â€˜Cultural appropriationâ€™ claims over Marks & Spencer products, said to be based on traditional recipes
When Marks & Spencer introduced Indian ready meals to British supermarkets in 1981, few might have predicted that the pioneers of mass-market tikka masala would one day be called out for creating dishes â€œbastardised to the point that they are unrecognisableâ€. Yet the Indian food writer Mallika Basu, author of Indian Cooking for Modern Living, says M&Sâ€™s curry kits are â€œat best upsetting, and at worst, offensive and callousâ€.
Basu caused a stir last week after she tweeted from an M&S food hall: â€œI grew up in Bengal, head back regularly and I have no idea what Bengali Turmeric Curry is. With celery seeds, tamarind and coconut no less. Can someone please enlighten me?â€ She also had harsh words for the Punjabi Pilau Kit. â€œWhat nonsense…â€ she wrote. â€œMy dead grandmother just turned in her grave.â€
I grew up in Bengal, head back regularly and I have no idea what Bengali Turmeric Curry is. With celery seeds, tamarind and coconut no less.
Can someone please enlighten me? pic.twitter.com/YVNuS6ccqK
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