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Food in Black: Inky dark is the culinary world's new bright spot

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Little black dish
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Little black dish

Black has long been beautiful except in food perhaps but that is fast changing with all kinds of delectables, from pizzas and burgers to ice-creams and tikkas, taking on a shade as inky and impenetrable as a dark, moonless night.

Overcoming the inherent distaste for anything in shades of grey and darker in food, gourmets are embracing the little black dish with as much enthusiasm as fashionistas their little black dresses.

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Something dark
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Something dark

For the longest time, even a pinch of black in food was reason to get the knives out at the chef. Not anymore.

People want to have their plates with something dark or the other, be it from charcoal, ash or squid ink.

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Growing fandom
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Growing fandom

And so it is that black-coloured foods, which earlier took Instagrammers by storm, thanks to charcoal-infused goth ice-cream, now includes pastas, pizzas, burgers, health drinks and even our very own desi murg malai tikka too.

The fandom is only growing.

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Activating the hunger
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Activating the hunger

Squid ink, the newest must have in high-end gourmet kitchens, is an edible black substance taken from the ink sac of a squid.

Activated charcoal is a fine black powder made from bone char, coconut shells, peat, coal, olive pits or sawdust.The charcoal is "activated" by processing it at very high temperatures. Both, black burger and ice-cream, get their colour from activated charcoal.

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Black pan pizza
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Black pan pizza

Recently, Pizza Hut, one of India's leading pizza chains, introduced the "country's first ever black pan pizza" at its Gurgaon restaurants.

The black pan pizza, claimed Pizza Hut, is more unique since it gets its colour from a "secret natural ingredient" that is wholly different from charcoal.

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The back story
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The back story

The idea originated from days when a lot of meats and vegetables were charred for taste, explained Anooj Wadhawan, executive chef, Roseate House.

Imperfecto Shor Cafe uses squid ink to blacken and flavour 'Spanish Black Rice', a favourite on its menu.

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Charcoal detox water
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Charcoal detox water

And to wash it all down, what better than a goth drink to go with goth food - like activated charcoal detox shots or black water?

Akiva activated charcoal aloe vera health shots and Evocus black alkaline water claim to be big on health grounds and are cashing in on the black obsession.

While Akiva superfoods boast about their product being "healthy and tasty", Evocus banks highly on the "unique formulation" of its black alkaline water.

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