Pictures | Almost Famous: Six Indian Foods Seeking Geographical Indication (GI)

  • India has issued more than 370 GIs since 2003. Teas, coffees, handicrafts, wines, mehendi, laddoos and even haleem are protected there. Find out what other products and preparations hope to make the list

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Red rice; Himachal Pradesh red rice is a rare red grain variety that has been adapted over decades to grow in cooler climates. The varieties grow in the districts of Shimla, Chamba, Kullu and Kangra. The grains are richer in iron and zinc than regular rice and play an important role in local rituals. Rice is offered at weddings and at the birth of a child. This year marks the Golden Jubilee of Himachal State – 50 local articles are looking for IG to celebrate. (HT Archive)

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Odisha Kuchinda Pepper: The green and red varieties of Odisha Kuchinda Pepper employ nearly 12,000 local farmers.  The cold ripens on the plant, which means the resulting crop produces larger, hotter peppers that are prized in local and neighboring areas.  They are dried in the sun before sale.  Locals trace the culture's origin back to the reign of King Sudhaldev of Bamanda (1868-1903), a horticultural enthusiast who tended orchards and may have developed a local chili into a cash crop.  (Kuchinda Growers)

Odisha Kuchinda Pepper: The green and red varieties of Odisha Kuchinda Pepper employ nearly 12,000 local farmers. The cold ripens on the plant, which means the resulting crop produces larger, hotter peppers that are prized in local and neighboring areas. They are dried in the sun before sale. Locals trace the culture’s origin back to the reign of King Sudhaldev of Bamanda (1868-1903), a horticultural enthusiast who tended orchards and may have developed a local chili into a cash crop. (Kuchinda Growers)

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Sarpuria and Sarbhaja: The beloved West Bengal sweets, sarbhaja and sarpuria, originate from Krishnanagar.  Sarbhaja or shor bhaja wraps the creamy skin of the milk in a baked spongy milk sandwich.  The Sarpuria is a creamy block, similar but fried, and is only slightly sweet.  Both desserts have been made in the region for over 150 years.  (Biswarup Ganguly via Wikimedia Commons)

Sarpuria and Sarbhaja: The beloved West Bengal sweets, sarbhaja and sarpuria, originate from Krishnanagar. Sarbhaja or shor bhaja wraps the creamy skin of the milk in a baked spongy milk sandwich. The Sarpuria is a creamy block, similar but fried, and is only slightly sweet. Both desserts have been made in the region for over 150 years. (Biswarup Ganguly via Wikimedia Commons)

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Banana Matti: Matti bananas from Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu are not only sweeter than regular fruits, they are valued for their medicinal properties.  Children are weaned from milk using mashed bananas, those recovering are forced to eat it for a dose of strength, and many local communities believe it is an essential part of the diet. of anyone recovering from jaundice.  Several organic producers cultivate the Matti banana and deliver it across India.  (Kumari Organics)

Banana Matti: Matti bananas from Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu are not only sweeter than regular fruits, they are valued for their medicinal properties. Children are weaned from milk using mashed bananas, those recovering are forced to eat it for a dose of strength, and many local communities believe it is an essential part of the diet. of anyone recovering from jaundice. Several organic producers cultivate the Matti banana and deliver it across India. (Kumari Organics)

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Cachemire Gucchi : Les champignons les plus chers de l'Inde sont les morilles sauvages du Cachemire.  Connus localement sous le nom de gucchi, ils ne peuvent pas être cultivés.  Les butineuses les ramassent au fur et à mesure qu'elles poussent sur des bûches en décomposition et des racines d'arbres entre mars et mai.  Au moment où la récolte atteint le marché, elle commande presque <span class=

Kashmir Gucchi: The most expensive mushrooms in India are wild Kashmiri morels. Known locally as gucchi, they cannot be grown. Foragers collect them as they grow on rotting logs and tree roots between March and May. By the time the harvest reaches the market, she almost orders ??18,000 per kilo. Morels go into pulaos, accompany meat and vegetable dishes, and have an intense flavor that commercial white mushrooms cannot replicate. (TOMMES-WIKI via Wikimedia Commons)

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Shivalal Khara: Savanur's famous savory snack in Karnataka resembles Farsan from Gujarat, for good reason.  But they have a flavor of their own.  Most of the generic mixed versions date from the early 1900s. When the Nawab of Savanur moved to Rajkot to study, he was impressed by Dayaji Kotak, a young confectioner.  Kotak accompanied the Nawab on his return, establishing a food business that has since become the heirloom of the Kotak family.  Khaara, a salty-spicy farsan blend, tailored to local tastes, is the signature dish with an entire city producing its own versions.  (Shivalal Sweets)

Shivalal Khara: Savanur’s famous savory snack in Karnataka resembles Farsan from Gujarat, for good reason. But they have a flavor of their own. Most of the generic mixed versions date from the early 1900s. When the Nawab of Savanur moved to Rajkot to study, he was impressed by Dayaji Kotak, a young confectioner. Kotak accompanied the Nawab on his return, establishing a food business that has since become the heirloom of the Kotak family. Khaara, a salty-spicy farsan blend, tailored to local tastes, is the signature dish with an entire city producing its own versions. (Shivalal Sweets)

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