Every Dish Has Its Own Story to It - Ashmita Agarwal

1. Tell us about your background and journey.

I have always been passionate about food and trying out new cuisines from across the world. With this passion, came the zeal to visit each and every food place in Jaipur as soon as I heard about it. I love unravelling the hidden street food gems of India. And hence, my food blog, JaipurFoodlove was born.

The great part of JFL is the motivation from my friends and family who made me realize that a food blog could be the best way in which my passion could reach out to people. My quest for knowledge and curiosity about the taste of different cuisines, constant support from family, friends and the JFL family is what keeps me going.

2. Which is your favourite cuisine and dish?

Being a food enthusiast, different cuisines and new dishes always get my eyes but North Indian cuisine is no less than a paradise for me. The unique set of flavours and the scintillating aroma of freshly cooked North Indian dishes evokes a feeling of warmth, nostalgia and happiness. 

My favourite dish being Paneer Makhani, when accompanied by Dal Tadka and traditional Indian white bread is something to die for!

3. Should food blogging be just a passion or can it become a regular career?

Food blogging, undoubtedly, can be taken as a full-time job. I believe, if one understands the food industry well, then the career options are endless. Then it is not just limited to food blogging but is way beyond.  

A career as a food blogger has seen an exponential rise in recent times, reason being the advent of social media and technology.

4. Which restaurants/food joints would you recommend to food lovers?

A true delight for the lovers of Indian cuisine, Peshawri at ITC Rajputana, Jaipur is unmistakably the best. The authentic flavour of the North-West frontier in barbecued specialities and baked Indian breads are prepared at the restaurant’s display kitchen. 

The romance of the rugged North West Frontier comes alive at this authentic, award-winning restaurant, making it a landmark dining destination in Peshawri. 

The other go-to place that I would want all the food lovers to try is Tapri, Central Jaipur. This easygoing little place with cozy interiors that transform a hangout with friends into a homely affair and the alluring view of Central park mesmerises one and all with its beauty! 

This place has the best of the fusion treats like Flowery Flirt Tea, Namkeen Shots and Khakra Pizzas. The Tadka Maggi here is a real steal.

5. What makes you appreciate a particular dish or a restaurant and talk about it on your blog?

The first and the most obvious reason would be to provide an honest review of the place, service and the food to my followers/readers. Every dish has its own story to it and every restaurant has a way of presenting that story to their guests which makes it unique. I always look for this essence of uniqueness.

6. Is there a dish you particularly associate yourself with?

I try to enjoy the simple pleasures of life and find happiness in the simplest of things. The dish which best encapsulates this is Maggie. 

Maggie is soul food for everyone not because it looks fancy or is complicated, but just because of how easy and toothsome it is. I feel that I am easy going, can gel with people and will try and adapt to any situation I will face.

7. Which is your favourite book and why?

My favourite book is, ‘The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini. A sweeping story of a family, love, and friendship portrayed against the devastating backdrop of/in the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years. 

The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic. The story is woven so breathtakingly with a beautiful way of writing and simultaneously, teaching great lessons for life. 

The play of words triggers a hurricane of emotions in the readers.

Interview by - Shamayla

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