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From Chutney to Curries, This Beguiling Fruit Has Enlivened Indian Dishes For Millennia

In the beginning, there was tamarind. Originally carried to the subcontinent from Africa by traders, its name alone is emblematic of its deep roots in India—drawn from tamar-i-hind (“the fruit of India”) and so-called by early Arab traders possibly “because of the brown fruit that resembled dates,” write Harini Nagendra and Seema Mundoli in their …

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The World’s Largest Milk Producer Is Now A Hot Spot For Artisan Cheese

Shubham Rathi opened the doors to Meltish – The Cheese Cafe in Pune, India in March 2021 and was pleasantly surprised when patrons arrived in droves to buy cheese platters for Diwali celebrations. He had not expected this kind of response from customers who were largely hesitant about cheese consumption until the latter half of the …

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Meet the Sweet Star of Maneet Chauhan’s Diwali Table

For Chopped judge and Nashville restaurateur Maneet Chauhan, Diwali has long been a source of sweet memories—many of them tied to a lavish holiday dessert. The five-day-long pandenominational holiday takes place during the autumn month of Kartika on the Hindu calendar (early November, this year), and is often called the “festival of lights.” This nickname …

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