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-