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As part of a series on BBC2, Award winning chef Rick Stein 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 brings you an exclusive tour that traces the footsteps of Rick Stein and gives you the opportunity to re-create and discover the same magic that captivated the celebrated chef. Visit the temple town of Madurai where besides visiting the many temples, you will get a taste of traditional temple cooking. Discover spice plantations (and some wildlife) in the western ghats of Thekkady and be mesmerised by the verdant tea plantations of Munnar. Enjoy an overnight cruise on a private houseboat along the sensuous backwaters of Kerala where you will get to sample the delicious 'karimeen' or pearlspot fish and other sea food delicacies. In the Port Town of Cochin you will be able to visit the famous spice markets of Kerala and also be able to try your hand at different styles of Keralan cooking.
As you unravel the many culinary marvels of Kerala, you will also discover the region's many delightful highlights. What makes this tour even more exciting is the choice of accommodation as you will stay at some of the finest and most authentic resorts in Kerala which offer you the best of comfort in fascinating settings.
We are proud to bring to you an exclusive culinary tour which will give you the opportunity of not only relishing the many culinary delights but also the opportunity to delight and relax in Kerala's beauty. This tour therefore is not just about spending time in the kitchens and learning to cook the local dishes. You will also explore the spirit of the region and its people, with a range of captivating excursions that will both inspire and relax you in equal measure. Cooking in Kerala is all about spices, aromas and colours and offers several gastronomic opportunities to those willing to experiment with it..All the recipes of the food prepared during the classes will be provided alongside and we will also help you create detailed flow charts outlining the cooking processes. Bon Appétit!
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