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.
Sesame (or til, in Hindi) is closely linked with Makar Sankranti (a popular winter festival in West India, during which sweets such as til ladoo, til papad and til chikki are prepared), but it is a far more versatile product – you can use it as a core ingredient, as a seasoning, to add texture, or to extract oil. And, its roots go far back in history. The earliest example of the use of sesame was found in the Indus Valley excavations, it was once an important trade commodity, and, closer home, it served many ritualistic purposes. Listen to Vikram Doctor trace the story of these tiny seeds and find out about the role sesame has played in commerce, Indian culture, and of course, cooking.
Music: Josh Woodward
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