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Set in palm-fringed Goa, this introduction to the art of cooking Indian food is a course designed especially for the enthusiastic home cook. Experience hands-on, fun, and interactive cooking holiday with expert chefs and an intimate group. Explore different types of the Indian cuisine including your own favorite! Let the tropical sun and expert chefs ensure you return home tanned and talented!
You will spend seven nights in a three-star accommodation in Goa, India.
Welcome to tropical Goa and your home for the week! Upon arrival you’ll be met at Goa airport and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
This morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to a modern day apartment overlooking the verdant fields of Caranzalem. Here, you will learn to cook Indian cuisine in Chef Judy's Goan home. Following an introduction to Indian food, the first cooking class will commence. Afterwards, you will devour the fruits of your labor for lunch. Finishing early this afternoon, the rest of the day is free. Perhaps you want to relax by the beach.
It will be an early start this morning with a visit to the colorful local market with your chef. Check out the freshly picked produce, chat with spice merchants, buy some Indian cooking utensils, and take in the hustle-and-bustle of this popular spot. You will then enjoy a traditional breakfast at an Indian cafe in Goa’s capital, Panjim.
This morning, you will enjoy an introduction to the cuisine of South India, including local Goan food. Unsurprisingly, after some 450 years of colonization, Goan cooking has absorbed strong Portuguese influences. Hanging up your apron, it will then be time to road test the tasty result of this morning class.
Today, you will enjoy a half day excursion to the local spice garden and plantation.
The third and final cooking session is a treat. Your chef will accommodate a selection of special requests from the class, with pointers on dishes you may have always wanted to know how to prepare. Perhaps, you will pick a favorite local snack that you have come across during your stay in Goa. The afternoon is free for you to further explore Goa or simply take things easy.
Today will be a totally free day for you to soak up under the tropical sun! By now, you may have discovered plenty to do in and around Goa, so the choice is on you.
After breakfast, arrangements end. Time to depart for your flight home unless you have booked for another week of fun under the sun.
Non–cooking companions are welcome to come along. Goa has plenty more than sun and sand to offer!
This culinary holiday will take place in Goa, India. India is exciting, intense, and diverse. It is an all-embracing experience, a veritable assault on the senses. The people, customs, creed, and languages of India are different from one region to the next. It is as vast as it is crowded, and as opulent as it is squalid.
India is a country of unparalleled contrasts, a destination where you will be afforded plenty of unique encounters. If you can travel with an open mind, you will have a wonderful time here. In return, please remember to demonstrate sensitivity and respect for local customs.
Located between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea with palm-fringed beaches and balmy waters, Goa is India's prime beach destination. Its popularity dates back to the colonial era, reaching its zenith in the 1970s as a hippie haven.
With 101 kilometers of coastline, there is no shortage of beaches. Whether it is the lively resorts of North Goa including Fort Aguada, Candolim, Calangute, and Anjuna, famous for its Wednesday flea market, or the more laid-back beaches in the south that include Bogmalo, Colva, and Benaulim.
Goa's Portuguese colonial past is most keenly felt in the state capital of Panaji, also known as Panjim. The relaxed city is home to a number of open plazas lined with white-washed cathedrals and Portuguese architecture. It is the perfect place for a leisurely stroll and makes for a lovely day trip.
Daily breakfast will be served including breakfast in a South India cafe in Tanjim. You will also enjoy three lunch meals at the end of each cooking class. Tap water is not safe to drink in India. Only drink bottled mineral water, which is readily available in hotels, shops, and restaurants. You should also avoid salads, which may be washed in unhygienic water.
India’s vast range of climates, cultures and peoples has produced a very diverse culinary repertoire. Curry is the word that springs to mind when people think of Indian food. Although all Indian food is certainly not curry, this is the basis of Indian cuisine. For the most part, Indian food is very aromatic, since the spices used by Indian chefs and cooks in India don’t arrive in the cooking pot via a pre-packed tub of spice.
Indian chefs and cooks have about 25 spices on their regular list and it is from these that they produce the curry flavor. Normally, spices are freshly ground with a pestle and mortar, and blended in certain combinations to produce varying flavors and heat. It is the freshness of the spices that transform the dish.
Curries can be vegetable, meatlamb, mutton or chicken in content, though never beef. The cow is sacred to the Hindu people and India in general, so it is extremely rare to see beef on any menu across the country. Lamb also substitutes beef at McDonalds in India. Ask for a Maharajah Mac!
Street food, although tasty and fabulous looking, cannot always be relied upon to have been safely and hygienically prepared, so to this end, you may want to sample street-style food from an established restaurant or from somewhere recommended by your tour leader.
If Indian food becomes too much and you wish to escape to something familiar, Western-style food is available. Many menus in hotels and restaurants will feature dishes loosely based on Western recipes with perhaps just a hint of curry flavoring or spice. Indians like to experiment with other cuisine as well. Chinese cuisine in India is often very good. In the bigger cities, you’ll find restaurants specializing in international cuisine, not to mention American fast food chains.
Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Transfer from and to the airport is included. On The Go Tours will pick you up from the airport.