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Cooking Class
The Art of Blending Spices

Cooking Classes

The Art of Blending Spice


Balinese Cuisine

Balinese cuisine is a vibrant and flavourful reflection of the island's rich culture. Characterized by a harmonious blend of aromatic spices, fresh ingredients, and a touch of creativity. Balinese food offers a diverse range of dishes. From the famous Babi Guling (spit roasted pig) to Bebek Betutu (slow-cooked duck), each dish showcases the unique culinary traditions passed down through generations. The use of coconut, lemongrass, ginger, and turmeric imparts a distinctive taste to many Balinese specialties. Rice, a staple in Balinese meals, is often served with a variety of side dishes, including Lawar (minced meat salad) and Sate Lilit (minced fish satay). Balinese food not only satisfies the palate but also provides a glimpse into the island's rich heritage. Balinese food culture is deeply rooted in the island's Hindu traditions and local agriculture. The intricate rituals and ceremonies play a significant role in shaping Balinese culinary practices. Rice, considered a sacred staple, is the foundation of most meals, and traditional farming practices are integral to Balinese agriculture. 


Cooking Classes

Bumbu Bali,  offers immersive cooking classes where participants learn to master the art of Balinese cuisine. In these classes, enthusiasts prepare a tantalizing array of at least 12 dishes, delving into the intricacies of spice blending and traditional cooking techniques. The hands-on experience ensures a deep understanding of Balinese flavours. After an engaging morning of grinding spices and honing culinary skills, participants savour the fruits of their labour, relishing the delicious dishes they've crafted. Bumbu Bali's cooking classes provide not just education but a culinary journey, creating lasting memories through the joy of preparing and enjoying authentic Balinese cuisine.

Our cooking classes offer a unique opportunity to delve into the heart of Balinese food culture. 

Participants can expect to: 


Explore Traditional Techniques: 

Learn traditional Balinese cooking techniques, including the art of preparing spice pastes, mastering the use of local herbs, and understanding the balance of flavours.


Local Ingredients:

Balinese cuisine thrives on the use of aromatic spices, such as turmeric, ginger, galangal, and lemongrass, creating a symphony of flavours. Discover the importance of local ingredients and the significance of the island's agriculture in shaping Balinese cuisine.


Cultural Significance:

Gain insights into the cultural significance of Balinese ingredients, rituals, and the role of food in daily life and ceremonies.

Hands-On Experience: 

Engage in a hands-on cooking experience, where you'll actively participate in the preparation of iconic Balinese dishes under the guidance of experienced chefs. Most lessons are hosted by Heinz von Holzen, author of six highly acclaimed Balinese and Indonesian 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 ) and assisted by Ibu Budi and Ibu Putu Eni, two through Balinese Master chefs, which bring with them more then 40 years of experience in Balinese kitchens.

Varied Recipes and Dishes Prepared:

Experience a diverse range of recipes, from the renowned Sates and Pork dishes to flavourful sambals, refreshing salads, and intricate desserts.


1. Spice Paste for Seafood - Base be Pasih

2. Chicken, Pork, and Soy Bean Cake Satay - Sate Ayam, Babi, Tempe

3. Minced Seafood Sate - Sate Lilit

4. Minced Seafood Grilled in Banana Leaf - Pesan be Pasih

5. Minced Duck in Banana Leaf - Tum Bebek

6. Pork in Sweet Soy Sauce - Be Celeng Base Manis

7. Chicken in Spiced Coconut Turmeric Sauce - Siap Kalas

8. Chicken in Shallot Lemongrass Dressing - Ayam Sembel Matah

9. Shallot Lemongrass Dressing - Sambel Matah

10. Peanut Sauce - Sauce Kacang

11. Vegetable Salad in Peanut Dressing - Pecelan

12. Steamed Black Rice with Coconut and Palm Sugar - Jajan Ijen

13. Steamed Pumpkin Cake – Sumping Waluh

14 Fried Rice / Noodles - Nasi goreng


Communal Dining:

Conclude the class by enjoying the fruits of your labour in a communal dining setting, fostering a sense of connection and appreciation for Balinese food culture. Shared meals are a common practice, fostering a sense of community. Balinese food culture is a celebration of both daily life and the island's spiritual essence.

Whether you're a novice or an experienced cook, Bumbu Bali's Cooking classes provide an enriching experience that goes beyond just learning recipes, offering a deeper understanding of Balinese culinary traditions.


Time table:

07.30 - 08.00         Pick up from various locations in Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa

08.00 - 08.45         Breakfast and introduction to Bali’s cuisine

08.45 - 12.30         Cooking

12.30 - 14.00         Nasi Campur Lunch

14.00                   Newly certified and qualified Balinese Master Chef’s celebrate


Days conducted:

Every Wednesday


Price: US$75.00++

Price is subject to 10% service charge and 11% government tax

Space is limited to 8 participants.  We highly recommend to book your participation as early as possible


Taylor made classes:

Special classes for groups are available on request, please check on availability by emailing or calling us through (62) 361 771256  (62) 361 774502

Market Visit information: 

Our classes are unique in that we have omitted the traditional Balinese Market Visit from our itinerary. While the market used to be a bustling hub of activity, showcasing the vibrant culture and fresh produce of Bali, it has changed over the years. Plastic waste has become a prevalent issue.

Despite this change, our focus remains on delivering an unforgettable cooking experience. You'll still have the opportunity to learn from our expert chefs, who will guide you through the preparation of 12 mysterious recipes, each bursting with the exotic flavors of Bali. From fragrant spices to fresh ingredients, you'll discover the essence of Balinese cuisine and learn the techniques that make it so unique.


Join us at Bumbu Bali for a cooking class that will not only tantalize your taste buds but also deepen your understanding of Balinese culture and culinary traditions.

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Traditional Balinese Market

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