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'Popeye is my dream date'

india Updated: Nov 08, 2008 15:32 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Hindustan Times
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What do you start the day with?
A headstand, 15 minutes of meditation, then I brush my teeth, gulp down a glass of nariyal paani and sit down to breakfast.

Her recipe for butter chicken

Wash half a kg of chicken and cut it into pieces

Open a pack of ready made masala, mix and cook for five to six minutes. The chicken is ready.



And breakfast would be..
Egg and poha or egg and bread.

And what do you end the day with?
Coconut water.. it’s refreshing, cleanses the system and is good for joint pains.

What would be a perfect meal?
A nice Maharashtrian thali.. kakdi kachumber, batata bhaji, chutney, varan bhaat, and yes, chicken curry.

On a date what would you like to be wooed with?
Well, I hope there are soya chips and sticks around because I like a healthy, tasty munch.

If you were marooned on an island what’s the one thing you’d want?
Since I would get all the coconut water I wanted on an island and could grill a fish for a meal, I think I’ll just opt for a giant-size pack of Baskin Robbins ice cream, pistachio almond. Then, I wouldn’t have to skip dessert.

Which is your most favourite eating place in the world?
There are a few restaurants in Delhi but I think I’ll opt for Wasabi and Indigo in Mumbai.

While eating out what do you inevitably order?
Hmm.. a soup.. vegetable and clear.. lots of veggies and grilled fish or chicken. If we’ve ordered an Indian meal then some nice sabzis, butter rotis and fish or chicken curry.

The one person whose dinner invitation you would definitely not refuse?
Popeye, you know that funny cartoon sailor man with one good eye, anchor tattoos, corncob pipe and a yen for spinach. I love spinach too and that makes Popeye my dream date.

What do you serve guests at home?
There’s always a stack of soya chips and sticks, a bowl of dry fruits and mummy’s ladoos.
What has been your most memorable experiment with food?
Once, in Bangkok I decided to try authentic Thai cuisine. The restaurant I was taken to displayed snakes and my soup had worms crawling in it. Eeew! For the next four days I stuck to McDonald’s.
One food item you can’t do without?
Eggs, I have to have an egg for breakfast. And if there’s no chicken or fish for dinner, I scramble an egg. It’s the easiest protein fix.
One food item you absolutely abhor?
Coriander. I like the flavour but I just don’t like the way it feels on my tongue. I don’t mind coriander chutney though.
Your first culinary experiment?
To be honest I stay out of the kitchen because every time I’ve entered one, I have broken something. Once I went to make coffee and ended up with a smashed jar and spilt milk.
Your favourite dessert?
Gulab jamuns and rasgullas. Even after a full meal I can put away a couple and if I’m hungry, I can chomp away.
What is your comfort food?
Sweets and chocolates, they lift your energy level instantly.
If you weren’t a movie star what would you binge on?
Everything I binge on now. If I eat healthy it isn’t because I believe my face is my fortune but because that’s a way of life with me.
Which festival reminds you of food?
Diwali.. chaklis, chivda and my mummy’s besan ladoos.
What if you were cast as a chef in a movie?
I hope I got to cook up an Italian meal then. Chicken marinated with sauces and fresh veggies, it looks easy to dish up.
When was the last time you snacked on a roadside favourite?
When I was returning from Pune a week ago, I stopped for a vada pav.

What’s on your shopping list?
Diet foods and lots of readymade meals.
One fruit you eat everyday?
I’m not much into fruits but I try to alternate between apple and pineapple.
What do you munch on when it rains or when there’s a nip in the air?
A nice vada pav.
When you were a child was there anything you had to eat?
I wasn’t a fussy eater but I would fight with my siblings and cousins for the malai on the milk. We finally started taking turns.
Your miracle diet would be..
A high fibre, high protein diet.. plenty of daal and vegetables.
If you opened a restaurant what would you serve?
Everything, from Italian to Indian and that includes vada pav.
If you could choose your last meal it would be..
A seven-course feast.. butter rotis, soups,
salads, sabzis, chicken, fish and sweets.