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Ashwin Rajagopalan - Food Wizard

Consultant Writer
I am the proverbial slashie - a Content architect, writer, speaker and cultural intelligence coach. School lunch boxes are usually the beginning of our culinary discoveries. That curiosity hasn’t waned. It’s only got stronger as I’ve explored culinary cultures, street food and fine dining restaurants in some of the world’s most remote corners. From fresh seafood in Hokkaido, Japan to Pub crawls in European beer capitals like Munich and Prague, I’ve discovered cultures and destinations through culinary motifs.

During my stint with NDTV Food, I've enjoyed sharing recipes, stories, international food trends and culinary discoveries from across the world, as well as deep diving into southern India's rich culinary heritage. I am equally passionate about writing on consumer tech and travel.
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    • Cooking With Black Nightshade: Try These South Indian Recipes With Manathakkali Keerai

      Manathakkali Keerai Recipes: Elevate your taste buds with simple yet soul-satisfying recipes that celebrate the earthy essence of Black Nightshade.

    • 10 Of The Best Rooftop Venues For Valentine's Day In Bengaluru And Chennai

      Valentine's Day 2024: Head to these rooftop dining venues in Chennai and Bengaluru to make your Valentine's date special.

    • 10 Of The Best Places To Find A Perfect Cup Of Filter Coffee In Chennai

      While cities like Melbourne might claim to have invented the term coffee snob, you haven't met the most fussy coffee snobs if you haven't run into one in Chennai.

    • The Fascinating Story Of Rava Idli - How It Is Enjoyed In Bengaluru And Chennai

      The rava idli didn't just become a part of restaurant menus in Bengaluru and Chennai but also became a popular 'tiffin' snack across South India.

    • Badusha: Try This Deep-Fried Sweet Treat From South India

      Badusha is quite similar to the Balushahi, which comes with an indent in the center that makes it resemble a South Indian-style vada.

    • Meen Manga Pothi - A Delicious Steamed Fish Delicacy From Kerala

      Meen Manga Pothi is a healthier version of the pollichathu that does not involve a frying process. In that sense, it's closer to the steamed Fish Amok.

    • Experience The Flavours Of Kerala With This Mouthwatering Meen Manga Pothi Recipe

      Meen manga pothi has mahi-mahi fish steamed in a banana leaf with a flavorful twist of raw mango.

    • This Year, Celebrate Christmas With These 3 South Indian Delicacies - Recipes Inside

      This Christmas, we got you some unique recipes that is prepared and enjoyed in South Indian region annually. Read on.

    • 12 Of The Best New Restaurants In Chennai You Must Visit In 2024

      On the lookout for exciting dining venues in Chennai? Check out our roundup of some of the top restaurants to explore.

    • Where To Get Find Best Ambur Biryani In Chennai - 5 Options To Try

      If you're looking for Ambur biryani in Chennai and are unlikely to be invited to a wedding where cooks from Ambur take centre stage, then these are your best bets in Chennai.

    • 4 Cities In Kerala Every Food Enthusiast Needs To Explore

      From Kozhikode's scrumptious biryanis to Fort Kochi's hipster cafes to street food in Thiruvananthapuram, each city in Kerala is a foodie paradise.

    • 7 Of Chennai's Best Whisky Bars You Must Visit

      If you are in Chennai and if you love whisky, then these bars are must visit.Take a look.

    • 8 Of The Best Restaurants And Bars In Bengaluru You Must Try

      Whether you're planning to visit Bengaluru or you're looking for new F&B spaces close to home to hang out this weekend, our list is a great starting point.

    • Guide To Enjoy A Fine Indian Gin This Diwali - Find It Inside

      Indian gins are enjoying the global spotlight like never before. If you're shopping for a fine Indian gin this Diwali season, you will spoilt for choice.

    • 10 Chennai Sweet Shops That Will Make Your Diwali Extra Sweet

      Diwali 2023: If you are in Chennai, here are the sweet shops you must visit for your festive binge. Read on.

    • 7 Mouth-Watering South Indian Sweets That'll Light Up Your Diwali Celebrations

      It's time for traditional sweets and savouries that are shared during celebratory meals through Diwali season. Here're traditional South Indian sweets for you to try.

    • 8 Best Restaurants On Lavelle Road, Bengaluru Every Foodie Must Try

      Lavelle Roads location in the heart of the CBD makes it a popular haunt for after-hours drinks with your co-workers and convenient for office lunches.

    • 8 Instagram-Worthy Desserts Redefining Chennai's Food Scene

      Chennai's F&B hotspots are creating desserts that are a treat for both your taste buds and your Instagram. Get ready for a feed filled with sugary goodness!

    • International Gin And Tonic Day 2023: The Untold Story Of How Gin And Tonic Became A Worldwide Favourite

      Get ready to raise your glass! It's International Gin And Tonic Day 2023 today. Here's the epic story behind gin and tonic and its connection to India.

    • 7 Of The Best Spots in Indore For An Authentic Poha Jalebi

      If you're on the hunt for the finest poha in Indore, these are the Seven places you must visit

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    Ashwin Rajagopalan - Food Wizard

    I am the proverbial slashie - a Content architect, writer, speaker and cultural intelligence coach. School lunch boxes are usually the beginning of our culinary discoveries. That curiosity hasn’t waned. It’s only got stronger as I’ve explored culinary cultures, street food and fine dining restaurants in some of the world’s most remote corners. From fresh seafood in Hokkaido, Japan to Pub crawls in European beer capitals like Munich and Prague, I’ve discovered cultures and destinations through culinary motifs.

    During my stint with NDTV Food, I've enjoyed sharing recipes, stories, international food trends and culinary discoveries from across the world, as well as deep diving into southern India's rich culinary heritage. I am equally passionate about writing on consumer tech and travel.