Chef Ajay Chopra re-discovers authentic gastronomic delights from North India in the culinary show, which will be on air at 2 PM every Monday and Tuesday
BestMediaInfo Bureau | Mumbai | March 29, 2016
Living Foodz, an international food and lifestyle channel, is launching a new culinary show to celebrate authentic recipes and cooking styles from North India.
Named ‘Northern Flavours’, the show will explore unknown regional recipes from Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttaranchal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh. The show will be on air at 2 PM on Mondays and Tuesdays, beginning March 28. Repeat telecast of the episodes will be at 7.30 PM on the same days.
Living Foodz will introduce celebrated chef Ajay Chopra on the show, bringing the Executive Head Chef of the Mint Leaf chain of restaurants in UK, on the channel for the first time. The British chain specializes in Indian cuisine.
“North Indian food has been shaped primarily by the traveller. The region has witnessed a constant movement of people, including armies, trading communities saints and fakirs, who have all taken ingredients and flavours far and wide. More recently, refugees from Pakistan carried the ‘sanjha chulha’ (village kitchens of rural Punjab) to many parts of North India, adding another interesting layer to an already hybrid cuisine,” said Chopra.
“The trucker community too, primarily Punjabis, have spawned the quintessential highway ‘dhabas’ (eateries) across the region. Overall, the food is a wonderfully rich mixture of multiple cultural influences and it is with great excitement and pride that I look forward to its launch”, he exulted. North Indian cuisine, is characterized by rich, aromatic flavours made up of many spices. Recipes of ‘Bhel Ka Sharbat’ and ‘Cha Gosht’, which are only regional favourites, will be brought into mainstream North Indian cuisine for the first time on the show.
“We are excited to bring Chef Ajay Chopra on board with the launch of ‘Northern Flavours’. Through this show, we aim to bring the hidden dishes of North India into the limelight because we believe that they appeal to a global palette,” said Amit Nair, Business Head, Living Foodz. “The show will ignite a sense of nostalgia among viewers from these States who once cooked these scrumptious dishes,” he added.
Chef Ajay will intersperse the show with interesting anecdotes behind the delectable dishes. He will divulge, for instance, how ‘Murg Shikasta Hariprasada’, a delicacy from Uttar Pradesh, was specially created by Begam Akhtar, who was in love with Maharaja Hari Singh and could find no other way to express her feelings for him. When Maharaja Hari Singh visited the city, she ordered this dish for him, which was symbolic of her broken heart (‘shikasta’ meaning ‘defeated’).
On ‘Northern Flavours’, Chef Ajay Chopra will recreate other such dishes, like ‘Bhoot ka Halwa’ from Rajasthan, ‘Besan ki Kheer’ and ‘Aloo Wadiyan’ from Punjab, ‘Dal ka Dulha’ and ‘Potol Mithai’ from Bihar and ‘Sikandari Raan’ from Delhi.