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Is Your Knowledge Of Desi Cuisine Good Enough To Win You Masterchef?

Can you distinguish between cumin and fennel seeds? Or just stick to boiling water?

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  1. The pearls in Indian-style Falooda are usually made from what?

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    Basil seeds
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    Basil seeds
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    Tapioca seeds
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    Tapioca seeds
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    Sago pearls
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    Sago pearls
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    Fruit jelly pearls
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    Fruit jelly pearls
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    Basil Seeds

    Basil Seeds
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  2. Which of these dishes did not originate in India?
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    Shukto
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    Shukto
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    Samosa
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    Samosa
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    Dal Bhaat (Rice and Dal)
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    Dal Bhaat (Rice and Dal)
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    All of them
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    All of them

    Shukto is Portugese, Samosa is Persian, and Dal Bhaat is Nepali.

  3. Which of these edibles can be consumed by a strict Jain vegetarian?
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    Yoghurt
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    Yoghurt
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    Cabbage
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    Cabbage
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    Honey
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    Honey
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    Figs
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    Figs
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    Cabbage

    The rest items involve harm to or intake of parts of animals — yoghurt has bacteria, honey is necessary for bees, and figs usually house dead wasps — which is forbidden in strict Jain culture.

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  4. Which of these is a savoury drink?
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    Thandai
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    Thandai
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    Chaas
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    Chaas
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    Sharbat
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    Sharbat
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    Lassi
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    Lassi
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    Chaas

    Chaas
  5. Which of these fish is Hilsa (Ilish)?
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    This is Hilsa

    The rest are Bhetki/Barramundi/Asian Sea Bass (top-left); Rohu/Indian Carp (top-right); Pomfret (bottom-left).

    This is Hilsa
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  6. What is the correct process to make Ghee?

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    Simmering churned cream/yoghurt over heat, and, skimming off impurities.
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    Boiling spoilt milk for a very long time.
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    Constantly churning buttermilk over low heat.
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    Bringing milk to a boiling point, then cooling it suddenly, and, skimming off impurities.
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    Ghee is prepared by simmering churned cream (or yoghurt), skimming any impurities from the surface, and then pouring and retaining the clear, still liquid fat, while discarding the solid residue that settled on the bottom.

  7. Which of these is an optional ingredient in <i>Chettinad Masala</i>?
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    Tamarind
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    Tamarind
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    Black Pepper
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    Black Pepper
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    Cloves
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    Cloves
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    Cinnamon
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    Cinnamon
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    Tamarind

    Tamarind
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  8. Which of these is permitted in traditional Kashmiri cooking called <i>Wazwan</i>?
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    Lentils and pulses are a part of the meal.
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    The spices are boiled, not fried.
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    Around 20 out of the 36 dishes are vegetarian.
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    The dishes are cooked by someone who is not a family cook.
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    The spices are boiled, not fried.

    A Wazwan is a multi-course meal in the Kashmiri Muslim tradition and treated with great respect. Out of the usual thirty-six course meal, at least 15-20 dishes must be non-vegetarian.

    The spices are boiled, not fried.
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  9. Kottu is usually made using which shredded base?

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    Chapati
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    Chapati
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    Poori
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    Poori
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    Parotta
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    Parotta
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    Bread
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    Bread
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    Parotta

    Parotta
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  10. According to Indian food theory, what are the two more basic tastes other than sweet, sour, salty and bitter?
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    Spicy and Umami
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    Spicy and Nutty
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    Nutty and Tangy
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    Spicy and Astringent
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    Spicy and Astringent

    A proper Indian meal attempts to balance all six flavors, with one or two of them standing out, but no one dish containing all six.

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  11. Which of these curries does NOT use coconut milk?
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    Avial
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    Jungle curry
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    Massaman curry
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    Ghantaa curry
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    Jungle Curry

    Jungle Curry
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  12. Which of these is Poppy seeds?
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    The rest are: Carom (Ajwain) seeds (top-left); Coriander (Dhania) seeds (top-right); Mustard seeds (bottom-right).

  13. Chhurpi, a cheese used in North-east Indian cuisine, is made from what?

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    Baby goats' milk
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    Yak's milk
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    Mare's milk
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    Ox's milk
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    Yak's milk

    Yak's milk
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