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.
An encounter with a swarm of honey bees in his kitchen gets Vikram Doctor thinking about a food that we don’t use often, but one that has a rich Indian legacy – honey. An ancient product, honey finds a mention in the Rig Veda and the Ramayana. And, from the nutty flavours of the til and bajra honey to the intoxicating edge of the mahua honey, India boasts of some of the most unique kinds of honey. In this episode, Vikram investigates how ignorance and access to alternatives has made us miss out on the versatility of this healthy food.
Music: Josh Woodward
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