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Host: Shalini

Jaipur, India

USD
$18-$40 per person

A vegetarian Rajasthani cooking class and meal in central Jaipur

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

Meet Shalini

Shalini completed her masters in computer science and now works part-time for her husband’s company, also doing a variety of other online freelance jobs on the side. After she married, Shalini learned to cook from her mother-in-law, an excellent cook who will co-host your Traveling Spoon experience! For dinner experiences, enjoy a true family experience and meet Shalini's entire family, including her husband, in-laws and two young sons. Shalini enjoys learning how to make traditional Rajasthani dishes from her mother-in-law, who has been cooking for the past 40 years, and is often seen experimenting in the kitchen. Cooking is Shalini's favorite way to relieve stress and she is passionate about sharing her Rajasthani culinary traditions with travelers from around the world.

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) Enjoy a traditional vegetarian Rajasthani meal in Shalini’s home. You will be welcomed with a drink and a snack as you chat with her about Rajasthani food and culture. Later, enjoy your homecooked meal which will be served at their family dining table. Your meal might include traditional Rajasthani dishes like dahi wada (plump dumplings in a creamy yoghurt sauce), kadhi (fried dumpling pakora served in a flavorful chickpea gravy), fried dal (lentils), steamed rice, gatte ki sabzi (dumplings made from gram flour and spices, steamed and served in a spicy and tangy yogurt sauce), matar paratha (flat bread stuffed with spiced vegetables). End your meal with traditional sweet dessert such as kheer (Indian rice pudding).

Cooking experience: (1-5 guests) Join Shalini and her mother-in-law in their kitchen and learn to cook 2-3 traditional Rajasthani dishes. You might learn to make baingan ka bharta (a spiced eggplant dish), rotis (Indian flat bread) or other seasonal vegetables, before sharing your meal together with her joyous family at their dining table. Your meal will also include other dishes prepared by Shalini and her family in advance.

Market visit: (1-5 guests) Meet Shalini at her home and then walk to their local street market for a tour. Here you will learn about basic Indian ingredients and local, seasonal produce. As you explore you’ll pick up a few ingredients for your cooking lesson, before returning home together to cook your traditional Rajasthani meal.

Notes: Please note that Shalini only serves vegetarian food.

Languages spoken: English, Hindi

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.
  • Fried dal
  • Seasonal dry vegetables like masala bhindi or masala aloo
  • Butter chapati
  • Rice
  • Dessert

Traveler reviews

The best experience Jaipur has to offer!!! If you ever get to visit Jaipur, this is your chance to learn about traditional Rajasthani food and get in touch with a lovely and welcoming Indian family. Shalini and her mother-in-law taught us everything about Indian food and were also able to answer many more questions we had about Indian culture. We enjoyed a lovely dinner together and the food was way better than in any other restaurant on our trip (especially the daal fried). However, what made this experience so special to us was the great hospitality of Shalini and her family members. We felt so comfortable and welcomed while chatting and cooking with all of them. It was one of our highlights in our India trip and definitely an experience you will never forget!
- Maximilian August 21, 2018

My daughter and I enjoyed a wonderful few hours with Shalini. She welcomed us into her home, showed us the shopping in her neighbourhood and together with her mother in law cooked together with us the most delicious meal. The most amazing experience spent with this most amazing family. Highly recommended tour!
- Bern August 28, 2018

Shalini is a wonderful host! This was my first Traveling Spoon experience. Shalini and her family are great host. I received heartwarming welcome from them. They gave me a wonderful time. Shalini and her mother-in-law cooked some dishes such as pakora, mix dal, gatta masala, chapati, fried rice. All of them were very tasty. And I could learn a lot about how to make these Indian dishes. I strongly recommend you take Shalini's class when you have a chance to visit Jaipur. It will be a memorable event for you.
- Naomi September 03, 2018

We had an amazing dinner in Shalini's home. She taught us how to cook Dal, Pakoras and many other tasty stuff which we are definitely gonna try to prepare for our friends. Shalini and her family were incredible hosts and we had a lot of fun with them sharing stories and getting to know each other. We definitely recommend her and we can't wait to come back!!!
- Ayhan D July 27, 2018

Shalini is a great host ! As soon as I arrived she asked me what would please me to eat in order to adapt the menu. Then we went in different mini market/shops. She explained me what kind of spices, rices, vegetables we will cook and bought some fresh fruits. As we arrived in her house, with the help of her mother in law she teaches me how we will cook the different plates and the indian bread. The food was really good and Shalini and her family were great hosts ! I definitely recommend this activity!
- Dylann July 31, 2018

My husband and I had a really great time and meal, of course, with Shalini and her family in Jaipur. As westerners that love to try new flavors and get to know the culture of a place through the locals, this was a really memorable experience. We had a great cultural exchange getting to know about each other's cultures while going to the market and cooking. Shalini and her husband are very welcoming and we enjoyed trying to make some bread with Shalini and her mother-in-law, who is also a great host. The meal was very tasty with all the spices and we enjoyed trying it! We highly recommend this experience!
- Annelise May 04, 2018

Shalini and her family were incredible hosts to us. We arrived and ate a quick breakfast snack with her and her son, and then spent a lovely time with her and her mother in law in the kitchen while they showed us how to make an incredible Rajasthani meal from scratch. We got to roll our own chapattis and learn about each of the ingredients and spices that went into the meal. We roasted eggplant over a flame for the most incredibly flavored and delicious baignan bharta I've ever had! We tried a traditional spicy masala gatti (gram flour-based dumpling) from Rajasthan and learned about why Shalini and her family like those flavors so much. Her husband and children ate with us too so it really felt like being part of a family. Shalini was super hospitable and a great ambassador to Indian life and culture. She expressed so much enthusiasm for Traveling Spoon as she wants to work for a women-owned company and be a working mom to do many things: make sure that her kids got to meet people from all over the world, be an ambassador for her culture and traditions, and to contribute to her family and life with the great skill sets she has as a wonderful cook. I couldn't recommend it more highly!
- Traveling Spoon Ambassador Hannah

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Shalini

$18-$40 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
$26 $20 $18
Cooking Experience + Meal
$32 $28 $22
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$40 $32 $28
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$26 $20 $18
Cooking Experience + Meal
$32 $28 $22
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$40 $32 $28
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
6:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
5:30pm-9:30pm

Meet Shalini

Shalini completed her masters in computer science and now works part-time for her husband’s company, also doing a variety of other online freelance jobs on the side. After she married, Shalini learned to cook from her mother-in-law, an excellent cook who will co-host your Traveling Spoon experience! For dinner experiences, enjoy a true family experience and meet Shalini's entire family, including her husband, in-laws and two young sons. Shalini enjoys learning how to make traditional Rajasthani dishes from her mother-in-law, who has been cooking for the past 40 years, and is often seen experimenting in the kitchen. Cooking is Shalini's favorite way to relieve stress and she is passionate about sharing her Rajasthani culinary traditions with travelers from around the world.

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) Enjoy a traditional vegetarian Rajasthani meal in Shalini’s home. You will be welcomed with a drink and a snack as you chat with her about Rajasthani food and culture. Later, enjoy your homecooked meal which will be served at their family dining table. Your meal might include traditional Rajasthani dishes like dahi wada (plump dumplings in a creamy yoghurt sauce), kadhi (fried dumpling pakora served in a flavorful chickpea gravy), fried dal (lentils), steamed rice, gatte ki sabzi (dumplings made from gram flour and spices, steamed and served in a spicy and tangy yogurt sauce), matar paratha (flat bread stuffed with spiced vegetables). End your meal with traditional sweet dessert such as kheer (Indian rice pudding).

Cooking experience: (1-5 guests) Join Shalini and her mother-in-law in their kitchen and learn to cook 2-3 traditional Rajasthani dishes. You might learn to make baingan ka bharta (a spiced eggplant dish), rotis (Indian flat bread) or other seasonal vegetables, before sharing your meal together with her joyous family at their dining table. Your meal will also include other dishes prepared by Shalini and her family in advance.

Market visit: (1-5 guests) Meet Shalini at her home and then walk to their local street market for a tour. Here you will learn about basic Indian ingredients and local, seasonal produce. As you explore you’ll pick up a few ingredients for your cooking lesson, before returning home together to cook your traditional Rajasthani meal.

Notes: Please note that Shalini only serves vegetarian food.

Languages spoken: English, Hindi

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.
  • Fried dal
  • Seasonal dry vegetables like masala bhindi or masala aloo
  • Butter chapati
  • Rice
  • Dessert

Traveler reviews

The best experience Jaipur has to offer!!! If you ever get to visit Jaipur, this is your chance to learn about traditional Rajasthani food and get in touch with a lovely and welcoming Indian family. Shalini and her mother-in-law taught us everything about Indian food and were also able to answer many more questions we had about Indian culture. We enjoyed a lovely dinner together and the food was way better than in any other restaurant on our trip (especially the daal fried). However, what made this experience so special to us was the great hospitality of Shalini and her family members. We felt so comfortable and welcomed while chatting and cooking with all of them. It was one of our highlights in our India trip and definitely an experience you will never forget!
- Maximilian August 21, 2018

My daughter and I enjoyed a wonderful few hours with Shalini. She welcomed us into her home, showed us the shopping in her neighbourhood and together with her mother in law cooked together with us the most delicious meal. The most amazing experience spent with this most amazing family. Highly recommended tour!
- Bern August 28, 2018

Shalini is a wonderful host! This was my first Traveling Spoon experience. Shalini and her family are great host. I received heartwarming welcome from them. They gave me a wonderful time. Shalini and her mother-in-law cooked some dishes such as pakora, mix dal, gatta masala, chapati, fried rice. All of them were very tasty. And I could learn a lot about how to make these Indian dishes. I strongly recommend you take Shalini's class when you have a chance to visit Jaipur. It will be a memorable event for you.
- Naomi September 03, 2018

We had an amazing dinner in Shalini's home. She taught us how to cook Dal, Pakoras and many other tasty stuff which we are definitely gonna try to prepare for our friends. Shalini and her family were incredible hosts and we had a lot of fun with them sharing stories and getting to know each other. We definitely recommend her and we can't wait to come back!!!
- Ayhan D July 27, 2018

Shalini is a great host ! As soon as I arrived she asked me what would please me to eat in order to adapt the menu. Then we went in different mini market/shops. She explained me what kind of spices, rices, vegetables we will cook and bought some fresh fruits. As we arrived in her house, with the help of her mother in law she teaches me how we will cook the different plates and the indian bread. The food was really good and Shalini and her family were great hosts ! I definitely recommend this activity!
- Dylann July 31, 2018

My husband and I had a really great time and meal, of course, with Shalini and her family in Jaipur. As westerners that love to try new flavors and get to know the culture of a place through the locals, this was a really memorable experience. We had a great cultural exchange getting to know about each other's cultures while going to the market and cooking. Shalini and her husband are very welcoming and we enjoyed trying to make some bread with Shalini and her mother-in-law, who is also a great host. The meal was very tasty with all the spices and we enjoyed trying it! We highly recommend this experience!
- Annelise May 04, 2018

Shalini and her family were incredible hosts to us. We arrived and ate a quick breakfast snack with her and her son, and then spent a lovely time with her and her mother in law in the kitchen while they showed us how to make an incredible Rajasthani meal from scratch. We got to roll our own chapattis and learn about each of the ingredients and spices that went into the meal. We roasted eggplant over a flame for the most incredibly flavored and delicious baignan bharta I've ever had! We tried a traditional spicy masala gatti (gram flour-based dumpling) from Rajasthan and learned about why Shalini and her family like those flavors so much. Her husband and children ate with us too so it really felt like being part of a family. Shalini was super hospitable and a great ambassador to Indian life and culture. She expressed so much enthusiasm for Traveling Spoon as she wants to work for a women-owned company and be a working mom to do many things: make sure that her kids got to meet people from all over the world, be an ambassador for her culture and traditions, and to contribute to her family and life with the great skill sets she has as a wonderful cook. I couldn't recommend it more highly!
- Traveling Spoon Ambassador Hannah

Read More
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$26 $20 $18
Cooking Experience + Meal
$32 $28 $22
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$40 $32 $28
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$26 $20 $18
Cooking Experience + Meal
$32 $28 $22
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$40 $32 $28
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
6:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
5:30pm-9:30pm
FAQ

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