Several times a year, the Balinese spend days, sometimes weeks, preparing meats, rice, cakes and sweets for their temple offerings for large ceremonies. As you spend a bit of time around the Balinese, you quickly begin to see that life is largely centered around a constant nourishing of the mind, body and soul - and food is the main component.
If you’re looking to truly get a glimpse into authentic Balinese life, then a cooking class in Bali is where you need to find yourself. A great activity for all the family, cooking classes take you on an incredible journey driven by your taste buds. A typical cooking class in Bali teaches you not just about local foods and how to prepare them, but walks you through a typical Balinese day and introduces you to the various traditions and beliefs they hold about food and how it plays into their everyday life.
Taking part in a Balinese cooking course, you will get to experience:
- Local markets
- Balinese homes
- Local farms & how to harvest your own food
- Learning about different spices and herbs used for spice and healing
- Discovering how the Balinese use food as an offering to the Gods
Bali cooking classes generally start with an adventure early in the morning with your host to the local produce market. While there, you get to see and experience the tight knit community, playful bartering and you will learn about the various foods the Balinese use. The Balinese love to explain and include people in their traditions, so you will walk away feeling like you just made a new friend for life and like you could go back tomorrow on your own.
At any cooking lesson, you can expect to learn how to cook:
- Bali crepes
- Corn fritters
- Peanut sauce
- Noodle dishes
Our top 5 cooking classes in Bali are:
Conscious Cooking Class w/ Nina Ryckewaert
Conscious Cooking with Vegan Chef, Nina Ryckewaert
“Cook with intention. Empower with Love. Embrace the sensual power of clean food.”
Bi-weekly Mondays at The Yoga Barn:
10:30am - 1:30pm
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Our body is a perfect self-correcting mechanism. As physical, emotional, and spiritual creatures, our health is a matrix of these factors that changes and fluctuates throughout life. By connecting with our food - where it comes from, how it was prepared, and how it makes us feel - we can connect with the cosmos which have come together to create the food that sustains us. Sometimes we eat without being fully present. Our mind wanders, causing us to look without seeing, listen without hearing, and eat without tasting. This lack of mindfulness can lead to dissatisfaction.
When we slow down and take the time to really enjoy our food, we can experience a deeper quality of life.We can eat with care, knowing that we are caretakers of our bodies, rather than their mere owners .We become not only physically but also spiritually nourished.
Our food is a gift from the whole universe. When we are fully present and alive for every bite, we eat in a way that fills us with peace and happiness and this creates a ripple effect in other areas of our life.
What to Expect:
Experience a cooking class that encourages you to embrace a slower pace, cultivating a sense of mindful awareness throughout the process of cooking and eating. The journey begins with a tranquil meditation, setting the stage for introspection, as a brief questionnaire prompts you to reflect on your present eating habits. Continued by an engaging interactive lecture and cooking session, where we come together to savor the delights as a precious gift from the Universe.
Learn how to make: Moon-milk, coconut yogurt, cucumber raita, happy hormone salad, turmeric cider pickles, and blissful chocolate delight
Green Kitchen also sells local and Pupuan pure organic Raw/Roasted cacao and Bali Coffee
Early Bird: IDR 550.000 (until August 10th & 24th)
Regular: IDR 650.000
Book Now : https://www.theyogabarn.com/events#conscious-cooking-class-nina-august
2. Bumbu Bali - Nusa Dua, Bali
Discover the spiced flavors of Bali’s virtually unknown cuisine at Bumbu Bali. Classes offer a fascinating introduction in to the exotic ingredients and unique culinary heritage of Bali. They provide a valuable insight into the various techniques, traditional and modern, of food preparation and the cooking style used in homes across the island.
Most lessons are hosted by Heinz von Holzen, author of six highly acclaimed cookbooks, (The Food of Bali, Bali Unveiled – The Secrets of Balinese Cuisine, Feast of Flavors from the Balinese Kitchen, Feast of Flavors from the Indonesian Kitchen, Street Food in Bali, A modern Approach to Indonesian Cuisine and The Little Indonesian Cook book ) Assist by Ibu Putu and Ibu Budi two Mama Bali that know every twist and secret in a Balinese kitchen.
Jalan Pratama, Tanjung Benoa
PO Box 132
Nusa Dua 80363, Bali, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 774 502 or +62 361 771 256
3. Fivelements - Badung, Bali
Join Fivelements' Cuisine for Life™, half-day private culinary training with Fivelements' award-winning culinary team in an inspiring gastronomical journey. Fivelements culinary pros will guide you through key techniques including juicing, sprouting, smoothies, sweet and savory blending, and fermenting, low temperature baking and dehydrating. Learn numerous recipes and experience dynamic hands-on preparation, including blending flavors and textures of key seasonal ingredients and creating outstanding food presentations.
In this exciting programme, Fivelements unveil the secrets of why this cuisine is among the fastest growing in the world and you will learn vital information on:
- What are raw vegan “living foods” and why should we eat them?
- How can they boost our daily energy, immunity and overall happiness?
- How to prepare great tasting, mouth-watering meals at home
- How this cuisine can be the ultimate support for anti-aging, improved sleep and greater focus, gluten-free and allergy issues, weight-loss, diabetes, cancer remission, heart, depression and many more conditions.
Phone: +62 361 469 206
4. BALI ASLI - Karangasem, North East Bali
BALI ASLI is located in Gelumpang village, near the town of Amlapura, Karangasem regency, in the north east of Bali. It is about 2 hours drive from the airport, and 30 minutes from both Candidasa village and Amed village. BALI ASLI is nestled in the foot hills of Mount Agung, Bali’s most sacred mountain, surrounded by rice fields, there is not a building to be seen.
The cooking school at BALI ASLI runs unique classes themed on “a day in the life of...” every class includes an adventure into local areas off the beaten track. Whether it is learning how to plant rice or plough with a cow, fishing in a jukung canoe and cooking on an open fire, or wandering through the local villages and country side, cooking students at BALI ASLI always leave with fond memories and new skills to experiment with when they get home.
ADDRESS : Jalan Raya Gelumpang, Gelumpang village Amlapura Karangasem
Restaurant: +62 8223 6909215
Penelope: +62 8123 816051
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5. Casa Luna Cooking School - Ubud, Bali
Named among the world's top cooking schools, the Casa Luna Cooking School offers a fascinating insight into Balinese life, beliefs and culture through learning about its food, cooking and culinary myths.
Class discussions are relaxed and friendly and are held in the elegant grounds of the Second Honeymoon Guesthouse of the Casa Luna grounds. They include explanations on the role of food in Balinese society, its ceremonial use and also its religious importance.
When you take a cooking class at Casa Luna, you will learn about the exotic herbs and spices used in ceremonial cooking and everyday Balinese dishes. You are encouraged to actively help prepare the lavish Balinese feast, and after all preparations are made, you will enjoy the fruits of your labor with a glass or two of the local rice wine or homemade hibiscus tea. Casa Luna Cooking School can be found on Jl. Bisma Ubud (in Honeymoon Guesthouse 2)
Many schools will then take you to see the rice paddies - often where most of the family’s food is grown, and you will get to pick a bit more of the produce to use in your meal preparations. You then will get to step into a Balinese home compound and experience what it is like to cook with traditional firewood kitchens. We recommend finding a school that will include all of the above. These are the schools where you’ll most likely get to hear about the myths and traditions the Balinese hold around their food, and get the richest experience of the community dynamic that food creates in Bali.
Learning to make food in Bali is about more than simply learning to prepare dishes, it is learning how to incorporate mindfulness into your meal preparation and building a community. There are so many hands that go into each plate and it is truly life changing to see and experience the joy that weaves its way through each step of the preparation of traditional Balinese cuisine.