Masala Podcast

The feminist podcast for South Asian women, winning awards & hearts

Sangeeta Pillai creator of Masala Podcast holds a microphone wearing a fuschia pink suit against a pink background.
  • A top feminist podcast, winner of 5 British Podcast Awards across 2019, 2020 & 2022
  • Now a Spotify Original Podcast, Masala Podcast won the Spotify SoundUp competition 2018 for diverse podcasters
  • Featured in The Guardian, BBC Radio, Cosmopolitan, Stylist Magazine, The Evening Standard, Sunday Times, Eastern EyeHuffington Post, Women’s Health Australia, India’s Deccan Herald & many other publications worldwide
  • Seen as a top feminist podcast, bringing rarely heard experiences & narratives from South Asian womxn into mainstream media
  • Masala Podcast is all about taboo topics, exploring issues relevant to feminists worldwide like Female Sexual Pleasure, Porn, Periods, Menopause, Mental Health, Motherhood, Mental Health & our favourite: Nipple Hair
  • Featuring some of the world’s best known South Asian womxn like musician Anoushka Shankar, TV Presenter Anita Rani, British comedian Shazia Mirza, Indian American comedian Zarna Garg, Kamasutra expert Seema Anand, weightlifter Poorna Bell & other amazing female-identifying voices
  • A podcast creating social change • Interviews with poets, porn stars, comedians, burlesque dancers, drag queens, mental health specialists, acclaimed writers as well as queer & non-binary folks • With reflections & personal experiences from creator Sangeeta Pillai on being a South Asian feminist


Masala Podcast, feminist podcast for South Asian women, winner of British Podcast Awards, nominated for Visionary Honours Award 2022
Masala Podcast, feminist podcast for South Asian women, winner of British Podcast Awards, nominated for Visionary Honours Award 2022


Sangeeta grew up in a traditional family in India, spending her early years in a Mumbai slum. As a young child, she saw her mother being abused violently daily by her alcoholic father. This led her to battle all her life to have different choices as a woman & to become a staunch feminist.

She set up Soul Sutras & Masala Podcast so South Asian womxn could have open discussions around taboo topics, thus removing the shame and trauma often attached to them. And helping everyone heal together.

Sangeeta feels she couldn’t help her mother. But she can help other South Asian women with her work.

Sangeeta Pillai’s network is also behind the Masala Monologues series of writing workshops & theatre shows in the UK & the US.


“OMG! I love your podcast. Thank you for giving us South Asian womxn a platform.”

“Loved the podcast episode on being South Asian and queer, I really resonated with it and it’s wonderful to see such a space and dialogue being created and shared.”

Masala Podcast Live show

“Honestly, I can’t get enough of Masala Podcast. I can’t stop shouting about it!”

“I stumbled across Masala Podcast today and just wanted to say that I am hooked. It’s so refreshing to hear Asian womxn being so open.”

“I listened to a few episodes and they are all making a big difference and starting a long overdue conversation – you’re a fearless and empathetic presenter which for me is it what makes them so good”

“The mental health episode resonated hard. I’m South Asian & suffer from mental health. Really related to all the complex nuances that you & your guest masterfully navigated.”

“It’s been such a revelation to hear someone talk about so many things I’ve experienced or thought of but never been able to put into words. Wow. Thank you.”


Masala Podcast featured in the Guardian newspaper, image of Sangeeta wearing a pink suit with the words Masala Podcast on top.

BBC Radio 2

The Observer

The Observer, Sangeeta Pillai

The Evening Standard

Sangeeta Pillai, The Evening Standard

Women’s Health Australia

Sangeeta Pillai, in Women's Health Australia

Sunday Times, Pod Bible Podcast supplement

In the Sunday Times Podcast supplement

 ‘I May Destroy You’ on BBC One

Masala Podcast, I May Destroy You

Eastern Eye

Sangeeta Pillai, featured in Eastern Eye

Huffington Post

Sangeeta Pillai, Huffington Post

Brown Girl Magazine

Sangeeta Pillai, Brown Girl Magazine

Soundfly: 14 Women Pioneers of Podcasting

Best podcast for women, by women Masala Podcast tackles taboos in South Asian culture.

Winner of Spotify SoundUp 2018

Masala Podcast was one of the winners at the first ever Spotify SoundUp competition in 2018, to discover new WOC podcasters, and change things up in the world of podcasting usually dominated by white cis men.

Spotify SoundUp winner Sangeeta Pillai
Sangeeta Pillai wins Spotify SoundUp competition in 2018


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