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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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    • Mulligatawny Soup: Is It India's First Soup? What Is It Made Of?

      Soups were probably not a thing in 18th Century cuisine. There are quite a few legends about the mulligatawny soup. Read on to know more.

    • Kosambari - This Delicious Salad From Karnataka Makes For A Quick And Nutritious Meal

      This nutritious meal by itself also makes the perfect accompaniment to one of Karnataka's most iconic rice dishes - the rich bisi bele bath.

    • Cooking With Ivy Gourd: 3 Delicious Recipes From South India

      South Indian recipes with Ivy gourd: While a stir-fry is a great option and accompaniment for rice and sambar or rasam, you can also play around with this vegetable with different cooking styles.

    • 3 Delicious Chettinad Recipes With Star Anise

      Star anise is a key ingredient in Galliano, a legendary Italian liqueur and also one of the spices that adds a unique twist to Chettinad cuisine in Tamil Nadu.

    • Top 6 Iconic And Classic Cakes From Around The World

      We bring you some of the most fuss-free cakes from around the world that can be prepared in a blink.

    • 8 Of Chennai's Best New Restaurants In 2022

      From Peranakan cuisine to Anglo-Indian cuisine, some of Chennai's newest restaurants put the focus on fascinating cuisines, a wider reflection of the city's evolving palates.

    • 10 Food And Dining Trends That Shaped 2022

      We've put together a list of 2022's hottest food and dining trends. From rise in the cocktails to experiential dining scenes - here's everything you need to know.

    • Healthy South Indian Vegetarian Recipes From Kerala You Are Sure To Love

      Here I have shared a list of dishes that I enjoyed the most at the Amal Tamara. These are not just easy to make but also find the balance between wellness and delicious flavours.

    • Kaalan: Try This South Indian Sadya-Special Recipe From Kerala

      Kerala Sadya is the elaborate banana leaf meal typically served at weddings and festivals like Onam.

    • Coffee Trail Through Bengaluru - Best Cafes In India's Coffee Capital

      Bengaluru's unique location near some of the country's coffee growing hubs like Kodagu and Chikamagalur adds to its coffee creds.

    • 8 Must-Try Restaurants And Cafes In Chennai's East Coast Road

      ECR has gradually evolved into Chennai's 'go-to' weekend entertainment destination with multiple options.

    • 7 Of The Best All-Day Diners In Chennai

      We round up some of our favourite restaurants in Chennai. Take a look.

    • The Return Of The Negroni: Cocktail Recipes To Try

      The Negroni is one of the most famous Italian cocktails due to its appearance, taste and the ease of its preparation.

    • What Is Peranakan Cuisine? Chef Shares Recipes To Try At Home

      The origins of Peranakan or Nyonya cuisine date back to the 15th Century and the Peranakans, descendants of the early Chinese migrants who settled in vibrant trading hotspots like Penang and Malacca.

    • Discover Maldivian Cuisine: 3 Delicious Maldivian Recipes

      I signed up for a culinary session with a Maldivian culinary expert and picked three of my favourite Maldivian dishes and cooked them from scratch. You can try the three recipes of the dishes I tried including the subtly sweet coconut pudding.

    • 7 Of The Best New Restaurants In Chennai

      Looking for new restaurants in Chennai? Here are a few options for you to try.

    • These Are The Best Standalone Restaurants And Bars In Nungambakkam, Chennai

      These people will argue that Kathipara junction closer to the Chennai airport is indeed the new centre of the city. But that's not an argument that most people will buy.

    • International Coffee Day: Quick Guide To All The Coffees We Find At Cafes Near Us

      On World Coffee Day, we round up some of the coffees that you're likely to encounter at a caf in your city. From the Flat white from down under to an Italian-style macchiato, we've got you covered!

    • Best Standalone Restaurants And Bars In Anna Nagar, Chennai

      From Asian restaurants to restrobars, it's all in the mix. Take a look.

    • Aleesa: Kerala's Version Of Haleem Hasn't Got The Attention It Deserves

      Coconut milk is one of the ingredients that defines the flavours of the Aleesa.

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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.