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Food Trends 2022- Indian diners rediscover a love for regional cuisine

The term ‘Indian cuisine’ signifies a mixture of flavours from different regions of the country and invokes sentiments which remind everyone of the comforts of home. A food trends report highlights a craving for regional cuisine among Indians in 2022.

Food trends 2022 - Regional Assamese Cuisine
Food trends 2022 – Regional Assamese Cuisine ( 50% panel picked Mountain Cuisines of India, and 48.4% voted for a deeper exploration of North East cuisines )

Insights from The Godrej Food Trends Report 2022 state that people will continue to bond over food passed on through the generations, while looking inwards, rediscovering forgotten dishes and savouring local produce that had been neglected such as consumption of local and artisanal grains.

The report highlights the growing Pride in Culinary Identity, the dawning awareness of the true richness of India’s culinary heritage and the inherent wisdom that is found in traditional culinary practices. When it comes to food, consumers have been recognizing and exploring the richness of foundations that contributed to the evolution of this space.

With renewed pride and need for novelty in India’s culinary identity, diners are seeking diversity in regional cuisine concepts that offer rich nutrients and flavours of traditional culinary traditions. According to the historical study of food, a culinary lifestyle is associated with the development, technique, and presentation of cooking and dining that reflect the diversity of a country. 

Food trends 2022 Bengali food - Bhetki Macher Paturi
Food trends 2022- Bengali food – Bhetki Macher Paturi

The Godrej Foods Trends Report 2022 – Collector’s Edition elaborates on the vibrant foundations and evolving facts of culinary culture. A few of these insights are based on opinions of over 200+ thought leaders that included celebrity chefs, home chefs, professional chefs, food bloggers, health professionals, media professionals, mixologists, nutritionists, restaurateurs, sommeliers, food producers, and more, all of whom shared deep insights about their respective areas of expertise.

Some key findings that have emerged for food trends in 2022 are:

 REGIONAL CUISINES

56.3% of food experts believe the new-found pride in culinary identity and need for novelty will drive Indian diners to seek regional cuisine-based concept

REDISCOVERING CULTURE

55.6% of panel experts observe an interest in exploring culinary identity by rediscovering their roots through food, be it that of family, community, or their own home region 

Food trends 2022 Mumbai's regionall street cuisine
Food trends 2022 Mumbai’s regional street cuisine

DINING OUT 

50% panel picked Mountain Cuisines of India, and 48.4% voted for a deeper exploration of North East cuisines

REINVENTING DISHES

As chefs and restaurateurs delve into local exploration and rediscover cuisine, 43.1% panel see people are drawn toward nostalgia foods/dishes, reinvented by chefs

TRADITIONAL SWEETS

42.6% panel sees a growing sense of pride in homemade traditional, regional Indian sweets and mithais. Sweets will continue to hold pride of place on home menus in 2022 but with an approach of controlled indulgence and moderation

Food trends 2022 -Mishti Doi
Food trends 2022 -Mishti Doi

SUPPORTING FARMERS

70.8% panel sees the consumer, as mindful of the impact their choices have on the environment, making conscious choices to support buying from local farmers and food producers.

Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal, Curating Editor of the Godrej Foods Trends Report 2022 said, ” 2020 brought the pandemic that changed everything globally. In India, the home kitchen came into focus, and we began to rediscover our roots. In 2021 this crescendoed into the renaissance of regional Indian food discovery, as we reclaimed our culinary heritage. From discovering ancestral roots to savouring regional micro-cuisines, from a reignited interest in Ayurveda to traditional cookware and cooking fats these are the trends shaping India’s food habits in 2022.”

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