Unravelling various secrets of the multifaceted cuisine from India is on the agenda of a select gathering of chefs, journalists and people from hospitality industry who are gearing up for a grand event here this December.
A three-day symposium ‘Tasting India’ scheduled to be held at India Habitat Centre is being organised by food blogger Sourish Bhattacharya and Sanjoo Malhotra, whose ‘Namaste Stockholm’ initiative had become Sweden’s biggest showcase of India in 2015. The idea, says Bhattacharya, originated a year ago during President Pranab Mukherjee’s maiden visit to Sweden. “Tasting India Symposium’ actually originated a year ago in Stockholm. Sanjoo Malhotra was doing an event called India Unlimited as a mark of celebration of President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to Sweden.
“During discussions there was a realisation that people know very little about Indian cuisine and everyone thinks about Indian food as Chicken Tikka Masala or Naan, Vindaalo, etc. The whole idea was of doing a mega meet of chefs, journalist and travel industry people to let people know about Indian cuisine and ingredients,” says Bhattacharya.
The three-day event is set to have sessions, talks, discussions, film screenings and book releases. “There will be lot of talks and discussions on the variety of Indian cuisines including topics such as bio-thrift, a practice of utilising all the parts of the vegetables for cooking without wasting even the stem or leaves. “We aim to promote sustainable eating and believe that vegetable cuisine is the most sustainable cuisine in the world,” he says.
The food blogger says efforts are also being made to promote Satvik cuisine and have a Satvik dinner besides a dinner called ‘Kitchens of India’, an ITC Brand to acquaint people with cuisine from across the country “in just one evening under the same roof.”