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The Essences of a Piquant Cuisine: Culinary Treasures of Andhra Pradesh

Posted by: The Gastronaut on Wednesday March 17, 2010

It is appalling that Andhra has a reputation for serving unpalatably fiery food. No doubt, a few kitchens in Cuddapah and Guntur could set your tongue aflame with the vehemence of their spices, but the rest is arguably subtle.

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Dine like a King

Posted by: The Gastronaut on Wednesday December 16, 2009

From everyday meals to celebratory feasts, I am always astonished by how evolved and intricate Indian culinary practices are, but particularly, the luxury of royal culinary traditions is a fascinating subject to me. In this respect, South India is an enchanting region, with kingdoms within kingdoms and cultures of food that vary wonderfully, covering every aroma, texture and flavour the mind can imagine and the tongue experience.

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Feast of the Kannadigas

Posted by: The Gastronaut on Wednesday November 4, 2009

The cuisine of Karnataka is a wonder. Shaped over long centuries by time and weather, each region of this ancient land has its own unique and exciting way of cooking. Distinct flavours and fashions mark the experience of every regional cuisine, and every cuisine marks the experience of its inventors – the daily traffic of theirs lives, their history, their joys and celebrations.

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From the House of the Chettiars

Posted by: The Gastronaut on Tuesday September 8, 2009

The spirit of the Chettiars resides in give and take, in faithful exploration and honest exchange. For over 300 years during the heyday of the Chola dynasty, the Chettiars plied the trade route from Nagapattinam in southern Tamil Nadu, across the Bay of Bengal, through South East Asia and farther.

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Moplah Magic

Posted by: The Gastronaut on Monday June 29, 2009

Kerala has always been kind to its guests. The tale is worn with telling how strangers came from afar, pausing briefly to trade (or perhaps looking for a home), and in Kerala they decided stay, for hundreds of years.

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Arabian Delights

Posted by: The Gastronaut on Wednesday May 27, 2009

Like a paint-perfect picture, almost surreal in its completeness, with verdant mountainscapes, plains, densely rich flora and of course an endlessly curvaceous coastline kissed by the Arabian Sea, the western coast of India is a storehouse of ecstatic experiences, of which its culinary offerings undoubtedly take centre-stage.

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Spice – The Gold of India

Posted by: The Gastronaut on Thursday January 22, 2009

Each time I hear someone talk with unabashed passion about 'Indian food', I wonder… what really is the 'Indian cuisine'? Is there a ubiquitous melee of flavours that comprise the Indian palate – a confusion of textures and taste that you'll find anywhere you go, across India?

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