Join Chef Keith Sarasin and Ragini Kashyap of Third Culture Cooks to walk through the world of spices. Every month they chat about the interesting, bizarre and sometimes sordid story of how a spice came to be. It's safe to say that cloves have caused land grabs, that counterfeit cinnamon is a thing, and that salt and pepper have done a lot more than flavour our food. See you once a month!
Ep 13. An Interview with Alak Nanda of Podi Life
Ragini and Chef Keith in conversation with Alak Nanda, the founder of Podi Life. Learn about the incredible story of Alak and her mom and their passion to preserve the deeply and rich history of podi.
Find them on Instagram @podi.life
EP12 More than Masala: Coriander
Coriander, one of the world's most used spices. Seed, stalk and leaf are all incredible flavours - fascinatingly, very different from one another! Join Ragini and Chef Keith as they uncover the history and some of the curious stories behind this beloved spice. Including a Roman penchant for candied coriander seed!
EP11 More than Masala: In conversation with Charulata Moorjani
Ragini and Chef Keith in conversation with Charulata Moorjani, the founder of Junyali Spice Blends. Charu takes us through her fascinating journey and life in haute couture fashion, which unexpectedly but ultimately led her to Junyali. Junyali is the celebration of home, of women who are flavour geniuses, and a tapestry of unique stories from across India. From Sawantwadi Garam Masala, to a Lucknowi Lazzat-Ul-Tam, Coorgi Pandi Masala and Chai Masala all the way from Meerut. Junyali brings these family secrets to all of us, to help us cook specialty dishes from all around the country.
Find them on Instagram @junyalispiceblends or Cafe Junyali on Facebook.
You can check out their range of spices at: https://junyali.in/ and use a special code for More than Masala listeners! 15% off with the code MTMPODCAST15 valid till 31st March, 2022.
EP10 More than Masala: In conversation with Dr. Kurush Dalal
Join Ragini and Chef Keith in conversation with our favourite food guru, Dr. Kurush Dalal. Dr. Dalal is an archaeologist, historian, food anthropologist and raconteur. He was an Assistant Professor of the Archeology Department at the University of Mumbai and the co-director of the Salcette Explorations Project, which documented the archaeology of Mumbai. He currently teaches Archaeology and its allied disciplines at the INSTUCEN Trust, consults with Live History India and runs his own Culinary Anthropology Workshops. Dr Dalal also owns Katy’s Kitchen, a beloved and popular Mumbai catering service specialising in ethnic Parsi food. Settle in with a cuppa, for all things life and Parsi food with Dr. Kurush Dalal.
EP9 More than Masala: Black Pepper
Pepper, pepper, pepper. It'll make you sneeze, but you will keep coming back for more! Did you know we trade more pepper than any other spice in the world? Did you know that the Roman empire fell to a whopping demand for black pepper? Or that they did not permit pepper plantation workers to wear cuffed trousers, for fear that they'd steal the black gold? Chef Keith and Ragini unravel the tales of pepper's past.
EP8 More than Masala: Nutmeg
This month, Ragini and Chef Keith dive straight into a favourite holiday spice: nutmeg. Encased in its equally gorgeous counterpart, mace, the nutmeg seed is both potent and beautiful. A little goes a long way, and in fact, too much nutmeg may make you mildly hallucinogenic. But what is Christmas without nutmeg? How did that come to be? As always, the history is part fascinating, part surprising, and in this case, part gruesome. Grab a mug of your favourite holiday beverage, curl up and join us to talk about all things nutmeg. Happy Holidays!
Love this podcast.
It’s so well done and I learn so much with each episode
A fellow nerd follower
I love the banter, learning the history of spices and of course inspired by food discussions. Looking forward to more!
Best podcast on spices ever
I stumbled upon this podcast and I subscribed after one episode. I love how the hosts weave history and recipes into each episode. 5 stars for sure.