Food is the dominating twin of Rakesh Raghunathan, whose interest lay in distinguishing spices and different types of Rasam, as other 9 year olds played outdoors. Long dinner table discourses to the point of being absurd, revolving around the worthiness of food crafted everyday, set the tone for his adult years. The abiding passion has remained with him, as he has spent the last decade of his life founding a chain of wraps in Chennai, hosting a food and travel show on TV (Dakshin Diaries on Living Foodz (part of Zee Entertainment Ltd)), and co-creating Puliyogare Travels. The subject of variously sarcasm, wit and glory for his level of interest in food, Rakesh wears it proudly on his sleeve, as he goes about discovering new palettes and sensory experiences. Born with a ladle, Rakesh’s mission is to bring to your desks and TVs [and if you’re married to him, your table!], a new food experience, every other day.

When he’s not stirring the pot, or invading your kitchen, Rakesh spends his time helping hotel chains and food brands with developing recipes, training chefs, branding and marketing strategies

Full-time litigating lawyer, and co-creator of Puliyogare Travels, Preeti Mohan is the perfect counterfoil to Rakesh. While Rakesh thrives on energy, creativity and the bigger picture, for Preeti, the devil is really in the detail. Years of combing through legal drafts and strategizing have equipped her to bring the skills of reasoning and precision, to conceptualizing and running Puliyogare Travels. When not trapped by a cerebral perspective, she loves unleashing her creative side through writing. She has written on the arts, culture and social issues for a range of publications, and with Puliyogare travels, marries her love for the pen with that for food and travel!

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Feel free to get in touch for new initiatives across food, travel and media.Mail us –rakesh@rakeshraghunathan.com

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  1. It is truly refreshing to follow your page…full of soul food of our very own south !!!keep up the good job guyz!!

  2. have been following the suttralam suvaikkalam episodes on youtube… great job Rakesh and the entire team… 🙂 Looking forward to many more episodes of authentic traditional gourmet cooking.. Cheers…

  3. Hey Rakesh, We have lot in common. I used to do this several years ago with various locations across south to north India. Covering people n cooks or great places to eat. I am now in Pune, however Chennai is where my heart is. Great going and excellent cover on Achi topic across karaikudi.

  4. Fabulous job Rakesh and the entire team for bringing us the array of delicious foods, their preparation, the place where they are available right at our desk. Myself and my whole family are a great fan of ‘Sutralaam Suvaikalaam’ show and never miss to watch it. Keep-up the pace and looking forward to more interesting cusines in your show. All the very best and may the odds be ever in your favour.

  5. Rakesh sir.. “Suttralam suvaikalam” is one of the best food shows and its because of you. Such a love and passion !!
    And this blog is really very interesting.
    All the best !!😃

  6. hi rakesh, i appreciate you its a good job ,you are giving us regional and authentic food in sutralam suvaikalam and gathering many information .looking forward for more variety of food.

  7. Initially, I’m thinking to myself “Wow, this is such an appealing blog!” And then, I go “Wait a minute, this guy looks familiar!” 🙂 What I love about what you do is your focus on history when you discuss food. We tend to take food for granted now, but to see how it’s evolved at different places in Tamil Nadu is phenomenal. Looking forward to learning more from you; cheers! 🙂

  8. hi bro,my family like ur program,we r following your program from last October,,,,nice one,,u can include some more history detailing to ur program,,especially my wife like ur way of anchoring ,different from other media as they follow company.but your is a step ahead.keep it up bro,

  9. Watch your sutralam suvaikalam programme in YouTube. Made a few and got thumbs up from my hubby! The way you appreciate food and the people who cook is really enchanting! Keep up your good work!

  10. Hi Rakesh , i stay in London and I am a great fan of your Sutralam Suvikalam I don’t miss them, keep exploring new food , new places and it’s really interesting to watch.

  11. Sir…you are excellently doing this programme.wishng you get more success.i love to see your programme thru you tube…..Rajesh madurai

  12. Hi Rakesh….nice show….I want to say one thing…u believe it or not my son has become a fan of you…I asked him the reason…he said that you are the only anchor who clarifies each n everything very patiently n NEATLY…n he liked the way you say VANAKKAM ……WATCHING ALL YOUR shows THRU YOUTUBE….all d the best for your future endeavours…..

  13. Hi Rakesh,

    One of your greatest fans here from Chennai 🙂 I’ve been following you through every way I can, your article on The Hindu, your Blog and your awesome show “Sutralam Suvaikalam” for months now on YouTube. Being a food lover and used-to-be-blogger myself, you are such an amazing inspiration for me who portrays what a person can become just by having true love for his/her passion and pursuing a career by following their hearts 🙂 Congrats all the way and I wish you the very best for the future to come. Along with my wife, we watch your show for every breakfast and dinner. And we hope to seeing you more in the years to come 🙂

    All The Best,

  14. Dear Rakesh, have been watching your show, it’s fantastic, not only the traditional foods but also covering the special things about that place. It’s really interesting. It added flavour to your show. All the best for your future shows.

  15. Hello sir,awesome works by you….we love ur show” suttralaam suvaikalam” ..like anything….we never miss it…they way u taste the foodies and the words u add to appreciate and encourage the persob are really fabulous….!!! U r one of the best host I have ever seen…the interest,passion for food ,observation, patience really really super….keep going….cheers.

  16. Hi, Do you guys cater for marriage ceremonies? If yes, then I would like to discuss about that. Please let me know you response.

  17. Hi Rakesh,

    Watching this show from canada… just out of curiosity, i watched 1 show and got addicted and watched them one by one.. you are so natural at mingling with local crowd..your charisma and sweet smile sure adds value to this show.. would love to meet you when i visit india and keep in touch.

    Ps: only thing i didn’t like was seeing, cooking and eating meat/egg based items as I am pure vegetarian. I switch off tv when the episode is all about meat items only..

  18. Hi Rakesh, I am now blissfully retired, having been abroad for well over 35 years. As I have loads of free time, I started browsing the net and found your Sutralam Suvaikkalam show on YouTube. What started as a casual watch, has now become a religious duty!! My wife is still wondering as to what is so good about this that I spend so much time watching this program. I like everything, the person, the presentation, the feel and the information. All the very best Rakesh. On the border area food,it would be nice if the exact place name and an approximate distance from a main city.. It is just a suggestion. All the best and God bless.

      1. Thanks buddy for the info….I never watch any of the cooking of show in my life…but I like your show and your way delivering the content….It is something different from others…When we will be planning for a vacation to India we have a plan to try few things came in your show like border parotta, srivilliputhur palkova, mint street lassi, ambur star biriyani etc..Keep rocking…We are waiting for new episodes…

  19. Hi Rakesh, After watching your Pondi special, the I visited Tanto Pizzeria last week and had the tasty pizza with a very thin dough. It was a wonderful experience. Thanks buddy.

  20. Rakesh is a great host. Nice and pleasant presentation. Now I discover that he is not just an ordinary TV host for a food show. Great success story. Among the episodes of his Sutralam Suvaikkalaam, I liked two of them – making of karuppatti and potato potlam. Third was Ramassery Idly, which we went as a family. Keep up the great work Mr. Rakesh!

  21. Hi Rakesh,
    Love your program. I watch it on your tube coz I dont get to watch it live from here. Very entertaining and interesting to watch you “go places” literally. My husband too watches your program with me. You go to places that normally even localites arent aware of. Wish you could make a show in US and come home and film me make something, though not a Pro, I do make good Briyani attimes 😀

  22. Please take up a food travel show again Rakesh! Have been a big fan of sutralam suvaikalam and I honestly don’t find one that was as good as yours. Thanks.

  23. @Rakesh, This is Venkatesh from Mumbai. Your Dakshin Diaries show in Living Foods is awesome. Content & Presentation are unbelievable. Please explore Tamil Nadu itself for another 100 episodes. We all simply love the show. Really envy your knowledge of music and cooking.

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