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)