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11 Day Chefs and Foodies Vegetarian Cooking Holiday in Kerala

The Pimenta, Haritha Farms, Muvattupuzha Road, Kadalikad Post, Muvattupuzha, Kerala 686670, India

India Cooking Holiday

To give a holistic Kerala cultural experience in terms of both geographical culture and culinary culture, The Pimenta offers 10 nights and 11 days specialty cooking holiday. The holiday pans out to give experience of backwaters, midlands and the diversity filled Western Ghats. Along with the experience of diverse geography of Kerala, The Pimenta engages the guest with hands-on cooking classes covering South Indian and North Indian cooking keeping in mind the traditional aspects of ayurvedic cooking.

Meet the instructors

Jacob
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Highlights

  • Daily cooking sessions
  • An introduction of spices and grains
  • Introduction to the vegetarian cooking style
  • Experience Kerala Sadhya, a traditional festival feast
  • Visit to and shopping in Cochin
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily meals

Styles


10 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library

Accommodation is offered in The Pimenta's garden bungalows throughout the year. In keeping with the eco-friendly values of The Pimenta, the bungalows and communal spaces are fitted with ceiling fans. For those who would prefer AC, alternative accommodation can be arranged during the summer months (March 31 - May 31).

Program

Each day of this exclusive vegetarian cooking program will be theme-based with an introduction session to the spices/grains/styles of cooking in the morning and concluding with the cooking session in the evening. Excursions to the local farms, markets and other food related places are also there. This holiday will give a holistic insight to the cooking style to be adopted and practiced back at your home. Normally this holiday is available in the months of February, March, April, May, July, August and September.

Day 1, Monday

  • Arrival
  • Lunch in the afternoon after enjoying the feel of the place
  • An intro session into the regional cuisine followed by a cooking session and dinner at night (one cooking session)

Day 2, Tuesday

Breakfast

  • An introduction to the vegetables grown and available in the area and how they are used in cooking. Depending on the season, market visit or growing fields visits will be there.
  • Lunch
  • Hands-on cooking followed by dinner (one cooking session)

Day 3, Wednesday

  • A relaxing trip into the hills, pleasing the eyes and enjoyable for mind where cardamom, tea, coffee and some spices are growing
  • Breakfast and lunch outside
  • After coming back you will have your hands-on cooking session and relish the dinner you make (one cooking session)

Day 4, Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • An introduction of spices and grains used in vegetarian cooking
  • Lunch
  • Hands-on cooking. Relishing the creations of the evening will be the highlight of the day (one cooking session)

Day 5, Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Learn how to make Garam masala, Sāmbhar and Rasam powders as well as Gun powder used along with Idlis
  • Lunch
  • Hands-on cooking session followed by dinner (two cooking sessions)

Day 6, Saturday

  • Breakfast
  • A small and quick cooking session for the picnic lunch to be packed
  • Along the cruise in the backwater of the Kumarakom, you can have the picnic
  • On the way back you will have the dinner at a local authentic restaurant in a small town of the midlands

Day 7, Sunday

  • Breakfast
  • Hands-on session to create chutneys and pickles
  • Lunch
  • Hands on cooking session and dinner (two cooking sessions)

Day 8, Monday

  • Breakfast
  • Prepare for the Kerala Sadhya
  • Lunch
  • Preparation of Kerala Sadhya (a festival feast) continues. Dressed in a Kerala dress you will learn how to eat the traditional Kerala festive meal (two cooking sessions)

Day 9, Tuesday

Breakfast

  • Start your sightseeing trip to Cochin and do some shopping for cooking utensils, cook books and whatever your heart desires
  • Lunch at a nice place to relish Kerala/Indian food
  • Dinner at a lovely seafood or vegetarian restaurant

Day 10, Wednesday

  • A snack producing as well as a small scale producing company visit will be organized after which you can buy vanilla and do a little shopping
  • Lunch
  • Start the early evening with a doubt clearing session
  • Cooking session with a late dinner (one cooking session)

Day 11, Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • Farewell

This program is suitable for everyone who is interested in Indian cooking. Their level of knowledge or expertise can be any and this will involve demonstrations as well as hands-on participation. This program is limited to a maximum number of eight participants and there is no minimum. With this in mind, guests travelling by themselves ought to be aware of and comfortable with the possibility of being in a one-on-one situation.

Included excursions

  • A trip into the hills where cardamom, tea, coffee and some spices are growing
  • Sightseeing trip to Cochin and some shopping
  • Visit a non government organization specialized on natural dyed fabric and designs

Instructors

Jacob Mathew

Location

This holiday will take place at Kerala, India. Set in the foothills of the Western Ghats, The Pimenta offers the perfect getaway from the clamours of the big city and an opportunity to get off the beaten track.

Features

Activities

  • Cooking classes
  • Shopping

General

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request

Services

  • Free bottled water
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Local market

Food

Wake up and smell the coffee, literally! The warm aroma of freshly ground coffee, grown and roasted on the premises, is your daily invitation to breakfast. The traditional American breakfast receives a Keralan twist at The Pimenta so in addition to the standard fare of eggs, bread, muesli, and fruit, you can expect something a little different, such as warmed banana, coconut, and jaggery.

Lunch and dinner are an opportunity to explore the local cuisine. A light lunch is usually served at 13:30, or else enjoyed at a local restaurant, while dinner kicks off around 19:30 and spreads over four courses. All meals are vegetarian, and prepared from scratch, and aim to showcase the very best of Keralan cooking. True to their beliefs, food and spices are locally sourced - often from their very garden, and organic produce is incorporated as far as possible.

For your comfort, tea and coffee making facilities are available in the communal area and you are invited to help yourself to bottled water at no extra cost. Tropical fruits are always available and they are happy to prepare fresh smoothies with yogurt for you. Please let them know of any dietary requirements prior to arrival. Vegan options are available, and Ayurvedic meals can be prepared for people undergoing Ayurvedic treatment or taking a rest before, or after it.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Alongside the cooking holidays, The Pimenta offer a host of activities to keep you entertained during your stay at The Pimenta. Either they can organize a package for you or you can design your own excursion. Your host Jacob will only be too happy to assist and advise you, taking into consideration your interests, the time of year, and the duration of your stay.

The following sights and activities are on offer:

  • Ayurvedic treatments
  • Back-water tour
  • Local river punting tour
  • Local village
  • Loom cooperative
  • Lorry-decorating workshop
  • Old Syrian Christian church
  • Pineapple market
  • Rubber plantation and factory
  • Tea plantation
  • Temples
  • Tours of the region and natural vegetation

What's included

  • 10 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • Cooking sessions
  • Any scheduled trips, including travel expenses and entry fees
  • Bottled drinking water

What's not included

  • Tips
  • Taxi fares to and from The Pimenta. Your host can arrange additional transport on request

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Cochin International Airport (COK). Transfer from and to the airport is available upon request.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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The 30% deposit will not be refunded in any case and 50% of the deposit can be adjusted in any of the programs happening within 3 months of the cancelled program which should be mentioned at cancelling time .

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