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An oasis of delightful indulgences

There is a saying in Rajasthan, that you don’t relish your food until you perspire whilst eating it.

Rarely has the world seen so rich a cuisine, created from so little that was available from the land that is the desert of Rajasthan. Yet, its people have lived and eaten over generations, creating an exotic cuisine from a soil that brought forth pulses, millets and trees with beans that were dried and stored for use in the summers, when nothing would grow.

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4:00 PM at Gurgaon
Hyderabad on my mind

Hyderabad is a confluence of several cultures; but in the erstwhile royal state, food was important and its flag was uniquely inspired by the shape of the “kulcha”, a leavened bread. Gastronomy is a continued passion, and it is said that the Hyderabadi eats to savour good food and exult in its taste,

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3:00 PM at Gurgaon
Telengana Food Festival

The 29th state in the Republic of India came into being three years ago. It is said that Telangana leaders in 1955, accused the people of Andhra of "colonising the region" and then merged with the state of Andhra in 1956 to create Andhra Pradesh, a united state for the Telugu-speaking populace.

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3:10 PM at Gurgaon
An invitation to a Royal Feast

The city of Rampur, home to Mirza Ghalib, was a free kingdom tucked behind the lush boundaries of Lucknow. Legend has it that after losing Bareilly, Nawab Faizullah Khan established Rampur (erstwhile Mustafabad) in 1774 under the British protection as a Rohilla kingdom. Rampur became a safe haven for artists and patrons, and after 1858, the city saw many khansamas from the Mughal and other royal courts migrate to the city.

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4:00 PM at Gurgaon
The South Indian way

If you’re intending to visit South India, and you decide to survey the area on a map, it may not seem all that huge, especially when you compare it to the expansive North India region. However, once you get there, and gastronomic indulgences are what’s leading the way, you will be pleasantly surprised by the variety of customs and traditions and influences each region brings to the table!

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7:18 PM at Gurgaon
In one drop of water, are found all the secrets of all the oceans.

Kahlil Gibran succinctly describes the sea and its mysteries in this single sentence.  A species that lives to eat, we humans have relied on seafood for sustenance for many centuries - with evidence of the earliest fish hooks dating back approximately 35,000 years!

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10:00 PM at Gurgaon
Greetings on a Platter!

Oftentimes, I’ll catch up with an old friend and invariably we’ll plan the get together around a festival – India has so many occasions to celebrate and so, this year we’ve decided that since equality is the new go-to, we’ll meet on Vishu.

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10:00 PM at Gurgaon
Avartana - Redefining Southern Indian cuisine

South India is a mosaic of regional diversity and cultural ethnicities. Though diverse, its identity is articulated through its cuisine – a distinct and singular representation of the region’s bounty of spices and peppers

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3:00 PM at Gurgaon
Aapnu Gujarat

It has taken me some time to reconcile that the state of Gujarat is all about vegetarianism. Vegetarianism has had wide prevalence over centuries across the state.

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4:00 PM at Gurgaon
A Win(e) for Asia!

Wine is that pleasant accompaniment to a meal, which enhances the flavours and palate with an aroma and a taste that makes one pleased with one’s choices. However, what many will agree with is, that what is challenging when it comes to wine is how the beverage works in a variety of ways to the enhance food flavour.

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5:50 PM at Gurgaon
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