pao bhaji and hot ‘n’ crispy snacks do the trick for
director Nandita Das. Read on.
The first thing I have in the morning:
Two glasses of water — no beverages, no stimulants.
I like eating dal, subji, roti and curd.
My lunch when I am shooting:
I eat unit food but I request them to make it in less oil.
I am a non-vegetarian who would like to be a vegetarian.
My favourite vegetarian dish:
I love crackling spinach.
My favourite fruits:
I am crazy about mangoes, strawberries, any seasonal fruit. I also have fond memories of childhood when we would suck paayri, a mango in which you make a hole to draw out the juice.
My favourite beverages:
I prefer chhaas and nimbu paani to aerated drinks. I also like the mocktail pina colada.
My favourite desserts:
I enjoy gulab jamun and caramel custard. I ate a lot of caramel custard in childhood, I guess that explains the continuing association. And I like chocolates, irrespective of the brand name.
A childhood memory associated with food:
As a child, when I came down to Mumbai from Delhi to spend my holidays with my maternal uncles and grandparents, I would love eating from the stalls lining the beaches of Chowpatty — bhel, pani puri and malai kulfi.
Mumbai ka pao bhaaji. Also, on rainy days, I like to sit on the terrace of my house and watch the rains over a plate of hot and crispy snacks.
I am not very fond of:
Butter, but I do like a dab of it on my dosa.
I visit restaurants very often. Besides Indian, my favourite cuisines are Chinese, Thai... any cuisine with a lot of coconut in it. I enjoy travelling because, amongst other things, I get to enjoy varied edible fare.
My culinary abilities:
I learnt to cook without realising it at a very early age from my dad. He can whip up a good meal. He works from home and cooks when he is in the mood. He begins by cooking for a couple of his friends but ends up making a big meal and then makes last minute calls to invite some more friends over. I would help with the chopping of vegetables. He can make lovely salads, dips and bhagarela baingan.
My idea of a romantic meal:
Thai food, good music and a walk by the beach. With or without a man.