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.
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
- Jumbo Red Chilly
Indian & Thai Cuisine parallels
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.