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Secret Cuisines & Sacred Rituals

Memoirs of Cultures...Where Food & Traditions tell their Story

When peacocks come out to dance in the mist of the first rain,

When mango blossoms peek over tender leaves,

When the burning sun makes mirages like indigo veils,

When young banana stems are roasted to smoky perfection,

When exquisite feast laden tapestries are laid out on dew-drenched grass,

When dawn awakens to splashes of cool water on parched thresholds,

When seasoned fingers remember the ancient motifs with white dust of rice…

We listen for stories. We gather secret cuisines and sacred rituals.

These are… tiny, sacred memoirs of a culture…told through the eyes of their food, rhythms, rituals and traditions.  Stories of Everyday Sacred - their Medicine

We go in search of cradles of cultures, oft forgotten or fading into larger cultures, untold stories, dwindling communities valiantly trying to thrive.

Mostly, we follow the trails of scents, flavors, sounds and invocations into kitchens, backyards, bazaars and streets…slip into ceremonies, celebrations and rites of passage… through the heart’s eye, memories and longings of our guests, storytellers and memory keepers.

Welcome to Secret Cuisines & Sacred Rituals…Where cultures write their memoirs with their food, traditions and longings…

About The Host

Hi, I am Vilasi Venkatachalam. My world built on the question, what makes us thrive

Everything is a wild, curious, experiment here -

I search for the science behind kitchen medicine & culinary traditions. The collecting happens in unrecorded conversations and at "Secret Cuisines & Sacred Rituals" ( ) & "Kitchen Apothecary's Chronicles" (

Doing old things in new ways and new things in old ways...and finding ways to thrive. The other precious half of the question is what can we do to make sure everyone thrives… For an Uncommon Good (

I have waded through weeds and starfishes, test tubes and hospital beds, stoves and podiums to get here. (

Season 2:  2016 – 2017

  Silk Roads, Seaports, Spice Routes and Trading Posts

Iran, Iraq, Kurdistan, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Afghanistan, Mongolia, Morocco (Tangiers), Mozambique, Madagascar, Zanzibar,  Tunisia, `

   7 Sisters & their Brother of the Blue Hills and Red River

     Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura & Sikkim

  Temple Foods