32. Pulse of the People

No one cares about dal, unless it makes the news for the wrong reasons. As the prices of tur, moong and urad see a shocking price increase, the governments of Maharashtra and Punjab are raiding traders for hoarding dal. But parochialism may be partly to blame – we’re so accustomed to a specific type of dal we’re willing to pay higher prices for imported dal rather than consider cheaper, local alternatives.

In this episode, we explore dal and its colonial history, regional-emotional connect and the man-made substitute ‘dal analogue’.

Music by Josh Woodward.