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Tandoori bites

Tusshar Kapoor takes a health food trip with Roshmila Bhattacharya.

entertainment Updated: Feb 17, 2009 20:15 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Hindustan Times

Tusshar Kapoor takes a health food trip with Roshmila Bhattacharya.

What do you start the day with?
A handful of almonds, cashewnuts and walnuts. It was always a part of dad’s daily morning routine and I’ve followed suit. A bowl of fibre-rich muesli with nuts and fruit and a whey protein shake follow.

And what do you end your day with?
Isabgol.. to clean out my system.

On a date what would you like to be wooed with?
A glass or two of wine or champagne.. and dark chocolate for dessert.

If you were marooned on an island what would you want?
Being a health freak, I’d stock up on barbecue bites, fruits and coconut water. I’d want to take along cartons of protein shakes too, to perk me up after a rigorous workout.

When you eat out what do you inevitably order?
Grilled chicken and whole wheat bread sandwiches. If I binge, I double my workout the next day.

What do you serve guests?
If it is a card party, then spicy, tangy finger food. If it is a family get-together, an assorted menu that caters to every palate.

A dinner invitation you would never refuse?
Shakira’s.. she would be a feast for the eyes and we would make music together with juicy chicken thighs and hips that don’t lie.

Your most memorable experiment with food?
When in Africa, I walked out of a restaurant serving snakes and alligator meat without eating. But in the U S, I experimented with Ethiopian food at a restaurant called Blue Nile. It was a lot like our Indian khana with rotis and spicy curries. I also experimented with duck in Bangkok. It was like tender chicken.

What’s the yuckiest thing you have tasted?
The dorm food at the Michigan University where I studied. They served bland, boiled food we called jail ka khaana.

One food item you can't do without?
I must have thin and crispy pizza with cheese, pepperoni and spices every 10 days.

A food item that you abhor?
Papaya, I hate the smell. I wouldn't even use it as a face mask.

What do you like to munch on when there's a nip in the air?
Soya chunks in gravy, sesame salmon, stir-fried veggies and spicy Thai soup.

As a child is there something you had to have every day?
A glass of milk and dry fruits.

What is your favourite drink?
Champagne, white wine and vodka.

Is there a festival you always associate with food?
Holi because it means bhang, thandaai and sweets like jalebis, ladoos and imarti. You can get drunk and binge on the tandoori dishes and bhajias.

If you opened a specialty restaurant what would it serve?
It would be an avant-garde specialty restaurant serving fast food like nachos and Subways. For five years in the U S, I lived on all this. But my restaurant will be health conscious, like the Kauai in South Africa. It will also have a sports angle. I am working on such a project.