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Something meaty

india Updated: Apr 06, 2009 19:35 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya

For her the perfect meal would be a banquet with dishes from all over the world and India but crocodile meat remains her favourite. Rock On!! star Shahana Goswami admits that she’s a hardcore carnivore to Roshmila Bhattacharya.

What do you start the day with?
I love breakfast but it’s hard to stuff yourself as soon as you wake up. If I have the luxury of time, I have fruits, cereals, eggs and toast. If I’m in a rush, it’s just fruit.

And what do you end the day with?
Could be dessert.. or a glass of juice. <b1>

On a date what would you like to be wooed with?
I’d like it if my date cooked the meal himself.

If you were marooned on an island, what would you want to take along?
Bread, cheese and cold cuts.. then I would improvise.

When you eat out what do you inevitably order?
A Caesar Salad.

What do you always serve guests at home?
I rarely cook, so I would probably order Chinese from out. It’s more convenient.

Describe your first culinary experiment?
When I was about 13 or 14, I loved playing around in the kitchen with my mother as my guide. I think I started with rotis! My mother claims I make better rotis than her. I don’t know about that but my rotis turn out perfectly round.

Which is the one food item you can’t do without?
I’d like to have some kind of meat everyday. I’m a hardcore carnivore.

What has been your most memorable experiment with food?
There’s this food chain across Africa called Carnivore. I dropped into one of the restaurants in Kenya. They serve rare meats, grilled. I ordered a platter of crocodile, antelope and zebra meat. Crocodile was the best!.

The yuckiest thing you’ve tasted?
Fresh malai.

What is your favourite drink?
Banana milkshake.

What is your favourite dessert?
At the moment it’s Banoffee Pie.

If you weren’t a movie star what would you binge on?
Everything sinful that is off-limits to me now.. bread, potatoes, rice, cheese, fat on meat and gooey desserts.

As a child is there something you had to have everyday?
Before the age of 10, I was a fussy eater and underweight. But I relished fish and meat preparations.

When you go shopping what do you usually end up buying?
Cold cuts, fruits, cereals, juices, bread and salad vegetables.

In summer, what do you cool down with?
Lassi, chaas, milkshake, fresh fruit juice and cold teas. I enjoy dahi and fruit too.

And what do you crunch when there’s a nip in the air?
Anything fried.. chops, cutlets or rolls.

Do you have a roadside favourite.. when did you eat it last?
I love bhelpuri, golgappas, chaats and rolls. I just had bhelpuri four-five days ago.

Which festival do you associate with food?
Growing up it was Holi for the gujjiyas. Also, Kanjak, that one day in the year when young girls are called home, their feet washed and served a feast of kada prasad of puris, dry kala channa and atte ka halwa.

Do you have a miracle diet?
No, I rely on my intense and sporadic will to lose weight.

If you opened a specialty restaurant where would it be and what would it serve?
It would probably be in Goa and would serve a wide assortment of dishes from Sushi and Sashimi to typical Goan seafood.

Do you have a speciality dish?
Butter chicken, I learnt it from a friend.

If you could choose your last meal what would you order?
It would be a banquet with dishes from all over the world and India.. Japanese, Italian, Keralite, Bengali, Naga and definitely crocodile meat.

It would end with my favourite dish, a dessert my mother used to make regularly earlier, with atta biscuits, cream and apples. Yummy!

E-mail author: roshmila.bhattacharya@hindustantimes.com