Eating India

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Most Americans are familiar only with Punjabi cuisine from the north of India. Culinary historian and Bengali food expert Chitrita Banerji, who has traveled throughout India, introduces us to that country's many other regional cuisines in Eating India. Chitrita says that many different cultures have impacted Indian cuisine. The Muslims introduced more meats and various ways of preparing it. The Portuguese made the greatest impact in the 15th century because they brought the chili pepper. Before their arrival, all the heat in Indian cuisine derived from ginger and black pepper.

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