Mass-produced chicken enjoys mass popularity, but is it bland and unhealthy?
The Real Food Podcast
If you have an adventurous palate, join Vikram Doctor every fortnight as he indulges in his appetite for the stories of food. Taste the origins, legends and practical magic of ingredients and recipes that range from the everyday to the extraordinary.
Through ancestral kitchens, gourmet restaurants, exotic vegetable farms, modern agriculturists, heirloom aficionados… One of India’s most respected food writers has been there, eaten that and knows that there is no love more sincere than the love of food.
Indian vegetarians have problems finding ‘pure-veg’ food abroad as many abroad don’t understand Indian vegetarianism. Vikram Doctor speaks to people on how they deal with this problem.
India may seem like a rice and roti eating nation, but there is a long and rich tradition of bread-baking in some pockets.
Who doesn’t love jaggery! But do you ever wonder where it comes from or indeed why increasingly you don’t see it any more? Vikram Doctor on the tradition of jaggery production and consumption in India.
Vikram Doctor on how cakes once seen as ‘western’, have become a big part of Indian celebrations.
If we can get over our prejudice, leftovers can be a creative and delicious way of reducing wastage of precious food.
Vikram Doctors takes us on a journey down memory lane with glucose biscuits and explains the phenomenal success of Parle G.
Gin is not popular because: a) Vodka killed it b) it is seen as a British Raj drink c) a ‘ladies’ drink?
Modern Metal – How stainless steel became the material of choice in our kitchens.
How do homes in western India prepare for the onslaught of the monsoons? Vikram Doctor finds out.
Join Vikram Doctor’s quest to make a great cup of coffee at home without going through the hassle.
From the poha and peanut staple at kiraana stores to the ‘Bombay Mix’ in upmarket supermarkets in the west, how the chivda became a global snack.
El Nino caused pulse production to fall and prices to rise. Vikram Doctor scans the markets at home and abroad to explain how India can deal with this crisis.
Every East Indian family will never be without their stash of bottle-masala, Vikram Doctor sneaks into their kitchen to uncover its history and significance.
Vikram Doctor explores why the hill stations have supplied sweets to India for the century.
Vikram Doctor on papad and why every community claims that it makes the best ones.
Vikram Doctor traces the effervescent past of sodas and the popularity of ‘ethnic Indian flavours’ that could pop the big-brand bubbles.
Vikram Doctor traces the history of beer & the future of Indian microbreweries.
Ragi, the humble millet, is seeing a revival as a healthy, diabetic friendly superfood.
What do Masterchef Australia and the ability to cook cheese have to do with its growing popularity?
How a dish so simple could not be satisfactorily replicated by advanced machines.
Family recipes are a treasure, and family cookbooks are a great way to preserve culinary tradition.
How did a region with a tropical climate and a history of table grapes, both of which are unfit for wine making, become the centre of India’s wine industry?
What is the one dish with a pan-India presence and appeal, which stands out among the diverse offerings from India’s many local cuisines? Vikram Doctor finds out.
Sesame seeds are tiny and unassuming, but their appearance belies their rich history and versatility. What’s their story? Vikram Doctor finds out.
How we made Christmas Indian with sweets unique to India and food traditions that have been adapted to suit our love for intense flavours.
What is it about this regional dish of fresh winter vegetables that it makes an entire community go crazy for it?
Is the south Indian filter coffee now considered old-fashioned? Has the café culture (and the variety it offers) replaced this milky, frothy beverage?
In this special episode, Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik talks about ancient India’s eating habits and decodes what they say about its culture.
The traditional flavours, entertainment and celebration associated with the festive feasts of India.
Fasting is not starving; the dietary restrictions have given rise to an entire world of innovative dishes and long-forgotten ingredients.
There is so much more to organic food than just health benefits. Vikram Doctor examines whether we are catching up in India, or are just going back.
Honey is a treasure trove of taste and tradition; why do we use it less that we ought to in Indian cooking?
Idli was once confined largely to south Indian homes. What helped this regional favourite achieve widespread, national appeal?
Sweet, sour, versatile – pickles can be rolled into a sandwich, used to add flavour to a meal or simply eaten plain. But are pickles going out of ‘fashion’?
We love chai, but don’t seem to care for the best tea that India has to offer. Vikram Doctor on the complex offerings of Darjeeling that we ignore.
Vikram Doctor chronicles the rise (and recent fall) of India’s favourite rum and investigates what the brand needs to do to connect with the new generation of drinkers.
One imported banana variant is wiping away all the other indigenous variants from the Indian market, Vikram Doctor investigates why.
There is much more to the traditional iftar feast than some imagine.
The dried bombil: a delicacy for some, but passionately disliked by many.
Eggs are cheap, versatile, easy to cook and increasingly controversial.
Vikram Doctor on an utterly butterly delicious journey as he uncovers the very surprising reason behind the unique flavor of Amul, the “Taste of India”.
Vikram Doctor on our passion for the Marie, the simplest of biscuits, that has stood the test of time and changing tastes.
Vikram Doctor on our collective passion for the mighty Alphonso (Hapus) mango and its history that goes back to early colonial times.
- The Intersection
- Samanth Subramanian and Padmaparna Ghosh
- Your search for fascinating stories ends here.
Our Last Week
- Our Last Week
- Anuvab Pal and Kunaal Roy Kapur
- The most fun you'll have with your headphones on.
The Myth & Culture Podcast
- The Myth & Culture Podcast
- Devdutt Pattanaik and Jerry Johnson
- Ancient myths in contemporary culture.
Ask Aakar Anything
- Ask Aakar Anything
- Aakar Patel
- You have questions? Aakar has the answers!