Prachi Desai on a yum-yum trip with Roshmila Bhattacharya.
What do you start the day with?
or water with lemon and honey.
And what do you end the day with?
I hate admitting this but I’m a
girl. So if I’m at home I pop a chocolate, my fridge is stuffed with them. And if I’m out for dinner, I’m tucking into a gooey dessert. If nothing else, I sip a glass of chilled chocolate milk.
What would you like to be wooed with?
A yummy chocolate dessert!
If you were marooned on an island what would you want?
Definitely chocolates.. and tandoori chicken. Crazy combo, na?
When you eat out what do you inevitably order?
Chicken pasta in tomato sauce and nachos.
What do you always serve guests who drop by?
Since most of my friends eat out every day or have cooks, there’s always a demand for Gujarati,
ghar ka khana
cooked by my mom. Her sweet-and-sour
is a favourite.
What has been your most memorable experiment with food?
When we were really young, my sister and I decided to cook up an omelette. We stuffed it with rice, Schwezan sauce, just about everything we could find in the fridge. And guess what? It turned out quite nice.
One food item you can’t do without?
I must have a fruit a day, or at least a glass of fruit juice, because it’s supposed to keep you fit and fine.
A food item you abhor?
I’m eat everything, even
The yuckiest thing you have ever tasted?
I haven’t tasted them but I was told the lizards and cockroaches I saw in the restaurants of Bangkok make for great nibbles, But I couldn’t be tempted to try those creepy crawlies.
As a child is there something you had to have every day?
Capsicum.. I hated it, but after mummy told me it would make me an actress, I ate it without complaints. Now, I run away from salads.
What is your favourite drink?
I don’t touch alcohol so I keep experimenting with different mocktails or I just stick to fresh lime soda.
What do you like to munch on when there’s a nip in the air?
Sipping steaming Starbucks coffee.
When was the last time you snacked on a roadside favourite?
Two months ago, I had this sudden yearning for
so as soon as I spotted a roadside vendor, I got off, handed him my fresh, white handkerchief, told him to wipe his hands and then make me
. But ever since then I’ve tried to stay away from road food because it’s not safe.
Which festival do you associate with food?
Christmas. I went to a Catholic school and have lots of Christian friends so Christmas meant lovely plum cakes.
A dinner invitation you would never refuse?
My friend Jenny’s, both her parents are such great cooks. I went to her place a day after Christmas and she fed me yummy prawn biryani.
If you opened a specialty restaurant what would it serve?
It would serve everything that’s fattening and non-diet, from bhelpuri and pani puri to Nachos, Thai food and desserts.