Nearly a decade ago, I did a TV show on the importance of milk in the Indian diet. Obviously, sweets (or mithai) featured in the episode and we journeyed to Calcutta to trace the origins of Bengali sweets. Various experts we spoke to told us that there was a religious prejudice among Hindus against splitting milk. It was only after colonialists encouraged Bengalis to abandon that prejudice that the Bengali sweets we now know so well were created.
From HT Brunch, August 23
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