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'Eat salad, not samosa'

india Updated: Aug 22, 2009 14:02 IST

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With office canteens selling unhealthy snacks such as patties, noodles, samosas and life becoming increasingly busy, the Indian urban class needs to take urgent notice of their calorie intake, says celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor.

"It's very important that we start opting for salads over samosas (Indian fried potato snack). When we know such food items are not good for our health, we must face the issue head on. Thanks to our busy schedules, we don't even exercise, so food is something we have to control. This is the only way for a healthier India," Kapoor told reporters here.

Kapoor, who has been in the food business for over two decades, said awareness about the right kind of food needs to be spread throughout India.

"People ask me how they can make healthy 'puris'. I ask them that why do they eat it at all? They should instead opt for chappatis made of aata (whole wheat). Food items like cake and pasta can also be made out of aata rather than maida (wheat flour) - it's just a matter of awareness," said the chef who became a household name after his hit cookery TV show "Khana Khazana".

Kapoor is now working on a recipe for a baked samosa to make it a healthier snack.

Kapoor was here to announce his partnership with 24-hour home shopping channel HomeShop18 to market a new range of technologically advanced cookware, bakeware and kitchen accessories that have been launched under his brand Wonderchef. He will also cook and share healthy recipes on the show for the viewers.

Though the items will be designed and manufactured by leading Italian companies like Ballarini and Pavoni, they will be retailed under the brand name of Wonderchef only through HomeShop18.

"The range of products is unique in two aspects - they are healthy to cook and easy to store, which makes it a good option for Indian kitchens where space might be a problem," he said.