Diwali is unarguably one of the most loved festivals in India. This is the time when the entire country is out and about in a fun mood. And Bollywood’s festive spirit is no different than yours and mine. Most of them are all set to celebrate the festival with pomp and show. Amid the festive buzz, we got a chance to speak to actress Rhea Chakraborty, who was recently seen in the movie Jalebi, about her Diwali plans, celebrations and memories.
Diwali holds a special place in her heart, shares Chakraborty, who is spending the special day with her family and friends this year. “With a tight work schedule, I don’t get to spend much time with my family during the year. Hence, I make it a point to be at home during Diwali. During this festive time, we indulge in some lip-smacking delicacies cooked by my mother. It is strictly family time so everyone is instructed to be off their phones,” she says.
When asked about Diwali celebrations during her childhood, Chakraborty recollects the gaggle of her loved ones. “Growing up, Diwali was very special. Just like this year, we would all get together on this occasion, celebrate and binge-eat all the delicious sweets my mom made. I remember standing in the kitchen to lend support while she made all these yummy festive specials,” says the Bollywood star.
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As you may have guessed by now, food makes for a significant part of festivals at the Chakraborty house, especially for Diwali. Her fondest memories of the festival of lights are associated with a jar full of laddus. Talking about the same, the actress said, “Of all the festive food that is served at home, my most favourite has to be laddus. In fact, besan laddus are my poison. Apart from that, my mother also used to (and still does) make special atte ke laddu for Diwali and stores it in a jar. I would finish the entire jar all by myself – such was and is my love for mom’s atte ke laddu.” She also went on to list the other dishes that are traditionally served at her house on Diwali day. “The menu for this day comprises delectable biryani, mutton curry, puris and halwa – again, made by none other than my mom,” reveals Chakraborty.
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Apart from the festive meals that are close to her heart, Chakraborty also shared some of her childhood memories of food and what she grew up eating. “My mother is Konkani and my father is a Bengali so I grew up eating a lot of seafood. Fish curry and rice has been my favourite since I was a child. But I prefer the curry with less salt and oil,” explains the actress.
Has this got you craving for some fish curry too? Here’s our step-by-step recipe to make grandma’s style ambotik fish curry – a popular seafood dish from the Konkan belt. You can also go for the Macher Jhol which is a surprisingly simple fish curry most Bengalis love.
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