India – Paneer and the Chenna Sweets of West Bengal
Episode 1, from Season 6
The cow is viewed as a holy animal in the predominantly Hindu society of India, and today the country stands as the largest producer of milk in the world. In this episode, Will travels to the bustling old city of Kolkata during the Holi festival to learn about the origins of India’s most popular cheese, Paneer. A visit to the ancient cheese market leads to the discovery of how curd is used to make Paneer, as well as the city’s distinctive Chena sweets. After being invited to join his hosts for some very colourful family celebrations, Will visits a typical buffalo dairy for an extraordinary lesson on how to make Mozzarella, Indian-style.