Star Recipe -Nisha Kothari

Nisha Kothari reveals her foodie delights

Thursday, August 09, 2007 | 7:14:51 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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1. Are you a complete foodie or do you watch what you eat?
A: I'm a foodie, but I really have to keep track of what I eat since I'm an actress.

2. Your favourite cuisine – Continental/Oriental/Indian/others.
A: Indian, dal chawal.

3. What would your prefer - homemade food or outside food?
A: Actually, I do not eat out much as outside food does not suit me. I like homemade food anytime. My food is cooked in olive oil.

4. Your preference - vegetarian or non-vegetarian food?
A: I'm a vegetarian.

5. Drink you like to wash down the food with?
A: I do not like to drink anything. I do take vitamin drinks prescribed by my doctor.

6. Your favourite beverage?
A: As it is, cold drinks do not suit me, so it's a hot steaming cup of coffee that I love.

7. Any hard drink that you take?
A: No, I do not drink.

8. What about junk food?
A: It depends on how tempting they are and the place and people around me.

9. Your favourite fast food joint?
A: I'm from Delhi and I do not know Mumbai too well.

10. Organic aloo or Batata Vada?
A: Organic aloo.

11. Favourite restaurant/eating place which you think is a must-visit by all and sundry?
A: I still have to explore the city.

12. Your take on diet and health food.
A: I do not diet and advise people against it because your body loses strength and skin loses life when you diet. I believe in eating healthy. Eat a lot of salads, green vegetables and things like that.

13. What would be that one dish which you will not be able to resist?
A: I think fried food, but nothing special. I like vegetable cutlet.

14. Could you share the recipe with us?

For 6 servings


2 large potatoes, peeled and diced

1 carrot, peeled and diced

1/2 cup fresh green beans, trimmed and snapped

1/4 cup frozen green peas

1 1/2 cups bread crumbs

1/2 teaspoon garam masala

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

salt to taste

1/4 cup vegetable oil for frying


Place the potatoes, carrot, green beans and peas in a pot with enough water to immerse them. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes until potatoes are tender. Drain vegetables, transfer to a bowl and mash with a potato masher, leaving a few small chunks.

Mix 3/4 cup bread crumbs, garam masala, cayenne pepper, and salt into the bowl with the mashed vegetables. Make the mixture into small patties about ½-inch thick. Dredge the patties in the remaining bread crumbs to coat.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and fry the coated patties until golden brown. Drain with paper towels.

- As Told to Mili Swarnakar (SAMPURN)

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