The Indian cultural tapestry is so diverse that many communities that the country houses often go unnoticed. One such community is the Peranakans. These people have roots in Southern China and have migrated from there to different parts of Southeast Asia, including but not limited to India. Ex-Google MD Parminder Singh recently shared a photo of a Peranakan lunch. He specifically drew his followers’ attention to the Blue Basmati Rice. Can you guess how it got the hue?
Former Google MD On Blue Basmati Rice Served At A Peranakan Lunch
Blue basmati rice at a Peranakan lunch. (Pernakans are descendants of early Chinese migrants who settled in Southeast Asia).
Can you guess what gives the rice its blue colour? pic.twitter.com/jzpgxVp4eU
— Parminder Singh (@parrysingh) January 17, 2024
Former Managing Director of Google, Parminder Singh, recently shared a photo of a meal served that said was served at a Peranakan Lunch. His plate was filled with different delicious-looking items.
Giving a little context as to who the Peranakans are, he mentioned on X (formerly known as Twitter), that they are the descendants of Chinese migrants who moved and settled in Southeast Asia.
In the centre, was blue-coloured basmati rice which was the focus of his post. He asked his followers why they thought the rice was blue and what made it blue.
Who Are These People And Why Is The Basmati Rice Blue?
Blue – butterfly pea flower! I drink this tea, hence the guess
— Anu Sehgal 🇮🇳 (@anusehgal) January 17, 2024
In India, these people settled in the South Indian or Tamilian regions and retained their Chinese cultural traditions while maintaining a Hindu belief system. There, the name of the group is also known as the Chitty community.
Many people in the comments section were correctly able to guess the answer regarding why the Basmati rice was blue. It was because of the Butterfly-Pea flower. That is what ended up giving it the blue hue.
Have you ever heard of this community before? Were you able to guess why the rice was blue? Let us know in the comments section below!
Cover Image Credits: @parrysingh/X (Formerly, Twitter)
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