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The art of Indian homecooking

London, United KingdomPart of the Airbnb Cooking collection

Cooking experience hosted by Abhinav

3.5 hours
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Don’t let COVID-19 stop you from travelling to India. Find it right here in my little home in London.

So far, I have hosted over 500 guests from all around the world (over 25 countries). I have celebrated birthdays with them, shared beautiful conversations and unforgettable moments with them.

It will be a small group, so we will all do the cooking together, like a bunch of friends in an Indian kitchen!

INTRODUCTION TO SPICES
We will learn about ‘Garam Masala’. And no, it’s not just “curry powder”. It’s the basis of understanding individual spices. I will teach you how to blend them to *your* taste. We will create a blend together!

INTRODUCTION TO CURRY
A basic (yet full of flavour) curry lesson, and here I will teach you how this basic recipe can turn from a healthy weekday meal into a weekend feast.

MAGIC OF THE INDIAN KITCHEN
We will learn about making homemade things like yoghurt, or paneer, or ghee (it’s much better/cheaper than buying it off the shelf AND IT IS MAGIC). I will also show you a magic trick of how to make amazing rice.

THE FEAST
We will feast on what we cook!

YOU WILL ALSO RECEIVE A HANDOUT OF THE DAY’S LESSONS. No time for note-taking, as you’ll be busy cooking, tasting, eating and talking!

Remember, this is all about learning that we Indians do eat Indian food regularly, so it’s obviously not as complicated as you think it is.
Don’t let COVID-19 stop you from travelling to India. Find it right here in my little home in London.

So far, I have hosted over 500 guests from all around the world (over 25 countries). I have celebrated birthdays with them, shared beautiful conversations and unforgettable moments with them.

It will be a small group, so we will all do the cooking together, like a bunch of friends in an Indian kitchen!

INTRODUCT…

Abhinav's commitment to safety

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What's included

  • Food
    Whatever we cook
  • Equipment
    My fully equipped kitchen
From $127
/ person

Meet your host, Abhinav

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 117 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I have lived, cooked and eaten in India for 18 years of my life. Of course I do not pretend to know every recipe in a country of 29 states, 22 (official) languages and a similar range of cuisines. But I do know techniques that will teach you what Indian home-cooking is all about. It can be a feast if you want it to be one. It can be a 30-minute easy meal if you want.

I have a repertoire of hundreds of ancient and contemporary recipes that will make you realise, curry is not where we stop. ;)

Qualification? Does winning hearts with feeding friends and family count?
I have lived, cooked and eaten in India for 18 years of my life. Of course I do not pretend to know every recipe in a country of 29 states, 22 (official) languages and a similar range of cuisines. But I do know techniques that will teach you what Indian home-cooking is all about. It can be a feast if you want it to be one. It can be a 30-minute easy meal if you want.

I have a repertoire of hundreds of ancient and contemporary recipes that will make you realise, curry is not where we…
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Where you'll be

ONLY 2 STOPS AWAY FROM KING'S CROSS STATION!

We will meet at my place. Why? Because it’s all about Indian HOMEcooking. Not about becoming a restaurant chef. I want it to be homely and realistic. I want to show you my spice rack and that I actually use every technique I show you.

Rated 4.92 out of 5 from 117 reviews.

Nikitas
September 2020
Abhi provided us with a fantastic experience! From basic traditions such as making and serving chai, to breaking down the fundamentals of what consists a balanced Indian dish, to finally sharing the delicious food we cooked together, we managed to feel as if we were welcomed to a traditional Indian home.
Abhi provided us with a fantastic experience! From basic traditions such as making and serving chai, to breaking down the fundamentals of what consists a balanced Indian dish, to f…
Stefan
March 2020
This was a fantastic experience, which I would highly recommend. Abhi did a brilliant job getting everyone involved. He was very knowledgable, friendly, and conferred upon us a wealth of information. I gave this to my husband as a birthday gift, which he absolutely adored. We both live in London and would recommend this to both Londoners and visitors alike. I'll definitely be showing off some of the skills I learnt at a dinner party soon.
This was a fantastic experience, which I would highly recommend. Abhi did a brilliant job getting everyone involved. He was very knowledgable, friendly, and conferred upon us a wea…
Romana
March 2020
Amazing experience! I loved the home cooking concept and it was really what I was looking for. We cooked authentic food in a friendly athmosphere. Abhi was very welcoming and made everyone feeling comfortable. During this experience you will learn A LOT! and particularly all the fundamental to be able to cook a variety of indian dishes according to your own tastes. Abhi was also very knowledgable and passionate on his subject. I really recommend it!!
Amazing experience! I loved the home cooking concept and it was really what I was looking for. We cooked authentic food in a friendly athmosphere. Abhi was very welcoming and made…
Valerie
March 2020
What a super nice cooking class! I thought I knew how to make a chicken curry, but I was wrong! I learned so many things with Abhi, especially on the use of spices. Abhi is super welcoming. His personality makes the class even more valuable. I would totally recommend that class to a friend 🙏😊
What a super nice cooking class! I thought I knew how to make a chicken curry, but I was wrong! I learned so many things with Abhi, especially on the use of spices. Abhi is super…
Irena
March 2020
Cooking Indian home food with Abhinav was a wonderful and unique experience - not only you learn a lot about ingredients, spices and techniques and practical tips, but are also shown a whole new way of looking at combining and balancing of flavours and tastes to create great dishes. I have not felt so inspired and motivated to recreate the experience at home for a very long time. Abhi is a very knowledgeable and passionate about food and cooking, a talented storyteller and presenter, and just a wonderful person to be around. Everything was well organised from start to finish, and the food we had cooked was phenomenally tasty too. Highly recommended for all food lovers and anyone interested in Indian food and culture.
Cooking Indian home food with Abhinav was a wonderful and unique experience - not only you learn a lot about ingredients, spices and techniques and practical tips, but are also sh…
Tatyana And Samuel
March 2020
Abhinav's experience was fantastic. I gave it to my husband as his Christmas present and we did it together. The atmosphere at the event was really fun, relaxed and friendly - everyone in our group participated in cooking and we left the class inspired, full of really useful and interesting tips and recipes and stuffed with delicious food. I will recommend it to friends and family. Thanks for an amazing experience, Abhinav!
Abhinav's experience was fantastic. I gave it to my husband as his Christmas present and we did it together. The atmosphere at the event was really fun, relaxed and friendly - eve…

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    Dietary preferences

    If requested, the host can accommodate the dietary needs listed. You must let the host know before the experience if you’d like an accommodation.
    Gluten-free
    Vegan
    Vegetarian

    Things to know

    Cancellation policy

    Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

    Guest requirements

    Up to 6 guests ages 13 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

    What to bring

    Yourself and a hearty appetite