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From Railway Mutton curry to Bedmi-aloo: When railway food was an affair to remember

What is your earliest memory of (good) train food? Mine is the hot thali that would be served to First Class passengers from the pantry, which you could visit to get warm milk, water or boil egg any time of the journey and often be rewarded with something scrumptious that the cooks (who were khandani bawarchi by the way) may have invented for the next meal. It could be a simple dal or a chicken curry. What made this slightly watered down version addictive were two things: One, the way…

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Chana Dal, Keema, Curry Leaf Among Indian Words to Enter The Oxford English Dictionary: Twitter Is More Than Happy

The ninth edition of the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary has over 900 news words and includes close to 240 words from Indian English. Interestingly, the cause of joy for India is the fact that a host of culinary terms and Hindi names of food items have also secured a place in the dictionary reflecting the popularity of Indian cuisine and a global understanding of indigenous cooking techniques and ingredients. Some of the words to have found a place in the mega-word bank includes items like Chana dal, curry leaf, keema…

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