The clip below, which has been floating around for a while, finds an older Pierre White in a somewhat mellower mood. It’s taken from an interview at an Australian radio station roughly three years ago. The cringe-worthy presenter is straight out rude to the British chef, but rather than lose his temper, Pierre White cuts the interview short in a calm manner, but there's no mistaking who's in charge – the chef is polite, but you can feel the menace in his voice as it gets lower and slower.
Have a listen. You can almost hear the DJ quaking as Pierre White admonishes and no doubt fixes him with an icy glare. Oh to be a fly on the wall in that radio studio.
Dal is one of those recipes that goes all the way back to the Indus Valley Civilisation. Unlike dishes such as biryani, brought to India by the Moghuls, it is one of those foods that has always been there. It is therefore a building block of Indian culture.