A few weeks ago, my wife and I were on vacation in New Zealand.
I was eating at one of the many Indian restaurants in the city of Waikato, and one of our friends, who is an Indian-American, asked, “Is it true that you love Indian food?”
My response was: “No.”
He said, “Oh, I have this weird Indian food obsession.
I eat Indian food, but I have no Indian food.”
And I was like, “You are wrong.”
We went on to share this story with our friends and family, who all came to the same conclusion: I do love Indian cuisine, but that does not make Indian food Indian.
And that’s what led me to write this piece.
When you think about it, the Indian food industry in America is about 80 percent white, and the other 80 percent of Indian food products are white-market products made by Indian companies.
But if you think back to the 1960s and 1970s, that’s when Indian food first really took off in America.
In 1964, the first Indian restaurant opened in San Francisco, California.
The same year, there were three Indian restaurants to serve Indian-owned businesses.
There were many other restaurants in Indian-dominated areas in the San Francisco Bay Area, but these were the first to be established in the United States.
It’s amazing that, as a white man, I never had an opportunity to experience Indian cuisine.
Even in the 1990s, Indian food was not as popular as it is today.
It was a niche food.
It did not take off in a big way in the U.S., but it did take off everywhere.
The only place to taste Indian food now is in India, and that’s where the Indian restaurant industry is.
In fact, it’s now the most popular food in India.
In the United Kingdom, we’re actually eating Indian food at the moment.
The number of Indian restaurants has increased by 100 percent in the last 10 years.
The food has gotten better and better.
It has become a lot more popular, and it is now considered a cultural cuisine, not just a fast food food food.
So when you think of Indian cuisine in America, it doesn’t necessarily make sense that it should be the only Indian food in America today.
The American Indian Restaurant Association estimates that, if you ask Americans about Indian food today, only 15 percent of people would identify as Indian.
What’s behind that?
Well, I believe there are a couple of factors.
One, there’s the rise of a certain kind of restaurant culture.
We’re talking about a culture that’s been around for generations.
There’s a sense that Indian restaurants are the new “family” restaurants.
And there’s also the growing popularity of Indian-produced food in American culture.
One of the reasons I say that is because in the 1970s and 1980s, a lot of Indian products became American products.
Indian food became so mainstream, it became the norm.
The restaurants were opening.
The menus were getting more and more elaborate.
The foods became more palatable.
And then the Indian-Americans who were doing Indian cooking for Western audiences started taking it to another level, in a way that’s different than Indian cooking was ever done before.
And this is a cultural phenomenon, not a commercial one.
The second factor is that Indian food has become more popular in America in general.
And I think the way that Americans consume Indian food is a reflection of the cultural changes in the country, the economic changes that came along with them.
The restaurant industry in the early 1900s was dominated by white, middle-class, Protestant, white people who owned and operated restaurants.
But in the 1940s and 1950s, as the country began to grow and change, those businesses were almost entirely dominated by people of color.
Today, in America’s largest cities, most of the Indian restaurants, Indian restaurants of all types, and Indian-run restaurants are owned by people who are black or Latino.
But there’s still a small number of restaurants, particularly in New York City, that are predominantly white.
And the reason for this is that the American Indian restaurant community is not very welcoming to anyone of color, not even white people.
And in this way, we have a long history of discrimination and exclusion against Indian people.
There are a lot reasons for this, but the most obvious one is that American Indian restaurants have a very low average revenue.
I’ve seen statistics about Indian restaurants that are a few hundred dollars a week.
The average Indian restaurant in New Delhi, India, can cost upwards of $10,000 a year to operate.
And a few years ago, one of my friends told me, “My Indian restaurant, I’m not even going to say a word about it.
It doesn’t matter to me.”
That is, my Indian restaurant has no marketing, no promotional material, and no ads.
I think that’s very unfortunate,