Indian flavours are my identity: Chef Ranveer Brar takes us on a nostalgic food ride

Indian chef and popular TV host, Ranveer Brar is one of the most recognised faces on the culinary front. Best known to whip up the best of authentic Indian flavours, chef Ranveer speaks to Oshin Fernandes on his childhood memories around food.

Wherever we go, it is food that keeps us connected to our roots. Chef Ranveer states that despite working for years in the US, it is Indian flavours that are his identity. He says, “For me Indian authentic flavours have always been about a sense of belonging. After having worked in the US for a long time, I realized that my food and the Indian flavours are my identity. So, technically they mean everything to me.”

Speaking of his childhood memories around food, chef goes back to his favourite one that involves his father who is very fond of Rasmalai. “One childhood memory of mine involves my dad, who is very fond of Rasmalai. We didn’t have a refrigerator at our house for a very long time and hence, we used to just finish them. Personally, I loved the Rasmalai milk which was the best thing ever. I used to wait for my dad to finish all the Rasmalai, so that I can get the yummy Kesar Pista milk.”

Just like a typical Indian, we can never get tired of eating home cooked meals and for Ranveer it is the heavenly amalgam of Khichdi since it’s the ultimate comfort food. Similarly maa k haath ka khana is something that is incomparable even for a chef of this caliber, it is his mother who wins even today. When asked of a dish his mom makes better than him, he says, “A lot of things and I love all of them! But if I have to name one thing then that would be Sarson ka Saag.”

That being said, India is full of scrumptious street food and like every desi, chef Ranveer also has a favourite. “Aloo tikki! It has various forms and versions across the country but for me aloo tikki would be that one thing I can enjoy any time”, he asserts.

Chef Ranveer was present at the launch of Kellogg’s India’s new flavours Thandai Badam, Kesar Pista Badam and Rose Badam- which are co-created by him.

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