Entertainment

‘India Unplated’ Is a Spicy New Docu-series That Highlights the Diversity of Indian Cuisine

Spice up your life.

Given that we can’t travel overseas and explore flavours and cultures ourselves right now, the SBS Food family are bringing in the goods.

Later this month, three celebrated Indian-Australian chefs Helly RaichuraAdam D’Sylva and Sandeep Pandit are set to join the SBS Food family as they debut their enticing new food documentary series, India Unplated.

The 10-part series will explore regions from the far north to the southern tip and everything in between, highlighting the complexity and diversity of Indian food from right across the subcontinent.

“It’s great that the Australian audience is now ready to embrace cultures from different backgrounds,” Helly Raichura tells Thrillist Australia.

“For an immigrant, a sense of belonging is very important, and this surely gives me a sense of belonging.”

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Having only been pursuing a chef career for three years, Raichura says she is still waiting for that big career moment, but being able to share her culture with Australia is really special.

The series will follow Raichura, D’Sylva and Pandit as they explore the rich, aromatic flavours of India, each host bringing with them a fresh take on Indian cuisine, their own individual connections to India and a shared love for the vibrant flavours of the country.

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For Sandeep Pandit, he can’t deny his love for the cuisine from the Sourthern part of India.

“This question always gets me in trouble,” he laughs.

“I have always confessed my undying love for the cuisine in Southern India, for it’s use of curry leaves, paired with an assortment of sour, sweet, fresh and dry spices. In my opinion, these flavours are unique and unparalleled.”

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From masterful use of spices, to regional cooking techniques, and references to India’s vast and complex culinary history, India Unplated will celebrate the diversity of the subcontinent’s ancient cuisines.

We might also get a little bit of fusion from Adam D’Sylva, who is the co-owner and executive chef of Coda and Tonka, two beloved Melbourne restaurants. With a mixed background of Indian-Italian, D’Sylva is known for fusing cuisines together with an elevated flourish.

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“I have the privilege of growing up with two very distinct and unique styles and it is only fair to bring the two together to create something amazing,” he tells us.

“The perfect example is one of my signature dishes at Tonka, where I combine burrata cheese with a coriander relish and serve it with roti.

“It’s my take on the Indian palak paneer (spinach and cottage cheese) with an Italian twist. I also use extra virgin olive oil in all my Indian curries. I think it makes the dish lighter and more flavourful.”

Laden with recipes full of punchy flavours, comfort and depth, India Unplated will change the way you cook and think about Indian food.

Some recipes to look forward to include Hyderabadi chicken biryani, Bengali fish curry, lamb korma, dal pakwan with green yoghurt chutney, dal dhokla, chingri malai and cheat’s rasmalai.

India Unplated premieres Thursday, 23 September at 8.00pm on SBS Food. The series will also be available after broadcast on SBS On Demand.

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Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

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Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.

Victoria

Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.

Queensland

BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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