Now foreign tourists can get a taste of ‘kitchen tourism’ in Puri.
Wild Grass, an eco-friendly restaurant, has started this initiative through which tourists can take classes from local chefs in learning how to make traditional Odia dishes. An elaborate insight into the local cooking styles is on offer for visitors who take part in the sessions.
The session begins with the participants visiting the local market and buying ingredients. Instead of going to shopping complexes or malls, they shop from the local vendors. In the process, the participants get to meet the local traders and interact with them.
Participants get to learn how to prepare various Odia vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare such as dahi baingan, dalma (lentils cooked with vegetables), saga mooga (leafy vegetable cooked with lentils), khata (chutney), dahi maccha (fish cooked with curd) and kankada jhola (crab curry) among others.
“During my journeys, I got acquainted with the concept and thought of employing it here. Experiential tourism is catching up across the world and it is a great way of attracting tourists,” said Yugabrat Kar, who runs Wild Grass.
The initiative was launched six months ago and about 60 foreign tourists have taken part in it till date. The novel idea struck Kar during the period of his travel to over 26 countries.