Cook Like a Local

Learn to cook like a local on this highly rated cooking course, the only one on Lonely Planet, and with rave reviews on TripAdvisor. A must do by all counts in Kathmandu if you have three hours to spare.

  • Courtesy - Jaysan
  • Courtesy - Jaysan
  • Courtesy - Jaysan

1030 hrs and 1400 hrs | DAILY except Sat and Sun
6 persons per class

Chefs Sakuntala and Asmita take you to the shops to buy ingredients, and teach you how to cook specialities like momo, dal bhaat, or alu paratha, amongst some other options. The course lasts about three hours and you can join any of the two classes per day, each that take six participants maximum, so the experience is very personal.

This course also has no price, and follows a pay what you think it is worth principle, what we think is a Karmic in nature.

We start with a briefing and a cup of tea, and then continue on to the course. It is very hands on and you have to participate in the process.

At the end, the recipes are sent to you via email.

BOOKINGS : Use the link, send us an email @ info@socialtours.com or call 9801123401 or 014412508


Walk to the shops to buy the ingredients
Guided hands on cooking experience
Eating what you cooked
Recipes sent to your email addresses


  • "Learning how to make momo's."

  • "Learning skills"

  • "cook like a local"



Ambassador of the Nepali cooking style, Sakun is probably the most popular person in the team, being the one who conducts most of the COOK like a LOCAL courses. Her infectious laughter and her love for cooking has made this experience once of the most popular products we have!



Asmita is the epitome of efficiency. Quiet, polite and gentle, her demure nature masks her talent. She is an excellent assistant and when needed, the perfect chef.




Momos are a traditional delicacy in Tibet, Bhutan, Sikkim, Nepal, and Ladakh. They are one of the most popular fast foods in these regions. In Kathmandu, it will be even difficult to estimate how many thousands of momos are consumed everyday, as a snack or a light meal.

Momos can be made with a vegetable or meat filling, and nowadays the more adventurous have also started making them with fillings including chocolate, ice-cream, apples etc.

downloadDownload the chicken mo:mo recipe here (.pdf 220KB)

downloadDownload the veg mo:mo recipe here (.pdf 221KB)

downloadDownload the spinach & cheese mo:mo recipe here (.pdf 212KB)



Dal Bhaat

Dal Bhat is the most common and classic Nepali recipe. It is the staple daily diet of the majority of the population. It generally consists of dal (lentils), bhaat (rice), a vegetable curry/saag, and a chutney. It is eaten (traditionally) by mixing the dal with the rice to form a soupy mixture, making a ball of the mixture with your hands, and adding curry and pickle.

download Download the dhal bhaat recipe here (.pdf 220KB)



Aloo Paratha

Aloo Paratha is originally/actually made in a 'tandoor' or clay oven just like most other Indian breads. But, it can also be made at home, either pan-fried or baked in an oven. The home-made version of aloo paratha may not be as soft as the 'tandoor' version but it definitely wont drip of butter/ ghee either and yet is equally tasty and satisfying to the tummy. Aloo parathas taste best when served immediately from the 'tava’ ( pan).

downloadDownload the aalu paratha recipe here (.pdf 220KB)