Exhibition, tasting menu at the National Museum for a flavour of Indus Valley

Dishes will be made with ingredients that have been found by archaeologists at Indus Valley sites

February 18, 2020 07:29 pm | Updated 07:30 pm IST - NEW DELHI

A view of the National Museum in New Delhi.

A view of the National Museum in New Delhi.

An exhibition on Harappan kitchens and the food cooked in them, complete with a tasting menu and dinner to give visitors a taste of the Indus Valley Civilisation, is set to start at the National Museum here on Wednesday.

The week-long exhibition, titled ‘Historical Gastronomica: the Harappan Dining Experience’, will showcase panels on the kitchens, cookware and food prevalent in the Indus Valley Civilisation, which dates back to over 5,000 years, and include a “food walk” within the premises of the museum, a National Museum official said on Tuesday.

Apart from that, tasting menus throughout the day, and dinner, which has to be pre-booked, will be organised, the official said. The event is being organised by a “Delhi-based group One Station Million Stories and the National Museum is hosting it”, the official said, adding that the food would be prepared by Delhi-based Sabyasachi Gorai, known as Chef Saby.

Daily variety

On the tasting menu will be one vegetarian and non-vegetarian dish each, a beverage, pickles and breads made from ingredients that have been found by archaeologists at the Indus Valley sites. This menu would change every day, but some of the dishes likely to be served are barley bread; fermented vine or spinach leaves stuffed with millets; chickpeas, moong (green gram), brown sesame seed and jaggery laddoos , according to an indicative menu drawn up by the organisers.

For dinner, red rice porridge, fish in a turmeric stew, sweet rice with banana and honey, and ragi laddoo s are on the menu.

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