Known to many as ‘one of the largest slums in Asia’, we prefer to think of Dharavi as Mumbai’s beating heart. It houses about one million of Mumbai’s inhabitants and its industries have an annual turnover of approximately US$ 665 million. Not only is Dharavi home to much of the city’s economic activity, but it is also home to some of the best chefs!
We’ll connect you with our resident chef in Dharavi for a memorable cooking experience. Experience a different side of Dharavi–through the delectable cuisine made in a resident’s very own kitchen. Learn about the spices used, source the ingredients directly from the local market and get hands-on with the food prep and cooking!
Fresh vegetarian dishes such as dahl chawal (lentils and rice), vegetable/paneer curries, and more can be whipped up. Moreover, dishes made will depend on the produce that is in season. Feel the communal energy of your chef and household members, who pitch in to help and provide feedback throughout the cooking process.
At end of your cooking experience, you’ll get to enjoy vegetarian meal together as a family would. Get comfortable and feast the local way, sitting on the floor and eating with your hands.
Up for more? We can combine this with our Dharavi Tour. Start off or end your cooking experience with our educational walking tour and gain additional insight into Dharavi.
Explore Dharavi’s bustling market where you’ll get the chance to learn about the key ingredients used in Indian cuisine. You’ll also be picking up the ingredients for your meal together (only the freshest ingredients!)
The household kitchen you’ll be cooking in is located in the Kumbbharwada neighborhood. This neighbourhood is more than 150 years old and is the oldest part of Dharavi. Artisans create various types of earthen pots that are shipped all over India.
Roll up your sleeves and get cooking! Your resident chef will take you through the steps of creating your lunch for the day. From the washing, cutting, seasoning and more, your fun cooking experience shall provide you with a taste of what goes into cooking a vegetarian meal in a Dharavi household.
Enjoy the fruits of your labour and feast on the vegetarian lunch that you made in a local family’s home!
We meet at the main entrance and ticket office on the West side of the station (photo 1). To check if you are in the right spot, verify that V-Jai Restaurant and Bakery is opposite and Cafe Coffee Day is diagonally opposite. (Photos: One, Two, Three)
Churchgate Station pick-up on request
Ends where we eat lunch near 90ft road. The nearest intersection is 60 feet and 90 feet road. Your guide will help you find the best way to get where you’re going next.
3 hours including lunch
11am from Mahim Station