“It is true that the credit to popularising Vanilla as a flavour goes to the Cortez who discovered it when they invaded Mexico; and to Queen Elizabeth -I who patronised the chocolate free, all-vanilla
sweetmeats. She called it the “scent of a good sugar treat”. But Vanilla was used much before the Spaniards discovered it. While the Aztec used it to flavour their bitter chocolate, ancient
civilisation used it as a ‘treat’ on their feast tale. Thus, making this sweet-smelling spice, one of the festive dishes.
And this dish is an ode to that love, albeit with an Indian twist.”