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Named after the East India Company, the Catholic community of East Indians are native to Mumbai and have guarded their recipes of bottle-masala for decades. These spice-mixes are a blend of a long list of ingredients, pounded and packed into old beer bottles and can conveniently create complex flavours with minimum fuss. Bottle-masala is also a way the East Indians created a distinction between their cuisine and those of other Christian communities across India. Real Food takes us into the heart of this feisty community that loves to eat but doesn’t like sharing its recipes.
Music by Josh Woodward.
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