Little India on a Plate

Duration: 4.25 hours

Location: Bur Dubai, Dubai

Adult

AED 435.75

14 years and above only.

Ticket price is not inclusive of online processing charges.

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

  • Savor a mouthwatering spectrum of over 10 Indian food tastings across 6 of our favorite North and South Indian eateries in the neighborhood.
  • 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 9 culture-seeking guests, many of whom are local residents seeking to uncover off-the-beaten path places.
  • Hear stories of the neighborhood 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 on selected weekday evenings from October to May.

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

Mostly veg, except 1 chicken dish.

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

Carry earphones for our guide audio system. Dress comfortably; cover legs and shoulders.

Dress to walk.

The tour requires a minimum of 4 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 the 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.

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.

Street-side Fritter Stall

Mashed potato patty dipped in chickpea flour batter | Crisp onion & green pea samosa with spicy green chutney.

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.

'Roti' Bakery

Fresh roti out of the oven, slathered with ghee (clarified butter) and unrefined sugar.

Punjabi Restaurant

Fresh-pressed sugarcane juice | Spicy layered papadums | Chicken tikka (one of the city's all--time favourites!) | Paneer tikka | Chana masala | Bread (butter naan & paratha).

Sweet Stop

Crispy fried 'jalebi' dipped in saffron-sugar syrup.

At the bus stop in front of Kabul Darbar restaurant 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. And look out for your CAREEM CAR discount code in your booking confirmation.

Meeting Location

Kabul Darbar Restaurant - Bur Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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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 (Middle Eastern Food Pilgrimage and Little India on a Plate) are immersive experiences that combine food tastings with history, culture and personal stories of the city. We often get exclusive ‘behind-the-scenes’ access that would typically not be offered to regular guests at the restaurants/shops.

Our Old Dubai Souks and Stories experience is not a food-focused tour, even though it does feature one of our favourite classic meals in the city at the end of the experience. This tour is a cultural and souk sightseeing experience that weaves together the guide’s passion with her knowledge of history and cultural stories.

Our Emirati Cooking Session and Lunch involves cooking and sampling through the session, as well as lunch – so you will definitely be well-fed! The Chef also brings his extensive knowledge of Emirati spices and culinary techniques to the experience.

The Unseen Trails experiences with our community partners – Dubai Desert Conservation Drive, Naif by Night, Old Dubai Iftar Walk and Indian Festival of Lights – are not food-focused tours and are more centered on urban/desert exploration depending on the tour you sign up for. However, all of them do feature a few delicious treats which are always carefully selected and well-explained on the tour.

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. 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?

For the Middle Eastern Food Pilgrimage and Little India on a Plate tours: please carry earphones for our tour guide audio system (else we will provide a free size one); don’t carry anything too heavy as we will provide a tote. 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 any tour booking, including one booked with a gift voucher / e-certificate:

Cancellation policy

  • 75% refund if 30 days or more before Trail
  • 50% refund if 14 to 29 days before Trail
  • 25% refund if 4 to 13 days before Trail
  • 0% refund if 1 to 3 days before Trail

Rescheduling policy

  • Rescheduling permitted within the same tour type only if request is received 14 days or more before the trail 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 14 days before the trail or if there is no availability on the new date requested.

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