Chennai's popular Dakshin restaurant is popular for its chicken curry, besides other South Indian delights. Now, top chef Praveen Anand has revealed that he mastered new flavours by learning recipes from locals of South India. Studying different styles of cooking from Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka, Anand has created his own dishes. "If you travel 100 kilometres in India, you'll find 70 different ways to make a chicken curry," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Anand, from Chennai, as saying. "I am still travelling widely in the south of India and I am still learning, [It] could last a lifetime. It is impossible to exhaust Indian food," he added. He spends time with locals or joins village communities at marriage or another celebration and tries to learn family recipes and understand the traditions, culture and unique caste system that influences the different types of cooking. "I eat the food first, then sit and work with the people who cooked it, then I make my own recipe. It's a tedious but fruitful study," he added. Meanwhile, Anand also interprets and translates manuscripts and records of ancient Indian recipes for University of Chicago, which has a research library in Chennai. He helps translate local recipes written in regional languages and scripts. "I think, if you are a chef, it is easier to translate a recipe and understand the traditions than someone who is just a translator," he added. Anand will be seen at the World Chef Showcase with his good friend and fellow restaurateur, Kumar Mahadevan of Abhi's and Aki's restaurants. He will cook showcase dinners together at Aki's and Abhi's next week as part of the Sydney International Food Festival. Source: ANITAN << Gaza's Zoo Elevates A Donkey To A Zebra With Paint Tongue Receptor Specially Activated By Amino Acid Glutamate >> Recommended Reading Downing Street Kitchens are Worse than Prison: Brit Chef Television chef Jamie Oliver has condemned the state of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's kitchen. READ MORE Robot Chefs In A Japanese Restaurant! A newly opened restaurant in Japan has robots instead of humans as its chefs, says report. READ MORE French Chefs Tune in to Changing Times Even Paul Bocuse, the celebrity chef known as the "pope" of French cuisine, is making sandwiches these days. READ MORE Learn Cooking and Beat Obesity Horror, British Chef Exhorts Learn cooking and beat obesity horror, British chef Jamie Oliver has exhorted. READ MORE Body Types and Befitting Workouts Workout and diet which is well suited for a pear shaped body. READ MORE Walking As An Exercise People walk for many reasons ranging from pleasure to mental relaxation, finding solitude or for exercise. READ MORE Walking for Fitness and Weight Loss A few extra steps a day are enough to keep you fit. READ MORE Who Else Wants to Know How Walking Helps Heart and Brain? Walking early morning would improve your health as it helps heart and brain to function properly. Find more about its benefits for your body. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia A-Z Drug Brands in India Find a Hospital Sinopril (2mg) (Lacidipine) More News on: Body Types and Befitting WorkoutsWalking for Fitness and Weight LossWalking As An ExerciseWho Else Wants to Know How Walking Helps Heart and Brain?