Host: Putu

Bali, Indonesia

USD
$32-$86 per person

Traditional Balinese cooking in a multi-generational family compound

Host offerings
  • Rural farmhouse
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit
  • Street food tour

Meet Putu

Putu lives in her ancestral village in a traditional family compound. When you arrive you will meet her grandparents, her husband, Pasta, as well as their three children. Putu learned to cook as a child, helping her grandmother prepare the daily meals. Her cooking skills have grown into a career and personal passion. Putu works as a cook at two private villas, creating fresh and creative Balinese dishes to delight her guests. She takes pride in her presentation and artfully decorates the dishes with delicately carved fruit and vegetables. At home, she is responsible for making the temple offerings, from the small offerings to the large fruit towers that she carries on her head during temple ceremonies. Putu also makes homemade jamu, traditional health tonics made from turmeric.

Putu’s grandparents are rice farmers and you will be served their homegrown rice with the meal. Putu and her family will take you on a tour of their compound and show you their family temple and explain about the objects in the temple. They have a lovely orchard where they grow jackfruit, cacao, durian, coffee and bananas. They also keep pigs, ducks, chickens and a cow.

What to expect

In-home meal: (1-10 guests) Join Putu and her family for a traditional Balinese meal in their family compound. You’ll taste a variety of authentic dishes such as Putu’s grilled eggplant with tomato, grilled fish with Balinese sambal (chili sauce), a curry dish (either chicken, fish or vegetarian) or perhaps a variety of pepes (foods seasoned with local spices, wrapped in banana leaves and then steamed), ranging from fish, chicken or tofu to banana savory (made with the root of the banana plant) as well as a sweet version with made with fresh coconut. She might make gado gado (vegetables in peanut sauce), rendang (an Indonesian curry), sayur urab (vegetables with fresh shredded coconut), or bregedel (corn fritters). The meal will end with something sweet, perhaps Putu’s black rice pudding with fresh coconut cream and fresh palm sugar, or her famous banana cake with lemon-butter cream.

When in season, you will enjoy organic produce straight from the tree.

Cooking experience: (1-10 guests) Join Putu in the kitchen for a hands-on cooking lesson. You'll work together to prepare 2-3 authentic Balinese dishes and as you chop, grind and grill Putu will teach you about the spices she uses in her family recipes and the medicinal qualities of Balinese ingredients. Putu's kitchen is simple, with only a two burner cooktop, and you are sure to be impressed by the speed and fluidity with which she can prepare a complex menu with multiple dishes.

You can expect the cooking lesson to last about 1-2 hours.

Market visit: (1-5 guests) You will be picked up at your Ubud-area hotel at 7am and driven to the Pejeng market to join the locals in shopping for the freshest produce. Putu will introduce you to the seasonal fruits, vegetables and spices on offer and you'll pick you’ll pick up a few ingredients for your cooking lesson. You will spend about 30 minutes at the market before driving to Putu's home to start cooking together. The market offers wonderful photo opportunities, so don't forget to bring your camera!

Notes: Prices include round-trip transport from Ubud only. Please be sure to include your hotel name on the reservation form so your host can arrange for your pick-up.

If you are staying outside of Ubud there will be an additional charge for transportation. Please contact us at reservations@travelingspoon.com for details.

Traveler reviews

Putu and her family allowed us to experience the REAL Bali. Cooking was fun and the food delicious. We felt very welcome in their family compound getting a glimpse of the life of a real Balinese family. We can't recommend it enough! Market experience is not to be missed. - Geoff

We were gifted a cooking lesson with Putu and her family through the Traveling Spoon which proved to be one of the best experiences we had in Bali. For anyone looking to taste wonderful, real Balinese food and interact with a local family, this is a must-do activity for you! Putu and her brother-in-law picked us up at 7am and took us to visit two local markets where she had previously purchased ingredients for our extensive menu. This provided a great taste of local life, an eye into the community at large away from the tourists. Once at her home we were taken on a tour of her garden, family temple, and offered refreshing coconut juice as we met her family members that would be assisting with the cooking lesson. The kitchen, divided into three sections, was abuzz with activity for several hours as we chopped, ground, fried, steamed, wrapped, and prepared about 7 different courses - more if you take into account how wonderful Putu was in accommodating our various dietary restrictions. Everything was made with and without chili peppers for our varying tolerance levels and an emphasis was put on vegetarian dishes. As we were busy in the kitchen Putu and her family beautifully displayed each finished dish in palm leaves so that by the time we were ready, it was truly a magnificent feast with tastes far richer than we were getting at any of the Balinese restaurants. Left with hand-written recipes, colorful photos, new friends, and full bellies (complete with generous take-away boxes for left overs), we all thoroughly agree that a cooking lesson with Putu and her family should be high on the list of things to do when visiting the Ubud area. - Laelle

Our experience visiting Putu and her family was one of the best I have had while traveling. It was so nice to be in a local home, get a feel for the culture and Putu could not have looked after us better. We made so many delicious dishes and they were altered to fit our tastes and diet being vegetarian. I could not recommend cooking with Putu and in her home more. Everything about our day was warm and friendly. It happened to be my mothers birthday and they baked her a cake and wrote a birthday message in flowers. I have done many cooking courses while traveling but this was much more that just learning to cook great dishes. I would go and cook again with them tomorrow if I could :) I hope many people visit their beautiful farm and home and get to have the same experience. - Jacqui

Great food and cultural experience. It is so much more than just food. The warm and friendly family took time to explain their home, garden and customs. The cooking experience was so much fun and we both learned a lot. The family was genuinely wonderful. Really a must do for any traveler. You can buy food at any restaurant, but last night was an experience to remember. - Priscilla

We had a wonderful time with Putu, Wayan and Kadek, learning about Balinese traditions and culture, the market, the veggies and spices grown in Putu's garden, and of course how to cook the most scrumptious food! Everyone was so warm and welcoming and Putu even baked a delicious surprise birthday banana cake for Ruben! A must if you're visiting Bali! - Geni

Putu's home is in a lovely, quiet setting. When I arrived the table was set, the food prepped for cooking, and the children greeted me with shy looks and an occasional smile. Putu she explained the what, how, why of the cooking process. It amazed me that she could prepare 6 dishes on two burners with great fluidity to her work. Each dish turned out perfectly and looks beautiful - not to mention, everything was delicious! - Wendy, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

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Putu

$32-$86 USD

per person
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Meet Putu

Putu lives in her ancestral village in a traditional family compound. When you arrive you will meet her grandparents, her husband, Pasta, as well as their three children. Putu learned to cook as a child, helping her grandmother prepare the daily meals. Her cooking skills have grown into a career and personal passion. Putu works as a cook at two private villas, creating fresh and creative Balinese dishes to delight her guests. She takes pride in her presentation and artfully decorates the dishes with delicately carved fruit and vegetables. At home, she is responsible for making the temple offerings, from the small offerings to the large fruit towers that she carries on her head during temple ceremonies. Putu also makes homemade jamu, traditional health tonics made from turmeric.

Putu’s grandparents are rice farmers and you will be served their homegrown rice with the meal. Putu and her family will take you on a tour of their compound and show you their family temple and explain about the objects in the temple. They have a lovely orchard where they grow jackfruit, cacao, durian, coffee and bananas. They also keep pigs, ducks, chickens and a cow.

What to expect

In-home meal: (1-10 guests) Join Putu and her family for a traditional Balinese meal in their family compound. You’ll taste a variety of authentic dishes such as Putu’s grilled eggplant with tomato, grilled fish with Balinese sambal (chili sauce), a curry dish (either chicken, fish or vegetarian) or perhaps a variety of pepes (foods seasoned with local spices, wrapped in banana leaves and then steamed), ranging from fish, chicken or tofu to banana savory (made with the root of the banana plant) as well as a sweet version with made with fresh coconut. She might make gado gado (vegetables in peanut sauce), rendang (an Indonesian curry), sayur urab (vegetables with fresh shredded coconut), or bregedel (corn fritters). The meal will end with something sweet, perhaps Putu’s black rice pudding with fresh coconut cream and fresh palm sugar, or her famous banana cake with lemon-butter cream.

When in season, you will enjoy organic produce straight from the tree.

Cooking experience: (1-10 guests) Join Putu in the kitchen for a hands-on cooking lesson. You'll work together to prepare 2-3 authentic Balinese dishes and as you chop, grind and grill Putu will teach you about the spices she uses in her family recipes and the medicinal qualities of Balinese ingredients. Putu's kitchen is simple, with only a two burner cooktop, and you are sure to be impressed by the speed and fluidity with which she can prepare a complex menu with multiple dishes.

You can expect the cooking lesson to last about 1-2 hours.

Market visit: (1-5 guests) You will be picked up at your Ubud-area hotel at 7am and driven to the Pejeng market to join the locals in shopping for the freshest produce. Putu will introduce you to the seasonal fruits, vegetables and spices on offer and you'll pick you’ll pick up a few ingredients for your cooking lesson. You will spend about 30 minutes at the market before driving to Putu's home to start cooking together. The market offers wonderful photo opportunities, so don't forget to bring your camera!

Notes: Prices include round-trip transport from Ubud only. Please be sure to include your hotel name on the reservation form so your host can arrange for your pick-up.

If you are staying outside of Ubud there will be an additional charge for transportation. Please contact us at reservations@travelingspoon.com for details.

Traveler reviews

Putu and her family allowed us to experience the REAL Bali. Cooking was fun and the food delicious. We felt very welcome in their family compound getting a glimpse of the life of a real Balinese family. We can't recommend it enough! Market experience is not to be missed. - Geoff

We were gifted a cooking lesson with Putu and her family through the Traveling Spoon which proved to be one of the best experiences we had in Bali. For anyone looking to taste wonderful, real Balinese food and interact with a local family, this is a must-do activity for you! Putu and her brother-in-law picked us up at 7am and took us to visit two local markets where she had previously purchased ingredients for our extensive menu. This provided a great taste of local life, an eye into the community at large away from the tourists. Once at her home we were taken on a tour of her garden, family temple, and offered refreshing coconut juice as we met her family members that would be assisting with the cooking lesson. The kitchen, divided into three sections, was abuzz with activity for several hours as we chopped, ground, fried, steamed, wrapped, and prepared about 7 different courses - more if you take into account how wonderful Putu was in accommodating our various dietary restrictions. Everything was made with and without chili peppers for our varying tolerance levels and an emphasis was put on vegetarian dishes. As we were busy in the kitchen Putu and her family beautifully displayed each finished dish in palm leaves so that by the time we were ready, it was truly a magnificent feast with tastes far richer than we were getting at any of the Balinese restaurants. Left with hand-written recipes, colorful photos, new friends, and full bellies (complete with generous take-away boxes for left overs), we all thoroughly agree that a cooking lesson with Putu and her family should be high on the list of things to do when visiting the Ubud area. - Laelle

Our experience visiting Putu and her family was one of the best I have had while traveling. It was so nice to be in a local home, get a feel for the culture and Putu could not have looked after us better. We made so many delicious dishes and they were altered to fit our tastes and diet being vegetarian. I could not recommend cooking with Putu and in her home more. Everything about our day was warm and friendly. It happened to be my mothers birthday and they baked her a cake and wrote a birthday message in flowers. I have done many cooking courses while traveling but this was much more that just learning to cook great dishes. I would go and cook again with them tomorrow if I could :) I hope many people visit their beautiful farm and home and get to have the same experience. - Jacqui

Great food and cultural experience. It is so much more than just food. The warm and friendly family took time to explain their home, garden and customs. The cooking experience was so much fun and we both learned a lot. The family was genuinely wonderful. Really a must do for any traveler. You can buy food at any restaurant, but last night was an experience to remember. - Priscilla

We had a wonderful time with Putu, Wayan and Kadek, learning about Balinese traditions and culture, the market, the veggies and spices grown in Putu's garden, and of course how to cook the most scrumptious food! Everyone was so warm and welcoming and Putu even baked a delicious surprise birthday banana cake for Ruben! A must if you're visiting Bali! - Geni

Putu's home is in a lovely, quiet setting. When I arrived the table was set, the food prepped for cooking, and the children greeted me with shy looks and an occasional smile. Putu she explained the what, how, why of the cooking process. It amazed me that she could prepare 6 dishes on two burners with great fluidity to her work. Each dish turned out perfectly and looks beautiful - not to mention, everything was delicious! - Wendy, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Pricing
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$64 $36 $32
Cooking Experience + Meal
$72 $44 $42
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $58 $54
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 6:00pm-8:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
7:00am-12:00pm
Host Contact
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