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7 food trends of 2014 – India

2014 has been a great year for food whether it is traditional recipes twisted for a new outlook or a brand new food trend in itself. What better way to kick start the new year than to have an overview of the deliciousness that took over the food scene in 2014. We tell about 7 most talked about food trends in the past year.

Cuppa Craze – Biryani they say is best when prepared in large quantities and eaten together. 2014 has completely changed this concept. Biryani cooked in little individual earthen pots took over the Indian food scene in the past year. Matka biryani or cuppa biryanis give you the perfect traditional biryani served in a contemporary way. Try these at your next dinner party because they are convenient to make and serve.

Shot n Sweet– Shots are not limited to tequila anymore! Be it flavourful soup or shake shots or attractive desserts layered in a miniature glass, these have truly been very popular in 2014. Even street food like pani puri gets glamourized when you serve a puri filled with the condiments over a shot glass filled with chatpata pani!

Red Velvet Revolution – If you are a baker and haven’t tried your hand at a red velvet creation yet, its time you do! Red velvet cakes are bright red cakes that go best with a cream cheese frosting and have been around for a while, but 2014 really revolutionized these and bought them in the forefront. Right from cakes, cupcakes, cheesecakes and brownies, red velvet is the way to go for desserts!

Mini Mithais – Mini muffins and donuts have been a thing for quite some time. In 2014 Indian mithais joined the bandwagon of tiny bite sized sweets. Which makes perfect sense if you are health conscious or are a fan of variety and you’d rather taste 3- 4 of these lovelies than just one big piece of one! Mini mithais have been featuring in wedding buffets, parties and even in mithai shops all through 2014, enabling you to get your mithai fix, without being on a guilt trip for binge eating.

Micro Greens – Micro greens may be tiny, but they are huge food trend across the globe. Nothing but tiny leaves of plants like kale, beet greens, arugula, radish greens, pak choy and more collected at an early stage. Used to add nutritive value or just as a pretty garnish to recipes, micro greens are pretty highly priced. Having moved from gourmet restaurants kitchens to our kitchen gardens, the good part is that they are easy and convenient to grow.

Super food Sweet Potato – The humble vrat ka khana is now adorning gourmet chefs’ kitchens, due to its newly acquired status as a super food! This highly versatile cooking ingredient gives you enough energy to carry on with hectic days where a sit and eat meal is a luxury! From standing in for high calorie, starchier potatoes to providing you with vitamins and youthful skin, the humble sweet potato is super food in the true sense.

The best of two in one – 2014 has also given us many brand new dishes carved out of a mix of two or more already awesome ones. Who would’ve thought that we can get the crispness from croissants and the fluffiness of a donut in one mouthful? Well that’s what a cronut does for you.  Another mix hybrid is the duffin, which gives you the best of a donut and a muffin in one recipe.  From a siracha flavoured mayonnaise to blueberry cheese cake ice-cream, 2014 has given us the better of two worlds in one delicious recipe.

With 2014 giving rise to such fabulous food its very interesting to see what 2015 has in store for us!

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