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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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    • 15 Street Food Favourites You Can't Miss In Chennai

      From the frenetic streets of Triplicane and Mylapore to the beaches at Besant Nagar and the iconic Marina, each street food hub has its own story to tell.

    • Spot Idli - The Street-Style Spin On The Classic Idli Deserves A Spot In Your Heart

      It was in Coimbatore that I tried Spot Idli after my first brush with this dish in Hyderabad. This was a dish that originated on the streets of Hyderabad where it's also called Tawa Idli.

    • Dining Out In Chennai? Here Are 12 Restaurants Perfect For Family Bonding

      Looking for the perfect spot for Sunday brunch with the family? Check out these 10 Chennai restaurants that cater to kids and parents, alike.

    • 6 Exciting New Restaurants And Bars In Chennai You Must Try In June 2024

      New Restaurants In Chennai: From a unique rooftop bar to a contemporary restaurant that combines Asian and European influences, we've rounded up some of the best new F&B experiences in the city.

    • A Global Culinary Trail Across Chennai

      Chennai loves its Asian flavours, from Korean to Ramen bowls and Sichuan cuisine, everything's in the mix.

    • 7 New Restaurants And Bars In Bengaluru You Must Visit

      Bengaluru has several new bars and restaurants to explore. Read on to know where you should go.

    • Meen Kulambu: Try This Eternal Favourite For All Seafood Lovers From Tamil Nadu

      There are different versions across the state and almost every home has its own variation of this hearty fish dish that is the ultimate food craving for Tamilians across the world.

    • Date Night Dining In Chennai: 10 Most Romantic Restaurants And Dining Spots

      Where to go for a romantic dinner in Chennai? You'll love these 10 options.

    • Chennai Breakfast Trail: 15 Must-Visit Places In The City For Authentic Meals

      Looking to start your day on a delicious note in Chennai? We got you a list of breakfast places that you must try. Read on.

    • Ram Navami 2024: 3 Classic South Indian Recipes For Ram Navami Celebration

      Many homes across South India typically serve panaka, buttermilk, and moong dal salad or kosambari during Ram Navami celebration.

    • Pattanam Pakoda From Tamil Nadu Is The Perfect Anytime Snack To Curb Hunger

      Many train commuters from Thanjavur to Madras (now Chennai) packed these crunchy snacks for their overnight journey. It's why the name Pattanam Pakoda has stuck.

    • Duck Mappas - Have You Tried This Flavourful Dish From Central Kerala?

      Duck Mappas is a quintessential signature dish from Central Kerala. This is a dish you're likely to find at toddy shops around Kochi, Alappuzha and Kottayam.

    • 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.

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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.