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Rick Stein's India

  • Season 1
  • 6 episodes
  • Food

Summary

Rick Stein sets out on a journey around India to discover the different cuisines celebrated the world over.

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Episode 5: Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh

Summary

The chef arrives in the state of Rajasthan, a land of palaces and hilltop forts, where he cooks a biryani fit for a royal banquet. He then heads north to the mountainous region of Himachal Pradesh, and joins local nobility at a gathering in their home village and has an audience with the Dalai Lama.
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Review

Nothing conjures clichés like reports from faraway places, and India often falls victim to them. At least Rick Stein acknowledges that “India: land of contrasts” is overused before turning to it himself. Despite the odd foray to truckers’ caffs, his visits to Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh seem to be on the posh side; liver on toast at a school known as the Eton of the East, koftas with a couple of Rajputs, a smart restaurant at the Amer Fort.

The food looks wonderful, but it feels as if there’s something missing. Until, unexpectedly, Rick is granted an audience with the Dalai Lama, and His Holiness turns out to be an excellent teller of food-related anecdotes. Ever heard the one about Buddhists and biscuits? It’s better than the one about India and contrasts.

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  • Episode 5

    Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh

    Summary

    The chef arrives in the state of Rajasthan, a land of palaces and hilltop forts, where he cooks a biryani fit for a royal banquet. He then heads north to the mountainous region of Himachal Pradesh, and joins local nobility at a gathering in their home village and has an audience with the Dalai Lama.
    Recommended

    Review

    Nothing conjures clichés like reports from faraway places, and India often falls victim to them. At least Rick Stein acknowledges that “India: land of contrasts” is overused before turning to it himself. Despite the odd foray to truckers’ caffs, his visits to Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh seem to be on the posh side; liver on toast at a school known as the Eton of the East, koftas with a couple of Rajputs, a smart restaurant at the Amer Fort.

    The food looks wonderful, but it feels as if there’s something missing. Until, unexpectedly, Rick is granted an audience with the Dalai Lama, and His Holiness turns out to be an excellent teller of food-related anecdotes. Ever heard the one about Buddhists and biscuits? It’s better than the one about India and contrasts.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterRick Stein

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorDavid Pritchard
    ProducerDavid Pritchard
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