14. Fasting (Upvas) Food: Innovations from the Devout Kitchen

Fasting is a big part of Indian culture, across religions. However for Hindus, fasting does not mean starving. Just as well, because according to the Bhavishya Purana, there are as many as 139 different fasts to be followed in a year. But, rather than not eating, it is actually a fertile ground for food innovation. This episode of The Real Food Podcast finds out how fasting has helped us rediscover ingredients such as rajgira (amaranth), lotus seeds and yam; foods that may have otherwise disappeared.

Music: Josh Woodward

Photo Credit: Soam (Jignesh Jhaveri and Shubhangi Dhaimade)