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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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    • 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.

    • Pathiri: All About Kerala's Light As Air Bread

      The tough part is keeping track of the number of pathiris you polish off the table especially when it's served with its traditional accompaniment of chicken curry.

    • 8 Best Standalone Restaurants In Whitefield, Bengaluru

      Whitefield, Bengaluru has enough dining options from trendy craft breweries to strong regional dining options to fine dining restaurants.

    • Onam 2022: 7 Of The Best Places For A Traditional Onasadya In Chennai

      Onam 2022: An elaborate banana leaf meal is the high-point of festivals like Onam and south Indian weddings.

    • 5 Hawker Centres You Must Visit When In Singapore

      Singapore's hawker centres are more than just a part of the country's heritage, they are a lifeline offering authentic, affordable meals that reflect cultural diversity.

    • Arikadukka: The Perfect Monsoon Snack From Kerala For Seafood Lovers

      The Arikadukka is a north Kerala specialty prepared with mussels stuffed with a subtly spiced rice mixture, steamed in its shell and then fried.

    • 8 Popular Local Eateries You Must Check Out In Udaipur

      Here Are 8 Popular Local Eateries You Must Check Out In Udaipur:

    • Try These Mango Pickles From South India (Recipes Inside)

      In South India, summer is not just about fresh mangoes but also raw mangoes in different sizes that get tossed into pickles that outlast the summer months.

    • South Indian Dessert - Ulunthankali Recipe From Tamil Nadu With Multiple Health Benefits

      Ulunthankali is a dish that combines two key ingredients - black dal and palm jaggery (karupatti).

    • 6 New Restaurants And Bars In Bengaluru You Must Try

      Bengaluru has started the summer on a high note with a slew of new restaurants and bars that have added to the city's reputation as one of India's F&B capitals.

    • From Madurai to Chennai: 3 Delicious Parottas From South India You Must Try

      We round up three types of parottas that are among the most popular in restaurants and small eateries, particularly in Southern Tamil Nadu. They're not difficult to make if you can find the most important ingredient - patience.

    • Mapillai Samba Rice: Tamil Nadu's Heritage Rice Recipe Rich In Nutrients

      Mapillai samba boasts of a lower glycaemic index (typically 66-70) compared to polished white rice making it more suitable for diabetics. Read on to know how to make Mapillai Samba curd rice.

    • Try These South Indian Style Cucumber Recipes This Summer

      Aside from salads and pachadis (raitas) where cucumber is served raw, cucumber is also a curry and chutney ingredient in Andhra. We round up some flavourful yet simple recipes that you can try this summer

    • 10 Best Restaurants You Should Try Out In Koramangala, Bengaluru

      From craft breweries to regional cuisine restaurants to hipster cafes, Koramangala is a microcosm of Bengaluru's eclectic dining scene.

    • 10 Best Standalone Restaurants To Eat In Alwarpet, Chennai

      From Korean-style bibimbap to soft shell tacos to sushi rolls, you will be spoilt for choice!

    • Madurai Kizhangu Pottalam: Try These Delicious Potato Parcels From Tamil Nadu

      Madurai has long remained one of the cultural hotspots of Tamil Nadu

    • Mutton Sambar: An Unusual Dish That Typifies Pondicherry's Franco Tamil Cuisine

      Pushpa calls it the Margandam Mutton Sambhar, a popular dish among diners who have dined at her home. The French used to refer to the lamb used in Pondicherian "mouton" (mutton).

    • 10 Best Standalone Restaurants In Indiranagar, Bengaluru

      Best Restaurants In Bengaluru: From grab-and-go outlets to quick-serve South Indian restaurants, Indira Nagar has it all.

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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.