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Masala Lab: The Science of Indian Cooking with Krish Ashok
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* Some speakers in this session are participating virtually via Zoom.
Krish Ashok is not a chef but cooks daily. He is not a scientist but can explain science with clarity. He trained to be an electronic engineer but is a software engineer in real life. He learnt to cook from women in his family who can make the perfectly fluffy idli without lecturing people on lactobacilli and pH. He likes the scientific method not because it offers the ability to bully people with knowledge, but because it confidently lets him say ‘I don’t know, let me test it out for myself.’ When he is not cooking, he’s usually playing the violin or the cello. He lives in Chennai with a wife who sagely prevents him from buying more gadgets for the kitchen, and a son who terrorizes all flora and fauna in the neighbourhood. You can follow him at @krishashok on Twitter at your own risk.