[INDOLOGY] Reconstructing Indus Curry!

rajam rajam at earthlink.net
Tue Jan 19 16:55:54 UTC 2016

Dear Suresh,

Thanks so much for the details. I’m learning.

I thought 

///Hindi: कढ़ी, Rajasthani: कड्डी/खाटो, Punjabi: ਕੜ੍ਹੀ, Gujarati:
> કઢી,  Marathi: कढी ///

all referred to some kind of buttermilk-based dish. No?

I’ll definitely take a look at Roger Blench’s work. I love taro. In fact I’m trying to grow it in a container. 

In any case, please know that I’m not into claiming/proving anything.

My expertise in any field other than Tamil is zero!! 

Thanks and regards,

> On Jan 19, 2016, at 4:03 AM, Suresh Kolichala <suresh.kolichala at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 18, 2016 at 9:42 PM, rajam <rajam at earthlink.net> wrote:
>> Quite interesting! I wonder if the discussants knew the origin of the word
>> “curry (கறி),” and that it is Tamil. Thereupon they may change their
>> direction!
> Rajam,
> What has European discovery of curry in South India in the last 500
> years has anything to do with reconstructing Indus curry? Since Vasco
> De Gama anchored off the South Indian coast (in 1498) from the east
> coast of Africa, the early contacts of the European sailors and
> colonizers were South Indian, and several native words from South
> Indian languages went into Portuguese, Dutch and English. There are
> words such as  kaḍhi/kaṛhi in several north Indian languages as well
> and it is difficult to determine the origin of these common Indian
> words (Hindi: कढ़ी, Rajasthani: कड्डी/खाटो, Punjabi: ਕੜ੍ਹੀ, Gujarati:
> કઢી,  Marathi: कढी).
>> In any case …
>> I’ve always wondered about the similarities between the generous use of
>> turmeric in Punjabi & Tamil cuisines. Also, Taro roots which are also
>> referred to as “arbi” and “cēppaṅkiḻaṅku (சேப்பங்கிழங்கு/சேம்பு)” are common
>> in both cuisines.
> Turmeric and Taro roots are used throughout the subcontinent and are
> not exclusively special to Panjabi and Tamil cuisines or cultures. The
> use of turmeric in ritual rites, in cooking and traditional medicine
> is found throughout India, including East India. Taro is a plant
> believed to be native to Southeast Asia, The near-universal
> distribution of this root in Austroasiatic suggests that taro played
> an important role in its early expansion. It is also claimed that this
> word is related to #traw? which is widespread in Austronesian. For
> more details, see the nice summary of the linguistic research on this
> plant by Roger Blench:
> http://ir.minpaku.ac.jp/dspace/bitstream/10502/4711/1/SES78_004.pdf
> Suresh.

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