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Cook Indian Biriyani incl Dinner Goodies

Rated 4.96 out of 5 from 23 reviews.Palo Alto, United StatesPart of the Airbnb Cooking collection

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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
6. You also get a sample of spices to take with you for your preparation at home, written recipe (remember, this authentic recipe cannot be Googled!) and also a 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.
** 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…

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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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Fri, Oct 9
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
$60 per person
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Sat, Oct 10
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
$60 per person
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Sun, Oct 11
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
$60 per person
$60 per person

Meet your host, Bala

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 23 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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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 4.96 out of 5 from 23 reviews.

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…
Basil
February 2020
We really enjoyed this experience and I can highly recommend it. Bala is really kind and friendly and she shared her deep knowledge about Indian cooking step-by-step, which made it easy to understand. Bala already prepared the steps that would take too much time in advance so we were able to focus on the important part of the cooking and still had enough time to enjoy the dinner we made. Also, Bala gave us a nice box with all the necessary ingredients, so we are able to cook the meal at home.
We really enjoyed this experience and I can highly recommend it. Bala is really kind and friendly and she shared her deep knowledge about Indian cooking step-by-step, which made it…
Guy
February 2020
Really had an amazing experience, I've wanted to learn how to make Indian food for a long time but was too nervous. This was a great way to learn! Very happy I did the experience
Isabella
January 2020
Bala is an amazing chef and wonderful host! She first welcomed us into her clean home with fresh homemade lentil samosas and water. When we were finished eating, she asked us what spice level we were comfortable with and we got started with the vegetarian biriyani. She let us take the lead while telling stories of her life in India and her experiences with Indian food. When the biriyani was ready, we sat down to eat and she served us a homemade chickpea dish, raitha, and garlic naan. I asked if we could learn how to make chai tea, and Bala prepared us the perfect amount. We couldn't finish everything so she packed it all to go and gave us a little starter kit to make our own biriyani. Bala will support you through it all and she is extremely generous and kind. My mom and I left feeling full, happy, enriched, and accomplished. This experience is not only enriching, but of great value. Give it a try, you won't regret it.
Bala is an amazing chef and wonderful host! She first welcomed us into her clean home with fresh homemade lentil samosas and water. When we were finished eating, she asked us what…
Alice
January 2020
I highly recommend cooking with Bala! You will love it too! Bala is very thoughtful, and highly knowledgable and prepared! I even get to take home more ingredients in a gift box to practice! Bonus chai tea experience and taste of more Indian food too! Sign up soon! Thank you Bala! The biriyani rice was delicious, and the cooking lesson was perfect for my new year celebration! Hope to come back and learn more Indian style of cooking from you! Namaste!
I highly recommend cooking with Bala! You will love it too! Bala is very thoughtful, and highly knowledgable and prepared! I even get to take home more ingredients in a gift box…

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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

Things to know

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.

More tips

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