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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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    • 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.

    • Chakka Pradhaman: Kerala's Jackfruit Flavoured Sweet Dish Is A Favourite

      Almost everyone with a Kerala connection has a favourite jackfruit story, one that often involves happy childhood memories especially during summer vacation when this fruit is in season.

    • Hungry? Choose From These 10 Delicious Home Delivery Meals In Chennai

      If you are in Chennai, then these food delivery services are sending delicious meals that are worth trying out!

    • Light As Air - Kerala's Vattayappam Is A Delicate Anytime Snack

      Vattayappam is a popular south Indian snack and can be made in different versions.

    • Asafoetida - The Age Old Ingredient Indian Cuisine Can't Do Without

      Asafoetida is one of the oldest recorded spices in the subcontinent's culinary history.

    • 7 Of The Best Restaurants In Kodaikanal You Must Visit

      Kodaikanal's dining scene is just one more excuse to visit this charming hill station that's eight hours drive from Chennai.

    • Indore Food Trail: Eat Your Way Through The City

      Indore's culinary heritage has been shaped by its diverse demographic with influences from the city's large Marwari and Maharashtrian communities.

    • Rasam Recipes: Try These Unique Flavoursome Rasams Before Winter Ends

      While most rasams are mixed with rice, there are some like the pineapple rasam that work equally well as a 'drinking' rasam.

    • Choose From These Romantic Dinner Venues Across South India This Valentine's

      This Valentine's, surprise your partner with South India's most romantic dining venues. Check out the list below!

    • Travancore Chicken Recipe: Travancore's Own Version Of KFC-Fried Chicken

      This simple deep-fried chicken recipe is rich in flavours (and calories!). It's the city's own version of KFC-fried chicken except the ingredients are not a closely guarded secret like the proprietary 11-spice KFC recipe.

    • Davangere Benne Dose: The Crisp, Soft Dosa From The Heart Of Karnataka

      While Bengaluru still swears by the classic Masala dose or Benne masala dose with its thick yet crisp textures, the Davangere benne dose has carved a niche with its paper thin consistency.

    • 5 DIY Cocktail Recipes With A South Indian Twist

      Here are some cocktail recipes with a South Indian twist that you can make in your home.

    • Pongal-Special: Akkaravadisal - A Delicious, Sweet Milk Pongal From Tamil Nadu

      Akkaravadisal is a combination of akkaram - a word used for sweet or jaggery while vadisal refers to the slow cooking process of boiling the ingredients.

    • Neer Dose: Try The Classic South Indian Dish With This Chef-Special Recipe

      Neer Dose: Many homes in coastal Karnataka serve the neer dose for breakfast with a garlic chutney or the joni bella. Its also a perfect foil for gravies like the quintessential Mangalorean fish curry.

    • Top 8 Food And Dining Trends That Shaped 2021

      The new normal (one of the most overused catchphrases in 2020) has simply become normal. Nowhere has this been more evident than in the F&B space.

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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.