The push to cancel the word ‘curry’ has erupted on the internet after a food blogger called on people to stop using the term.
Chaheti Bansal, a 27-year-old food blogger based in California, posted a recipe in June, calling on her followers to stop using the word ‘curry’.
In the clip – which has since been viewed nearly 4 million times – Ms Bansal says the term has been misused by Western countries to describe almost every Indian dish.
“There’s a saying that the food in India changes every 100km and yet we’re still using this umbrella term popularised by white people who couldn’t be bothered to learn the actual names of our dishes,” she wrote. “But we can still unlearn.”
Her opinions caused fiery debates on social media – with some voicing their support while others were left furious they were being asked to stop using such a common term.
“WTF is wrong with these people, making the world a sad place with their constant whinging…” one person commented.
“Reckon ‘curry’ has been around longer than ‘blogger’. Know which one I’d cancel,” another wrote.
“Does this mean I can’t go out for Chinese,” someone joked.
Author and broadcaster Kel Richards was among many to challenge her perception, and told Sky News Australia there were “no facts” to support this claim.
The word curry “first appeared in the English language in 1598 – 200 years before India became a British colony”, he said.
“The idea it’s got any connection with the British East India Company or colonialism is just historically wrong, they’ve got their dates wrong.
“The other thing I can mention is, the word in itself comes from the Indian Tamil word ‘Kari’, and it means sauce.
“What the English language has been doing for the last thousand years is borrowing words from other languages so as a linguist I think that’s perfectly okay.”
In an interview with NBC Asian America, Ms Banza says she just wants people to stop overusing the term and recognise the diversity of other Indian food.
“You can travel like 100 kilometers, and you can get a completely different type of cuisine,” she told reporters.
“And it’s a completely different language and a different culture. And it just goes to show that there’s so much diversity in our food that doesn’t get recognised.”