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Space travel puts spotlight on India's best-loved dishes

Astronauts to feast on biryani and khichdi when they launch next year

A selection of biryanis from Veg Gulati restaurant. (Photo courtesy of Veg Gulati restaurant)

Indian astronauts onboard Gaganyaan, the country's first manned mission to orbit the Earth in 2022, will not only get a taste of the final frontier, but also lip-smacking Indian specialties like biryani and khichdi.

While earlier, freeze-dried foods in tubes and pastes once formed the bulk of nutrition for astronauts, space explorers can now partake of a smorgasbord of culinary delights thanks to modern technology. American astronauts for example have been consuming pineapple cake, peaches, chocolate pudding and brownies on their galactic missions. Their Japanese counterparts have tucked into such signature dishes as ramen and rice with ume (pickled plums).

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