Many actors and workers in the entertainment and film industry had been jobless during the COVID-19 lockdown period as filming and related production was completely stopped. Many of them ventured into social media platforms like Youtube to stay connected with their fans.
Actor Bineesh Bastin too turned to his passion to be engaged during the lockdown period. His lobe for eating delicious food and cooking was fine-tuned during this lockdown. Bineesh started a Youtube channel as well to share his love for food with his fans.
Bineesh loves traditional or local dishes and enjoys trying out various kinds of food during his journeys. Though the actor has tried quite a lot of food and cuisines, Bineesh confesses that the good old kanji (rice porridge) is his all-time favourite.
“I was someone who didn’t even know how to roast papad. However, I learned to cook almost all the dishes in the last 5-6 months. I mostly enjoy cooking and eating local dishes. In my channel, I mostly make curries or dishes that our mothers used to make in our homes. The natives of Kochi have some of our own special dishes. The videos in which I made those dishes became popular. In the beginning, I had shared these videos on my Facebook page. Later I decided to start my Youtube channel,” says Bineesh.
Most of the dishes that are shown in Bineesh’s channel may not be familiar to the new generation. However, the popularity that these dishes still enjoy has garnered viewers for the videos. The videos in which he cooks traditional style thirandi (stingray) curry and pork roast are already super hits. Bineesh says he doesn’t miss a chance to cook during his travels as well.
“I travel a lot for filming, inaugurations and other programs. I try various foods that are the specialities of those regions. I like local dishes more. Kanji is my favourite food. When we go somewhere as guests, the hosts often serve a variety of food items to make us feel at home. However, there had been instances when I had to ask for some kanji,” notes Bineesh.
Bineesh says he aims to introduce unique and special flavours to his audience through his channel. A variety of dishes could be made using the same ingredient. He is interested in experimenting with flavours and ingredients as well.
Bineesh hopes that Keralite audience who has accepted his on screen characters would love and encourage his culinary experiments too.