love to eat, but I don't like to cook,"
says Juhi Parmar, who became a household name after her title role in Kumkum —
Ek Pyaar Sa Bandhan and the pivotal one of Kalika in Devi.
thinks Abhishek Bachchan is a hot dude and finds Rani Mukerji cute and natural,
will be soon flying to USA to shoot for a Pakistani series.
A Rajput born
in Ujjain, she was brought up in Jaipur but found her calling — acting — in
Juhi has lived in this city for the past six years and has fond
memories of her landlady from her paying guest days.
"A Punjabi woman,
my landlady was a single woman who took care of me as if I were her own child,"
reminisces a chirpy Juhi.
Thought for food
I am basically a
non-vegetarian, but I enjoy vegetarian food too.
non-vegetarian, I like chicken a lot. In sea-food, I relish pomfrets,
prawns and fried sardines. I dislike red meat.
I carry food from
home since I shoot almost every day. My tiffin comprises dal, sabzi and
roti. I like dahi and salads a lot.
I hate to wake up early
in the morning, but I am compelled to do so because of shooting.
Since I am a very lazy person, I have kept a personal
trainer who stands on my head to ensure I exercise. After a bath, I have a cup
of tea with breakfast.
My breakfast is poha/ upma/
cornflakes or fried eggs and toast. I prefer to eat a heavy
I am not a health freak. I eat whenever I get
I skip the snacks on the sets as they are
dripping in oil. I either have fruits or peptin biscuits (diet
Rajasthani food is my favourite; it is
spicy and just right for me. I am partial to gatte ka saag and dal batti churma.
In Jaipur, a revolving restaurant serves awesome food.
Caf is the Juhu beach of Jaipur. It has a series of stalls and a caf
that serves all kinds of cuisine – from Chinese to South Indian. The ambience is
not great, but the food is excellent and the parking lot always full of big
cars. The Jaipur highway has some dhabas that serve Rajasthani as well as
Punjabi food. Their lasoon chutney is sheer magic.
When I came to
Mumbai, I was not much into non-vegetarian, but my landlady made
excellent chicken, fish and amazing paya which I learnt to relish. I tried to
learn cooking from her many times, but with little success.
have an elderly maid, who makes awesome Bengali food. She makes
sumptuous fish in mustard and baigan bhaja (fried baigan).
cook only to survive. But honestly, I don't enjoy cooking, I am very
bad at it. My cooking flair extends to omelettes, Maggi noodles and mushroom
My mom is a vegetarian and an excellent cook. A
Gujarati, she makes awesome Chinese food. With the exception of white kadhi and
dal dhokli, I am not very fond of Gujarati food as I find it very
I enjoy eating out with my sister who is
currently in town to study fashion designing.
restaurants are Mainland China, and Just Around The Corner for salads.
I am a regular at Legacy Of China. Of late, I have discovered Ginger Marie next
to Fame Adlabs.
Their Arabiatta pasta is as good as the
pasta I ate in Switzerland.
Hang Out at Lokhandwala
makes awesome cakes. Black forest and chocolate pastries are my
When I go abroad, I miss Indian food a lot.
I live on salads and Chinese food. The non-vegetarian food abroad has a peculiar
odor. I have eaten great food in Malaysia and Switzerland.
Earlier, when my friends wanted a truce after a fight,
they would offer me chocolates. Today, even Swiss chocolates don't tempt me.
I must confess I adore Lactogen milk powder. Often, I
take 3 to 4 spoons of powder and make a meal of it.
shopkeeper, who assumed that I was married because of my TV character
Kumkum's attire, asked me to choose between a milk powder tin for a baby below
six months and another for above. I told him to give me the one that tasted
better. He must have thought that this lady isn't bothered about her child, she
is only concerned about the taste (laughs). I think my poor child won't get
sufficient milk powder since I will finish his/her share too.
favourite fruit is custard apple. I eat apples because they are
considered to be good for health. I carry mangoes in my ice-box when they are in
My love for mangoes reflects in my pimples. Even
during my school days, my mom never gave me bread as far as possible. She would
pack a healthy meal like sabzi roti or poha.
I can make a meal of
pickles. Pickles give me a bad throat, but I don't
I can never starve myself, so I don't fast at
My favourite spice is garlic.
favourite kitchen appliance is a nonstick pan, to fry
In beverages, I am partial to cold
My favourite poison is cranberry and lime
Bacardi Breezers. I drink occasionally.
During summer, I
like to have lot of water, kairi ka panna and buttermilk.
For the rest of
the year, I tend to forget that one has to drink water.
eating bhutta and kala chana masala in the rains.
not gone out for a date yet because I don't have a boyfriend. But I
would like to dance on a date and take a long drive to a kulfi joint or an