Ahead of Independence Day, Here’s How Indians Savor Regional Culinary Cuisines Across the Country
The Godrej Foods Trends Report 2022 – Collector’s Edition elaborates on the dynamic foundations and evolving facts of food culture
As India prepares to celebrate 75 years of independence, local food and cuisines have a special place in this journey. The term “Indian cuisine” signifies a blend of flavors from different parts of the country and evokes feelings that remind everyone of the comforts of home. Information from the Godrej Food Trends Report 2022 indicates that people will continue to bond around food passed down from generation to generation, while looking inward, rediscovering forgotten dishes and savoring local produce that had been overlooked. , such as the consumption of local and artisanal cereals.
The report highlights the growing pride in culinary identity, the burgeoning awareness of the true richness of India’s culinary heritage and the inherent wisdom found in traditional cooking practices. When it comes to food, consumers have recognized and explored the wealth of foundations that have contributed to the evolution of this space. With renewed pride and a need for novelty in India’s culinary identity, diners seek diversity in regional cuisine concepts that offer rich nutrients and the flavors of traditional culinary traditions. According to the historical study of food, a culinary lifestyle is associated with the development, technique, and presentation of cuisine and dining that reflect the diversity of a country.
The Godrej Foods Trends Report 2022 – Collector’s Edition elaborates on the dynamic underpinnings and evolving facts of food culture. Some of these ideas based on the opinions of over 200 thought leaders, including celebrity chefs, home chefs, professional chefs, food bloggers, health professionals, media professionals, mixologists , nutritionists, restaurateurs, sommeliers, food producers and more, all of them shared in-depth knowledge about their respective areas of expertise. Some key findings that emerged for 2022 include:
- REGIONAL CUISINES – 56.3% of food experts believe that newfound pride in culinary identity and the need for novelty will drive Indian diners to seek out a concept based on regional cuisine
- REDISCOVERING CULTURE – 55.6% of the experts on the panel see an interest in exploring culinary identity by rediscovering their roots through food, whether that of family, community or their own region of origin
- DINE OUT – 50% of the panel chose India’s mountain cuisines and 48.4% voted for further exploration of North East cuisines
- REINVENT DISHES – As chefs and restaurateurs dive into local exploration and rediscover cuisine, 43.1% of the panel find that people are drawn to nostalgic foods/dishes, reimagined by chefs
- TRADITIONAL SWEETS: 42.6% of the panel see a growing sense of pride in homemade traditional and regional Indian sweets and mithais. Sweets will continue to occupy a prominent place in the house menus in 2022 but in a logic of controlled indulgence and moderation.
- SUPPORTING FARMERS: 70.8% of the panel see consumers, aware of the impact of their choices on the environment, making conscious choices to support purchasing from local farmers and food producers.
Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal, Editor-in-Chief of Godrej Foods Trends Report 2022, said, “Indian cuisine rejects stereotypes and is known for its nuanced complexity. A movement of self-discovery that we have watched grow in the Indian Culinary Scape over the past four editions. In 2018, we saw the first evidence of interest in India’s diverse culinary culture with a burgeoning curiosity around regional Indian cuisine. In 2019, this early curiosity morphed into deeper explorations of micro-regional cuisines, sparking interest in rediscovering traditional ingredients, cooking utensils and fats. The year 2020 brought the pandemic that changed everything globally. In India, home cooking took hold and we started to rediscover our roots. In 2021, this has deepened into the renaissance of regional Indian food discovery, as we reclaim our culinary heritage. From discovering ancestral roots to tasting regional micro-cuisines, from renewed interest in Ayurveda to traditional kitchen utensils and cooking fats, these are the trends shaping India’s eating habits in 2022 . »