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Authentic South Indian Cooking Class and Vegetarian Meal with a Local in Chennai

5 (8)
Chennai (Madras), IN

Authentic South Indian Cooking Class and Vegetarian Meal with a Local in Chennai

5 (8)
Chennai (Madras), IN
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Experience the flavors of South India through an authentic cooking class and meal with a local in Chennai. Join Jyashree in her cozy kitchen as she shares her family recipes and teaches you to prepare traditional South Indian dishes such as rices, vegetable poriyal, and rasam. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture as you learn the secrets of this cuisine and engage in a hands-on cooking experience. After the class, sit down with Jyashree to savor the delicious meal you helped create, along with additional dishes prepared by her. This unique opportunity allows you to not only learn new recipes but also gain insights into the local way of life. Leave with new cooking skills, lifelong memories, and a new friend in Jyashree. Book now and indulge in an unforgettable South Indian culinary adventure.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 3 hours
  • Suitable for 1-10 Participants
  • Private Tour, Small Group Tour
  • Self Guided Experience
  • Private and authentic cooking class in a local Chennai home
  • Learn 2-3 traditional Indian dishes from family recipes
  • Enjoy a meal together after cooking
  • Visit the home of a local and explore traditional Indian culture
  • Take home new recipes and lifelong memories
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Gratuities
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • Private cooking class and vegetarian meal with your host Jyashree
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Experience the rich flavors and vibrant culture of South India with the Authentic South Indian Cooking Class and Vegetarian Meal in Chennai. Led by the knowledgeable and welcoming Jyashree, this culinary experience takes place in her home kitchen, where she will teach you the art of preparing traditional South Indian dishes.

What to expect?

During this 2-hour cooking class, you can expect to learn how to make a variety of rices, a vegetable poriyal (sautéed vegetables with spices), and a rasam (a peppery soup). Jyashree will share her family recipes and guide you through the step-by-step process of creating these authentic South Indian dishes. After the cooking session, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the meal you helped prepare, along with additional dishes prepared by Jyashree.

Who is this for?

This cooking class is perfect for anyone interested in immersing themselves in local culture and learning about traditional Indian cuisine. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced cook, Jyashree will tailor the class to your skill level. This experience is ideal for solo travelers, couples, and even families looking to connect over food and create lasting memories.

Why book this?

By booking this cooking class, you will not only learn how to prepare delicious South Indian dishes, but you will also have the opportunity to experience the warmth and hospitality of a local Chennai home. Jyashree's passion for cooking and her deep knowledge of South Indian cuisine will inspire you to explore new flavors and techniques. Plus, you'll leave with a collection of recipes to recreate at home and a newfound appreciation for South Indian culinary traditions.

Good to know

The total duration of this experience is approximately 180 minutes. Jyashree's home in Chennai serves as the meeting point for the class, and the exact address will be provided upon booking confirmation. If you have any specific requests or want to learn additional dishes like dosas or appams, it's best to inform Jyashree in advance so she can be prepared. This cooking class offers a unique opportunity to not only learn to cook authentic South Indian cuisine but also to get a glimpse into the local way of life.


Guests who have participated in this cooking class rave about the authentic experience and the warm hospitality of Jyashree. They appreciate the hands-on nature of the class and how Jyashree shares her family recipes and cooking tips. Many guests mention that the opportunity to learn from a local and engage in conversation about South Indian culture adds extra value to the experience. Overall, guests leave feeling inspired, with a deeper understanding of South Indian cuisine and fond memories of the time spent in Jyashree's home kitchen.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

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5 (8)


Jyashree was a very sophisticated, elegant Indian lady, and her home was located in a nice, clean residential area. I was welcomed by her family (including her dog), and felt like I was a honored guest. We started with getting to know the basic indian ingredients (spicies), and made several dishes together. My favorite Dosa was included!! She already prepared a lot in advance, and offered me a feast!! I was a honored guest, and just enjoyed the excellent cuisine. Her food was so healthy, tasty and beautifully presented. I had a such a wonderful time, and next time in Chennai I will definitely visit Jyashree again. Can't thank you enough for the incredible experience. Thank you so much, Jyashree!


If you want to have fun and be in good hands in the kitchen, Jyashree Rajagopal is the best choice. Her experience and expertise is impeccable and her knowledge and confidence in Indian food is amazing. She pays attention to your favourites and can very clearly explain the specifics of each local dish. Her family and home are heartwarming, as is the environment in which she lives. She teaches and encourages excellently while you cook. In addition to the food prepared together, she also serves a full set of lunch with a variety of vegan dishes. Moreover, she and her husband are excellent conversation partners. Making korma, dosa and coconut rice are learned and practiced with a playful ease.


It was awesome experience with Mrs Jyashree. I learned basic southern indian dishes (making dosa was so fun), and enjoyed her amazing meals. Also she gave me the recipes and mixed spices for first time, so my family could enjoy the dishes which I made after back from India.


It was a beautiful experience. I can recommend it to everyone who visits Chennai. The hospitality was so kind and food better than in the restaurants I went. You'll learn about south Indian (Tamil) food and spices and you can do it on your own at home. I will definitely will book it again when I visit Chennai resp. South India. Thank you.


Our experience with Kamala started with her collecting us from our hotel in Chennai which was a lovely touch of hospitality. She then spoke with us openly and in such a friendly, familiar manner as her driver took us out of the city and dropped us off at a local fruits and vegetables market where we collected items for our meal at lunchtime. We asked Kamala lots of questions and she introduced us to many new items. It was an excellent opportunity to wander through a local market that we would never have stumbled across without a local and a driver! We stopped off at a fishmongers and a convenience store to collect some bottled water before heading back to Kamala's beautiful home next to the seashore. It is here where she explained her way through many delicious dishes - always going the extra mile to accommodate us (I had shown interest in cooking a jackfruit masala curry in our emails beforehand and as it was out of season, she managed to fetch us one from her local village outside of the city!) We helped Kamala cook some delicious and previously unknown dishes, exploring new ingredients and cooking methods and utensils along the way. We enjoyed a lunchtime feast of jackfruit masala, red snapper curry in the tangiest tamarind-infused sauce, dosa (plain, masala and egg), coriander chutney and a ‘drumstick’ veg dhal – all on banana leaves. We enjoyed all of these delicious foods with Kamala, chatting about life in south India. My partner, sister and I can't rate this experience more highly – if in Chennai, this is a must and Kamala is simply wonderful.


Jyrashee was amazing. I felt like an honored guest in her wonderful home. I was offered coffee and a snack while we (her husband as well) visited. And then the food!!! We made a Madras curry, rice and dosa together. I ate that- and then Jyrashee brought out my dinner, that she had prepared before hand. I’ve been eating India food for two weeks and this was as good as anything I’ve had. Varied and delectable.


Five friends travelling around India. We spent a magical evening with Sundar and her husband Krishna. A very laid back evening with a great cook, learnt so much.


Sundari and Krishna are such wonderful welcoming people. The activity was well organized - Sundari had asked us ahead of time (1-2 days before) about which recipes we wanted to learn. I had named several, and she kindly had made several dishes in addition to the three main ones. It was such a wonderful educational experience and the food was delicious. We had a traditional sit down lunch with so much food. She gave so many useful tips. We took our kids with us who had a wonderful time and they learned so much as well. We will definitely take lessons with Sundari next time we are in Chennai.
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2024-04-16 23:15