking demonstration, not a hands-on cooking class.

Notes: Nilufer's meals are meat-centric.

Traveler reviews

We had a very memorable evening with the Dhondy family. The food was delicious and flavourful. It was a pleasure to see the whole family dine with us. We really wish we had spent more time with them. Thank you so much for hosting us Nilufer!
- Arjun & Aditi July 21, 2017

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Nilufer

$42-$62 USD

per person
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Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
Not offered $50 $42
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $62 $50
Alcohol
$4 per person
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $50 $42
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $62 $50
Alcohol
$4 per person
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:30pm-2:30pm 7:30pm-9:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 6:00pm-9:00pm

Meet Nilufer

Food is integral in any Parsi home, be it at festivals, as part of tradition or the everyday enjoyment of a leisurely, lavish spread. Nilufer will introduce you to her cuisine and culture, explaining how, centuries ago, they migrated from greater Iran to the western borders of South Asia to avoid persecution. They are fondly referred to as Bawas (men) and Bawis (women) and are known as a loud, eccentric and friendly group of people. Parsi food is known for being meat-centric.

Nilufer lives with her husband and daughter in a charming, tastefully decorated bungalow in Sushant Lok, one of the most up scale areas of Gurgaon. There is a beautiful lawn at the entrance to their home where Nilufer has planted herbs – she especially likes to enjoy a cup of tea with some of her fresh lemon grass when the weather is pleasant!

Nilufer has been creating culinary delights for over 30 years from her home kitchen. Her delicious cakes, mustards, dips and Parsi masalas have been a hit with food lovers. As a family they love entertaining people at their home. Her daughter Anhaita has followed her footsteps and is the chef manager at SodaBottleOpenerWala, a popular restaurant that serves Parsi food.

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: (2-5 guests) Share an authentic Parsi meal at Nilufer’s dining table. Your menu may include dishes such as salli kheemo (minced goat meat with potato straws), sali murghi (spicy chicken with fried matchstick potatoes), eeda ni akuri (scrambled eggs with spices), or prawn patio (prawn curry). No meal is complete without something sweet, like Nilufer’s ravo (date and semolina pudding).

Cooking experience: (2-5 guests) With the community dwindling fast, it is feared that a true Parsi meal will soon be a thing of the past. Nilufer is eager to share some of her treasured recipes and teach you how to make a Parsi favorite perhaps dhansak (goat and vegetables in a lentil gravy) served with brown rice and kachumbar (a piquant onion-cucumber salad) or patra ni macchi (steamed fish topped with chutney and wrapped in a banana leaf) and kheemo (minced mutton). Please note that this is a cooking demonstration, not a hands-on cooking class.

Notes: Nilufer's meals are meat-centric.

Traveler reviews

We had a very memorable evening with the Dhondy family. The food was delicious and flavourful. It was a pleasure to see the whole family dine with us. We really wish we had spent more time with them. Thank you so much for hosting us Nilufer!
- Arjun & Aditi July 21, 2017

Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
Not offered $50 $42
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $62 $50
Alcohol
$4 per person
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $50 $42
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $62 $50
Alcohol
$4 per person
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:30pm-2:30pm 7:30pm-9:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
Host Contact
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  • Address and phone number will be provided upon booking confirmation
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