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The Fusion Revolution: Rise Of Local Fusion Food



Breathing might be the most important thing a person does. But for me, it’s eating. I do breathe, obviously, but I eat first. So much so that the mantra of my life has become- Eat, Breathe, Sleep and Repeat. Food is not only an integral part of my life, but almost everyone’s life. The most horrific imagination would be a person not loving food. Sounds creepy.

Going through the 21st Century, I have seen an immense evolution in the type of food we eat. People got bored with our good old ‘desi’ home cooked food and moved on to “International Cuisines” such as Thai, Continental etc. But now, it seems that people are bored of this as well and want something new. The answer for this – Fusion Food.
Often the misconception is that fusion food is always high on culinary art and the dishes have heavy names like “Caramelised-Onion-Stuffed Spicy Paneer Balls with Tangy Pesto Sauce” or something like that. But this is absolutely false.


Fusion Food can be as simple as Manchurian Dosa or Idli Chilly. Fusion Food is like art. If you have the idea and talent, you can create wonders. What is more interesting is how this Fusion Food is getting a local (or desi) take.
The other day, I was at a hospital for some reason. As usual I was hungry and craving for something savoury. Going to the canteen, I found a rather unusual take on Chinese food. A Manchurian roll. This snack was just some Manchurian with dry gravy put inside a hotdog bun.

Before I could even get over with that roll, I saw another snack which hit my eye. A mint mayonnaise dhokla. I was literally wondering how brilliantly was a European dressing incorporated in our all time fav Gujju snack. On top of that, both these snacks were delicious.

Such glocal fusion food actually arose from the demand of all metro cities. Places where people have enough money but not enough time. We constantly need something on the go and this is what has suit us best. The best part is, all these delicacies are easily available anywhere on the road and that too at reasonable costs. You will easily find any savoury or sweet item on the street. Paan flavoured shots, chocolate rasmalai and chilly ice-cream to name a few.

That’s why I prefer to hit the streets more often than I tend to visit restaurants. ‘Khau galli at Vile Parle station’, ‘Juhu Chowpatty’ and ‘Yamu’s Panchayat Paan’ in Lokhandwala complex are some I dig. Name yours!


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