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Some rice, some chicken, a side of veggies, and you have yourself a plate of dinner. Not that there’s much wrong with it, but we’ve all pondered how different our dinner would taste if bothered to be a little more organized or color-coordinated. And of course, it’s a handy skill to have when friends and family visit for a meal.

What if we told you, you don’t actually need a fancy art degree to figure out the perfect plating for the perfect meal? Let us sort you out with our favorite tips and picks:

The White Backdrop

To get your plating right, your plate obviously is where you start – and this is when you get your white plates out of your cabinets. The bright white plate props up the colors of your food get them more vibrant and add that much appeal to your meal. Simple, we know, but definitely true!

The Odder The Better

Sure, there’s beauty in symmetry, but when it comes to presenting food, odd numbers are key! Arrange your plate with all different elements in groups of 3 or 5 (or 7!). Odd numbers are meant to be more aesthetically pleasing – more so with food!

Decorate your Plate Asymmetrically with Rotimatic
Decorate your Plate Asymmetrically

Play to the Senses

Please your eyes, tempt your smell and tease your tactile senses with texture, touch, and mouth-feel. But you have to be careful, and not tinker with the elements of your dish just for the sake of your senses. For example, garnishing your plated meal with red capsicums simply for the pop of red might sound like a good idea, but messes up the other senses. Does the crunch of your capsicum fit well into your dish, or does it just worsen your mouth-feel?

Get Stacked

Having height in the center of your dish evens out the overall presentation of your meal. By layering or stacking ingredients, you give the dish more depth and a beautiful symphony of flavours. On top of all that, it’ll get you a delicious Instagram-worthy picture as well!

Food Plating that is Insta-Worthy with Rotimatic
Food Plating that is Insta-Worthy

Be One With The Nature

The dish you’ve prepared has involved a lot of your love, passion, thought, and technique. When it comes to playing, however, be sure to use a lighter hand, and let nature guide you. Your colors should reflect the seasons and the environment, with contrasting shades in your dish that evoke emotion. Keep it simple, sure, but always let the ingredients be the stars.


Like we’ve told you! In science there’s truth, and in art there’s honor. Food plating is a perfect symphony of the two, and we hope our tips have found you well! Send us your food plating photos on the reviews page of our website or post them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and tag us.

With the food all laid out to perfection on your dinner table, you see a flash in your eye, and right then it hits you – this needs a photo. Half of your table gets excited and thanks you for reminding them, the other sigh and wait on before they can sink their teeth into the dinner.

We don’t blame you, and you’re not wrong either – a joyous moment like delicious food bringing together your friends and family definitely deserves a photo, and sometimes, nothing but the perfect shot would do.

Whether you’ll be flaunting your pictures on social media, or just to smile back on days and weeks later to recall that moment, there are some food photography tips and tricks that could make your meal more salivating than we’re sure it already is.

Let us help you out:

Getting the Right Angle

“Obviously…,” you’re thinking in your head, angles are going to be important in how your food looks, but where you place the camera will alter the type of story you’re looking to tell.

Art of Food Photography
Art of Food Photography

The type of food you’re trying to take a picture of comes into play; its size, shape, height, and unique features (like garnish). Some dishes look great when you shoot from right in front of the food, and others are best suited when you are looking down from directly above the table. Imagine a table of cupcakes with delicate icing and toppings sprinkled. Would you take an angular shot of the cupcakes showing the precision of the icing and sprinkles, or an aerial shot that neglects the beauty and architecture of your cupcakes?

It’s the same for a stack of rotis; an angular shot showing the stack’s height would prove more useful, compared to an aerial shot from the top where it’d just look like one roti for a table full of hungry people!

Setting the Stage

One thing that’d stand out more than a mess in a photo, is an empty space, or many of them! Imagine those to be plot-holes in a movie or story you’re trying to tell or read.

Think of the supporting cast that could fill these spaces and make your hero look all the better. Surround your main dish with ingredients and probs you’ve used to prepare that dish. Sauces, oils, even cooking utensils to drop little hints to what really made that dish – make them ponder and drool even more!

Go further with tins, jars, fabrics, and linens to perhaps dip into the origin of the dish, or how it should be served – it elevates your picture and certainly gives it dept.

A Little Light

Lighting’s tricky – too little of it makes your photo more ominous than intended, and too much of it could blind your audience to the finer details of your dish.

The most important tip for photography would be to shoot against the light, not with it. That means, if you’re taking a shot of your pizzas, be sure that the light isn’t behind the dish, but in front of it – so you’ll be using sunlight to literally light your food up, instead of your dish becoming silhouettes.

Eat Good Food and Lead Healthy Life
Eat Good Food and Lead Healthy Life

The other tips are going to depend on how you want your shots. You could either move away from the lighting or manipulate it with black and white cards that you could make easily with foam. Size them to fit your needs, using white cards to bounce light into shadow areas, revealing important details, or black cards to make shadows stronger for more contrast.

Color Code It

Now you’ve got your angles, you’ve got your props, and also worked out your own lighting. You’re almost good to go, except for one detail that many let slip just before posting their pictures – color.

Now, your dish is the star of the gathering and the picture. You’ve pampered her with props and flattering lighting, but now it’s time to give her her finishing touches. Think color, and which color does your dish radiate? The red of strawberries and rhubarb? Or the green of your palak paneer?

Pairing the red of your strawberries with a red baking tray, for example, takes the limelight away from the dish, and attention is given to your baking tray instead. The same with the green of your palak paneer – would it look equally delicious in a bright yellow bowl? Probably not! When placing items into your food images, try selecting neutral tones, something that makes the food really pop against it, like black or white props, or glass bowls, so your dish gets all the Likes it deserves.

There’s lots of fun to be had with a camera and your food, and if you’ve got more tips and tricks for us, throw them our way! To know about Rotimatic click here and to order yours click here.

You’ve done it, we’ve done it; we’ve all had that indescribable urge to look through our friends’ refrigerators when we’re invited over.

We’ll more often than not find a snack to munch on that we otherwise wouldn’t have to lay around in our own fridges, but perhaps there’s a little more than just appetite to be scurrying through another person’s refrigerator.

Curiosity; comparing eating habits, choice of snacks, and refrigerator layouts reveal more about a person than you’d imagine. The same for yours!

What do your friends think or say when they’re ransacking your fridge? If you’re looking to get organized but you’re not quite sure how let us sort you out. Shelf or drawer? High or low? Here’s the low-down on your fridge essentials:

  1. There’s a reason the word “consistency” consistently follows eggs. They do best where the temperature is most consistent – on the middle shelf. Better yet, leave them in the original cartons and don’t transfer them to the fridge egg container.
  2. You’d place milk on the top shelf for easier reach, but your milk bottles and cartons really should be on the bottom and all the way in the back where it’s the coldest.
  3. Similarly for your remaining dairy products, like cheese, yoghurt, and sour cream. Bottom, all the way in the back where it’s the coldest. Word of advice, keep them accessible and visible so you never lose sight and mind of their expiration dates.
  4. As for your packaged raw meat, have them in the coldest bottom shelf, usually in a drawer that comes with most fridges. That way, if the meat juices drip, it doesn’t have to contaminate the rest of the fridge.
  5. Your vegetables stay fresh longest with a bit of humidity. Vegetables stay fresh longer with a bit of humidity. The drawer labelled vegetables or high humidity is the moistest spot in the fridge. Be sure to store them in their original packaging on in a loosely tied plastic bag.
  6. As for fruits, they belong in the low humidity drawer, often marked as the “crisper”. Again, leave them in the original packaging or in a loosely tied plastic bag, though citrus fruits are fine without a bag. Protip: Do not wash your fruits and vegetables until it’s time to use them; the moisture encourages bacteria and mould growth, and we don’t want that!
  7. With deli meats, you should pop them in the shallow meat drawer, which is a little colder than the rest of the fridge (or the bottom shelf if you don’t have the drawer!)
  8. Back to dairy, your butter and soft cheeses don’t have to be the coldest so you can keep them in the dairy compartment on the door, also the warmest part of the fridge. Be sure to keep your soft cheeses in air-tight containers though!
  9. What about condiments? Your sauces, dressings, and pickles are typically high in vinegar and salt, which are natural preservatives. That said, storing them on the kitchen door works just fine.
  10. And juices? So glad you asked! If they’re pasteurized, they can be stored on the door. If they’re freshly-squeezed instead, store them on the bottom shelf.
Have Fresh, Eat Fresh
Have Fresh, Eat Fresh

There isn’t a right or wrong way to organize your fridge, per se, but we’ve shared with you common and best practices to extend the longevity of the food’s quality, and consequently, its taste.

Besides, why not have some fun with your fridge? Organize them by color to make a statement the next time your friends open its door.

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Send us pictures of your newly laid out fridges!