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Jan 8, 2008 05:52 PM

"Indian Food Made Easy"

Has anybody else seen this food show; it's hosted by a British chef named Anjum Anand. I believe it has just started running on the AZN channel. She takes traditional Indian food, makes it as lite as possible by using the least amount of fats but keeps all the spices and flavorings. She demonstrates with the help of her friends, everyday people and small restaurant owners. The show has a high production value, showing Ms. Anand out in the shops and markets purchasing ingredients and preparing the meals, sometimes in her own kitchen. Reminds me a lot of Nigella (intelligence, wit, and yes they even look a lot alike) but without all the spoon licking and side long glances. But hey, only Nigella could get away with that! I was thinking this might be the first time I've even seen a program that deals only with Indian food preparation, and I'm enjoying it. Television producers, we need more shows like this!

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  1. Please tell us more!
    I am longing for a Indian Cooking show!

    Is this broadcasted in the States?
    I've never heard of the AZN channel.


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    1. re: Isabella

      Isabella, the AZN channel is geared towards the Asian American community; a lot of its programming is in the spoken language (Korean, Chinese, Indian) with English subtitles. On the other hand, its evening shows are mostly in English. I discovered Anjum Anand by reading the Food section of the Times of London; I know it shows online videos of her making recipes. Her program is on Tues with a repeat on Sunday. I live in the Midwest and have Comcast Cable and AZN comes in the package I subscribe to. I hope this you, I've been waiting for a program like this! If you'd like more info:

      1. re: acme

        Thanks for the details Acme!

        Hopefully our new Governor Bobby Jindal, who is of Indian descent, will not only straighten out things for LA, but will also help improve the Indian food we have available here.

        I would love to take a series of really good Indian cooking classes.

    2. Thanks for mentioning this! On Comcast Cable tonight in Northern Cal, I am going to record an episode tonight, Wed, from 11:30pm-12midnight, and check it out.

      1. We caught this show for the first time the other night. It was the episode where they served fish curry in a pub to see how it would go over. She does have a Nigella quality about her that keeps you watching. You can find her recipes here:

        1. The programme didnt get good viewing figures here in the UK. I'm not surprised. Light-weight food and a light-weight presenter. BBC could have done far better.

          Very similar in its poor and very dated style to Nigella Lawson's latest "Express" programme which has turned her into nothing more than a joke here. I'd be surprised if there'll be another Anand programme made by the BBC.

          1. I've caught the show as well and the first one was quite intriguing, but I wasn't as impressed with the second that I saw. On the other hand, I'm really enjoying Kylie Kwong and await the arrival of program that focuses on Indian cuisine that will have a longer shelf life than the present.