Actress Bhagyashree tells
Roshmila Bhattacharyaabout a seven-course dinner that went wrong
What do you start the day with?
Five badams.. and a cup of coffee.
And what do you end the day with?
Once in a while, after dinner, I join my husband, Himalaya, for a cup of coffee.. decaf.. or green tea.
On a date what would you like to be wooed with?
An exotic meal that would ignite my senses.. the grilled platter at Wasabi is a terrific option.
If you were marooned on an island, what would you want and why?
A hen that would lay eggs.. and plenty of fresh fruits whose seeds can grow into trees. With fish from the sea, that should take care of my meals.
What do you always serve guests at home?
I usually cook myself. During winter, it’s chhole and sarson ka saag for my husband’s friends. When the kids have their buddies over, it’s pizzas and pastas made from scratch. My daughter gets a lot of her school projects done by bribing her friends with a mum-cooked-meal.
What has been your most memorable experiment with food?
When I was in Africa for a show, I visited Carnivore near Nairobi that serves different kinds of meats. There was cockroach eggs, lizards, crocodile meat.. I didn’t get too adventurous and stuck to peasant and lamb. My
husband who is a vegetarian stayed hungry.
Your first culinary experience..
I grew up helping my dad who’s an excellent cook prepare exotic meals. So I could cook Chinese, Thai, Italian but not the regular daal-chawal. I then got married into a traditional Marwari family and after the shaadi, set out to prepare a seven-course Chinese banquet. The family took a spoonful of Hakka noodles and Vegetable Manchurian and started looking for the daal, chawal and papad. I was so livid I ate everything myself. Now, I’ve learnt to make desi khana and they’ve also acquired a taste for Bhagyashree’s exotica.
One food item you can’t do without?
A food item you abhor?
My ma-in-law will kill me for saying this because it’s a famous Marwari dish, but I just can’t bring myself to have ghee-soaked Daal Baati.
The yuckiest thing you have ever tasted?
I used to love strawberry jelly as a kid. When I was seven, my grandmother took me to Rendezvous at Taj. I ordered seven courses of jelly. On my way home, I must have thrown up seven times. Never did I ask for jelly again!
What is your favourite drink?
What is your favourite dessert?
Chocolate Fondant at Taj President.
As a child is there something you had to have everyday?
In summer what do you cool down with?
Aam panna, even though it’s calorie rich.
A roadside favourite..
Pav bhaji, bhurji pav, sev puri.. I had some yesterday.
Can you name a fruit or vegetable you eat everyday?
Paalak.. even the kids love it.
Your miracle diet would be..
I have these combo mixes, like tomato-cucumber, that are great for the system and to combat the summer heat.
Which festival do you associate with food?
Diwali.. that’s when the whole family gets together and eats together.
If you opened a specialty restaurant where would it be and what would it serve?
Since only Taj President serves good Thai food, I’d opt for a classy Thai joint.. or go Mexican because besides Casa Mexicana we have no great Mexican joint in town.
If you could choose your last meal what would you order?
Anything dad cooked for me.