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No Fear No Favour

If the Chinese knew about ‘Manchurian’ and ‘Schezwan’ they might instantly request a divorce!

Indian’s have a long history of adding their own flavour to any other cusine.  Around 75km (47 miles) northeast of Mumbai, along India’s first access-controlled expressway, there is a slightly grubby food court that offers a combo of continental and south Indian food like Mexican dosa, a Russian-salad dosa and a Schezwan dosa. It doesnot sounds so different?

Yes! Packed with families from a middle class that has, roughly after the turn of the century, fallen in love with the automobile and the open road, the expressway food plaza hints at the restless energy of emerging India – a constant search for new destinations and experiences.

The dosa, a popular rice pancake, usually crispy brown on one side, white on the otherside. In Delhi, you will get a dosa prepared with punjabi flavour, which is generally diffrent from its original taste. Dosa originated in south India but with growing internal migration, is now known nationwide. India’s great restlessness has forced the birth of hundreds of dosa varieties, more than this article can record. Have a look at the Indi-dosa cusine.

Relations between the world’s two most populour countries are scrappy at the best of times. It seems like there is so much influence of chinese flaovour in indian food. We pre assume that the food is Chinese if the word “Schezwan” is present in the menu.
“Schezwan” is a corruption of “Sichuan”, a Chinese province that lends its name to a style of cooking known for the use of hot peppers – or chillies, as we call them. Indian-Chinese can take many forms depending on what part of the country you are in.

The fun part is that no one really knows how Schezwan sauce and the dosa got combination, but of that meeting there are myriad manifestations such as the Schezwan butter dosa, the Schezwan masala dosa, and the Schezwan noodle dosa

So, Indians are latching on to Thai, Mexican, Indonesian, Malay and Italian food. But Indian people are so addicted to Indian flavours that they want the flavour of Indian food everytime. So, McDonald’s has a best-selling, spiced vegetarian Mac Aloo Tikki (potato patty) burger, Pizza Hut offers a “curry crust” flavoured with coriander, cardamom and fenugreek and Dominos has a “southern chilly chicken” topping.
The rich may enjoy those fancy tortillas and baos, but the middle classes are still content with the wonders of Schezwan!

Newer, wilder interpretations of foreign fusions include spiced chicken tikkas wrapped in tortillas (with tandoori salad and garlic aioli), samosas – savoury puffs – stuffed with pizza, and Punjabi butter chicken gravy stuffed into a bao, a Chinese steamed bun.
The rich may enjoy those fancy tortillas and baos, but the middle-classes are still content with the wonders of the Schezwan dosa.

The poor may appear to have few choices, but street carts with cheap “gobhi (cauliflower) manchurian” small town. If middle class people want to have food from the outside, the first thing they will do is ride out for a Schezwan dosa.

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