His Instagram feed may not look like it, but Kasam Tere Pyaar Ki actor Ssharad Malhotra is a self-confessed foodie. But thanks to his profession, the actor has to make sure he doesn’t go overboard with the calories. In a candid tete-a-tete with LF, he shares his love for mom-made rajma chawal, what his daily meals look like, his biggest weakness, and more.
Kick starting the day
I start my mornings with:A cup of masala chai
On the days when I’m free, I add a glass of coconut water, a bowl of freshly-cut fruits, and a bowl of muesli with some cold milk. For me, breakfast is the most important meal of the day and I like to take it seriously.
My breakfast consists of: I LOVE eggs. I generally start my day with a portion of eggs – it can be anything from the classic scrambled eggs to a masala omelet or sunny side up. This is accompanied by two slices of toasted brown bread. This is on the days when I’m shooting and don’t have much time.
After a heavy breakfast, I prepare to eat a wholesome meal during lunch time. It generally consists of two chapatis, chicken curry, some vegetables and curd. I love curd and it is an important part of my diet. On days when I’m bored of this meal, I eat a portion of grilled fish, salad and a glass of fresh juice.
For dinner, I like to keep it light and simple. I don’t eat any carbs post 6 pm so it’s generally a bowl of hot soup or some salad with chicken or eggs.
My favourite:I come from Kolkata and love the chicken biryani we get there. I enjoy Mughlai food too – Chicken Peshawari is my second favourite. But, I relish my favourites only once in two weeks because these meals are quite greasy and heavy for my stomach.
Favourite ghar ka khaana: It HAS to be my mom’s Rajma Chawal. Unfortunately, after I shifted to Mumbai for work 13 years ago, I don’t get the chance to eat it as often.
Also Watch: Step-by-step recipe for Rajma Masala
Childhood memories of food: I grew up eating a lot of ghar ka khana. Bhindi masala, dal fry and baingan ka bharta were some of the highlights. Apart from my favourite rajma chawal, of course! Also, every Sunday, we had a special chicken curry which was accompanied by chapati or puri.
My poison: CHOCOLATE! My fridge is stocked up with milk chocolates, fruit chocolates and liquor chocolates but I mainly enjoy dark chocolate.
My ideal cheat meal: Chocolate brownie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce!
Street food I love: Kolkata has a strong street food culture. I usually eat the puchkas and then end it with dahi puchkas.
Favourite restaurants: In Mumbai, Out of the Blue in Bandra, and Souk at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Colaba. I’m also a hardcore Lebanese food lover. Over the years, I’ve started enjoying hummus, tabbouleh, pita bread and baba ghanoush.
What would my last meal look like: It will be ‘mere maa ke haath ke rajma chawal’ – that is, if I had the choice to.
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