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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.
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