The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so a meal cooked with champagne will set my mood, says Purab Kohli. Roshmila Bhattacharya discovers more...
What do you start the day with?
Nariyal paani.. and lots of water.
And what do you end the day with?
Curds.. I can eat a bucketful a day.
On a date, what would you like to be wooed with?
The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.. so a meal cooked by the wooer with champagne to set the mood.
If you were marooned on an island what would you want to take along and why?
May be crash course in coconut tree climbing.. and a cook book from Papa Neugini.
What has been your most memorable experiment with food?
I think it was the five days I spent in Singapore.. I had a different cuisine for every meal. Such wonderful flavours!
What’s the yuckiest thing you have ever tasted?
There was this Korean girl who carried pickled stuff with her. Man, it was terrible! But after a few samplings, I got used to it.
Your first culinary experiment?
Maggie.. when I was 10.
When you eat out what do you inevitably order?
Green tea, after the meal.
What do you always serve guests at home?
If they just land up without notice, some fruit, chocolates, super coffee, great tea or a yummy ginger drink.
What is your favourite drink?
A banana and strawberry smoothie.
And your favourite dessert?
Chocolate in most forms.. the darker the better.
As a child is there something you had to have every day?
As a child I never ate.. my mom had to shove food down my throat.
In summer what do you cool down with?
Smoothies, chaas and fruit.
And what do you crunch on when there’s a nip in the air?
Gajak and rewadi.. I love these sweets from the north. Also, besan ka laddoos.
A roadside favourite..
In Delhi, Southex Bengaliwala chaat rocks!
When you go shopping what do you usually end up buying?
One fruit or vegetable you eat everyday?
Your miracle diet would be..
Eat anything and everything, but in small quantities, every two hours.
Which festival do you associate with food.. what kind?
Holi with jalebies.. daal ghost and biryani with Eid.. hot cross buns with Good Friday.. and goodies with Diwali.
A dinner invitation you would never refuse?
I have some great cooks in my family.. my mum, sister, aunts, mum-in-law, wife. If they are cooking, I'm never missing.
If you opened a specialty restaurant, where would it be and what would it serve?
It would do breakfast and maybe a grill. It could be anywhere since you just need people who want to eat.
What’s your specialty dish?
I do a wonderful cheese omelette.. it’s basic, you’ll have to watch me make it to understand.
If you could choose your last meal it would be..
I think my mum’s fish curry and rice.