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Mumbai’s street food goes international

Arundhati Chatterjee , Hindustan Times  Mumbai, October 18, 2013
First Published: 13:58 IST(18/10/2013) | Last Updated: 17:24 IST(18/10/2013)

International chef Ravinder Bhogal’s latest TV venture — Ravinder’s Kitchen — is set to premiere on TLC next week. The show, which will showcase exotic cuisine from across the world over a course of 11 episodes, is expected to be an out-and-out gastronomical experience for viewers. And finding a comfortable spot on that list is street food from Mumbai.

“There was a strong feeling of homecoming while shooting for the series. To come back to Mumbai and was an overwhelming feeling. The show will also focus on cuisine from places like Turkey, Vietnam and Malaysia, along with Mumbai’s very own flavours,” says Bhogal, who specialises in fusion food and calls her way of cooking an “alchemy of sorts”.

For the show, she has taken inspiration from several local recipes and has combined them with global spices. “I believe that even if a person cannot travel to foreign lands, he or she can definitely bring home those flavours by cooking global dishes,” she says.

During her stay in the city, the award-winning author  (of Cook In Boots) ate at Mahesh Lunch Home, Juhu, and visited the hole-in-the-wall eatery Lebanese Point in Bandra (W). She is a big fan of Indian street food and has featured many local recipes from the city on her show. “I miss Indian street food back in London, especially Pani Puri and Vada Pav. Since I believe that the street food here comprises signature local flavours, I decided to feature them for the world audience,” she says, adding that she’s looking forward to returning to Mumbai for its fast food. “There are many Indian restaurants in London, but none of them offer fast food,” she says.


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