The Pimenta offers a speciality cooking holiday for 10 nights and 10 days. This Holiday suits Chefs and foodies doing other styles of cooking taking a Holiday or someone interested to do a longer cooking holiday exploring Kerala. This Cooking Holiday covers South Indian and Indian cooking keeping in mind of the traditional aspects of Ayurvedic Cooking. Normally this Holiday is available in the months of July, August, September and then February to May end in this style and rest of the months we will be doing the 7 days Cooking adventures extended form .
Each of the ten days 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. There will be trips to the local farms, markets and other food related places. This will give a holistic insight to the cooking style to be adopted and practiced back at your home.
Maximum participants for this program will be 8. Minimum participant requirement is one. This program will be starting on a Sunday. It is an exclusive vegetarian cooking program. A rough outline to the 10 days of exploration, discovery is as below:
Day one – Sunday – Arrival, lunch in the afternoon after a bit of rest, an intro session into the regional cuisine followed by a cooking session and dinner at night
Day two Monday – After breakfast, an introduction to the vegetarian cooking followed by hands on cooking session through lunch time. You can have a short siesta followed by an intro to the vegetables grown in the region and how they are used in cooking and then dinner
Day three Tuesday- This will be an exciting day as you are going to work with clay in a studio pottery workshop, the only one in Kerala. This is a chance to work with your hands to make and, if you would like, to buy terracotta and art pottery. We will eat a Kerala lunch from the region with ingredients sourced locally. We have an opportunity in the late afternoon to enjoy Kerala tea and snacks then head for home to have a dinner. (Note: the workshops are subject to availability ; if they are not available we will substitute them by another activity .)
Day four Wednesday – After breakfast we will have an introduction of spices and grains used in vegetarian cooking, after wards we start our hands on cooking through lunchtime. The afternoon is Siesta time before we will meet again and enjoy our dinner.
Day five Thursday – A trip into the hills where cardamom, tea, coffee and some spices are growing. We will have Breakfast Lunch and dinner outside .The trip gives you the opportunity to visit the tea museum, and its shop to buy spices, tea and visit a place where paper is still made by hand .finally we will visit an NGO specialized on natural dyed fabric and designs. Photography is not allowed at handmade paper and Natural dye on fabrics place.
Day six Friday- Breakfast – After breakfast learn how to make Garam masala, Sāmbhar and Rasam powders as well as Gun powder used along with Idlis . Our hands on cooking workshop continue through lunch and followed by Siesta and Dinner.
Day seven Saturday- After breakfast learn how to make Chutneys and Pickles. Hands on cooking continue through lunch followed by Siesta and dinner.
Day eight Sunday- After breakfast we are preparing the Kerala Sadhya. After Lunch and Siesta preparation of Kerala Sadhya (a festival feast) continues. Dressed in a Kerala dress we will learn how to eat the traditional Kerala festive meal.
Day nine Monday- After breakfast we start our sightseeing trip to Cochin and do some shopping for cooking utensils cook books and whatever your heart desires. We will have dinner at a lovely sea food Restaurant which serves vegetarian meals as well.
Day ten Tuesday- –
Today we visit some interesting places: a snack producing as well as a small scale producing company; we will have the opportunity to buy vanilla and do a little shopping. After lunch and Siesta we start the early evening with a doubt clearing session, afterwards we start our cooking session with a late dinner
Day eleven Wednesday – Breakfast and Farewell.
Rs.1.65.000 for the above mentioned program for two in a double room
Rs.122.500 for the above mentioned program for one person in a room to him/herself
PRICE VALID UPTO 31ST MAY 2017
Included in the price for each course:
- All meals
- Cooking sessions
- Any scheduled trips, inc. travel expenses and entry fees
- Bottled drinking water
Excluded from the price for each course:
- Taxi fares to and from The Pimenta. Your host can arrange additional transport on request.
- Any tips or taxes to be levied.
NB Accommodation is offered in our 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 31st – May 31st).
Courses are suitable for those unfamiliar with Indian cooking and will involve demonstrations as well as hands-on participation. We are 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.