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Memoirs of foreign-Indian cuisine

DNMUM404894 | 1/7/2018 | Author : Sohini Das Gupta | WC :771

With Pravasi Bharatiya Divas on January 9, Sohini Das Gupta asks gastronomes to trace the journey of Indian food that has travelled overseas
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When you crave home food in a foreign land, it’s not just food that you’re missing, it’s a place in your head, a feeling that you’re struggling to recreate,” says food blogger Sayantani Mahapatra, originally from West Bengal, of her time in Japan, where she lived from 2012-13. Much like one of Jhumpa Lahiri’s diasporic protagonists trying to rustle up a makeshift snack of jhalmuri (spicy puffed rice) with Rice Krispies, Planters peanuts, chopped red onions and a dash of mourning in the place of mustard oil, Mahapatra relieved herself of this constant state of nostalgia by giving in to experimentation.
Soon, Japanese amberjack, a fish they locally call buri, replaced baby katlas in gravies, as homemade wasabi made sure s
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