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 16. Dr. Krishnendu Ray
Today, we talk to the incredible associate professor of food studies from NYU, Dr. Krishnendu Ray. Dr. Ray is the author of several books including, The Ethnic Restauranteur and Curried Cultures.
In this discussion, you will learn why Indian food has struggled to gain notoriety in the west and how food helps shape cultures.
Ep 15. In conversation with Sana Javeri Kadri of DiasporaCo
Join Ragini and Chef Keith in conversation with Sana Javeri Kadri, the trailblazing founder of Diaspora Co., a direct trade spice company working towards a radically equitable, sustainable, and more delicious spice supply chain.
Sana was born and raised in Mumbai, India in a big, mixed up Muslim-Jain-Hindu. She’s been working in the food industry since she was a teenager, and has dipped her toes in every facet of the food industry from line cook, to farm worker, to food photographer, to marketing consultant, to CSA manager, to spice CEO.
She founded Diaspora Co. in 2017 with a big vision and a very small budget ($3k!). It has quickly grown (125x in 3 years!) to become a nationally acclaimed, beloved spice brand that champions over 150 regenerative family farms & 1500+ farm workers. Diaspora aims to set a new standard for what equity and culture in our global food system can look like.
You can find Sana here: https://www.instagram.com/sanajaverikadri/
Learn more about Diaspora co. here: https://www.instagram.com/diasporaco/
Order some wonderful, fresh spices here: https://www.diasporaco.com/
Ep 14. Chef Maneet Chauhan
Ragini and Chef Keith in conversation with the legendary chef, Maneet Chauhan, TV personality, Chopped judge, 2021 Food Network competition Tournament of Champions. winner, restauranteur, and all-around amazing human being.
In this episode chef Keith and Ragini dive deep into how Indian food continues to transform the world, chef Maneet's rise to the top, and her philosophy on work/life balance.
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.
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.