Parallels In Thai & Indian Cuisine At Taj Vivanta, Hyderabad

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This time, when Thai Pavillion at Vivanta by Taj invited me, I was not very sure if they would have anything new to offer. Then they said, Chef is going to explain the similarities between Indian and Thai Cuisine and there I was there to understand it.

Common Thai vegetarian cuisine ingredients on display
Common Thai cuisine ingredients
Thai Chef at Vivanta by Taj, Hyderabad
Thai Chef

They started by showing us some exotic raw ingredients that included the following:

Pumpkin- Small dark green pumpkin that looks like a baby pumpkin but is a full-grown pumpkin.
Kewra Leaves – Yes, the same Kewra that is sprinkled on Indian Mithais
Lemon Grass
Krachai or Finger Ginger – a long finger shaped Ginger – reddish brown in color
Galangal
Jumbo Red Chilly
Makroot

Indian & Thai Cuisine parallels

As we ate the sumptuous food, Chef Benjamin, who hails from Mizoram explained the parallels between various Indian and Thai cuisines and here is the list that I gathered Tom Yum Soup cab ne equated with Tamatar Shorba Massaman Curry, whose name comes from Musalman curry from the Muslim communities living in Southern Thailand, can be compared with Rogan Josh and both of these are traditionally made with lamb. Stir Fry, but for the difference in batter used can be our very own Bhajji or pakoras.
Water Chestnut in Coconut curry is inspired from Payasam that is also based in Coconut milk. In fact, chef told us that coconut milk got added to Thai curries when Portuguese came to Thailand and could not take the spice levels there and they used coconut milk to make it milder.
Thai Cuisine
Thai Cuisine

In fact, when Chef was narrating the five elements of Thai Cuisine i.e. Sweet, Sour, Salt, Spicy, Bitter, it reminded of six tastes that Ayurveda talks of in a complete meal, and are traditionally a part of Indian Thali. Comparative Cuisine can be an interesting study in itself.

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