Tim Graham of Chicago's Travelle calls the slow-cooked Bengali condiment "ketchup with a lot more going on." Toasted cumin, coriander, mustard, turmeric and chili powder "come together into one flavor that's both fruity and funky," he says.
Everyone knows the idiom, you are what you eat. If this is true, do we know who we are? Increasingly people are trying their hand at the old foodways. We are preserving: Food, culture, community, ourselves.