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Cook Indian Biriyani incl Dinner Goodies

Palo Alto, United StatesPart of the Airbnb Cooking collection

Cooking experience hosted by Bala

2 hours
Indian
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

** Note: Your safety is my top priority. I have measures in place to ensure that I serve you in the safest way possible **

1. You'll be greeted with some Indian starters as we get acquainted
2. We will begin the biriyani preparation starting from cooking rice to the exact temperament
3. Next, I will show you how to cook the vegetables and spices in the right proportion
4. Before the end, you will get a good grasp of Indian cooking and a good knowledge of how to play with Indian spices
5. Once the preparation is complete, you will get to enjoy a full Indian lunch/dinner with the biriyani you prepared. Due to COVID 19 restrictions, I will provide you with a complete takeout of your dinner in disposable boxes.
6. You also get a sample of spices to take with you for your preparation at home, a written recipe (remember, this authentic recipe cannot be Googled!), and also good know-how of how to play with Indian spices
7. After the class is done, I am happy to support you through email until you get the recipe right! :)

If you would prefer a different time please message me and I am happy to accommodate.
Other things to note
We will stick to vegetarian food
I am happy to accommodate special requests
There will be a full Indian Dinner after we finish cooking the Biriyani
** Note: Your safety is my top priority. I have measures in place to ensure that I serve you in the safest way possible **

1. You'll be greeted with some Indian starters as we get acquainted
2. We will begin the biriyani preparation starting from cooking rice to the exact temperament
3. Next, I will show you how to cook the vegetables and spices in the right proportion
4. Before the end, you will get a good grasp of Ind…

Bala's commitment to safety

This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines—including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practicing good hygiene, and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.
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What's included

  • Food
    Appetizers, Biriyani, Spices for your next preparation
  • Drinks
    Due to popular demand and time permitting I am also happy to provide a quic...
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Meet your host, Bala

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 29 Reviews
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I get the greatest amount of joy by sharing my recipes and showing how to tweak them based on individual preferences. I'm a versatile Indian cook with practical knowledge of more than 100+ unique recipes. I have been practicing and refining them for the last 20+ years. These recipes are authentic Indian dishes handed down over many generations and very hard to locate in a cookbook. I have hosted many events at my work and also in my social circles.
Indian cooking is all about the nuances that bring the flavor out so it needs to be demonstrated instead of learning it in a book . Called "The king of Rice Dishes", Biriyani is one of the intricate yet beautiful Indian recipe to cook. Drop by to learn the secret recipe for authentic Hyderabadi Dum Biriyani (vegetarian) - a signature Indian dish prepared only by the experts in Indian cooking
I get the greatest amount of joy by sharing my recipes and showing how to tweak them based on individual preferences. I'm a versatile Indian cook with practical knowledge of more than 100+ unique recipes. I have been practicing and refining them for the last 20+ years. These recipes are authentic Indian dishes handed down over many generations and very hard to locate in a cookbook. I have hosted many events at my work and also in my social circles.
Indian cooking is all about the nuances t…
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Welcome to my humble abode!
We will be using my Kitchen and the Dining Area. You dont have to bring anything other than your enthusiasm to cook and a big appetite!
Note: While I am a pet lover myself, we do not have any pets in the house or anywhere nearby.

Rated 4.93 out of 5 from 29 reviews.

Mia (Yann)
April 2021
I learned so many secret tips for Indian cooking from Bala! I like how friendly and chill she is! I was a bit worried that I might mess it up, but she was super encouraging and thoughtful! The dish turned out to be wonderful! She also kindly packed us to-go boxes and goodie boxes for us to replicate the recipe at home! Would come back for her other recipes!
I learned so many secret tips for Indian cooking from Bala! I like how friendly and chill she is! I was a bit worried that I might mess it up, but she was super encouraging and tho…
Forhad
February 2021
This was our first Airbnb “Experience” during COVID and it exceeded our expectations. Bala was an amazing host and incredible teacher. We picked up a bunch of tips and tricks for Indian cooking and the food was absolutely delicious! Would highly recommend this experience to anyone looking for an authentic biryani recipe.
This was our first Airbnb “Experience” during COVID and it exceeded our expectations. Bala was an amazing host and incredible teacher. We picked up a bunch of tips and tricks for I…
Susan
February 2021
Bala was incredible host and teacher. She wove her personal experiences learning to cook with her family when she was a young child as we cooked. We enjoyed learning about her passion for cooking and how easily we can make such flavorful dishes at home. If she offers more classes for other Indian Cooking, we will definitely sign up.
Bala was incredible host and teacher. She wove her personal experiences learning to cook with her family when she was a young child as we cooked. We enjoyed learning about her pa…
Sylvia
October 2020
It was so nice meeting our chef and trying something new. The setting is small and casual. I’ve had Indian many times but I’ve never prepared it myself. I enjoyed smelling all the spices and realizing I can do this! Thanks for the insider tips!
It was so nice meeting our chef and trying something new. The setting is small and casual. I’ve had Indian many times but I’ve never prepared it myself. I enjoyed smelling a…
Justina
March 2020
Bala was very welcoming of my friend and I. She was encouraging during the process of learning how to cook the dish. The result was delicious. We had a great time!
Christine
February 2020
Bala did a great job hosting the event. My boyfriend and I came to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Although we were the only ones, Bala was very engaging and had a beautiful smile on her face. She first offered samosas as an appetizer with chutney. She explained everything very well and made the process easy. Everything smelled delicious. She allowed us to take leftovers and sent us home with beautifully wrapped gift boxes of the ingredients. It was overall very intimate and fun. Will definitely do this again!
Bala did a great job hosting the event. My boyfriend and I came to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Although we were the only ones, Bala was very engaging and had a beautiful smile on he…

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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.
Vegetarian

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Cancellation policy

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

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.