Chopstick Cinema

Celeste Heiter's Adventures in Asian Food & Film

'A Passage to India' and a Bihari-Style Menu

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This Month's Film: A Passage to India
Cuisine: Indian (Bihar)

E.M. Forster's 'A Passage to India' is an epic tale that takes place in colonial India in the fictional city of Chandrapore, which resembles the real city of Bankipur, near Patna, the capital city of Bihar province. And the location of the mysterious Marabar Caves described in the novel is near the town of Savandurga, northwest of Bangalore.

With that in mind, I have chosen to focus on the cuisine of Bihar province, a fertile plain in northeast India, near the Nepal border, with a rich culinary history.

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