British master chef and multiple Michelin Star-winner Gordon Ramsay recently filmed a special mini-series for Channel 4 in Great Britain, "Gordon Ramsay's Great Escape." In the three-episode series (which I'm in the midst of downloading via SaveVid.com), he travels across India to experience first-hand its myriad of different cultures, culinary styles, and ingredients, engaging in what is essentially culinary anthropology, a fascinating ethnography of many different parts of the country through their cuisines. Some of what he encounters, say near the border with China, is unlike anything most associate with "Indian" cuisine. The program is HIGHLY recommended. As such uploads on YouTube are often taken down, I recommend watching it (or downloading its parts) now, before it's too late.
In the first episode, the first part of which is embedded below, Ramsay travels to Lucknow, a famous Shi'i (Isma'ili and Twelver) center of scholarship. On his train ride there, he earns his passage by working with the train's cooking staff. In Lucknow, he works with a famous Indian chef and one of his sons who come from a family of chefs who were historically the master chefs to the Nawabs, Twelver Shi'i notables who ruled the city. For more on them, see Prof. Juan Cole's first book, Roots of North Indian Shi'ism in Iran and Iraq: Religion and State in Awadh 1722-1859, which is based on his dissertation.