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Host: Himanshu

Jaipur, India

USD
$40-$78 per person

Learn to cook royal family recipes in central Jaipur

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

Meet Himanshu

Himanshu learned to cook from his mother and maternal grandfather from whom he inherited the family's unique recipes. Himanshu’s wife Deepti is an interior designer, and you can catch glimpses of her work around the house. Himanshu has been in the hospitality business since 2006 - he is a trained wildlife guide, an avid photographer and a national-level shooter. Himanshu and Deepti love to share their passion for Rajasthani food with travelers visiting Jaipur.

“I look forward to sharing the recipes of the food that we serve on the table because I feel that is the best way to promote our cuisine and tell the world about our cuisine.”

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: (1-30 guests) Himanshu and Deepti live in a traditional family home with their children and three well-behaved dogs. They belong to an erstwhile noble family called Nimaj, a fiefdom of the Marwar state of Rajasthan. Himanshu and Deepti serve unique Rajasthani dishes that have been in their family for generations. At their dining table you will get to taste recipes from the noble families of Nimaj and Chomu. Your menu might include dishes such as chicken kachri handi soola (chicken marinated in yoghurt and spices, lightly smoked and cooked in a pot called handi), bharwa baingan (a stuffed eggplant preparation), gattey ki sabji (dumplings of spiced chickpea flour cooked in a gravy) and safed aloo (a famous family recipe of potatoes cooked in a rich white gravy with almonds, poppy seeds and coconut), served with rice or chapati (flat bread). You will end your meal with a traditional dessert like keshri kheer (rice pudding flavored with saffron and cardamom) and tea or coffee.

Cooking experience: (1-40 guests) Join Himanshu in his kitchen and learn about Indian spices and how they are used in the cooking process. Next learn to cook chicken kachri handi soola (a traditional chicken dish) and bharwa baingan (eggplant) or safed aloo (potatoes cooked in an almond gravy). Your cooking lesson will last about 1.5 hours before you sit down to share the authentic Rajasthani meal you helped prepare with Himanshu and Deepti.

Notes: Himanshu can offer vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and halal meals on request. 1-2 glasses of local beer are included in the cost of your experience.

Please note that Himanshu runs a bed and breakfast from his home. While you may see other guests on the property, your Traveling Spoon experience will be private.

Languages spoken: English and 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.
  • Chicken kachri handi soola
  • Bharwa baingan
  • Gattey kee sabji
  • Safed aaloo
  • Rice and chapati
  • Keshri kheer for dessert
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

We had such an amazing time learning royal in-house recipes with Himanshu and Dipti. The whole family was very kind, humble and extremely hospitable and they took care of all little details to make our experience memorable. The class was hands-on and we had great time learning quick and colourful dishes like chicken kachri and safed aloo. The open cooking experience was wonderful with this lovely pet friendly family. Ingredients were different and absolutely fresh. My other favorite was eggplant masala, which was cooked in tangy tomato sauce and other Indian spices. If you want to experience the colors, flavors and food of Jaipur, this is the perfect place for you. We would highly recommend it.

Avita, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

This is a new host who does not yet have any reviews. You can see reviews of our other Jaipur Traveling Spoon experiences on TripAdvisor:
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Himanshu

$40-$78 USD

per person
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  • Private experience
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$58 $50 $40
Cooking Experience + Meal
$78 $70 $60
Alcohol
$0 per person
Transportation
$24 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$58 $50 $40
Cooking Experience + Meal
$78 $70 $60
Alcohol
$0 per person
Transportation
$24 per car
*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
12:00pm-3:00pm 7:00pm-10:00pm

Meet Himanshu

Himanshu learned to cook from his mother and maternal grandfather from whom he inherited the family's unique recipes. Himanshu’s wife Deepti is an interior designer, and you can catch glimpses of her work around the house. Himanshu has been in the hospitality business since 2006 - he is a trained wildlife guide, an avid photographer and a national-level shooter. Himanshu and Deepti love to share their passion for Rajasthani food with travelers visiting Jaipur.

“I look forward to sharing the recipes of the food that we serve on the table because I feel that is the best way to promote our cuisine and tell the world about our cuisine.”

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: (1-30 guests) Himanshu and Deepti live in a traditional family home with their children and three well-behaved dogs. They belong to an erstwhile noble family called Nimaj, a fiefdom of the Marwar state of Rajasthan. Himanshu and Deepti serve unique Rajasthani dishes that have been in their family for generations. At their dining table you will get to taste recipes from the noble families of Nimaj and Chomu. Your menu might include dishes such as chicken kachri handi soola (chicken marinated in yoghurt and spices, lightly smoked and cooked in a pot called handi), bharwa baingan (a stuffed eggplant preparation), gattey ki sabji (dumplings of spiced chickpea flour cooked in a gravy) and safed aloo (a famous family recipe of potatoes cooked in a rich white gravy with almonds, poppy seeds and coconut), served with rice or chapati (flat bread). You will end your meal with a traditional dessert like keshri kheer (rice pudding flavored with saffron and cardamom) and tea or coffee.

Cooking experience: (1-40 guests) Join Himanshu in his kitchen and learn about Indian spices and how they are used in the cooking process. Next learn to cook chicken kachri handi soola (a traditional chicken dish) and bharwa baingan (eggplant) or safed aloo (potatoes cooked in an almond gravy). Your cooking lesson will last about 1.5 hours before you sit down to share the authentic Rajasthani meal you helped prepare with Himanshu and Deepti.

Notes: Himanshu can offer vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and halal meals on request. 1-2 glasses of local beer are included in the cost of your experience.

Please note that Himanshu runs a bed and breakfast from his home. While you may see other guests on the property, your Traveling Spoon experience will be private.

Languages spoken: English and 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.
  • Chicken kachri handi soola
  • Bharwa baingan
  • Gattey kee sabji
  • Safed aaloo
  • Rice and chapati
  • Keshri kheer for dessert
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

We had such an amazing time learning royal in-house recipes with Himanshu and Dipti. The whole family was very kind, humble and extremely hospitable and they took care of all little details to make our experience memorable. The class was hands-on and we had great time learning quick and colourful dishes like chicken kachri and safed aloo. The open cooking experience was wonderful with this lovely pet friendly family. Ingredients were different and absolutely fresh. My other favorite was eggplant masala, which was cooked in tangy tomato sauce and other Indian spices. If you want to experience the colors, flavors and food of Jaipur, this is the perfect place for you. We would highly recommend it.

Avita, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

This is a new host who does not yet have any reviews. You can see reviews of our other Jaipur Traveling Spoon experiences on TripAdvisor:
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$58 $50 $40
Cooking Experience + Meal
$78 $70 $60
Alcohol
$0 per person
Transportation
$24 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$58 $50 $40
Cooking Experience + Meal
$78 $70 $60
Alcohol
$0 per person
Transportation
$24 per car
*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
12:00pm-3:00pm 7:00pm-10:00pm
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