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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
Spicing things up!

The one overwhelming characteristic that sets Indian cuisine apart is the rich and layered blend of spices and herbs that results in a delightfully wide range of complex flavours. So ingrained is spice in our imagination and so inspired are we by its qualities that spice,

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7:00 PM at Gurgaon
The Taste of Rajasthan

Rajasthan evokes images of palaces, royalty, camels, a desert that plays host to desert safaris and men full of charisma and her womenfolk, for whom aristocratic grace is implicit.

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RICE IS NICE!

It is said: to contemplate a grain of rice is to contemplate an essential truth about abundance, nourishment, interdependence and sustenance.

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10:00 AM at Gurgaon
What about lunch?

That phrase takes me back to Sunday afternoons and gathering around the dining table, before the family snoozed with happy bellies filled with the yummy delectable’s that made up lunch. Actually, that’s an afterthought. The first thought when I hear the question brings back memories of school – and all of us boys, peeking into each other’s lunch boxes.

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9:00 PM at Gurgaon
Delicacies from the Ganges

The waters are Nature’s storehouse in which she locks up her wonders.
– Isaac Waltonta

The River Ganga has been revered and worshipped as a Goddess in Hinduism. A mighty river, the Ganges basin with its fertile soil is instrumental to the agricultural economy of the country, with the river and its tributaries providing a perennial source of irrigation.

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9:00 AM at Gurgaon
When autumn leaves start to fall...

There’s a pleasing nip in the air, woollens are slowly making an appearance across the city landscapes and in another week or two, the dip in temperature would have announced that it is indeed winter, but I digress…

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3:25 PM at Gurgaon
Never a dish too many!

Autumn is moving to winter, and if you live in Delhi, you’ll know this season presents ample opportunities for garden parties and get-together’s. I was fortunate enough to be invited to a lunch that featured only South Indian cuisine. It was a potluck of sorts, and boy, what abundant luck awaited us!

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