Exotic food with erotic consequences
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From CNN New Delhi Bureau Chief Anita Pratap
NEW DELHI (CNN) -- For seafood lovers, lobster usually tastes good any which way. But on this occasion in New Delhi, it's not only an exotic dish, it's an erotic one as well.
Garnished with what many consider a powerful aphrodisiac, powdered amber, these gourmet dishes are meant to be the Indian answer to Viagra, say their creators.
Food consultant Jiggs Kalra believes it's better to ingest an aphrodisiac in food. "It's so much healthier than going in for a pill that leaves you with so many residual problems," she said.
Kalra organized aphrodisiac meals as part of a festival of ecstacy. The recipes are drawn from the kitchens of medieval courts where, the story goes, aging kings needed every bit of extra help. The ingredients -- mineral ore from the Himalayas, powdered pearl from the Indian Ocean, sacred Indian grass and twenty four carat gold -- are exotic, expensive and difficult to procure.
But does it work?
"It's not as if its going to have an instant impact. It's not as if people are going to shed their clothes and start making whoopy right before other diners," said Kalra.
Diners enjoy the meal, but are cautious about its so-called effects.
"We'll get to know in about an hour or so," said one patron.
"Maybe a bit of viagra -- I'm feeling a little hot here," said another.
That may have more to do with the on-again off-again air conditioning and spicy food -- rather than aphrodisiacs.
Still, many agree the cuisine is delicious -- even if it's not exactly what the organizers proclaim it to be.
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