Pokhara, Nepal offers travelers with a very unique lakeside Nepali culture filled with a variety of tastes and recipes ready to be learned. Learn how to make Momo with Rekha or volunteer at Edventure Nepal by cooking Nepali dishes for orphans. Regardless of which class you pick, you’ll leave with a full stomach and a new appreciation for Nepali culture. Here are 8 of the different cooking classes offered in Pokhara, Nepal for tourists, professionals, aspiring chefs, and enthusiasts:
Source: Cook with Delight
Cook with Delight offers tourists the opportunity to learn about local Nepalese cuisines such as Momo and Dal Bhat. Travelers will come to learn, have fun, and most importantly, enjoy their dishes with a locally respected family.
Classes start at 5pm (Duration 2-2.5 hours)
Closed: Monday – Friday (Available on weekends)
Cost: $19.49 per person
Source: Rekha’s Cooking Class
When visiting Rekha and her family, be sure to come hungry! You’ll learn about local Nepalese recipes while trying an exorbitant amount of food. Guests are always full and happy after visiting Rekha. (Tickets purchased help to support Rekha and her foster family)
10 Milan Marg, Pokhara, Pokhara 33411 Nepal
Classes are 4.5 hours long, start time is dependent upon availability
Cost: $32.72 per person (Maximum of 6 people)
Source: Dal Bhat Cooking Class
If you would like to learn a different approach to Dal Bhat from the hospitable hostesses, Nyima and Namdol, then you’ve found the right class. Come learn a Tibetan meets Nepali approach to the Dal Bhat dish and learn all about the refugee history of Tibetans in Nepal.
Link to general location: https://www.backstreetacademy.com/pokhara/164/dal-bhat-cooking-class
(For safety, the specific address is given when order is completed!)
Classes are 2.5 hours long, start times either 9:00 AM or 3:00 PM
Cost: $ 19.00 per guest
Source: The Bee Charmer
Not only can you learn to cook from these wonderful people, but you will also be embraced with a cozy and welcoming bar for drinks and stories. Their cooking class teaches visitors how to create the Bee Charmer’s unique approach to Dal Bhat. Guests typically leave having met a bunch of new friends they’ll remember for a lifetime.
Classes typically last an hour or two when available
Cost: $8 - $13 (Lunch menu, classes, and prices may vary)
This isn’t a traditional cooking class per se, but if you’re looking for a very involved experience then you can volunteer to stay with a local Nepali family to learn Nepali cooking, traditions, and farming. For those interested in seeing these dishes from farm to table then this is an experience you won’t want to miss.
Minimum stay of 2 weeks is requested
Cost: Volunteer, work-based (4-5 hours a day; 5 days a week).
This class hopes to teach travelers how to make Dal Bhat with a particular focus on adding ingredients in such a way that promotes energizing the dish… allowing it to fuel an entire day of activity. Enjoy views of a popular underground waterfall while adding this dish to your personal list of recipes.
Classes typically last 3 hours or more (Must be 12 or older)
Cost: RM77 – 99.18 per person (English classes are RM 99.18 per guest)
Rather than stay in a hotel, you can volunteer to participate in this local children’s shelter and learn to cook and care for these wonderful children. Though we cannot find specifics for the overall experience, past visitors have left positive reviews saying the experience is both humbling and worthwhile.
Duration of visit is dependent upon personal scheduling
Cost: Volunteer, work-based
Source: Kantipur Hotel Training Center
If you’re looking for a highly professional food-service training experience, then Kantipur has you covered. You will learn culinary skills from cooking to beverage-service from qualified and engaging instructors. This institute is both private and vocational, which should only be sought after by professional (or aspiring to be professional) enthusiasts.
Duration of class is based upon your selection
Cost: Costs given upon course selection via their contact page.
Nepal is a country that is full of culture and stories to tell; from the local families to the Tibetan refugees there is a variety of cultures coming together to create a unique blend of recipes and flavors in dishes. If you’re traveling from abroad, your family back home will be more than surprised when you show them all of the wondrous flavors Nepal has to offer.