Episodes
Our 2Gs, Sadaf and Archit are hosting nutrition coach and animal-based diet advocate Sangeetha Aiyer on the Naan Curry podcast this week.
Published 11/23/22
Our 2Gs, Our 2Gs, the Gourmands & Geeks are joined by Roshan Cariappa, the host of two podcasts - Bharatvaarta and The Startup Operator, and VP of Marketing at Vymo.
Published 11/16/22
Our 2Gs, the Gourmands & Geeks are joined by the ‘Spice Mistress’ - Sarina Kamini. Sarina is a teacher and author. She writes spice books, and easy-to-follow spice-blend-specific recipes.
Published 11/09/22
Our 2Gs, the Gourmands & Geeks are joined by another G: Ramya G. Sri, brand consultant and founding partner of Bruite, an online food publication.
Published 10/26/22
This week Archit is joined by Elizabeth Yorke, chef turned food researcher and the founder of two initiatives: Saving Grains, a food upcycling initiative, and Edible Issues, which is an online collective about the Indian Food System.
Published 10/19/22
Our 2Gs, the Gourmands & Geeks - Sadaf and Archit are having an unfiltered conversation with Mallilka Basu, author and food consultant based out of London. They discuss:· How Bengal and Delhi influenced Mallika’s food choices· Indian food outside India· Are regional Indian cuisines popular outside India?· How to get your kids to be excited about food. So sit back and relax, grab some mishti, brew some chai and listen to this no holds barred conversation. Important...
Published 10/12/22
In this episode, Sadaf is chatting with food photographers and the founders of Pikturenama, Madhushree Roy and Anindya Basu. Together they discuss: - What defines Bengali food?- The difference between Bengal and Ghoti cuisine- Common myths and misconceptions about Bengali food?- Utsav and Durga Puja foods- Customs and rituals around food in BengalSo sit back, and relax like you’re bengali, while you hear about the food of a community thatis obsessed with food. Important links to geek out...
Published 10/05/22
In the latest episode, Sadaf goes solo to discuss the age-old story of dumplings. In this short episode, he discusses: - The origin of dumplings - Different nations and their dumplings - Innovation in dumplings - Indian flavours in dumplings So sit back and relax. Don’t dump anybody. Order your favourite dumplings, bao or momo, and enjoy this dumpling wrap.Important links to geek out more:Video: Ted Video | A brief history of dumplings - Miranda BrownVideo: The Original Chinese Dumpling...
Published 09/28/22
Our 2Gs, the Gourmands & Geeks - Sadaf and Archit are feeling salty and are exploring the ingredient that was once worth its weight in gold (quite literally) - salt. They discuss: The global history of saltWhy salt is connected to your salary in ways you didn’t knowThe difference between table salt and rock salt?Why salt is iodizedWhy salt taxes have always been controversialThe real story of the salt satyagraha or Dandi MarchSo sit back and relax, don’t rub salt on people’s wounds, crank...
Published 09/21/22
In this freewheeling episode, our 2Gs, the Gourmands & Geeks - Sadaf and Archit chat with standup comedian Aakash Mehta. They discuss: Late-night eating in every Indian cityWeird food combinationsWhere do comedians eat after standup shows?Why do Gujaratis put sugar in everything?Can Mumbai serve decent butter chicken?So, sit back and relax while we serve an absolutely "Kuch Bhi" episode.Important links to geek out more: Instagram and Youtube: @KuchBhiMehtaPodcast: Varta Lab PodcastWhat is...
Published 09/14/22
In this episode, Archit chats with Samanth Subramanian, writer with Quartz and Guardian and the author of ‘Following Fish’. They discuss: How does Samanth manage to write about so many diverse topics?How did you strike up conversations with people with alien territory?Why does India pride itself on being a vegetarian country?What makes Toddy shops unique?Why is hilsa so hard to eat?So sit back and relax, while you go on a virtual boat ride with these two geeks and coast around India.Important...
Published 08/31/22
In this one of a kind episode, our Our 2Gs, the Gourmands & Geeks - Sadaf and Archit are welcoming back Swetha Sivakumar to discuss the science and art of pickling. Together they talk: The history of Indian pickleThe common Indian mythsThe science of making a delicious pickle jarWhat are its health benefits?How is Indian pickle different from western pickle?Can meat be pickled?So sit back and relax, take your favourite pickle out and elevate your meal to the next level while you listen...
Published 08/24/22
Our 2Gs, the Gourmands & Geeks - Sadaf and Archit are feeling romantic and talking about a utilitarian flower - the cauliflower. They discuss: The global history of cauliflowerHow did cauliflower come to India?What is the scientific composition of cauliflower?Why do mathematicians love cauliflower?The diverse ways to prepare and consume cauliflower (think manchurian, mussalam and rice)So sit back and relax, fry some gobhi pakoda or smash a plate of gobhi paratha with some butter while our...
Published 08/17/22
In this episode, Sadaf Hussain is hosting Ahmer Naqvi, a freelance writer and journalist based out of Karachi. He writes on pop-culture and food. In this episode the biryani lovers discuss: Ahmer's diverse interests in food, music and cricketThe anatomy of biryaniWhat are the components of the perfect biryani?Is biryani popular across Pakistan?What's special about Karachi's biryani?The secret behind Shaan's Bombay and Sindhi biryani masalasIs biryani better than pulao?So, sit back, relax and...
Published 08/10/22
In this episode, our 2Gs, the Gourmands & Geeks - Sadaf and Archit are going back in time to tell you about Dalda and vanaspati. Specifically, they discuss: What is Vanaspati? How is it different from ghee?How did the Dalda brand develop its market presence?How has the brand evolved?What is the hydrogenation of fat?Why is vanaspati harmful to your health?Why are fats necessary for the human body?Which oils should you consume?So, sit back and relax, fry some crispy jalebi, samosa or pakoda...
Published 08/03/22
After serving potato, onion, coriander and chillies on the Naan Curry Podcast, our 2Gs, the Gourmands & Geeks - Sadaf and Archit are putting tomato on their vegetable (or fruit) cart this week. They discuss: Why was tomato considered a “poisonous fruit”? Is tomato a fruit or a vegetable? How are tax laws related to this question? Why is it called vilayti baingan in India? What is Umami? Why do sundried tomatoes have more flavour? So sit back and relax, stir some gravy for butter chicken...
Published 07/27/22
In this episode, our 2Gs, the Gourmands & Geeks - Sadaf and Archit are going to make everyone hungrier. They are joined by Chef Chetan Sharma, chef and patron at Bibi, in London, a contemporary Indian restaurant. Together they discuss: Journey of Chef Chetan from wearing a scientists' coat at Oxford to getting into a chef coat How is Indian food perceived in the UK - is it still all about "curry" and chicken tikka masala?How Chetan researched for and conceived his award-winning restaurant...
Published 07/20/22
In this episode, our 2Gs, the Gourmands & Geeks - Sadaf and Archit are joined by Aneesh Bhasin, Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of Svami Drinks, Podcaster, and GQ 30 Most Influential Young Indians in 2022. Together they discuss: The story of tonic water and the history of SvamiNon-alcoholic versions of alcoholic beveragesHow internet allows people to have micro-identitiesAneesh's favorite food subculturesAneesh’s podcast - A Niche ThingSo, sit back and relax, pour some gin for yourself, play...
Published 07/13/22
In this episode, our 2Gs, the Gourmands & Geeks - Sadaf and Archit are joined by Zoeb Ali Khan, Senior Associate and founding team member of Sauce VC, a venture, a capital fund that partners with and invests in startups in the food and beverage (F&B), personal care and lifestyle segments. Together they discuss: 1. How Sauce VC invests2. What are D2C food brands?3. What do VCs look in for in F&B companies beyond financial metrics?4. A few successful brands Sauce is...
Published 07/06/22
In this episode, Sadaf Hussain is hosting Rajyasree Sen, author of The Sweet Kitchen, communications head for Hyatt India, and columnist with Economic Times and Newslaundry. In this special episode they discuss: 1. Her new book, The Sweet Kitchen by Aleph Book2. The importance of reading and writing food history3. How rulers and dynasties influence food and eating habits4. How much sugar should dessert lovers consume?5. Why do few communities take their sweets a lot more...
Published 06/29/22
In this episode, our 2Gs, the Gourmands & Geeks - Sadaf and Archit are joined by Chef Hersh Kedia, a Mumbai-based entrepreneur and author, popularly known as diabetic chef. They discuss: How do you make diabetic-friendly sweet dishes?Why did Harsh start selling chocolates?Why does he use stevia in his chocolates?Sit back, relax and munch on some healthy desserts while the 2Gs take you on this inspirational entrepreneurs’ journey.Important links to geek out more: Social Media: Instagram:...
Published 06/22/22
In this episode, our 2Gs, the Gourmands & Geeks - Sadaf and Archit are joined by Swetha Sivakumar - food researcher, industrial engineer and Hindustan Times columnist. They discuss: How were refined oils born?Which are some of the best traditional oils of India? How are they made?What are Saturated, Mono-Unsaturated (MUFA) and Polyunsaturated (PUFA) fats ?How should we read labels on a product and why it is important?What determines oil superiority?Should we reuse oil?Sit back and relax,...
Published 06/15/22
In this special episode, our 2Gs, the Gourmands & Geeks - Sadaf and Archit are going on a virtual food walk with the explorer of Delhi and beyond: Anubhav Sapra, Founder, Delhi Food Walks. In this episode they discuss: What motivated Anubhav to start Delhi Food walks?How did he manage to show an unexplored side of Delhi to the food lovers of India and abroad?How did he transition into making Youtube videos?How best can one explore a city while traveling?What are the unique challenges of...
Published 06/08/22
In this episode, our 2Gs, the Gourmands & Geeks - Sadaf and Archit will take away your tears by telling you about a vegetable you probably take for granted - onions. They discuss: Why do onion prices keep fluctuating?The historical significance of onionWhat does Hindu and Buddhist literature say about onions?Why hoarding is good for the societyHealth benefits of onionsSo, sit back and relax, let our 2Gs cry and you fry some onion pakoda while you lend them your ears. Important links to...
Published 06/01/22