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Ashish The Culinary Historian

Africa it's culture customs, music,wild life, it's diversity but most importantly it's culinary culture has always fascinated me. I was happy when we along with Rao Narender Yadav were invited to savour the cuisine of Congo by H.E.Mossi Myamale Rosette the Ambassador of Democratic Republic of Congo .Interestingly,Congo is home to many ethnic communities and they speak around 200 languages Since Congo has different regions their cuisine is also very diverse.They love their meats and the tradional maize bread .Their main staple food is Cassava. Most of their cuisine consists of starch,vegetables, fish and meats. Interestingly like South east Asia and the north east of India. .grasshoppers, butterfly larvae ,wild bees ,smoked meats and grills are very popular too.The congolese love their chillies .. We did get to taste some interesting stuff including grasshopper and larvae. . Also on offer was goat stew. Goat head. .pili pili their hot chili sauce and fufu a traditional porridge staple. The pork trotters were to die for. .Congolese love their music and my favourite African music is the lingala which is very popular in kenya and Congo..I leave you with some music from Congo.This music is created by a group of disabled Congolese street musicians, called Staff Benda Bilili. They became famous after a documentary was made and debuted at the Cannes Film festival. Their story is inspiring and their messages moving. Their soulful harmonies are lively and hypnotic... Here is a link to one of their tunes... youtu.be/W95yV8uAfW4?list=RDW95yV8uAfW4 ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

Ashish The Culinary Historian

Being summer's my craving for ice Cream crops up. Can't resist despite being a diabetic ..Food and my quest takes me to all the interesting places pan India..While shooting for German Tv for a series on traditional Ice creams of India a couple of years back I hit old Delhi to savour the flavours of the famous Kuremal Mahavir Prasad Kulfiwale in Bazar Sita Ram ,Old Delhi.. I love the character of this place and I feel for a foodie like me I always find order in disorder here.. There is chaos and this part of Delhi thrives on chaos .. the place is alive and full of life.. The flavours here have always lured my stomach and my palette. The natural kulfis were to die for..right from mango to orange to Guava ..each flavour stands out... There are many stories that I discovered here ..How the shop opened ,what is the secret of the flavours of their kulfis and most important the passion that goes into maintaining the tradition and getting every customer to go back satiated with a smile on their faces. I could not resist stopping by at a chat stall and end up making chat my way.. ... See MoreSee Less

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