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Nerd Kitchen

Nerd Kitchen

By Nerd Kitchen
We're nerds and we love to cook. Follow us as we discover the science and history behind everyday foods.
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Forgotten Foods - Tamil Edition Feat Anoosrini
For this episode we had @anoosrini join us as we talked about the forgotten foods from Tamil Brahmin kitchens. A lot of greens, grains, and cooking/preservation techniques are now lost with modern farming practices and supermarkets.  Listen on as we reminisce about some of the things we grew up eating and can no longer find them around.
59:51
May 19, 2021
Fennel
For this episode, Max & Ajit read up on the humble Fennel and go down this rabbit hole to discover it may well be the superfood we never talk about! From Prometheus to the sad bowl at cash registers in Indian restaurants, hop on to follow this journey of Fennel.
47:06
October 29, 2020
Ayurveda in Cooking - Part 2
We pick up the conversation from where we left it, as @AmritaOfLife talk to @maxdavinci & @ajit_bhaskar more about the Doshas in Ayurveda and what foods one may have to avoid or consume in moderation based on their body types.
58:07
September 21, 2020
Ayurveda in Cooking - Part 1
In this episode, @maxdavinci & @ajit_bhaskar are joined by special guest @AmritaOfLife from "Life ki Recipe", as she takes them back to the Vedic times and helps them identify why certain body types must either consume or avoid certain food groups.
51:42
September 13, 2020
The Dan Lepard Special
In this episode, Chef, Writer, Photographer, and overall nicest guy @dan_lepard joins @ajit_bhaskar & @maxdavinci as they talk about his culinary journey, food, and its cultural significance in Australia, Britan, and India.
01:06:47
June 03, 2020
Bengali Cuisine with BhaloManush
Special guest @bhalomanush joins @ajit_bhaskar & @maxdavinci as they travel from Asansol to Haldia via Howrah talking about the food & cultures from various parts of Bengal. Hop on to discover how much more there is to the region apart from fish and sweets.
48:53
May 27, 2020
Marathi Cuisine with Saee
In this episode @maxdavinci & @ajit_bhaskar are joined by special guest Saee Koranna-Khandekar as they embark on a culinary journey to discover Maharashtrian Food. Join us on this episode as we deep dive into the different regions of Konkan, Vidarbha & Marathwada as we understand the impact of geography & culture on the cuisine. Saee's book, Pangat: A Feast: Food and Lore from Marathi Kitchens, is available on Amazon for both Kindle & paperback.
01:02:50
May 12, 2020
Fermentation - Part 2
After talking about how many parts of India uses fermented foods, @maxdavinci @ajit_bhaskar now look to see similar patterns in cultures across the world.
38:08
April 07, 2020
Fermentation - Part 1
@maxdavinci & @ajit_bhaskar take you on a journey throughout the country as they talk about fermentation and its usages in dishes from all corners.
29:21
April 01, 2020
Nutrition - Vitamins & Minerals
In this episode, Nandita(@Saffrontrail) and Max continue their conversation from where they left it and talk about vitamins, minerals and how you can add them to your diet by making very simple changes.
28:29
January 01, 2020
Nutrition - Proteins, Carbohydrates & Fats
In this episode, Food Blogger & author Nandita(@saffrontrail) joins Max as they talk about Nutrition. In part 1 of the series, they hit upon the building blocks like Carbs, Proteins, fats, and bust a few myths along the way.
51:32
December 26, 2019
Souring Agents
@maxdavinci and @ajit_bhaskar are back with yet another episode. This time they are talking about acidity in food and the various souring agents used across the diverse geographic regions of India. Do listen as they take you on a culinary journey from the konkan & malabar coasts to the foothills of the Himalayas to Assam in the east!
39:09
June 17, 2019
Pasta - Part 2
  Here's the concluding part of our episode on pasta where @maxdavinci, @ajit_bhaskar & @anoosrini talk about rolling, shaping pasta and their favorite sauces. They also veer off into talking about distant cousins like noodles and other variations. DO let us know what you think of the episode and guests or topics that you would like us to feature in the coming weeks.
52:34
June 06, 2019
Pasta - Part 1
  We're back after a brief hiatus and we're talking about Pasta! Popular instagrammer @anoosrini joined us for this episode and we had a ball. In what ended up being a 3hour record, we've tried to break it into two parts. Here we talk about the types of pastas, different flours used, and our kneading techniques.
47:49
June 06, 2019
Yeast
  We pickup the conversation from where we left off last time as we talk about the kinds of yeast, its life cycle and then get into the ambrosia of grad school life, Pizza! We'd like to thank @a_madteaparty for joining us and making this episode so much fun.
47:25
June 06, 2019
Air in Baking
 @ajit_bhaskar and @maxdavinci are back with another episode in our food series. This time they are joined by special guest and high priestess of sourdough bread @a_madteaparty(Anita). Tune in to this fun episode as they talk about gluten, bread making and the science behind the role air plays in baking. 
39:28
June 06, 2019
Heat and temperature
 Our third episode in the series #NerdKitchen, we have special guest @gauravsabnis who joins @maxdavinci as they talk about the basics of heat transfer, ways to cook eggplant/brinjal and eggs. Watch out for the portions where Gaurav talks about the gooey texture of okra and a fascinating story of on boiling eggs at a higher altitude in Chile. Do let us know what you felt about the episode and topics that you would like us to cover in future episodes.
46:55
June 06, 2019
The basic tastes
 We're overwhelmed with the tweets and responses for the pilot episode, we got way more listens than what we expected. We'd like to thank each of our listeners and welcome all kinds of feedback. In this episode, we continue the discussion from where we left off and talk in depth about the basic tastes.  We then touch upon the intriguing concept of supertasting and delve into how the unconventional combination of tastes can lead to fabulous results. Listen away and do keep the tweets coming. PS: Apologies for the audio, bad internet.
29:14
June 06, 2019
Diets and smells
  This is the first episode of a series we like to call #NerdKitchen and we've gotten two nerds who are known for their kitchen exploits to talk about the science behind common things in the kitchen. Your hosts for the podcast are @maxdavinci & @ajit_bhaskar and you can follow their exploits on Instagram. This will hopefully not be a boring science class of organic chemistry talking about the Kekule structure in Benzene. We'll instead focus on the daily things around us like what makes chillis so hot, and why do they serve cheese with wine? Do listen and let us know what topics/cuisines you'd like to listen on the pod or if any guests you would like us to invite and feature in the series.
33:23
June 06, 2019