Chef Vikas Khanna tells Yamini Walia about the new season of Twist of Taste
Tell us about this season of Twist of Taste?
I love watching food on television. It’s calming, pure and non-political, and there’s something extremely sacred about this process — from the plates to chopping boards and fire ranges. This season is a brand new canvas. In a span of almost a month, food lovers will witness new techniques that they can use to make delicious food for their loved ones. You will enjoy meeting new people from different cultures.
Which Persian dish is your favourite and why?
I love Makhbous — a type of biryani.
Would you like to share any interesting experiences while doing the show?
I love everything about the show; every day feels like a blessing. One place that blew my mind was Oman and its love for India and its culture. It’s
also amazing to trace the overlapping cuisines of the Middle East. There are some great moments on the show which reflect their hospitality, warmth and welcoming nature. Making Bakhlava and Turkish Delight was truly a legendary experience.
How different is the cooking technique in the Middle East than it is here?
I had a very similar feeling to what I have for Indian foods. There is much more to Indian food than just Butter Chicken and Naan, similarly there is so much more to Middle Eastern foods than Falafels and Shawarmas. These cuisines are ocean deep — there’s so much to discover and bring to the world.