The overuse of the word "curry" has come under fire from South Asian food bloggers who claim it is rooted in British colonialism.
Chaheti Bansal, 27, previously posted an Instagram video calling on her followers and the public to "cancel the word curry".
In the short clip uploaded earlier this year, viewed more than 3.6 million times, she says the term has been misused by foreigners to describe every dish made on the Asian subcontinent.
The Californian food blogger said: "There's a saying that the food in India changes every 100km and yet we're still using this umbrella term popularised by white people who couldn't be bothered to learn the actual names of our dishes.
"But we can still unlearn."
Speaking to NBC News, she added: "Curry shouldn't be all that you think about when you think about South Asian food."
Ilyse Morgenstein Furest is an associate religious studies professor at the University of Vermont and a known expert in South Asia.
She said: "The word curry does not exist in any South Asian language to my knowledge."
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The professor says that the word curry originated from the "British bad ear" during colonial rule in India.
Multiple historians have claimed that British officials misheard the word "kari", which can translate to both "blackened" and "side dish".
It is believed to have originated in the 1850s when the British arrived in the region and started to use the term.
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The professor said due to the power structures in place, locals started to use it too.
"South Asians can turn around and say, 'OK, if these British officers want curry, and I stand to profit, whether that's socially, politically, financially, then I set up a curry house,'" she told NBC News.
Furest says this is why "curry" should not be used as an umbrella term because it is largely "rooted in white, Christian supremacy," and incorrect.
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Another Instagram food influence Nisha Vedi Pawar, 36, has joined the calls, uploading a video where she asks: "What the hell is curry?"
Journalist Simon Mccoy appeared on GB News on Monday morning and called the idea of the word 'curry' being racist "ridiculous".
"Curry is now racist. The word curry is racist – along with everything else," the GB News host said.
"The word curry is racist (as) a food blogger says it’s time to cancel the British colonial term."
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But blogger Chaheti Bansal says the word does not need to be 'cancelled' fully, claiming it describes a variety of dishes from meat ones in gravy to vegetable side plates in South India.
"My partner is Sri Lankan, I have friends that are Malayali, friends that are Tamil, and yes they use the word curry," she says.
"But you shouldn't just lump all of our foods together under this term."
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