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Host: Srividya

Chennai (Madras), India

USD
$28-$78 per person

South Indian culinary experience with a food-loving family

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

Meet Srividya

Srividya worked for many years in the luxury hotel industry and relishes the opportunity to introduce her guests to South India's cultural and culinary traditions. She lives in a cozy, immaculately clean apartment with her husband, mother and two children, all of whom are self-described foodies who love to cook together as a family. She delights in preparing fresh, healthy meals using locally grown vegetables and ingredients. She enjoys the balance of a complete meal that has variety in terms of flavors, nutrition, pace, texture, and digestion. You will sense her pride as she shares interesting anecdotes and stories that highlight the traditions and science behind the foods you will enjoy at her table. Srividya is a vegetarian but she occasionally prepares meat for her family members.

“Food is my way of connecting with people and hosting with Traveling Spoon makes my world happier.”

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) A meal in Srividya’s home presents a taste of Tamil Nadu served on a vibrant banana leaf (when seasonably available). You can expect to taste seasonal dishes such as vegetable curries, fish curry, dosas (South Indian-style crispy crepes), pillowy idlis (fluffy, savory cakes), kozhukattai (South Indian dumplings) made from a variety of flour, tamarind rice or curd rice, and her homemade mango pickle. South India has an immense culinary heritage and the range of dishes you taste at Srividya's table reflect this bounty. Your meal will showcase the diversity and unique dishes from a range of cuisines, like Mudaliar and Tamilian Brahmin cooking.

Cooking experience: (1-5 guests) Join Srividya in the kitchen to learn to make two to three dishes from scratch. You will enjoy the dishes you helped to cook along with a few other dishes that she will have prepared in advance.

Market visit: (1-4 guests) For the market tour Srividya will take you to the Mylapore market. Meet her directly at the market and after an hour you will drive back to her home for your cooking and meal experience (only if booked). The market houses the Kapaleeshwara temple and dozens of shops that sell everything from flowers, fruits, vegetables, spices, utensils, jewelry, garments to books and toys. Shopping at Mylapore is a quintessential Chennai shopping experience! Walk around this market with your host Srividya soaking in all the sights, smells and tastes. Stop by her favorite shops to sip on some coffee or buy some ghee or vegetables for your cooking class (only if booked).

Languages spoken: English

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Kuzhi Paniyaram with chutney
  • Dosa varieties
  • Vadais

Traveler reviews

We were warmly welcomed with lime juice and a chance to exchange cultures. As we hadn't specified our tastes, Vidya prepared a delicious menu which she then cooked whilst talking us through the flavours, techniques and nutrition. Her knowledge, hosting skills and food was our highlight of Chennai.
- Beau August 01, 2017

I loved everything I ate, but I was particularly fond of the tamarind rice, the vegetable curry, and her homemade mango chutney/pickle and curd. Everything was extremely fresh and flavorful, and everything had an interesting story behind it.
- Amelia, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

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Srividya

$28-$78 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
$40 $32 $28
Cooking Experience + Meal
$46 $40 $38
Market Tour
$38 $32 Not offered
Market Tour + Meal
$46 $40 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$78 $72 Not offered
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$40 $32 $28
Cooking Experience + Meal
$46 $40 $38
Market Tour
$38 $32 Not offered
Market Tour + Meal
$46 $40 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$78 $72 Not offered
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm
Market Tour
10:00am-11:00am
Market Tour+ Meal
10:00am-1:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-2:00pm

Meet Srividya

Srividya worked for many years in the luxury hotel industry and relishes the opportunity to introduce her guests to South India's cultural and culinary traditions. She lives in a cozy, immaculately clean apartment with her husband, mother and two children, all of whom are self-described foodies who love to cook together as a family. She delights in preparing fresh, healthy meals using locally grown vegetables and ingredients. She enjoys the balance of a complete meal that has variety in terms of flavors, nutrition, pace, texture, and digestion. You will sense her pride as she shares interesting anecdotes and stories that highlight the traditions and science behind the foods you will enjoy at her table. Srividya is a vegetarian but she occasionally prepares meat for her family members.

“Food is my way of connecting with people and hosting with Traveling Spoon makes my world happier.”

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) A meal in Srividya’s home presents a taste of Tamil Nadu served on a vibrant banana leaf (when seasonably available). You can expect to taste seasonal dishes such as vegetable curries, fish curry, dosas (South Indian-style crispy crepes), pillowy idlis (fluffy, savory cakes), kozhukattai (South Indian dumplings) made from a variety of flour, tamarind rice or curd rice, and her homemade mango pickle. South India has an immense culinary heritage and the range of dishes you taste at Srividya's table reflect this bounty. Your meal will showcase the diversity and unique dishes from a range of cuisines, like Mudaliar and Tamilian Brahmin cooking.

Cooking experience: (1-5 guests) Join Srividya in the kitchen to learn to make two to three dishes from scratch. You will enjoy the dishes you helped to cook along with a few other dishes that she will have prepared in advance.

Market visit: (1-4 guests) For the market tour Srividya will take you to the Mylapore market. Meet her directly at the market and after an hour you will drive back to her home for your cooking and meal experience (only if booked). The market houses the Kapaleeshwara temple and dozens of shops that sell everything from flowers, fruits, vegetables, spices, utensils, jewelry, garments to books and toys. Shopping at Mylapore is a quintessential Chennai shopping experience! Walk around this market with your host Srividya soaking in all the sights, smells and tastes. Stop by her favorite shops to sip on some coffee or buy some ghee or vegetables for your cooking class (only if booked).

Languages spoken: English

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Kuzhi Paniyaram with chutney
  • Dosa varieties
  • Vadais

Traveler reviews

We were warmly welcomed with lime juice and a chance to exchange cultures. As we hadn't specified our tastes, Vidya prepared a delicious menu which she then cooked whilst talking us through the flavours, techniques and nutrition. Her knowledge, hosting skills and food was our highlight of Chennai.
- Beau August 01, 2017

I loved everything I ate, but I was particularly fond of the tamarind rice, the vegetable curry, and her homemade mango chutney/pickle and curd. Everything was extremely fresh and flavorful, and everything had an interesting story behind it.
- Amelia, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$40 $32 $28
Cooking Experience + Meal
$46 $40 $38
Market Tour
$38 $32 Not offered
Market Tour + Meal
$46 $40 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$78 $72 Not offered
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$40 $32 $28
Cooking Experience + Meal
$46 $40 $38
Market Tour
$38 $32 Not offered
Market Tour + Meal
$46 $40 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$78 $72 Not offered
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm
Market Tour
10:00am-11:00am
Market Tour+ Meal
10:00am-1:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-2:00pm
FAQ

    You can cancel your experience 48 hours or more before your experience date and receive a full refund. To request a cancellation once you have made a booking simply log in and click the "Request Cancellation" link from the bottom of your booking. Your refund will be processed immediately (note it can take up to 10 business days for this refund to post to your credit card statement). Please note that for cancellations within 48 hours of your experience we unfortunately cannot offer a refund; this is because our hosts typically purchase food and begin their preparations up to 48 hours before the experience.

    Most of our hosts are able to accommodate dietary restrictions and allergies, including vegetarian and gluten free options. For vegetarian travelers, we have an icon on each host profile to indicate whether that host can also offer a fully vegetarian menu. There is a section in the booking form to note any allergies or dietary restrictions which will be sent directly to your host.

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    All prices are noted per person prices unless otherwise specified. Transportation is typically charged on a per car basis, but otherwise all prices are per person. Children aged 5-11 are 50% off, and infants aged 0-4 are free.

    Some hosts offer alcohol as an optional add-on for travelers who are of legal drinking age. Pricing for alcohol is visible on the host profile page and includes one to two glasses of wine, beer or local alcohol.

    Some hosts offer transportation as an optional add-on for travelers. Typically this is round trip transportation with pick up and drop off at your hotel. Pricing is quoted per car. Specific instructions for transportation will be provided in your confirmation details when your booking is confirmed.

    Many of our hosts accommodate solo travelers. You can see if a host accepts solo travelers by looking at the traveler range found next to the experience descriptions on the host profile (indicated by the numbers in parentheses next to "In-home meal", "Cooking experience" and "Market visit").

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