Deconstructed Indian Food

Deconstructed food or Molecular gastronomy is a form of gourmet, modern presentation of dishes. In deconstruction, various elements that are used to create one dish is served separately. This way the consumer gets to taste each element separately and understand the taste of the dish better. This form of food culture is not only modern, but also has an edge to it. It looks refined and sophisticated. Here are some popular Indian dishes that can be presented in a deconstructed manner.


Samosas are fried pastry pockets that can stuffed vegetables or meat. In the deconstructed version the deep fried pastry and stuffing is served separately. This kind of consumptions seems fun. It gives a new look to samosas, making them irresistible.


Coconut curries are full of flavour and aroma. They can have either vegetables or meat. Popularly it’s chicken. This curry goes well with rice or bread made out of rice flour. In the deconstructed way, besides the basic elements of the curry, secondary elements are presented separately


Pani puri in a way is already diverse when it comes down to elements. But recently a more refined and royal look was given to humble Pani Puri. This was created with the help of advance cooking technology. Otherwise, the originally deconstructed delicacy has been celebrated as Indian street food.


Chai or tea is a basic consumption product. Every day in the morning, an Indian starts its day with tea. It doesn’t only have health qualities but is a relished beverage in India. In a deconstructed way, chai can be converted into a pastry by separating the tea and milk element. This is the deconstructed gelled chai.


Vada pav is the comfort food of Maharashtra. It is like a sandwich with fried potato in between. Eaten with some chutney and deep fried chillies, vada pav has an evergreen charm to itself. In the deconstructed manner, all the elements of vada pav are shown along each other. There are few elements only the main three are; basin, potato and bread. 


Gulab jamun is an all-time favourite desert in India. The deconstructed version is a beautiful representation. The elements are made using new and modern cooking technology.  

When new techniques come in, the old ones become irrelevant. Luckily this does not apply to food trends. New trends come in, but the old ones remain strong too. This is the best part about food. Even the basic kind are equally meaningful as those of high standards.

- Vrishti Nadkarni