Ahead of Independence Day, here’s how Indians are savoring regional culinary cuisines from across the country

The Godrej Foods 2022 Trend Report – Collector’s Edition elaborates on the vibrant foundations and evolving facts of culinary culture.


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As India prepares to celebrate 75 years of Independence, local food and cuisines hold a special place on this journey. The term ‘Indian cuisine’ signifies a blend of flavors from different regions of the country and invokes feelings that remind everyone of the comforts of home. The insights from the Godrej Food Trends Report 2022 indicate that people will continue to be linked by food passed down from generation to generation, as they look inward, rediscover forgotten dishes and savor local produce that had been neglected, such as consuming local and artisan grains. .

The report highlights the growing Pride in Culinary Identity, the growing awareness of the true richness of India’s culinary heritage and the inherent wisdom found in traditional culinary practices. When it comes to food, consumers have been recognizing and exploring the richness of the foundations that contributed to the evolution of this space. With renewed pride and a need for novelty in India’s culinary identity, diners are seeking diversity in regional cooking concepts that offer rich nutrients and flavors from time-honored culinary traditions. According to the historical study of food, a culinary lifestyle is associated with the development, technique, and presentation of cuisine and food that reflect the diversity of a country.

The Godrej Foods 2022 Trend Report – Collector’s Edition elaborates on the vibrant foundations and evolving facts of culinary culture. Some of these ideas that are based on the opinions of more than 200 opinion leaders that include celebrity chefs, home chefs, professional chefs, food bloggers, health professionals, media professionals, mixologists, nutritionists, restaurateurs, sommeliers, food producers and more, all of whom shared in-depth knowledge about their respective areas of expertise. Some key findings that have emerged for 2022 are:

  • REGIONAL CUISINES: 56.3% of food experts believe that the new pride in culinary identity and the need for novelty will drive Indian diners to seek a concept based on regional cuisine
  • REDISCOVERING CULTURE – 55.6% of the experts on the panel see an interest in exploring culinary identity by rediscovering their roots through food, be it family, community or their own region of origin.
  • EATING OUT: 50% of the panel chose Mountain Cuisines of India, with 48.4% voting for a deeper exploration of Northeast cuisines.
  • REINVENTING DISHES: As chefs and restaurateurs delve into local exploration and rediscover cuisine, 43.1% of the panel note that people are drawn to nostalgic foods/dishes reinvented by chefs.
  • TRADITIONAL SWEETS: 42.6% of the panel see a growing sense of pride in homemade regional and traditional Indian sweets and mithais. Sweets will still take pride of place on home menus in 2022, but with a focus on controlled indulgence and moderation.
  • SUPPORT FARMERS: 70.8% of the panel sees the consumer, aware of the impact their choices have on the environment, making conscious decisions to support buying from local farmers and food producers.

Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal, Curating Editor of the Godrej Foods 2022 Trends Report, said: “Indian cuisine is shedding stereotypes and being recognized for its nuanced complexity. A movement of self-discovery that we have seen grow at Indian Culinary Scape over the last four editions. In 2018, we saw the first evidence of interest in India’s diverse culinary culture with a growing curiosity for Indian regional cuisine. In 2019, that initial curiosity turned into deeper explorations of micro-regional cuisines, sparking interest in rediscovering traditional ingredients, cookware and fats. The year 2020 brought the pandemic that changed everything worldwide. In India, home cooking came into the spotlight and we began to rediscover our roots. In 2021 this came to a head in the renaissance of regional Indian food discovery as we reclaim our culinary heritage. From discovering ancient roots to savoring regional micro-cuisines, from renewed interest in Ayurveda to traditional cookware and cooking fats, these are the trends that will shape Indian eating habits in 2022.”