South Asians take the utmost pride in their culinary abilities – frankly because we are mighty good at it. Having said that, we don't take it lightly when uncalled 'westernised' versions of desi dishes near and dear to us make rounds on the internet.
A popular online Food channel, Tasty UK posted a recipe for a one-pot Chicken Korma and sparked outrage on Twitter for all the right reasons. Unlike the traditional rich and aromatic gravy we make in Pakistan, the UK version of Korma (if you can even call it that) comprised throwing meat and rice in a single frying pot, cooked to abomination.
“What in the name of colonial cuisine blasphemy is this,” wrote a user and we agree.
What in the name of colonial cuisine blasphemy is this. https://t.co/5l7fCYAeg3— Vote. (@nizambakeri) December 5, 2022
Another tweep argued on how the colonisers looted everything from South Asia except their cooking techniques. “I’m sorry for all South Asians having to see this,” they wrote.
they really stole and looted everything from us during colonisation BUT our cooking techniques lmao im so sorry for yall south asians having to see this <\3 https://t.co/AmYaKANdm8— izzi berhohoho (@IzzraifHarz) December 5, 2022
“How the h** did y’all colonise the world for spices and then not use them even when cooking our own food?!” asked another disgusted user.
How the hell did y’all colonize the world for spices and then NOT use them even when cooking OUR OWN FOOD?! https://t.co/lv9KWp7FTG— Manveer Singh (@manveerssihota) December 5, 2022
Users questioned how to prevent humanity from eating this “abomination.”
Where is the part where you bury this in the ground so no one dies from eating this? https://t.co/JH4Bw78gf3— 𝙂𝙪𝙧𝙪 𓅓 (@GuruSyre) December 5, 2022
The video made a user want to report “cultural violence.”
You have united India and Pakistan with one post.— Abhishek Mukherjee (@ovshake42) December 4, 2022
WHAT ABOMINATION ARE YOU PREPARING IN THE NAME OF KORMA? https://t.co/u12D6usg0l
Keep the disastrous recipe aside, a user was even questioning how they didn’t even cook their chicken a bit, making the recipe a sure cause for food poisoning. “I don’t even care about the ingredients, but why can’t they caramelise the onions and saute the chicken for a bit? Without that happening this dish is best-called food poisoning,” they wrote.
I don’t even care about the ingredients, but why can’t they caramelize the onions and saute the chicken for a bit? Without that happening this dish is best called “food poisoning”. https://t.co/2HYxF79awU pic.twitter.com/unMojj5gZQ— pinkpaisley پنک پیسلی (@pinkpaisley3) December 5, 2022
Desi mom nightmare
The recipe mixing rice, water, chicken, onions and raisins all at once without any spices definitely triggered the OG chefs at every desi household – the moms!
“My mother said so many Urdu complicated words looking at this she might file a case against them,” wrote a user.
My mother said so many urdu complicated words looking at this she might file a case against them https://t.co/fTD8E9CVps— ✨Disintegrating✨ (@whineandchill) December 4, 2022
And of course, there were memes!
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