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Chilli 01

Chilli 01

Subodh Kerkar


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Medium: Fibreglass and tyre pieces 

Size: 220 cm x 40 cm x 70 cm (each chilly) 

Year: Various

No other commodity imported to India has affected the life of Indians as much as chillies. It is unlikely that there is any Indian who has not tasted chillies. Indian cuisine used pepper and other spices until chillies arrived in Goa on a Portuguese caravel coming from Brazil in the early 16th century. The first mention of chillies in Indian literature is in a poem by the South Indian composer and saint poet Purandaradasa, written in 1560’s. The poem states: "I saw you green... Then turning red as you ripened... Nice to look at and tasty in the dish... Enhancer of good food... And when I eat you, Even to think of Vithala is difficult!"  

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