Funky Fusion Foods

Krishna Patel shares some ways to mix up your cooking routine by fusing different flavour profiles or types of food from around the world! The possibilities are endless.


If you’re a hapless cook like me, you know how to play it safe in the kitchen. But every now and then being on that 4-meal loop gets a little old, right? How many times can you eat tuna pasta before it just tastes like the inside of your own mouth? When looking to rekindle your love affair with food, there’s no need to take drastic measures – simply put a little twist on what already works well. Get freaky in the kitchen with these funky fusion food ideas to spruce up your staple meals.

Spice it up

Pasta is definitely one of the easiest and most beloved uni meals of all time, but sometimes it needs a little kick to really get the juices flowing. Simply adding a few Indian spices to any supermarket pasta sauce can give it a unique flavour that makes a nice change from more traditional flavours. Start by frying cumin and cloves in a pan, add the sauce and stir through a few teaspoons of turmeric, cumin-coriander powder, and dried chillies. Voila! A sizzling hot take on your Saturday night staple.

The best of both worlds

It’s a classic and tragic tale. After lovingly piling your burrito with generous lashings of every available topping, you prepare to take that first blissful bite – only to have the whole fat thing fall apart in your hands. Allow me to blow your mind. Burrito. Pizza. A simple idea really, much more practical for those of us who love to max out our toppings. Simply crisp up a wrap in the oven for 5-6 minutes, spread your salsa, beans and whatever else you like on top, sprinkle the whole thing with cheese and cook for another 5. Be as generous as you like! You’re welcome.

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Get down and dirty

Ok, so I’ll admit that dirty chai isn’t exactly ground breaking, but when you love chai and coffee equally it can be hard to choose! As the days start to get sunnier, cold dirty chai really hits the spot and is super easy to make. Brew an instant coffee (fair trade, of course) and upgrade it with 2 pumps of chai syrup. Finish with a few ice cubes if you so desire and treat yourself to something a little different.

Remember, there’s nothing wrong with sticking to your guns if you’re confident in them – but truly great food discoveries only come from experimentation and risk taking. Hopefully these ideas get your own creative juices flowing and you feel motivated to try new things with your cooking!