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Pooja Shrivastava

South Asian American food bloggers have called on to cancel the word curry because of its ties to British colonialism, claiming that the “word curry is too often used to lump very distinct foods from different regions together”, said a report on Sunday (8).

 

Chaheti Bansal, 27, who lives in California, US,  and shares her home-cooking online, shared a video recipe where she called on people to “cancel the word curry”. 

“There’s a saying that the food in India changes every 100km and yet we’re still using this

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The Hindi expression “ghar ka khana” translates, quite simply, to “home food,” and it carries with it a certain sentimentality. It’s the crackling and pop of jeera hitting the pan. It’s the jarring whistle of the pressure cooker as dal softens on the stove. And the slightly sweet smell of just-done basmati rice has a universal meaning: It’s time to sit down for a meal.

Desi American families hold their recipes close; they’re a tangible reminder of home and the generations it took to perfect them. But a step outside into the food landscape of the white west often reveals

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How do you even describe curry? Flavorful, aromatic, rich, creamy and perhaps spicy come to mind. But while those who are familiar with curry have vague ideas of what it is, curry is such a broad category that encompasses such a diverse array of dishes, it’s difficult to explain what is considered curry and what isn’t.

As a second generation Indian American who grew up eating what many would consider “curry,” I never heard the word “curry” at home or in my community — and that’s because the term isn’t Indian at all.

“I think ‘Indian-ish’ is a useful word

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MasterChef Australia, a competitive cooking show that can make or break your career as a professional chef, is now at its Season 13. Over the years, we have seen many chefs from various backgrounds showcase their culinary chops on the show. Now we have another dish that’s winning the internet — Green Curry Cake by Chef Depinder Chhibber. 

Green Cake Curry

Yes, on Episode 26 of Season 13 on MasterChef Australia, another chef represented India through her oddly sounding dessert. While we’d pass on it at first as no one would want curry and cake to exist in the same sentence, the trinity

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