How chicken korma has brought Indians and Pakistanis together

Curry Tales: How Chicken Korma Brought Indians and Pakistanis Together

Screenshot from Tasty UK video.

Food brings people closer. And in this particular case, it brought the citizens of two countries together.

When a Twitter account, called “Tasty UK,” posted its own rendition of the beloved chicken vine, Forums Twitteratti from India and Pakistan were not happy at all.

The now viral video has some people wondering and others outraged that the world-famous korma, a recipe favored by both Indians and Pakistanis, has been destroyed.

Let’s take a closer look.


The video, titled “One-pot Chicken Korma” and accompanied by a heart-eyes emoji, starts out as a normal cooking tutorial and given the popularity of Chicken Korma, it was bound to catch viewers.

But there was something wrong with the caption itself. The word “one pot” raised a lot of doubts about the authenticity of the recipe, and just as people were tuning in, the nightmare began.

This white version of chicken korma uses unusual ingredients like spinach and raisins and is uncooked. Basmati Cedar, pine nuts, etc.

The video begins with the chef frying sliced ​​onions and diced garlic in a pan before adding chicken breast, tomatoes and a few tablespoons of korma paste. Then, after mixing all the raw ingredients together, the chef adds uncooked basmati rice to the same pan using one chicken stock cube. Add the raisins before all the ingredients boil together for about 10 minutes.

Then the dish is decorated with yogurt, pine nuts and coriander.

The 55-second video invited a lot of criticism from people who claimed that this is not the way to cook a dish with a long history and a lot of emotion.

One user said, “You have united India and Pakistan with one position. What abomination are you preparing in the name of Korma?”

Journalist Yunus Lasagna demanded the return of the Kohinoor diamond after watching the tutorial. He said: What the hell is this? rice? Even after our colonization, you can’t cook. Definitely need the Kohinoor back.”

Tasty UK’s tweet brought together Indian and Pakistani users sharing the history and legacy of chicken korma.

History of Chicken Korma

Chicken Korma has a rich history dating back to the Mughal period. The word ‘Kurma’ is derived from the Urdu word jorma which translates to barbecue – a cooking technique that uses slow frying in a closed pot.

The dish consists of meat, yogurt, broth, and a variety of spices stirred together to produce a thick sauce.

In the Indian subcontinent, the Mughals introduced chicken korma. The recipe was popular in Mughal kitchens and is said to have been served to Emperor Shah Jahan and his guests at the opening ceremony of the Taj Mahal.

According to a report before he movedFood historian Neha Virmani writes, “In a Mughal context, the earliest reference to garma that I know of comes from the aristocratic cookbooks produced under Shah Alam”.

Dishes that have caused a stir in the past

In 2020, during the coronavirus lockdown, many people took up cooking and baking to kill time, including former footballer David Beckham.

While fans admired his cooking skills, Beckham’s performance of the famous Shepherd’s Pie has divided many, according to a report by hello journal.

Posting a video of the dish on his Instagram account, he wrote, “Another controversial coleslaw moment with shepherd’s pie.” The pie in the video was topped with gravy pesto—a ready-to-cook gravy available in jars—with a side of sweet corn.

Responding to David’s dinner, one Twitter user said, “I can’t stop looking at the absolute car crash that happens on David Beckham’s dinner plate.”

Back in 2016, a food magazine named it in good healthAnd the He developed a recipe for a Filipino refresher called “Halo-Halo”. The recipe included mashed blueberries, blackberries, lemon juice, coconut milk, bear gum, and even popcorn.

Many readers took to Twitter to call the recipe “profane,” “disgusting,” and “Christopher Columbus’s recipe.”

With input from the agencies

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