Swapping paneer for pecorino: India gets taste for European cheeses

Posted by on November 12, 2021 5:58 am
Categories: Global Stories

Artisan producers have begun to emerge and demand for cheese platters has ‘gone ballistic’

It was one day during the Covid-19 lockdown last year that Namrata Sundaresan’s phone began ringing non-stop. Sundaresan, the co-founder of Käse, the only artisan cheesemaker in the southern Indian city of Chennai, was bemused by the avalanche of requests for one thing: pecorino cheese.

“I had 20 people call me and ask for pecorino,” she said. “I was really surprised because pecorino is not something that a lot of people in India know about.” It turned out a video featuring the Italian pasta dish, cacio e pepe, was going viral on social media and WhatsApp. Suddenly people across the country wanted to get their hands on some Italian-style hard cheese. “This would have been unthinkable two years ago,” said Sundaresan.

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