A FEAST FOR THE SENSES
SHE’S a mum of three, a chef and journalist and usually lives in New York. Now Samira Nanda’s on a curry trail, rediscovering her roots in India to explore the authentic origins of the sub-continent’s cuisine. She travels through Delhi in her auto rickshaw, gaining access to some of the most exclusive authentic Indian restaurant kitchens and convincing chefs to part with their secrets. Tonight – in the first of a double episode – it’s not all deepfried samosas, pakoras and ghee-laden curries, but rather we learn how to detox the Indian way. Between learning how to cook healthy, wholesome meals, Samira looks at the true meaning of yoga in the actual birthplace of the ancient practice. It’s certainly nothing like the near-Olympic level gymnastic class she takes back home in Manhattan. Next up, she goes in search of the best brunch options, which just happens to be my favourite thing (in fact, breakfast food at any time of the day is what I love to eat). While Sunday brunch is very much a Western concept and one Samira has enjoyed in her 12 years in Manhattan, the idea is rapidly making inroads into an even more rapidly developing modern India. Samira is delightful, and there’s plenty of bright colours and stunning scenery. But be warned: not one to watch on an empty stomach.