Friday, January 06, 2017

Koli Special खाद्यभ्रमंती on ABP माझा

This weekend I am going to be stuck to the TV screen and you too must grab the remote to watch it. Why? because my Thal and us Thalkar are going to dazzle the screen on Saturday, 7 Jan 2017 12.30 pm and 4:30 pm and Sunday, 8 Jan 2017 12:30 pm and 3:00 pm only on खाद्यभ्रमंती on ABP माझा

Back from a two day shoot at my native place Thal with Shefali Sadhu and her team of cameraman Shrikant and Uttam. It's been thrilling two days. I had cherished a dream of presenting Thal to the world and now that dream is a reality. We are presenting a Koli special on this Marathi Food Travel show.

Uttam one of the two cameraman came along with me to the village by road while Shefali took the waterway along with the other cameraman Shrikant. They shot some pieces on the way.

As soon as they reached the village I took them to the fish drying fields and the creek. We got talking to some women cleaning and sorting the dried fish.

From the busy fish drying fields I took them to the serene side of Thal beach right upto Shendya gundya one of our family Gods and the protector of the seashore. I did a Namaskar and asked him to bless the shoot and our team too for the success.

The next day we did the main shoot. I must thank the women who came dressed in the Koli traditional kaashti patal and the signature jewelry. 

We have presented three recipes that you will love. 

1. There is Kalvache gole or Rock oysters demonstrated by Nandini Patil.
2. Chavalachi roti or Tandalachi bhakri/ Rice flatbread by Jyoti Sakharkar and Himali Koli.
3. Pithachi bore by Your's truly which was first published on this blog.

Now I am crossing my fingers as ABP माझा team edits the shoot and looking forward to see the final outcome.

It was a very emotional project for me. I owed Thal this much. The location for cooking is the Moonvgavri home. You have seen my mother's Mami on this blog here. That is her home. Also a home where my Dwarkanath Mama lived and loved. Today his children have inherited that home and I thank them for letting us shoot there.

Hope you enjoy our efforts of bringing Thal to you thru this Koli special episode and the recipes too. Don't miss.

PS: After the broadcast the video will be uploaded to YouTube, which I will share here later.


  1. I saw the episode at 12.30 pm today. And was a bit disappointed at the way the show was conducted. The recipes etc were very nice. But I think I expected a bit more of showing the "people" aspect of the show. Perhaps show the entry into Thal, your house, interactions , etc. I thought the the lady conducting the show was slightly repetitive and schoolmarmish. Possibly you could have conducted the whole thing with a lot more "soul".

    But yes, for those of us who have never been to Thal, it was an OK introduction. Maybe they should have had you conduct the introduction to "Thal" part.

    I've seen your earlier show with Chef Ranvir Brar where you conducted a recipe preparation at a Khandoba temple, and involved some local ladies in the preparation. I think that show was better. Possibly because of your detailed involvement .

    Having said all this, I congratulate you on bringing us an Intro to Thal !

    1. Thank you for writing in. I am sure the ABP team will take this feedback positively. It will help them improve future shows.

      Every show has a format and production value. This one was for a news channel. The team is smaller. The Great Indian Rasoi is bigger team with greater resources at disposal by value of production value and team member skill. The aesthetics are always better in Channels focused solely on food.

      Thanks for the love S. Promise to bring you bigger and better.


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