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'Food can improve strained ties between India and Pakistan'

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  1. layman

    layman Aurignacian STAR MEMBER

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    Food is not just to satiate your palate, it can also play a part in improving strained ties
    between India and Pakistan, says Pakistani celebrity chef Mohammed Gyazzuddin.
    If used as a tool of soft diplomacy, food, specially the variety which is common to north India and Pakistan, can improve relation between the two countries, he said.

    "The cuisine of north India and Pakistan are the same and the food habits in both the countries have a lot in common. So I feel that exchange of food festivals between the two countries can improve the tensed relation," he told PTI.

    Gyazzuddin, the chief chef of Mughal's Cuisine of Karachi, is presently in Kolkata with his entire team to take part in the 26th Industrial India Trade Fair. He has put up a stall of Pakistani cuisine.

    Gyazzuddin has been coming to India for the last few years to take part in fairs, especially Delhi, Amritsar and Chandigarh. This is his maiden visit to Kolkata. "The style of speech in Delhi and Karachi is the same.

    So are the food habits. Most of the people who are settled in Delhi or Karachi have crossed over from Pakistan or India during the partition. So whenever I come to India I don't see any difference," he said. Since the last three to four generations, 42-year-old Gyazzuddin has been in the profession of cooking.

    "My roots are in India as my previous generations were residents of India, before partition," he said. The lavish spread in the Pakistani food stall ranged from mouth-watering Sindhi Dum Briyani, Afghani Mutton Karai, Chicken & Mutton Seekh Kabab to Chicken Nahari, Chicken.

    Gyazzuddin, the father of three children, would be buying gifts for his kids from Kolkata.
    The owner of the stall, Saeed Iqbal, said if business in Kolkata went well, they would love to come back again in the winter when there are a series of fairs in the city.

    "So far, the business has been good. But we hope that sales would pick up in the next few days. This is our first visit to Kolkata; so our main aim is to introduce ourselves to
    the city," Iqbal said. "We are common people. We wish that peace prevailed between the two countries so that there are more such exchanges which would spread the message of love," Gyazzuddin said.

    He said that before leaving the city he would like to pick up recipes of some Bengali dishes.
    The Pakistani cuisine, he felt, turned out to be a hit among the Bengalis as indicated by large queues before the stall.

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  2. Rock n Rolla

    Rock n Rolla Lt. Colonel STAR MEMBER

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    I don't think so...it takes a lot more than just food!! :tsk:
     
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    layman Aurignacian STAR MEMBER

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    High hopes... Though it needs more to do with responsibility than food diplomacy...
     
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    ghanta:sick:
     
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    the truth is when ever he come to northern India.. he don't see a difference... and business integration is a welcome step
     
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    the so-called Mughlai food makes heavy use of native Indian spices like cardamom, black pepper and Ghee and is clearly a pirated copy of ancient Indian recipes under new labels.


    The so-called "Mughal cuisine" or Mughlai whatever..... does not feature pomegranate molasses at all or the arabic tagine way of cooking which is so popular in the Arab world. Even the most famous arab dessert baklava was not included in the Mughal courts.

    the most striking is the TOTAL ABSENCE of pomegranate molasses in Mughal dishes. Rogan josh, all types of kebabs and curries, biryanis whatever.. nothing contains POMEGRANATE MOLASSES in authentic Mughal dishes from ancient texts while POMEGRANATE MOLASSES is so popular in the oldest Muslim nations like Arab lands and Central Asia and Turkey. The Mughals could have easily made or imported POMEGRANATE MOLASSES but they never used it in their most popular recipes.

    and even the ubiquitous dates and raisins are rarely used in Mughal savory dishes which are so common in Turkey, Central Asia and Arab countries. dates and raisins are used in desserts pirated from ancient indian recipes and not in savory dishes which is again very common in arab and central asian countries.

    The Mughals even did not adopt the most important side dish with any meat, that is BREAD from Turkey, Central asia or arab lands. On the contrary, they included unleavened flatbreads from ancient India known as chapatis/rotis/naans as the side dish with their favorite meat dishes. Arabs and Central Asians Turks they all make use of yeast in various forms in their breads since ancient times while the Mughals made very little use of yeast as they ate rotis and naans- ancient indian flat bread without yeast.
     
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    Nothing will improve our ties. Infact there is no way to improve our ties with a country who's main objective
    is to destroy us. However it is possible to settle the issue once and for all - through war.
     
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