Enjoy a private, home-cooked meal in a local Calcutta home with your welcoming host Iti. Experience traditional Indian life and cuisine while dining on Iti’s favorite recipes. Leave with a full stomach, an appreciation of Indian culture and a true glimpse into a local’s life.
Meet Iti, a warm and welcoming retired British Airways executive who has been on a series of Indian cooking shows to demonstrate how to prepare Bengali cuisine. She lives in the heart of Calcutta in an elegant, modern apartment with a garden terrace.Share with Iti a traditional Bengali tasting menu served on beautiful hand-painted terracotta plates with matching bowls for curries. Dishes may include pulao (fragrant saffron-flavored rice), dal (yellow mung lentils spiked with mango-flavored ginger and cumin), beguni (crispy eggplant fritters), alu jhinge posto (potatoes, zucchini, and yellow pumpkin cooked with a poppy seed paste), chingri malai curry (aromatic coconut cream prawns), bhetki paturi (sea bass coated with a mustard paste and steamed in banana leaves). For dessert, you might try payesh (Bengali style rice pudding flavored with cinnamon and sweetened with date palm sugar) or another of her fantastic dishes. Enjoy a delicious meal while learning about Bengali culinary and cultural heritage.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.