A lush, colourful and fascinating glimpse into Indian culture, food and customs, presented by English-born chef, Barry Vera.
Barry savours the surprising delights of simple street food and the amazing variety of tantalizing regional cuisine.
He immerses himself in the diverse cultural influences that make each area of India so distinct.
From a Sikh temple kitchen in Delhi, where up to 70,000 meals are served each day, to life in a tribal desert village in Rajasthan, from vibrant markets and spice bazaars, to a traditional village wedding, a heady cardamom auction, to the chaotic buzz of Mumbai’s beach carnivals, and the eerie silence of a salt mine and of course, much, much, more.
Beautifully shot and informatively written, it is a generous and spicy slice of Indian life.
Episode 1: Desert Celebration - After being measured for a new suit, our host, Barry Vera, attends a traditional Indian Hindu wedding that caters for over five hundred guests. He then travels to Jaisalmer where we get a glimpse at a fantastic fairytale-like fortress, followed by the holy Pushkar livestock festival.
Episode 2: Village Life - We take a look at the bustling bazaars of Jodphur and its dazzling blue-wash buildings. We're then taken to the Thar Desert to visit the fascinating salt mines of Baap Rin. Finally, Barry participates in a traditional opium ceremony for a bit of tribal bonding.
Episode 3: Old Delhi - Delhi is an intriguing melting pot of religions, as evidenced by its broad range of food and culture. After visiting an overwhelmingly large spice market, Barry takes us to a Sikh temple that produces thousands of meals per day.
Episode 4: Land of Coconuts - Although he claims to have never suffered the dreaded Bombay Belly, Barry looks a little the worse for wear here. Maybe a late night with the crew? Anyway, after checking out the ancient Chinese fishing nets of Keralan we visit the amazing Kochi markets and snake boat races.
Episode 5: The Spice Mountains - In the perpetually wet mountains of the Western Ghats, crops of the most staple spices are grown, including black pepper, cardamom, tea and ginger. We then visit Kumily, a southern town renowned for its fragrant spices.
Episode 6: City of Dreams - Formerly known as Bombay, Mumbai is as chaotic as it is magical. Barry attends a morning laughter session, followed by a look at the Dabbawallahs; delivery men who have been providing home cooked meals to Mumbai's workers for hundreds of years.
Episode 7: Divali - Divali is a five-day New Year festival across India that climaxes with an evening of bright lights and fireworks. This is a really unique glimpse at a cultural event that coincidently falls on the Muslim Ramadan during Barry's visit.
Episode 8: Indian Offerings - Our host returns home to the kitchen and is understandably eager to try some of his new recipes first hand. The mouth-watering dishes he makes here are included in text form in the extras.
- Region 4
- Standard Edition
- 1.78 : 1
- Dolby Digital Surround 2.0
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