'I am a Foodie' - Shweta Kawatra

In Food-O-Holic this week, we have the vivacious Shweta Kawatra sharing her food likes and dislikes.

Sunday, December 09, 2007 | 2:57:20 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Are you a vegetarian or a non veggie?

I am both a veg and a non veg. I love eating all kinds of food, be it vegetables or meat.

What are you most likely to order if you walk into an Indian restaurant?

Dal Makhni and Pudina Parantha..

Is there anything you don’t like to eat?

Absolutely nothing! I love food, and I am a complete foodie, and can eat anything. I eat all the vegetables including karela or Ghia or all the other vegetables people normally don’t like to eat. I probably would not be able to eat weird stuff like monkey or snakes, but with exception to totally unfamiliar thing, I practically eat everything.

Your favourite restaurant..

Thai Ban. I have been going there for the last 12 years or so. I remember when I was new in Mumbai, I had another girl living with me in PG accommodation. A meal back then would cost around 300 Rs. We would get spoiled some more and even have dessert. We would be so full that on our way back home, we both would push our car to make up for all the calories we had put in. It used to a small shack then.

And it still continues to be your favourite?

Yes, and not only that, I have been ordering the same dishes for the last twelve years. Now they don't even bother to bring me the menu, they simply bring me the food.

Strangest dish that you have tried?

Alligator’s meat. It’s completely white, and is very soft.


We went to Florida for alligator watch, not from too close of course (laughs) or we might have become the meal. There we had alligator meat.

Do you like to cook?

Yes, but I love to cook for my husband. And I mostly cook chicken. He is a complete chicken-e-tarian. He can eat chicken for breakfast, for lunch, for snack, for dinner….he would even have chicken pop corn if there were any!

Do you have food fights?

Sometimes, when I want him to eat vegetables. I literally have to bribe him, telling him that I would cook him this, that and the other, chicken of course, if he would eat this. After all, he cannot live on protein alone !

Your favourite ghar ka khana?

Curry Chawal. Also, I love my nani’s ‘khatte channe’. She makes them so delicious that my mouth is watering even thinking about them. Whenever I go to Delhi, I phone ahead and tell her that I am coming so that she can prepare it for me in advance.

What kind of food habits do you follow?

I eat five times a day. I eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a princess, and dinner like a pauper. My meals typically consist of vegetables, dal, dahi and roti. I also have some gur at the end.

What do you do during shoots?

I carry my own lunch.

Do you cook yourself?

I have a ‘bai’ (maid) who cooks for me.

Do you direct her, or does she cook on her own?

She is from Delhi too, so she cooks North Indian food. The only thing I ask of her is to use less oil. She makes good food.

Can you share a food recipe?

I recently tried out something on my own which I can share.

Oh Wow! What is it called?

It has no name.

So lets calls it Jalapeno chicken.

OK, jalapeño chicken it is!

Jalapeño Chicken

½ chicken

For the marination:

2 Big onions grated
lots of ginger-grated
5-6 big cloves of garlic grated
herbs, ½ tsp each of these : oregano, basil, red chilli flakes
Add jalapenos, olives, mustard powder, 3 tsp of jalapeño oil and salt.
Marinade the chicken, cover and keep it in the fridge overnight. The longer the marination, juicier is the chicken.

Then cook for half an hour, and serve with rice. It is absolutely fantastic!!

Author:Minnie Gupta

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Posted on: 06 January 2008 at 2:41am
wahshe can cook! oh dear if 'am still single.......

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Posted on: 21 December 2007 at 4:45am
yummy,shweta is such a good person

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Posted on: 14 December 2007 at 7:51am
awh..she's my favorite.

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Posted on: 13 December 2007 at 12:20pm
Chicken... me likey 2. Shes my kind of person. Love food.

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Posted on: 10 December 2007 at 9:03am
jalapenoswell they are like fat green chilis, hope this will help you. cheers:) as per Shweta's interview, it was fantastic n recipe, delicious, yummy!!!

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Posted on: 09 December 2007 at 2:10pm
she used 2 push the car lol
thanxz 4 d article

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Posted on: 09 December 2007 at 11:15am
gr8 interview yaar thx so much and the recipe surely sounds delicious

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Posted on: 09 December 2007 at 7:59am
what is jalapenos?? if any1 knows plz do tell me

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Posted on: 09 December 2007 at 7:46am
she is soo good i love manav omg he is so goooodddddddddd and he i sjust like hussain chicken loverrrrrr

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Posted on: 09 December 2007 at 7:35am
Awww such a gud interview! good to see someone who admits to their eating habits! thank god she isn't into the whole craze of being size 0 !! go shweta!! :D

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