If you would like to learn how to cook typical Nepali foods, a Kathmandu based company promoting responsible tourism ‘socialtours’ offers a half-day of cooking course- ‘COOK like a LOCAL’. The cooking course starts with visit to a nearby local market to buy fresh vegetables and ingredients. What a better way to learn about Nepali cuisines than to visit local market, and buy fresh vegetables and ingredients of your choice! The market visit continues with cooking class in socialtours office kitchen in Thamel-Kathmandu and ends with lunch. Courses are given by two beautiful ladies Sakuntala Rokka and Asmita Tamang. You can choose from three typical Nepali foods to cook: Daal-bhaat (typical everyday Nepali food with steamed rice, vegetables curry, daal or lentil soup, saag or fried greens and fresh chutney); Momo (popular Nepali dumplings with vegetable or meat fillings, served with fresh chutney or achaar); and Paratha (whole wheat pan-fried bread stuffed with potatoes and spices, served with fresh chutney or achaar).
“The Cook like a Local was designed to allow travelers to experience a hand on full sense – taste, feel, smell – tour that’s authentic and local. The experience includes a visit to the market, buying vegetables, cooking and eating the meal… And there is no price. One pays what they think it is worth. It’s a Karmic principle. This is one of the too experiences in Nepal today.” – Raj Gyawali, Founder Director, Socialtours
I had few opportunities to taste foods cooked by the participants. I can assure you that the two ladies teach you well. The foods were simple yet very delicious and homely. And good thing about the cooking class is you can pay the amount you think is worth.
Call 9801123401 or 4412508 for short notice bookings (same day or next day)
Also you can check their web page to get free recipes of those three Nepali foods if you would like to try cooking at home!