New docuseries 'Not Your Butter Chicken' premieres May 1

A new four-part docuseries highlights stories of Indo-Canadians across Western Canada

'Not Your Butter Chicken' stills by Richard Tran and Lon Goss.

An exciting new Canadian-made docuseries is set to premiere on May 1 in honour of Asian Heritage Month.

Created by Priyanka Desai and Joanna Wong, and hosted by Vancouver sommelier Shiva Reddy, Not Your Butter Chicken is a four-part series focusing on Indo-Canadian storytelling that promises to take viewers on a dynamic visual road trip across Western Canada.

“Everyone knows Butter Chicken, but not the culture that created it. The title is a playful invitation to discover all the ways Indian culture is more than this go-to dish,” said Reddy in the docuseries announcement. “Because my mom is my connection to my Indian heritage, her dementia meant we were slowly forgetting our stories and recipes. For me, this show was a way to make new memories even as my mother was losing hers.”

Each episode will see the host visits a new city in Western Canada, starting off in Kamloops, then Fort McMurray (AB), Lethbridge (AB) and wrapping things up in Kelowna. Special guests along the way include Aman Dosanj of The Paisley Notebook, journalist Meera Bains, and hockey player Dampy Brar.

Not Your Butter Chickenis an invitation into the homes and kitchens of incredible people who built farms, businesses and a life in Canada from nothing," explained director Priyanka Desai, who's other work includes the docuseries House Special, and Moosemeat & Marmalade.

The Not Your Butter Chicken docu-series debuts on May 1, 2024 with episodes available to stream online as well as on TELUS Optik TV channel 8.

Watch: 'Not Your Butter Chicken' Short Teaser