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What trended in India’s home kitchen and restaurants in 2018

31 December 2018 , 0 comments / 0 likes
From local ingredients making a comeback to consumers eating healthy, 2018 was all about food trends that brought about exciting changes in the Indian food industry. Here’s a look at the four top food trends that caught everyone’s attention


It has been an exciting year for India’s food industry. Local produce is being celebrated like never before, lesser known cuisines and ingredients are taking the industry by storm, and consumers are more aware of what is actually going on to their plates. Many of these trends showed up in the Godrej Food Trend Report, which was designed and curated by Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal of A Perfect Bite Consulting. While the report for 2019 is underway, here are five food trends that were the talk of town in 2018

Eat local
The locavore phenomenon caught the imagination of the millennial. Celebrity Chefs and Home Chefs all preferred to cook and serve locally grown food. :

Indian ingredients are traditionally known for taste, nutrition and diversity, and by incorporating locally-grown produce in their dishes, Indian chefs are not just adding freshness into their food, they are also playing a large role in boosting local economy. Monika Manchanda, who is known for her east-meets-west delicacies, decoded how easy it is to bake with Indian flavours and ingredients.

Healthy versions of street food
Who doesn’t prefer a spicy vada pav over salad? There’s something about our favourite junk food that healthy fare just can’t beat. Even the biggest health freak craves for junk food sometimes! Our favourite food trend this year is opting for healthier versions of street food :

Enterprising chefs have reduced sugar and salt, substituted fried food with baked food and used other such methods to create perfectly healthy street food. A perfect combination of health and taste; it’s a win-win situation all around!

Millets and other forgotten local grains
Millets and other grains have made a comeback into the Indian diet after many years of being marginalised. The popularity of rice and wheat had all but banished millets from our diet. However, these super-grains, which are packed with protein and fibre, have made a successful comeback. Even restaurants have been innovatively including millets in various forms and recipes, as our earlier story showed:

This is one healthy food prediction that we are glad to see happen. After all, millets such as jowar, bajra, ragi, arke (kodo millet), and kora (foxtail millet) are healthier than rice and can help manage lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and obesity.

Mindful eating
Another prediction that we are happy to see taking hold is the practice of eating with mindfulness. In our fast paced life, we do not usually give ourselves the time to eat mindfully; there is usually a gadget in the hand, or a television blaring in front of us while we eat. Mindful eating is eating slowly and without any distraction. This is one trend endorsed not just by foodies and chefs, but even nutritionists and celebrities:

It’s safe to say that 2018 has set the ball rolling for the Indian food industry and set even higher expectations of what’s expected in 2019.

What food trend are you looking forward to next year? Share with us in the comments below.