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.
There’s an inadvertent connection that turkey has to India – in Turkey, the country, the bird is known as Hindi, as in the language that we speak. But, turkey, which has become associated with Christian festivals, was never really big here, even during Christmas festivities. Christmas in India was majorly about the one thing that is a constant at all our festivals – sweets. From traditional plum (or rum) cakes, kul kuls and marzipan, to the recently popular, stollen, Indian Christian communities excel not only at making delicacies unique to India, but also at adapting western Christmas food traditions and giving them a typical Indian touch.
Music: Josh Woodward
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