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Cook a meal with a local family

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Out of humble Sri Lankan kitchens come plates full of rice served along with flavoursome curries, spicy sambols and wholesome salads. What is truly fascinating about Sri Lankan cuisine is witnessing the meticulous ways of traditional cooking that involve interesting methods and techniques. Learn to make a traditional Sri Lankan meal with a local family for an experience that is as immersive and authentic as it is delicious.

Experience Overview

Arrive at the home of your host family nestled in a little village in Galle and be warmly greeted by your host, her husband and two children. Get to know each other, share your stories and enjoy a leisurely stroll in their garden surrounded by towering tropical trees. Next, hop on a tuk-tuk with the family and head for the nearest town to pick up vegetables from a local store. Enjoy a refreshing King Coconut once you come back to your host’s place after the market visit. Everything will be set up in the garden to start the cooking class by the time you finish your drink. Start preparing your local meal by chopping off local veggies and scraping coconuts with the members of your host family. Starting from tempering potatoes to cooking chicken and frying thin slices of ash plantain, you will learn various traditional cooking techniques involved with making each dish. Finally, sit down for a meal with the family and enjoy the food you have prepared from scratch. Please note that a shorter version of this cooking class (approximately 2 hours) can also be arranged on request.

Includes: - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

Host, market visit, cooking class and lunch

Duration: - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

4 hours.

Difficulty: - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style


Suitable for children: - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Suitable for children:

Small children may not follow but they will be made to feel like part of the family and given plenty of attention!

Meeting time: - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Meeting time:

Please consult with your host.

What to wear or bring along: - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
What to wear or bring along:

Light, cool clothing. Aprons will be provided so you need not worry about getting your clothes messy.

Important to know: - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Important to know:

Dietary restrictions should be informed to SLIS in advance.

Private or not? - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Private or not?

This experience is always private.




Managing Expectations

It is important to remember that, whilst they are experts in their field, the people who run or host our experiences are not necessarily used to working in the tourism industry and may not offer the level of service you would find at a five-star hotel. For example, instead of a formal lecture, you may get a relaxed conversation where open discussion is encouraged. All of our hosts are, however, extremely engaging, knowledgeable and passionate about educating visitors about their chosen subject and we have worked with them to ensure that they deliver worthwhile, fulfilling experiences. We welcome feedback, so please let us know what you thought and if you think any improvements could be made to the experiences we offer.

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