Gulabjaam: A Marathi Food Film With a Caste Problem

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Gulabjaam: A Marathi Food Film With a Caste Problem

Illustration: Sushant Ahire

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s a member of a small Catholic community native to Mumbai called East Indians, most people haven’t had a taste of my favourite Maharashtrian foods – and indeed, they are Maharashtrian. These include a variation of the pork vindaloo; a spicy, tamarind-heavy fish curry; and a mutton curry made with the famous bottle masala sold by East Indian families in Mumbai.

But there are Maharashtrian dishes far more popular than these that don’t make an appearance in Sachin Kundalkar’s Gulabjaam, the story of a Maharashtrian man who leaves his high-paying corporate job in London to learn how to cook in Pune, with the hope of taking Maharashtrian cuisine to the rest of the world.

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