Rick Stein’s India - Exclusive Cuisine Tour from Kerala Travel Centre

As part of a series on BBC, award winning chef Rick Stein recently embarked on a journey through South India to discover the secret of the  perfect Indian curry and to trace the origins of Indian dishes and spices that are popular the world over. Stein’s journey in South India started in the ancient temple town of Madurai where he was captivated by the traditional cooking in the temples. His travels then took him into breathtaking Kerala where he discovered spice plantations, tea clad hills, serene backwaters and the charming Port Town of Cochin. On this gastronomical sojourn, Stein ventured into cardamom and pepper plantations, discovered the many diverse styles of cooking in Kerala and also  experienced the real taste of Kerala in the local eating places that offer mouth watering  traditional delicacies.

Kerala Travel Centre has introduced an exclusive cusine tour that traces the footsteps of Rick Stein, giving travellers the opportunity to re-create and discover the same magic that captivated the celebrated chef.

Travellers will be able to stay in the ancient temple town of Madurai  where besides visiting the many temples, they will get a taste of traditional temple cooking.

Stein’s program showcased the importance of temple food for devotees and how this is meticulously prepared every day by the temple’s chefs. This tour will give travellers the first hand opportunity to witness the temple chefs preparing ’sambar’ curry and other traditional snacks like the ‘vada’ and the sweet ‘payasam’.

The tour includes stay in the western Ghats of Thekkady where travellers will visit various spice plantations and also enjoy jungle treks in the Periyar reserve. A spice plantation tour will shocase how spices like cinnamon, cardamom, pepper and nutmeg are grown, harvested and processed before they reach the supermarkets.

While staying in one of the most exotic backwater resorts, travellers will be able to indulge in cookery lessons where they can hone thier cooking skills and learn many Keralan  fish and other seafood dishes. An overnight cruise on a private houseboat along the sensuous backwaters of Kerala is also part of the tour where one can sample the delicious ‘karimeen’ or pearlspot fish.

In the Port Town of Cochin travellers will be able to visit the famous spice markets of Kerala and also visit some amazing local eateries. This includes the ‘Pai Thattukada’, named after the Pai brothers who popularized the concept of ‘thattus’ or small shops that offer cheaper and quicker alternative to restaurant food. Some of the ‘Thattus’ serve over 70 varieties of ‘Dosas’ or rice pancakes and your trip to Kerala cannot be complete without sampling the dosas here.

While in Cochin, the tour also offers the opportunity to spend time at the home of Nimmy & Paul who belong to the traditional Syrian Christian community in Kerala. Nimmy has been a professional cookery instructor for more than 20 years and in keeping with family traditions, is very passionate about serving great Kerala food today which will offer you an opportunity to participate in and learn how traditional spices are used in the typical Travancore vegetarian food.

As travellers unravel the many culinary marvels of Kerala, they will also discover  the region’s many delightful highlights. What makes this tour even more exciting is the choice of accommodation as the tour uses some of the finest and most authentic resorts in Kerala which offer you the best of comfort in  fascinating settings.

Click here to view details of this tour. For more information on this exclusive tour speak to one of Kerala Travel Centre’s experts on freephone 0808 178 9799.