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From potatoes and plums to cauliflowers and carrots, how AHSI has influenced what we grow & eat


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According to food lore, biryani in Kolkata contains potatoes because of Wajid Ali Shah. His cooks should thank the AHSI. While potatoes were grown in Bengal in the 18th century, it was mainly for British consumption.

According to food lore, biryani in Kolkata contains potatoes because of Wajid Ali Shah, the nawab of Awadh. After the British deposed him in 1856 and he came to live in the city that was their centre of power in India, his cooks struggled to feed his huge retinue on curtailed funds, so took to adding potatoes to bulk out their biryani.

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