Parveen's Indian Kitchen
March 4, 2019.
Parveen’s Indian Kitchen
Parveen Ashraf is a home cook and cookery teacher who is inspired by recipes handed down from her mother and grandmother. In this brand new show she showcases the very best, authentic, Indian food. Filmed on location in the UK and in India, Parveen makes her favourite family dishes, provides top tips on how to make Indian cooking easy, introduces us to her culinary contacts and provides unique insights into regional Indian cooking.
From the bustling streets of Delhi and vibrant and flavour packed Punjab, to the majestic lands of Rajasthan and the sunny coast of Mumbai, this is one food tour you should not miss!
EPISODE 1 – DELHI
Parveen throws open the doors to her kitchen and her pantry to divulge her recipes and top tips on how to make Indian cooking simple. She travels to Delhi and meets foodie guide Anubhav Sapra for a tour of Old Delhi breakfast dishes in the chaotic alleys of Chandni Chowk. Along the way, Anubhav stumbles upon a special seasonal treat – ‘Daulit Ki Chaat’, and a shortbread biscuit baked in a traditional Old Delhi way.
Onward to modern Delhi, Parveen introduces chef Manish Mehortra of restaurant Indian Accent who cooks his favourite street food dishes with a modern twist! Back in the UK, Parveen visits London based restaurant, Little Kolkata to learn how the owners have introduced regional cuisines from Calcutta to UK restaurant tables.
EPISODE 2 – DELHI
Parveen showcases her simple and fool proof recipe for making the perfect spicy lamb burgers and gives her top tips on which pulses, beans and lentils should be kept at home.
In India, Parveen introduces food historian Salma Hussain, who showcases her version of an old royal Mughal dish, ‘Lauzeena’, a cardamom spiced bread and saffron milk pudding, followed by a feast with friends. Then it’s on to ‘Rajinder Da Dhaba’, an eating spot bustling with locals, with chef Alex Moser, and his hotelier pals. Vinod Chadha opens his kitchen doors to ‘Moti Mahal’, where the Butter Chicken dish was invented.
Back in the UK, Parveen makes Tandoori Chicken served with naan and visits award winning chef, Vivek Singh, at his London restaurant, The Cinnamon Kitchen.
EPISODE 3 – DELHI
Parveen showcases her potato and cauliflower parathas served with kuchumber, home-made samosas and shares her top tips on her store cupboard must haves.
She enlists the help of food blogger and Delhiite Shashank Agarwal. Shashank tastes the wonderful array of stuffed parathas on offer at the ‘Paratha Wali Gali’ in the bustling streets of Chandi Chowk, Delhi! Chef Alex Moser showcases dishes influenced by seasonal local Indian produce. From ancient produce such as millet to locally grown micro greens, Alex has built relations with farmers across India to open a European style restaurant and Food hall in the heart of Delhi’s new tech hub.
Mum and business owner Euden Hissing reveals how she turned momo’s – an Asian dumpling, into a successful business and Parveen visits Gujarati Rasoi, owned and ran by chef Urvesh Parvais, who has opened his restaurant with the guiding hands of family recipes.
EPISODE 4 – AMRITSAR
Continuing the theme of celebration, it’s Diwali! In Amritsar, Parveen has lined up Gayatri Peshwaria and she showcases her family favourite recipe of Paneer on an open fire. Parveen also enlists Sanket Khana of Khana Sweets, who gives us a behind the scenes tour of one of the most popular destinations for Diwali treats and breakfast for locals and visitors.
Parveen opens her pantry to share five unusual products which will add Indian flair to any store cupboard. In the kitchen she works her magic on turning the humble chickpea into a star attraction and shares a delicious desert recipe, ‘Gajar Ka Halwa’. Parveen visits London based restaurant, Little Kolkata.
EPISODE 5 – AMRITSAR
Parveen showcases a vegetarian and vegan family favourite recipe – Tarka Daal. She also demonstrates her simple technique of making chapatis at home and and cooks her youngest son’s favourite dish, a super easy lamb mince curry – Keema Aloo Matter, served with Basmati rice.
In Amritsar the cameras have exclusive access to one of the biggest kitchens in the world, feeding up to 100,000 people a day at the glistening Golden Temple. Parveen lines up Gayatri Peshwaria, a cookery teacher at Amritsar’s DAV Public School, where school children take on the challenge to cook Halwa with a twist.
Parveen visits award winning chef Vivek Singh at his London restaurant, The Cinnamon Kitchen. Vivek introduces Parveen to an array of traditional Rajasthani cuisine.
EPISODE 6 – JAIPUR
Parveen makes some mouth watering spicy marinated lamb chops and shows us what spices go into her Garam Masala mix. She also puts a spicy Indian twist on the humble roast chicken and roast potatoes and explores the items that can help you whip up Indian dishes in an instant.
In Jaipur, we take a trip to buy spices with two sisters, visit family business, Sweet Caterers, who supply sweet treats for weddings, parties and royalty and get a cooking lesson from Kiran Rathore, who shows us a traditional family recipe. Parveen visits East London based restaurant called Gujarati Rasoi.
EPISODE 7 – JAIPUR
Parvenu makes one-pot Chicken Pilau Rice, with a tasty Mango Chutney and Mango Mess, her take on Eton Mess! She also shares the key utensils you need to help you whip up her easy Indian recipes.
In Rajasthan, we take a trip out into the countryside with The Outlanders, two friends who show us their favourite local recipes, and meet up with The Cauldron Sisters who conjure up a couple of Rajasthani recipes for their family and friends. Executive chef Prasad Metrani, at the Fairmount Hotel in Jaipur, cooks up a historical recipe on the hotels roof terrace.
Parveen visits London based restaurant Cinnamon Kitchen and award winning chef Vivek Singh. Vivek shows Parveen how his Indian roots influence his modern take on Indian cuisine.
EPISODE 8 – MUMBAI
Parveen makes Bombay Potato Cakes with a spicy chutney and her quick version of Indian Ice Cream – Kulfi – into delicious lollies.
In Mumbai our guide, Deepa Krishnan, starts our food tour by taking us to her favourite place for breakfast. Then it’s over to the home of Shavani Vakali-Savant and Palavi Vakhil, a mother and daughter double act who are passionate about preserving family recipes. Chef Prateek Savek, of acclaimed Mumbai restaurant, Masque, cooks up dishes from his award winning 10 course-tasting menu.
Parveen visits London based restaurant Little Kolkata to get a taste of some traditional dishes.
EPISODE 9 – MUMBAI
Parveen spices up snack time with her Spicy Fried Okra Chips and a Mango Lassi and whips up a tasty dish using paneer and peppers. She provides her top tips on the best fruit and nuts for your Indian inspired pantry.
In Mumbai, there’s a visit to an unusual vegetable market, classic Mumbai street food and a restaurant serving up a thali so big it’s made up of 44 different dishes! We step into the Mumbai home of Deepa Krishnan, a local food tour guide, who shows us her favourite things to cook for a weekend brunch with friends.
As part of her journey of regional Indo-culinary discovery, Parveen heads to London based restaurant, Cinnamon Kitchen to learn more about chef Vivek Singh’s award winning cuisine.
EPISODE 10 – MUMBAI
Parveen makes her spiced Scrambled Eggs and Chai – perfect lazy breakfast food and a quick version of Saag Aloo and homemade naan. She also shares her top 10 items for your pantry.
In Mumbai we take a trip with Parzen Patel, who shows us around two famous Parsi food destinations in the city, including a Café that used to be a motorcycle garage. We get invited into the home of Nafisa Kapadia, who runs Bohri Kitchen. She’s cooking up a traditional festive dessert for her guests. Chef Thomas Zacharias, at the Mumbai restaurant Bombay Canteen, cooks up a couple of the dishes from their trendy menu.
Parveen visits London based restaurant Gujarati Rasoi, where chef Urvesh Parvais is whipping up some tasty treats.
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