Bollywood hottie Esha Deol tells us about her Sunday feasting and her love for Thai food
The first thing I have in the morning: A nice cup of masala chai. I like to have kesar, elaichi and ginger in my tea. My breakfast is usually oatmeal and a toast with little bit of a jam. Sometimes, I put an apple in my oatmeal. I also have a glass of carrot juice.
My diet: I am a vegetarian and love spicy food. I love baigan ka bhartha and the Maharastrian dish, waran bhath a lot. My favourite is South Indian food. I enjoy eating Thai curry as it’s very similar to South Indian food. It has lots of coconut in it. In Punjabi foods, I find sarson ka saag delicious.
My lunch: I make it a point to take home cooked food — comprising of one sabzi, two rotis and dal — for shooting.
My Sunday lunch: Sunday is one day when I compensate for the whole week and have a peanut butter sandwich, vegetable biryani, doughnuts and ice-cream. I think I kind of overdo it.
An accompaniment I must have with my meal: Green chillies. I need green chilli with every meal of mine.
My evening snack: A brown bread egg sandwich or diet khakras with green tea. I carry a box of dry fruits in my car because they are really energizing.
My dinner: On holidays, I eat whatever I feel like, but if I need a certain body shape for a role then I avoid carbs completely at night. I just have a bowl of soup and one vegetable. I have my dinner latest by 8.30 pm.
My favourite desserts: I have a sweets tooth and like rasgullas, gajar ka halwa and gulab jamuns. I also love
chocolate mint ice-cream. But, I feel guilty everytime I eat sweets.
My culinary abilities: I can cook Thai curry as it’s very simple — you get readymade paste, sauté it, add a few boiled vegetables and coconut milk. I make this recipe called mushroom pate, you can make this and keep it in the fridge for two days.
My favourite cook: Is my best friend, Shilarna. She went to Paris to study cooking at Cordon Bleu and is now a professional chef. She is one of the best cooks I know. She cooks great food.
Eating abroad: When I’m in Mumbai, I enjoy eating at home. But abroad, I’m very much a restaurant person. I enjoy eating cheese fondue but only on a holiday.
My idea of a romantic meal: I think fondue is very romantic. A candle-lit dinner in a restaurant by the beach with nice soft music.
The vegetable I resemble: A beetroot as I tend to go red with every emotion I feel.
My fridge always has: Skimmed milk as I love drinking milk. And iced tea.
My comfort food: Rasam rice or curd rice with tasty pickle. Curd rice is absolutely a comfort food because eaten anywhere, anytime, you are safe. Bollywood News Service