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Avra Mitra - Fusion food cuisine is an assassination of a good dish.


Name – Chef Avra Mitra

What is your favourite food memory from childhood?
Since my father was in a transferable job, I used to keep visiting my parental home. My earliest food memories are of my grandmother running after me (being the youngest grandson) with a bowl of payesh.

What’s your favourite comfort food?
I am more of home cooked food lover. I love my rui maacher jhal with mustard paste with rice or luchi aloo dum.

3 reasons why you consider yourself a Foodie?
I'm born into a family where food plays an immense role. My father was famous for his hospitality and I grew up witnessing it from childhood. Being an adventurous kid, I would visit a friend’s place and savour something new. My mother, being a wonderful chef, used to make them and used to include in daily meals.
Even while choosing careers, Hotel Management was my first option. I started reading, rediscovering food from world and travelling globally gave me an opportunity to explore new food flavours.

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Which are your three favourite cuisine? Why?
I love the Kashmiri cuisine as the entire cooking process makes an elaborate use of spices. Besides this, I'm an ardent lover of lamb dishes.
The next cuisine I loved learning also is Lebanese. It’s a healthy cuisine, not much of spices, yet fresh and nutritious.
Being a Bengali, it’s also my favourite since I'm born into the community. ..

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What is your favourite fruit and vegetable? And your favourite herb/spice?
Favourite fruit - Raspberries.
Favourite vegetable - Green peas
Favourite herb – Rosemary
Favourite spice – Cumin

Which oil do you use for cooking?
Sunflower oil if I am cooking Indian. Mustard oil for Bengali food or special vegetables like eggplants, bitter gourd, etc.

Your take on:
Keto diets - I have never tried it.
Intermittent fasting - I did experiment with it. Unfortunately it didn’t work me, I became sick and had gastric issues.
Fusion food cuisine – My interpretation of fusion food is naming it as Hawa ka jhoka. Frankly it’s an assassination of a good dish.

What are your favourites?
Indian street food – Chicken egg rolls (Kolkata style)

Indian dessert – Gujjia

Hidden gem restaurant of your city (and why) – I'm a vagabond so it is difficult to pinpoint. Yes, I do have a few favourites. In New Delhi, it would be Karims. Their food has an amazing kind of aroma, texture and flavour which cannot be recreated.

Over-rated Indian restaurant in your city (and why) – Tenali in New Delhi. The restaurant is over-hyped. The food is average, nothing great. The ambience is minimalist, service is great but the attitude of owners sucks.

The restaurant you keep going back to - In Kolkata, it’s definitely Aminia, in Mumbai, it would be BAGHDADI, and in New York it is Mings.

How do you detox your body after an overdose of eating out?
I have lots of aerated drinks with lemon wedges.