Silk Stalk­ings

The Economic Times - - Saturday Feature - Reshmi Das­gupta

At the very pri­vate lunch that Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi had for the vis­it­ing Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge ear­lier this month, the cui­sine had an “An­glo In­dian touch”. This de­vi­a­tion from the tried and tested of­fi­cial menus that gen­er­ally fea­ture cream of al­mond soup and in­sipid north In­dian cur­ries and ke­babs was cer­tainly wel­come. But more in­ter­est­ing was the at­tempt to reach out to the guests via food.

For far too long, the In­dian es­tab­lish­ment has turned a blind eye – or shall we call it an un­re­spon­sive palate – to the sheer di­ver­sity of not only our culi­nary her­itage but also the emerg­ing ex­per­tise in cuisines from other lands. State and of­fi­cial ban-

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