Great Food & Better Conversation: Book A Home-Cooked Bengali Meal At Iti Aunty's House

Raisa posted on 29 January

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Book a private, sit-down Bengali lunch with Iti Aunty, a home cook whose dishes feature on the Monkey Bar menu.

What's All The Fuss?

In the city for just a couple of days? Craving good ol’ traditional Bengali food but don’t know where to get authentic home-cooked style stuff? Iti Aunty has you covered. This home cook is opening up her home to you and letting you book lunch and dinners. All you have to do is follow this link and select the date and time you want to join her for some delicious Bengali grub. You’ll have to fill a form with your personal details and let them know if you are vegetarian or non-vegetarian, or if you have any allergies or dietary restrictions. After that, you’re all set to do some serious pet pujo.

Why This Home Cook?

Iti Aunty has some seriously good home-cooking skills. She had even introduced her own limited-period Bengali menu at Monkey Bar. If you look at the Monkey Bar menu, you’ll find Iti Aunty’s Daab Chingri Pizza — another one of her classic dishes. Still not convinced about why she is the home cook who needs to be filling your tummy? She’s fed everyone from Belgians, Australians, Brits, a Malaysian film crew and even a French couple who have all given her rave reviews.

What Can You Expect?

Iti Aunty will welcome you into her super well-kept home on Middleton Street. After a chat {you can ask her anything from food to Kolkata — she knows it all}, she’ll serve you dinner at the table. She loves to talk and she has some really interesting stories to tell, and she doesn’t hesitate to share her kitchen secrets either!.

What's On The Menu?

Iti Aunty is super particular about putting seasonal specials on the menu. Every meal has a rice and a luchi or puri, three vegetables, two proteins, daal, dessert and chutney all made from scratch in her kitchen. She’s known for her prawn malai curry, shorshe baata diye betki maachluchi cholar dal and veggie with paanch phoron. For dessert, she enthusiastically tells us she makes nolen gur paayesh and kamla lebur payesh from scratch! If you have any special requests, you can let her know in advance and she’ll whip those up too. She proudly says that she uses no frozen or pre-packaged food and only only local, seasonal veggies so you’re sure to get a fresh meal.

Anything Else?

Here’s where you can book your meal. She caters for two to six people at a time and always keeps it a private affair. After you book your date, you’ll have to wait for Iti Aunty to confirm — she doesn’t always confirm if she has a packed schedule so try not to be too disappointed. The meal is 100% refundable if you cancel upto 48 hours before you visit {you’ll have to make the payment in advance}.