A FEAST FOR THE SENSES

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page -

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.

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