I’m so lucky to have grown up in Toronto, which is one of the most diverse cities in the world. I’ve been able to somewhat explore the cuisines of the world right here in my own backyard; I can have authentic Indian food or Greek food whenever I feel like it. That’s why I love the premise of Gusto TV’s new TV show One World Kitchen which highlights the diversity of our nation by spotlighting five global cuisines – Indian, Italian, Argentinian, Thai, and Japanese, which are arguably just as “Canadian” as poutine.
The show is hosted by five passionate Canadian cooks, each with a different background and culinary experience to share with viewers. Each cuisine is explored over six episodes and the first episode I watched was hosted by the show’s expert in Indian cuisine, Vijaya. Vijaya was born in Chennai, India and is a self-taught and adventurous cook living in Toronto. I loved the energy she brought to the show and she made each Indian recipe look not only delicious, but 100% approachable. Over the next few weeks, I’m excited to be cooking along with One World Kitchen, (which airs new episodes at 8:00pm and 8:30pm ET on weekdays) and to explore and learn about the cuisines from each host.
This episode features an Indian feast with recipes for the dishes we all know and love, a classic chicken tikka masala, aromatic jeera rice, homemade mango and coconut chutney, palak paneer, and finally, these delicious mint marinated grilled shrimp lollipops. It was difficult to choose which recipe I wanted to try out, but with the warm weather, I knew it had to be something on the grill.
These shrimp are marinated in a flavour-packed mint paste and perfectly charred on the grill. There may be a couple of ingredients in the recipe that you’re not familiar with (Anjain seeds and curry leaves), but these can be left out if you don’t have them. It’s a quick blitz in the food processor, followed by a quick 15-30 minute marinate and then a couple minutes on the grill.
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