Momofuku Ando’s legacy …

Cup poha and upma

If there was any doubt of Momofuk Ando’s place in culinary history, these instant Indian breakfast-in-a-cup that I spotted on a trip to Mumbai settles it. The inventor of cup noodles would never have imagined this latest development in the cup-ification of food, but he would have surely approved of packaging misal (moth beans topped with crunchy farsan), poha (flattened and dried rice with onions, peas and potatoes) and upma (semolina with onions and vegetables), some of the most popular and traditional breakfasts in India, in cups to which you just add hot water. I’ve not tried these instant versions but having grown up on these dishes, which are common in western and southern India, I find the idea absolutely brilliant. (Apologies to readers for whom this is old news!)

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