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September 1, 2009 3:38 PM   Subscribe

Kuchh Kook Hota Hai is an all singing, dancing (and possibly epileptic fit inducing) Indian cookery show (without much cooking), featuring two sassy assistants 'salt' and 'pepper'. To whet your appetite – Mutton Burger and Carrot Roll.
posted by tellurian (25 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
I wonder why it's "kook" instead of "cook".
posted by phliar at 3:55 PM on September 1, 2009


I prefer Cooking With Dog even if Francis the Poodle sounds suspiciously like "Ken Tanaka".
posted by ShawnStruck at 3:56 PM on September 1, 2009


I wonder why it's "kook" instead of "cook".

It's a play on Kuchh kuchh hota hai, an awesome movie.
posted by Methylviolet at 4:05 PM on September 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


It's a play on Kuchh kuchh hota hai

Which is Hindi for "something-something happened" - not exactly the best principle to take into the kitchen.
posted by UbuRoivas at 4:23 PM on September 1, 2009


(unless accompanied by a head wiggle)
posted by UbuRoivas at 4:23 PM on September 1, 2009


translated from the 2nd video:
let me see your carrot roll
wanna see that carrot roll
to the left (x 4)
to the right (x 4)


not an actual translation
posted by boo_radley at 5:39 PM on September 1, 2009


... I... I can't stop watching these.
posted by strixus at 5:55 PM on September 1, 2009


Pardon my Bollywood ignorance, but does he um. . . you know. . . ever actually cook anything? Or is it all two minute songs featuring lists of ingredients?
posted by MasonDixon at 6:11 PM on September 1, 2009


Swedish Chef? You just got served.
posted by xthlc at 6:39 PM on September 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


also, this is no more useless for learning about actual cooking than the average Food Network show. would be nice to see at least a glimpse of the finished product though.
posted by xthlc at 6:48 PM on September 1, 2009


My girlfriend teaches a Hindi class and she's going to... well, paagal ho jaaegi...
posted by goodglovin77 at 7:16 PM on September 1, 2009 [2 favorites]


Fabulous. Sure wish there were subtitles, but why ask for the moon when we have the stars?
posted by Monsters at 7:43 PM on September 1, 2009


Does anyone else on a Mac find that these don't play? All the controls seem to be build around ActiveX controls, with no option for machines which do not support that.
posted by hippybear at 8:35 PM on September 1, 2009


plays fine for me, G5, leopard....
posted by drhydro at 9:13 PM on September 1, 2009


Pardon my Bollywood ignorance, but does he um. . . you know. . . ever actually cook anything?

Yeah, if you watch the mutton burger clip, the song and dance ends about halfway through, and he starts explaining stuff.

The mutton song is a rip-off of "Kaho na Kaho" from the film Murder, which in turn is a rip-off of "Tamally Ma'ak" by Amr Diab. I love it. Seriously, I can't wait to see that tune's fourth incarnation, probably in some Maruti commercial where the cars dance and sing.
posted by artemisia at 9:16 PM on September 1, 2009


drhydro: exactly which plays fine for you? the youtube clips, or the clips from the website itself? All I get when I try to play the ones from the website is a mottled grey browser window, and then nothing. the source loads, but I get no video, nothing displaying on screen, etc.

maybe it's a safari issue.
posted by hippybear at 10:52 PM on September 1, 2009


Yup, that was the problem. The videos are all .wmv format, requiring the install of Flip4Mac before they will even run, and then I had to use Firefox to get them to play. Plus, you have to doubleclick on the video frame when it displays on your screen; there are no clear video controls.
posted by hippybear at 10:59 PM on September 1, 2009


I wonder why it's "kook" instead of "cook".

In addition to the kuch-cook word-play, it's also a reference to the fact that soap-operas produced by a certain prolific production house usually incorporate a surfeit of 'k's in their titles for auspicious reasons.
posted by the cydonian at 1:06 AM on September 2, 2009


It's a play on Kuchh kuchh hota hai
Which is Hindi for "something-something happened"


Not to be a pedant, but something-something happens. :-)

posted by the cydonian at 1:08 AM on September 2, 2009


Which is Hindi for "something-something happened" - not exactly the best principle to take into the kitchen.

The less literal translation is, roughly, "It's always something," which is more in keeping with the common masala film titling convention of using some broad, vague thematic generalization (seen also in Hollywood romantic comedies) and makes a little more sense as a cooking show's title.

This, in any case, is how our fluently bilingual friends translated the title when mrs g and I were in India in '99-00 and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, though a year old by then, was still the default soundtrack of choice for every long-distance bus' blaring tin speakers . . .
posted by gompa at 1:31 AM on September 2, 2009


Not to be a pedant, but something-something happens. :-)

ah, cydonianji, thanks for the correction.

i have no idea how i somehow parsed the very present tense "hai" as past :(

(ji hanh, main pardesi hunh)

posted by UbuRoivas at 6:32 AM on September 2, 2009


Japan better watch it's back. Between this and Mexican soap operas, they risk losing their coveted "Most Insane Television" trophy.
posted by The Whelk at 7:56 AM on September 2, 2009 [1 favorite]


So the peanut butter goes in the burger? Has anyone tried this?
posted by squarehead at 5:55 PM on September 2, 2009


So the peanut butter goes in the burger? Has anyone tried this?

Not this particular recipe, but I've tried this one which is just your basic hamburger plus peanut butter (and some regular butter), and it's totally delicious. It doesn't scream "peanut butter!", there's just a nice little juicy something-extra in every bite.

Now all I need is a good source for mutton...
posted by Knicke at 6:44 PM on September 2, 2009


(ji hanh, main pardesi hunh)
Heh, _shrugs_ . Hindi gender / tense is actually quite to master; I don't tick the pardesi option myself, but I often get gender and numbers beyond 20 wrong! :-)

posted by the cydonian at 7:49 PM on September 2, 2009


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