Learn to Cook Authentic Bengali Food in a Local Home
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Learn to Cook Authentic Bengali Food in a Local Home

3 h
With local
About this activity
Bibi lives in a traditional Calcutta home with her teenage daughter and husband. Bibi, a restaurateur, started her career selling momos (steamed pork dumplings from Darjeeling) at the Nari Seva fair. You'll be greeted with a welcome drink, perhaps ampura sherbet (a refreshing raw mango drink) or, in the winter, apple juice with a hint of ginger. Bibi will teach you about the local cuisine and the dominant spices in Bengali food.

Join Bibi in her small kitchen watch her demonstrate how to cook authentic Bengali dishes that centers around a variety of vegetables and the flavors of mustard seed and panch poran (Bengali five-spice). The cooking demonstration will last about 1-2 hours.

Once the meal is ready you will join Bibi and her family at the table to sample the dishes. You will enjoy Bengali favorites like shaag bhaja (fried greens), shukto (mixed bitter vegetables), dal (lentils), vegetable bhaja (fried eggplant with crisp fried potato sticks), khao suey (Indian-style Burmese chicken curry and noodle) which are served with papad (crispy wafters made of gram flour), rice and chutney to accent the flavors of the meal. End on a sweet note with a dessert like mishti doi (sweetened yoghurt) or payesh (rice pudding with jaggery, raw sugar made from nectar from the date palm tree). 

Please note, your host is not a professional chef, rather this experience is a visit into an authentic, local home to meet a local person and share the culture and cuisine together.
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  • Private cooking class with your host Bibi
  • Bottled water
  • Beverages
  • Local beer
  • Gratuities
Not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
Gordon W
5 | 2018-06-29

Bibi was an excellent host and so informed. The food was great and it was interesting to see how it was prepared. The time flew by and I would certainly return.

5 | 2017-09-30

This was a wonderful experience. The family were all so knowledgeable and involved in Bengali food. We had a lovely visit with them and really enjoyed both the lesson and the lunch. Getting to the location was a challenge. Viator may want to consider charging a little extra and including transportation from hotel to site in these tours - or at least make it an additional extra! We almost missed the event due to a very unhelpful, non-English speaking Uber driver.

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