A glimpse into Indian culture, food and customs, presented by English-born chef, Barry Vera. Inspired by the people and the food of India, and his fresh understanding and respect for the balance of spices that make up the myriad flavours he has enjoyed, Barry applies his imaginative touch to a selection of simple, tasty dishes that are deeply Indian at heart.
A lush and colourful glimpse into Indian culture, food and customs, presented by English-born chef, Barry Vera. Vera enjoys Diwali, India's mega New Year celebration. It's a five-day festival that ends, literally, with a bang. Fireworks light up the sky across the length and breadth of India. Huge quantities of sweets are consumed, tools and account books are prayed over, houses are festooned with colourful lanterns to guide passing gods, and millions of gifts are exchanged...it's an explosion of divine fun.
Tonight Barry explores the chaos and hum of Mumbai, from an early morning session at a 'laughter club' to herbal remedy shops and famous Muslim sweet stalls. He meets the famed Dabbawallahs who perform the daily ritual of getting thousands of home-cooked meals delivered to the right offices and make it into the Guinness Book of Records. The day ends with a promenade and a feast of snack food enjoyed at the nightly carnival-on-the-sand, at Juhu.
Tonight Barry explores the Malabar Coast, home to the essential ingredients in every Indian meal. The daily cardamom auctions, where buyers and sellers converge in a spirited display of commerce, are fast and heady.
A lush and colourful glimpse into Indian culture, food and customs, presented by English-born chef, Barry Vera. On the humid, lush Keralan coast, Barry learns about the famous Chinese fishing nets that operate as they have for over 600 years as well as discovering that coconut is used for everything - cooking, hair product, make-up and rugs.
Host Barry Vera finds that the beating heart of Delhi is Old Delhi, where the impressive Moghul architecture looms above the narrow lanes and where delicious Muslim food is served up in an atmosphere of friendly chaos. It is here that unusual delicacies are on offer and the highly pungent labyrinth of one of the largest wholesale spice market in Asia beckons the soul of a chef. Barry glimpses into the spirit of a compassionate religion, in the communal kitchens of a Sikh temple where enough food is cooked to nourish tens of thousands of pilgrims each day. (From Australia, in English) (Food Series) (Part 3 of 8)
A lush and colourful glimpse into Indian culture, food and customs, presented by English-born chef, Barry Vera. This episode Barry finds the busy bazaars of Jodphur dazzling with vividly-clad Rajasthani tribal women haggling for bangles. He contrasts this with the quiet back streets of the old city and the serenity of the blue houses. He also enters the salt mines of Baap Rin, a stark, silent and white expanse, tended by a handful of workers in the desolate Thar Desert.
A lush and colourful glimpse into Indian culture, food and customs, presented by English-born chef, Barry Vera. In this eight-part series Vera savours the delights of simple street food and the amazing variety of tantalising regional cuisine.
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