What is this tour is about: This is a 4-hour tour that includes a walk through a local food market, a visit to a local home, interactive cooking session, and lunch.
The city of Agra lies in Uttar Pradesh, a fertile agricultural state. Agra is surrounded by rural areas, where farming and animal rearing are the primary occupations of people. There are two annual crops – the kharif crop (wheat, mustard) which is harvested in April, and the rabi crop (millets, rice, mung dal) which is harvested in October. Vegetables, fruits and other seasonal produce are available in plenty in Agra’s markets. During this tour, we will go on a short walk through a local food market, to see the produce available, and to familiarize you with the essential ingredients of North Indian cooking. We will learn not just about the various spices and condiments used in an Indian meal, but also some of the interesting rules and taboos related to religion and food.
After the bazaar walk, we will visit a Hindu home, for an interactive cooking session. Please note, this is not a cooking class with a professional chef. Rather, it is a chance to visit a home for insights into daily life in this part of India, and an introduction to a very tasty regional cuisine by the lady of the house. You are welcome to participate, or just sit back and watch. You can also take notes, ask questions, and photograph the cooking session if you wish. The cuisine that you will see demonstrated is a vegetarian “thali” meal. The basic staple is wheat, and a typical meal usually includes breads made of unleavened wheat, accompanied by vegetable-based dishes, dal, salads, pickles, papad and dessert.
Duration: 4 hours
When: Any day of the week except Sunday
Start point: Your hotel
End point: Your hotel
Coverage: Bazaar walk, home visit, interactive cooking session and lunch
How to book: To book a tour please write to firstname.lastname@example.org