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Host: Kodi and Meena

Galle, Sri Lanka

USD
$20-$60 per person

Authentic Sri Lankan cooking class inside Galle fort in a traditional Dutch home

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

Meet Kodi and Meena

Kodi is a retired banker and his wife Meena is a retired teacher. Kodi is also an antique collector and had been looking for a suitable home for his collection for a while. He stumbled upon a beautiful Dutch home 30 years ago. Kodi and Meena (and Kodi's antique collection!) now live in this stunning home built by the Dutch 300 years ago, located inside the picturesque Galle fort. Please note that because it is an older home, there is no air conditioning so we suggest you wear lighter clothes as it can get quite warm in certain months. They love sharing their food and culture with travelers. Meena learned to cook from her mother and grandmother and she still uses the exact same family recipes when she cooks. Meena very excitedly shares, "relatives who try my food often say it reminds them of my mother and grandmother's cooking and this makes me very happy."

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: (2-6 guests) Kodi and Meena's home is less than a 10 minute walk from the main entrance of the Galle fort. We suggest that you walk from the entrance to their home to take in the beauty of the fort - stunning architecture, cobbled streets, pastel colored buildings, street cafes and views of the lighthouse and ramparts. Kodi and Meena's home is an extension of this old world colonial charm - you will notice this as soon as you enter their traditional Dutch home. The terracotta tiles, wooden furniture and antique pieces will transport you to another era. Learn more about the house and their lives while you share a traditional Sri Lankan meal at Kodi and Meena's dining table that overlooks their small garden area. Your menu may include dishes such as dhal (lentils cooked in coconut milk), pineapple curry, cassava (tapioca) curry, eggplant, okra, and ambul thiyal (tamarind clay pot fish). You will end your meal with a local favorite - buffalo yogurt drizzled with coconut palm syrup.

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) Meena will be waiting for you in their home kitchen to begin your two-hour hands-on authentic Sri Lankan cooking class. After taking a look at the vegetable you chose during your market tour she will come up with a menu for the day. You will start by washing and cutting all the ingredients needed for the meal. Meena will then show you how to prepare two kinds of coconut milk using coconut powder. Later join her to cook 3-4 delicious Sri Lankan curries using spices she grinds at home. Kodi will be the sous chef - together he and Meena form a great team in the kitchen!

Market visit: (2-6 guests) Enjoy a cup of hot tea with Kodi and Meena at their beautiful home before driving with Kodi to the local fish market. This is the place where fishermen sell their fresh catch. It is a busy area flocked by locals trying to get the freshest seafood. Kodi will take you to his regular vendor and tell you more about the local seafood before purchasing fish for your cooking class. Then drive to the Green Market to buy fresh fruit and vegetables for your cooking class. The Green Market is a colorful indoor market that houses several stalls selling beautifully presented seasonal and local produce. Stop at the vegetable stall and feel free to pick 3-4 seasonal vegetables that you would like to cook up before visiting the fruit stall to buy fresh pineapple. Your local market tour will last one hour after which you will drive back home with Kodi to begin your cooking class with Meena.

Notes: Kodi and Meena can offer a vegetarian meal on request. Dress for warm weather as the house doesn't have AC and can be warm. They also run a homestay, so you might see other guests while you're there, however your Traveling Spoon experience will remain private.
If you select optional alcohol, you can choose between a glass of local arrack or beer.

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.
  • Dhal (lentils cooked with coconut milk)
  • Fish curry
  • 3-4 seasonal vegetable curries
  • Rice
  • Yoghurt served with coconut palm syrup

Traveler reviews

Kodi and Meena are a very sweet couple that live in a house in Galle Fort - colonial time building! Even before we had our first cup of tea with the host, we had the opportunity to roam the house, searching through the old rooms, finding pieces of art - Kodi is an art collector. After we got to know the hosts over a cup of tea, we went straight to the market with Kodi to pick up (nearly) everything we would need to cook with Meena. Fish market first and the vegetable market second. Bring your camera! After we came home from the market we started cooking the curries. There was no hurry as we prepared the food. Leaving time for detailed descriptions of the recipes, the used spices, the preparation of the meal and specifics about sri lankan food in general. After we finished preparing the curries, we couldn't wait for eating - being curious about the different tastes of the eight(!) curries we managed to prepare. Overall Kodi and Meena made this a special experience for us, in a special home in a special country. Thanks for everything Kodi and Meena and all the best to you!
- Benjamin December 18, 2018

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Kodi and Meena

$20-$60 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
Market Tour + Meal
Not offered $40 $20
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$60 $50 Not offered
Alcohol
$4 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Market Tour + Meal
Not offered $40 $20
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$60 $50 Not offered
Alcohol
$4 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Market Tour+ Meal
10:00am-1:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-1:00pm

Meet Kodi and Meena

Kodi is a retired banker and his wife Meena is a retired teacher. Kodi is also an antique collector and had been looking for a suitable home for his collection for a while. He stumbled upon a beautiful Dutch home 30 years ago. Kodi and Meena (and Kodi's antique collection!) now live in this stunning home built by the Dutch 300 years ago, located inside the picturesque Galle fort. Please note that because it is an older home, there is no air conditioning so we suggest you wear lighter clothes as it can get quite warm in certain months. They love sharing their food and culture with travelers. Meena learned to cook from her mother and grandmother and she still uses the exact same family recipes when she cooks. Meena very excitedly shares, "relatives who try my food often say it reminds them of my mother and grandmother's cooking and this makes me very happy."

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: (2-6 guests) Kodi and Meena's home is less than a 10 minute walk from the main entrance of the Galle fort. We suggest that you walk from the entrance to their home to take in the beauty of the fort - stunning architecture, cobbled streets, pastel colored buildings, street cafes and views of the lighthouse and ramparts. Kodi and Meena's home is an extension of this old world colonial charm - you will notice this as soon as you enter their traditional Dutch home. The terracotta tiles, wooden furniture and antique pieces will transport you to another era. Learn more about the house and their lives while you share a traditional Sri Lankan meal at Kodi and Meena's dining table that overlooks their small garden area. Your menu may include dishes such as dhal (lentils cooked in coconut milk), pineapple curry, cassava (tapioca) curry, eggplant, okra, and ambul thiyal (tamarind clay pot fish). You will end your meal with a local favorite - buffalo yogurt drizzled with coconut palm syrup.

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) Meena will be waiting for you in their home kitchen to begin your two-hour hands-on authentic Sri Lankan cooking class. After taking a look at the vegetable you chose during your market tour she will come up with a menu for the day. You will start by washing and cutting all the ingredients needed for the meal. Meena will then show you how to prepare two kinds of coconut milk using coconut powder. Later join her to cook 3-4 delicious Sri Lankan curries using spices she grinds at home. Kodi will be the sous chef - together he and Meena form a great team in the kitchen!

Market visit: (2-6 guests) Enjoy a cup of hot tea with Kodi and Meena at their beautiful home before driving with Kodi to the local fish market. This is the place where fishermen sell their fresh catch. It is a busy area flocked by locals trying to get the freshest seafood. Kodi will take you to his regular vendor and tell you more about the local seafood before purchasing fish for your cooking class. Then drive to the Green Market to buy fresh fruit and vegetables for your cooking class. The Green Market is a colorful indoor market that houses several stalls selling beautifully presented seasonal and local produce. Stop at the vegetable stall and feel free to pick 3-4 seasonal vegetables that you would like to cook up before visiting the fruit stall to buy fresh pineapple. Your local market tour will last one hour after which you will drive back home with Kodi to begin your cooking class with Meena.

Notes: Kodi and Meena can offer a vegetarian meal on request. Dress for warm weather as the house doesn't have AC and can be warm. They also run a homestay, so you might see other guests while you're there, however your Traveling Spoon experience will remain private.
If you select optional alcohol, you can choose between a glass of local arrack or beer.

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.
  • Dhal (lentils cooked with coconut milk)
  • Fish curry
  • 3-4 seasonal vegetable curries
  • Rice
  • Yoghurt served with coconut palm syrup

Traveler reviews

Kodi and Meena are a very sweet couple that live in a house in Galle Fort - colonial time building! Even before we had our first cup of tea with the host, we had the opportunity to roam the house, searching through the old rooms, finding pieces of art - Kodi is an art collector. After we got to know the hosts over a cup of tea, we went straight to the market with Kodi to pick up (nearly) everything we would need to cook with Meena. Fish market first and the vegetable market second. Bring your camera! After we came home from the market we started cooking the curries. There was no hurry as we prepared the food. Leaving time for detailed descriptions of the recipes, the used spices, the preparation of the meal and specifics about sri lankan food in general. After we finished preparing the curries, we couldn't wait for eating - being curious about the different tastes of the eight(!) curries we managed to prepare. Overall Kodi and Meena made this a special experience for us, in a special home in a special country. Thanks for everything Kodi and Meena and all the best to you!
- Benjamin December 18, 2018

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Market Tour + Meal
Not offered $40 $20
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$60 $50 Not offered
Alcohol
$4 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Market Tour + Meal
Not offered $40 $20
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$60 $50 Not offered
Alcohol
$4 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Market Tour+ Meal
10:00am-1:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-1:00pm
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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    Your card will not be charged until your host accepts your booking. Typically hosts respond to bookings within 72 hours. In the event your host is unavailable on your selected date and your host rejects your booking your credit card will not be charged.

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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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