Padma Lakshmi journeys through South
India. Starting in Mumbai, she discovers
a number street food delights before helping the 'Dabbawallahs'
deliver lunch to businessmen in the city centre. She
travels inland by plane to Hyderabad
where Padma enjoys the opulence of the Royal city
and explores the exotic bazaars where she learns how
to make a Royal Biryani for 200 children
at the home of a first class chef.
In Bangalore, Padma enjoys a typical
South Indian breakfast, a Masala Dosa at
the Mavalli Tiffin Rooms. She then
travels on to India's largest Woman's Co-Operative
to make sun-dried Pappadams. Next
she heads south to the lush coastal state of Kerala.
Here Padma explores the spice warehouses in Cochin
and has an insight into the world's only International
Pepper Exchange. Padma meets up with a local
chef and together they cook a fragrant coconut
fish stew amongst the tropical palm fringed
backwaters of Kerala.
Travelling through the Cardamon Hills
and over the Western Ghats by train,
Padma finds herself in a large Krishna Temple.
The temples' dining rooms are open to hungry worshipers
and it is here where Padma journey comes to an end.
She eats with 10,000 pilgrims and learns of the sacred
and religious foods in South India.