Exotic wedding cuisines are here to stay!
Whether Mexican or Lebanese, as the Indian palate takes the experimental route, exotic cuisines are making their way into the wedding buffet. Chefs tell us why they titillate our Indian spice-loving taste buds
SPAIN: Tapas-patatas bravas
“The revolutionaries of bite-sized cuisine—tapas, are bar snacks, which are perfect for Indian weddings where guests enjoy their drinks and don’t want to break conversations while eating. The portions are small, served hot and make for great snacks. Examples include patatas bravas, ham coca, garlic prawns, etc,” says Chef Himanshu Taneja.
LEBANON: Hummus and falafel
“The new-age health-conscious Indian is gravitating towards protein-rich Lebanese cuisine hence, hummus, falafel and pita are gaining popularity. Most of the dishes from this cuisine are mildly spiced with garlic, lemon, tahini and involve the addition of bread—something Indians are extensively used to,” says Chef Karan Talwar.
MEXICO: Enchiladas and Nachos
“Mexican dishes are popular because of the use of chillies and cheese. The usage of different kinds of cornbread to make dishes like burritos and tacos are quite similar to the various kinds of naans and parathas, ” says Chef Amlan Chakravarty.
MYANMAR: Khaw Suey
Chef Sandeep Panwar says, “With ingredients like coconut, this dish is close to Indian food, so there’s a sense of familiarity and some uniqueness to it. Additions like lemon leaf, ginger, mint and lemongrass are trademarks of Southeast Asian cuisine while stir fry and slow-cooked dishes (curries) add to the excitement.”
SOUTH KOREA: Korean BBQ
“Indians relate to Korean flavours due to exposure to other Asian cuisines. Since other cuisines like Thai, Japanese, Chinese, etc have been around, Korean food brings a sense of novelty. The sauces, fresh, crunchy sprouts, vegetables and hot chillies make for perfect spicy and sour combinations in barbeque food,” says Chef Rahul Dhavale.
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