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Little India on a Plate

Duration: 4.25 HRS

Location: Bur Dubai, Dubai

Regular (Oct to Apr)

AED 425.75

14 years + only

Summer (May to Sep)

AED 305.00

14 years + only

Minimum age of 14 years recommended given duration and walking.
Ticket prices stated are inclusive of 5% VAT and online processing fees. Refund/rescheduling policies on legal section of our website.

Discover what Indians really love to eat, beyond the clichéd naan and butter chicken, in Dubai's oldest, most vibrant Indian neighbourhood.

  • Savor a mouthwatering spectrum of 10 Indian food tastings across 6 of our favourite North and South Indian eateries in the neighbourhood.
  • Eat Indian food at places rarely listed in the guidebooks but heavily frequented by long-time Indian residents of the city.
  • Join an intimate group of 6 to 8 culture-seeking guests, many of whom are local residents seeking to uncover off-the-beaten path places.
  • Hear stories of the neighbourhood and Indian food customs from a resident Indian guide who grew up in the city.
  • Watch the transformation of fermented rice and lentil batters into a variety of crispy, spongy or crumbly creations to dip into chutneys.
  • Experience the Punjabi chicken tikka that most old timers reminisce about, from a restaurant that's been lighting its coals since 1977.
  • Visit the Indian grocery store preferred by most Indian mothers back-in-the-day and get up to speed on "masalas," "daals" and more.

Runs year-long except peak summer. Offered on selected weekday evenings.

Walking only; distance covered is ~2.4km/1.5mi with stops in between.

Mostly vegetarian, except 1 chicken dish. Meat will not be missed!

Tastings include Gluten/Lactose/Dairy/Nuts. Please notify us of severe allergies.

Carry earphones for the audio system used by our guide.

Dress comfortably to walk; cover legs and shoulders.

The tour requires a minimum of 2 guests; we may cancel and refund tickets if the minimum is not met.

The minimum age to join the tour is 14 years. Strollers and infants are not permitted on the tour.

Our signature Indian food tour takes you into the vibrant alleys of one of Dubai’s oldest Indian neighbourhoods in Bur Dubai. This bustling community is bursting at the seams with Bollywood-style glamorous outfits, cheap electronics, and tiny, often family-run kitchens that effortlessly break Western stereotypical notions of what Indian food is meant to be.

Visit our trusted “chaat” haunt for puffed rice and tart mango street-style snacks, a fast-selling fritter stall for pudgy potato and mustard seed patties and one of the oldest Punjabi restaurants for unimaginably tender chicken tikka. Watch how South Indians conjure up ethereal dosas, tender idlis and spongy vadas, and then dunk it all into an array of lentils and chutneys. Collaborate with the street side bakers for a naughty ‘ghee’ and ‘gur’ roll – just the way our mothers taught us. Throughout this Indian food tour glean tips on how to eat the real ‘desi’ way, from the art of cooling South Indian filter coffee to the daredevil technique of popping “pani puri.” But above all, learn to feast with your fingers and a bottomless stomach.

Our route and featured tastings are subject to change.

Allergens Key: Contains G-Gluten; D-Dairy; N-Nuts; M-Meat (Beef/Lamb); P-Poultry; F-Fish; S-Shellfish. We regret that there may not be substitutes for dishes. Even if specific dishes do not contain these ingredients, we cannot guarantee against cross-contamination of allergens in the restaurant kitchens.

Gujarati 'Chaat' Counter

Three types of popular Indian street snacks: chutney-filled crisp 'puris,' puffed rice & mangoes; spiced yogurt, potato and chutney over crunchy dough spheres. (G/N/D)

Street-side Fritter Stall*

Mashed potato patty fried in chickpea flour batter, crisp onion & green pea samosa with green chutney. (G)
*Excluded during May to Sep

South Indian Restaurant

Fermented rice & lentil crepe with potatoes, steamed fermented rice & black lentil patties, savoury lentil doughnuts, 3 kinds of chutney, traditional sweet, filter coffee. (G/N/D)

'Roti' Bakery*

Fresh roti out of the oven, slathered with ghee (clarified butter) and unrefined sugar. (G/D)
*Excluded during May to Sep

Punjabi Restaurant

Fresh-pressed sugarcane juice, spicy layered papadums, chicken tikka (one of the city’s all-time favourites!), paneer tikka, chana masala, Indian breads. (G/D/P)

Sweet Stop

Crispy fried 'jalebi' dipped in saffron-sugar syrup. (N/D)

At the bus stop near TouchMate Quality Computers Service Center on Khalid Bin Al Waleed Street, Bur Dubai. Diagonally across from Royal Ascot Hotel. Please be on time, we don't wait for latecomers!

Given the heavy traffic, limited parking and different starting and ending locations, we strongly recommend that you take the metro rather than driving to the trail. If you plan to take a taxi, please budget extra time for traffic.

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Have questions? Here are the most frequently asked.

Will I miss my meat on the Little India on a Plate tour?

Ironically, the team that designed this almost 99% vegetarian tour are die-hard carnivores! Despite this, we have cherry-picked the dishes that best represent the community in Meena Bazaar and it turns out that most of them are vegetarian. There is such a wide range of tastings that we have yet to experience a guest, whether meat-eater or vegetarian, feeling less than “stuffed” after this gluttonous experience. You *might* even thank us for leaving out the meat at the end of the tour!

Do we only walk around and sample food?

Absolutely not! Our walking food tours are immersive experiences that combine food tastings with history, culture and personal stories of the city.

What if I have dietary restrictions or allergies?

Please be sure to let us know if you (or anyone in your group) have a dietary restriction (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic, allergy, etc.) when you purchase your tickets. In most cases, nuts, lactose and gluten may be in the foods featured on our experiences and there is a risk of cross-contamination. If you have a serious allergy, we recommend contacting us at ‘munch@fryingpanadventures.com’ prior to purchasing tickets to enable us to advise you if our tours are suitable for you.

What should I bring with me?

Please don’t carry anything too heavy as we will be walking. If you plan to purchase edible souvenirs during the tour, please make sure to carry both cash/your credit card (most, but not all, locations accept credit card).

What are the change policies on my booking?

We apply the following policy for public tour bookings, including ones booked with a gift voucher / e-certificate:

Cancellation policy

  • 90% refund if 7 days or more before Tour
  • 0% refund if less than 7 days before Tour

Rescheduling policy

  • Rescheduling permitted to another tour of the same price only if request is received 7 days or more before the tour and if there is availability on the new date requested. Only one rescheduling request permitted per booking.
  • No rescheduling permitted if request is received less than 7 days before the tour or if there is no availability on the new date requested.

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