While a lot of us ventured into the kitchen for the first time in the pandemic, some people took experimenting with food to the next level. Would you dare to try any of these food mash-ups – Fanta omelette, Motichoor biryani, Oreos with a salsa dip, chicken in tea, ice cream with French fries, peanut butter with a burger, or even chocolate with tomatoes?
Weird food combos are becoming more and more popular these days. However, not many people enjoy ruining traditional recipes. “I’ve heard of people trying biryani with tomato sauce and that grossed me out. I feel we can try such combos once in a while for fun, but then we lose the authenticity of the food,” shares Aamir Ahmed, a food vlogger from Hyderabad, who has 80k-plus subscribers on YouTube.
Aamir says he once tried biryani with ice cream! “My friend’s wife tried it. She mixed some ice cream with biryani and tried to make a fusion out of it. But, it was disappointing,” shares Aamir.
He explains why the trend is popular currently, “There’s a lot of competition in the food industry and people want to try something new. Sometimes it is a success and sometimes it’s a failure. For instance, who thought fried ice cream would become such a big hit? Another combo that I liked is Nutella with chips – it tastes surprisingly good.”
Recently, a post on donut rasmalai went viral in the Hyderabad Foodies group. Another popular combo in the foodie community in Hyderabad is tea with murukku in it. “Tea with murukku is a classic combo for ages in India. My mom enjoys it till date. Fusion foods are clicking very well in the restaurant industry because people are bored and are on the lookout for unique options,” shares a restaurant owner from the city.
A street food stall in Gujarat’s Surat has been selling an egg recipe using Fanta and that’s all people could tweet about a few days ago.
Randhir Reddy, a popular foodie from the city, shares, “Frankly, I don’t like fusion. We already lost touch with traditional Indian food, now these fusions are making it worse. I saw someone relish motichoor biryani recently and it completely grossed me out.”
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