Why not add cooking in Petra to your itinerary with our “Write your Own Jordanian Culinary Story” Eco Experience. Designed to take advantage of seasonal produce by highlighting the best that is available in the area. Have no fear though, if you don’t want to make the meal that is offered for a particular season you are still able to participate in this experience and the meal will be Maglooba. Please see below for the description of the current seasonal meal and also for Maglooba for this cooking in Petra experience.

If you are travelling to Jordan outside of the availability of the current season meal please contact us for a brochure of the seasonal meal that will be on offer.

Diwali – Stuffed and rolled Grape Leaves

A favourite meal of Jordanian’s young and old, the whole process of making Diwali from picking the leaves to rolling and eating them is a perfect example of the beauty of being part of a Jordanian family. Come and experience this for yourself. We can guarantee that spending a day immersed in traditions and culture will be a treasured time of your holiday.

An English speaking host will meet you at a designated meeting point and accompany you for your cooking in Petra experience.

Your day will start with the very first step needed for making Diwali – picking the grape leaves straight from the vine. Delight in being surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature, whilst joining in light hearted chatter with family members as your pick leaves. Learn which leaves are the best for shape, size and texture and be amazed at how many are needed to feed the large families here for just one sitting. Say goodbye to the families members for now – you will meet up with them later in the kitchen.

Next it’s the opportunity to shop like a local with a visit to the Souk (Market). You will be taken on a walking tour of the market and have a chance to soak up the atmosphere and chat with the locals.

No trip to the Souk is complete without stopping at the Fruit and Vegetable market. Stock up on the fresh produce needed for this evenings meal.

A quick visit to the spice store for your host to explain the traditional spices that are used in Diwali and the opportunity to buy a supply for your own use.

Step into the bakery and marvel at the bread “dropping from the sky”. A behind the scenes tour of the bakery will take you up to the second floor where the bread is made. The bread finishes it’s journey on a conveyor belt being dropped into the waiting hands of the man below who packages it up at lightning speed and in great quantities ready for customers to take home. No meal in Jordan would be considered complete without serving bread.

Last stop is the butchers to purchase the mince meat for the stuffing mixture for the diwali.

Your shopping baskets are now full and you are one step further on your cooking in Petra journey.

Before you leave the market, stop for a café style lunch from one of the local eateries.

Now it’s time to enter into the kitchen and start preparing your feast. Working alongside your local chef preparing the ingredients you have purchased that day, you will share in stories and learnings. Feel the warmth and hospitality of cooking in Petra, partaking in an experience that will be forever etched in your memory. Watch how your chef cooks with love and instinct, intuitively knowing how much is enough. Rolling diwali is an art and you will be taught how to roll the leaves so that they have just the right amount of filling and won’t fall apart in cooking.

Try as you might your Chef won’t allow you to help clean up, so sit back and relax with the Chef’s family while the meal is finishing cooking.

The final touches and garnishes will be made and watch how the meal is unveiled with pride. Time to sit down and enjoy the efforts of your labour. Your Chef and their family will become your friends and you will leave with a satisfied stomach and happy heart.

Your English speaking host will arrange for you to get back to your overnight accommodation once your cooking in Petra experience has come to an end.

Why not ask us about the opportunity to finish off your meal with desserts made by local women.

Included in your Eco Experience:

  • A local English speaking host who will translate and assist for the day of your cooking in Petra experience
  • A visit to a site to pick grape leaves
  • A walking tour of the Souk buying the ingredients that will be needed for cooking the meal
  • Cooking in Petra inside the kitchen of a local family with your own local “Chef”.
  • Consumption of the evening meal, including Jordanian tea and 1 soft drink per person with the evening meal
  • Drinking Water during the eco experiences (filtered drinking water will be provided)
  • Organization/ booking fee.

Not included in your Eco Experience:

  • Cafe style lunch in local eatery (allow 5-10 JD per person for this meal)
  • Other meals and drinks not mentioned above.
  • Transfers to/from each location for your Cooking in Petra experience
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses.
  • Local Desserts

Maglooba – Upside Down

Behind Mansaf, Maglooba is probably the second most famous dish in Jordanian Cuisine. Translating to “Upside Down” this dish is made of layers of chicken and vegetables with the rice going on top. When it’s cooked and served, the whole pot is turned upside down and now the rice is on the bottom with the chicken and vegetables on top. The real test of culinary expertise is can the chef turn out the Maglooba intact and you behold the tower of layers. Mind you it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t as it still tastes delicious.

You will meet you English speaking host at a designated meeting point before starting your day in the Souk where you will buy all the ingredients needed to prepare the meal.

You will have the opportunity to shop like a local on a walking tour of the market and have a chance to soak up the atmosphere and chat with the locals.

Step into the bakery and marvel at the bread “dropping from the sky”. A behind the scenes tour of the bakery will take you up to the second floor where the bread is made. The bread finishes it’s journey on a conveyor belt being dropped into the waiting hands of the man below who packages it up at lightning speed and in great quantities ready for customers to take home.

A quick visit to the spice store for your host to explain the traditional spices that are used in Maglooba. Stopping at a nearby shop you will purchase the nuts which will be roasted and sprinkled on the top of the meal as a delicious garnish.

No trip to the Souk is complete without stopping at the Fruit and Vegetable market. Stocking up on the fresh produce needed, you will leave with your shopping baskets full and will be ready to make Maglooba.

Last stop is the butchers to purchase the chicken for the meal. Fresh is considered best by the locals so buying chicken means firstly picking out your live chicken. It is then expertly killed, cleaned, handed over and you are on your way again.

You will stop for a café style lunch from one of the local eateries.

Now it’s time to enter into the kitchen and start cooking in Petra. Working alongside your local chef preparing the ingredients you have purchased that day, you will share in stories and learnings, feel the warmth and hospitality, and partake in an experience that will be forever etched in your memory. Watch how your chef cooks with love and instinct, intuitively knowing how much is enough. This is bound to be a highlight of your time in Jordan.

Try as you might your Chef won’t allow you to help clean up, so sit back and relax with the chef’s family while the meal is finishing cooking.

The final touches and garnishes will be made and watch how the meal is unveiled with pride. Time to sit down and enjoy the efforts of your labour. Your Chef and their family will become your friends and you will leave with a satisfied stomach and happy heart.

Your English speaking host will arrange for you to get back to your overnight accommodation once your cooking in Petra experience has come to an end.

Why not ask us about the opportunity to finish off your meal with desserts made by local women.

Included in your Eco Experience:

  • A local English speaking host who will translate and assist for the day
  • A walking tour of the Souk buying the ingredients that will be needed for cooking the meal
  • Cooking in Petra inside the kitchen of a local family with your own local “Chef”.
  • Consumption of the evening meal, including Jordanian tea and 1 soft drink per person with the evening meal
  • Drinking Water during the eco experiences (filtered drinking water will be provided)
  • Organization/ booking fee.

Not included in your Eco Experience:

  • Cafe style lunch in local eatery (allow 5-10 JD per person for this meal)
  • Other meals and drinks not mentioned above.
  • Transfers to/from each location
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses.
  • Local Desserts
  • Price: Diwali: 2 People 68JD pp. Maglooba: 2 People 64JDpp
  • Duration: All Day
  • Transport: Not Included
  • Available: Diwali: April and May, Maglooba: All year round