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Samira Nanda

Celebrity NY chef, host of Essence of India on Gusto TV

Samira Nanda is a New York celebrity chef and host of the food-travel show Essence of India, airing on Gusto TV (Canada’s new Food & Lifestyle channel, She spent 15 years in her early career as an editor and journalist, including stints at the Huffington Post and Reuters. She got her start in front of the camera spending three years as a VJ for Star TV (Indian entertainment network). Samira’s passion for food and cooking stems from watching three generations of women in her family cook the best Indian food, with a health conscious element.

She followed that passion by working summers at the Windsor Manor in Bangalore India, home to some of India's finest restaurants. Working behind the scenes. Samira learned skills and tricks from chefs of The Royal Afghan and the Windsor Manor Cafe and Brasserie. Essence of India will return in January 2015. Gusto TV airs on Bell TV/Fibe Ch. 619/1619. It is also available on the East and West coasts on Eastlink and TELUS Optik TV.
Take Your Kitchen to India on New Year's

Take Your Kitchen to India on New Year's Eve

Planning something a little different this New Year's Eve? If you are a food adventurer, why not throw in some, saffron, ginger and other spices and make yourself an indulgent Indian feast as you welcome in the New Year. In India, like in some other countries around the world, food plays a major part of the New Year's Eve traditions.
12/17/2014 01:13 EST
This Holiday, Swap Turkey for Tandoori

This Holiday, Swap Turkey for Tandoori Chicken

I'll tell you how to throw a tandoori party, with a handful of spices, meats and skewers sure to add colour, dazzle and spice to the meal. And before you have a panic attack at the thought of using complicated spices, I'm going to assure you that it's really easy.
12/05/2014 11:55 EST
Spice Up Your Holiday Party With Indian

Spice Up Your Holiday Party With Indian Appetizers

Coming from India, I discovered a new love of eating turkey and all the classic sides that go with it, whether it's candied yams, buttermilk biscuits or silky soft mashed potatoes. But when it comes to appetizers, instead of the usual chips, cheese plates or nuts, I plan to shake things up a bit this year with a few classic Indian appetizers.
11/24/2014 05:45 EST
Diwali's Delicious Sweets Capture the Essence of

Diwali's Delicious Sweets Capture the Essence of India

In India, the ancient festival of Diwali, also known as The Festival of Lights, is undoubtedly its biggest and most important festival. With the desire to teach my young children my own Diwali traditions, we take a trek to our local Little India. Since sweets form such a central part of the celebrations, we spend a lot of time choosing them carefully.
10/23/2014 12:46 EDT