Be Bali Day

A day to experience to be a member of Balinese farmer family. Do what Balinese farmer do from farming and gardening, home cooking to offering making.

It is an honor for our family to invite you to our humble family compound to show you the uniqueness of Balinese traditional compound, as well as sharing the stories and philosophies behind it. On our walk to the rice field, you are welcome to help us hearding our ducks and feed our cows. Our beautiful rice terraces are located in a remote place that can be accessed only by foot after crossing small bamboo bridge. Depending on the rice growing stages, you may witness plauguing, rice planting, weedding or harvesting. If you dare, you are more then welcome to help us farm the rice otherwise you can still enjoying the beutifull view and learn about sophisticated traditional irrigation system fo Subak.

After the rice field, we would together picking some vegetables either wild fern, young jack fruit, young papaya, cassava leaves, spinach or others from our organic garden. From the same garden, we will also gathering spices like lemon grass, turmeric, chili, salam leaves and others. We will cook whatever available directly from our garden. For the main dish we then need to catch cat fish from our fish pond. As all ingredients ready then we start our home cooking in our kitchen, located just next to the garden overlooking the beautiful view of Ayung river valley.  Our mother, aunty or our sisters will show you how they cook our daily meals using our traditional wooden fire stove. As you are part of the family, you should help them doing the cooking as well. Here are some dishes that we usually make

  • Ketupat: rice cake. Rice cook inside a woven coconut leave basket.
  • Sayur urab:  mixed steam vegetables made of fern, spinach, and cassava leaves with coconut and Bali spices .
  • Chicken sate lilit: mints chicken meat mixed with coconut and Bali spices put in the stick and grill.
  • Pepes Lele: cat fish with Bali spices wrapped in banana leaves
  • Bregedel: corn fritter
  • Sayur Kuah: vegetable curry either made of young jackfruit, young papaya, young banana tree or cayote
  • Daluman: jelly desert made out ‘daluman’ leaves with palm sugar and coconut milk or
  • Jaja waluh: steam pumpkin and sticky rice with palm sugar and coconut.

After finish cooking our dishes and before enjoying our Balinese home lunch, as our traditional custome, we first made our daily offering. We would show you how we make this intricate offering. Daily offering is our way to express thank to the God and hope the food blessed by Him.

The lunch table is set overlooking the beautiful valley of Ayung river. You can enjoy your Balinese lunch in a relaxing atmosphere with the lush green valley view beneath you.

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  • Iris

    We had the utmost pleasure of being the first guests at this cooking class and I enjoyed the traditional way of preparing the food. You get to experience what it takes to be a Balinese and not just be served on … as they make you work at this hands on cooking experience.

  • Wayne and Angela Hall

    If you want to find out what Bali is really all about, this family village experience is a must! Putu and Kadek are wonderful guides. They speak excellent English and obviously love their slice of paradise. We are planning our next visit to this ever expanding family and look forward to learning more about the Balinese way of life and cooking of course!,
    Angela & Wayne
    Ballan, Victoria, Aust.

  • what are the times for your “be bali day” and costs please? Looks like a lovely day.

    • balifriend

      Dear Carol,
      Thank you for visiting. An email reply has been sent to you. Looking forward to hear from you.

  • Be Bali Day is definitely a great way to glimpse into the life of a Balinese family. It was fun and relaxing and what a great start to our holiday.

    Thanks, Putu for a wonderful day.

  •  Be Bali Day is a great way to glimpse into the way of life of a Balinese family and the bonus is that you get to be a part of it too.

    Thanks, Putu for a wonderful experience. (I’ve tried to replicate the soup we made already!)