There is a reason why some of us resort to food when we are unhappy. It is because food has the amazing power to shield us from being unhappy. Trust food to fill our souls along with our stomachs. Just to prove our point, we went to Bollywood actors and asked them about the food memories that they share with their father. We were pretty amazed with the answers. This is what we got. Read on.
1. Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan told us that his father was an amazing cook and would occasionally cook for his children. Since Taj Mohammed was a Pathan, he would cook a few choicest Pathani dishes for his son Shah Rukh and daughter Shahnaz Lalarukh. Pathani dishes are spicy, mostly dry, mainly cooked with meat, and you can trace their origins to Afghanistan. SRK's daddy used to cook lovely Raan (A dry Afgani spicy preparation made with the leg of a goat), besides other Pathani dishes, and the actor says that he has lovely memories of his father cooking Raan for his children. "My father was a Pathan and he used to eat like one too," Shah Rukh said with his usual panache.
2. Aditya Roy Kapoor
Like Shah Rukh Khan, Aditya also shares that both his parents are wonderful cooks. Aditya praised his father's brownies and claimed that they were the best in the world. "My father loves to spend his time in the kitchen. He bakes lovely brownies and they are my favourite. He loves to cook so much that he loved surprising us with new and innovative dishes. If he enters the kitchen, then we know that there would be some food surprise waiting for us. We would eagerly wait for these surprises. It was a part of my childhood. In fact, we still regularly nudge our dad to cook for us. We believe that he still has a few surprises up his sleeve that are yet to be revealed to us," Aditya said.
3. Viveik Oberoi
For Vivek Oberoi, his earliest food memories include a special kind of roasted potatoes that his father regularly made during their campfires in Khandala. "My dad is an amazing cook. Whenever he was not shooting, we would go to our Khandala farmhouse. We would frequently go for camp fires. He would take potatoes and drill holes in it and then would put it in the fire and roast them. Once they are roasted, he would sprinkle salt and lemon juice on them—that's it. Those were the best potatoes I have ever tasted."
4. Vidya Balan
Have you heard about Banana halwa? Yes, that is one dish that Vidya Balan's dad regularly made for her. "My dad has always pampered us as kids. Whenever we asked him for something, he made sure that he bought it for us. His Banana Halwa is his star dish. It had jaggery syrup as one of its core constituents and my father used to be very enthusiastic about making the syrup—making sure that it always had the right consistency. I remember as kids and when we lived in Chembur, Appa used to stand for hours and make this amazing Banana Halwa for me and Priya. He still loves to go in the kitchen and cook for us at times."
5. Tiger Shroff
Tiger says that his dad, Jackie specialised in making Bamboo rice. It is a fragrant rice that is cooked inside a bamboo core (in some cases, a different version exists that is cooked with bamboo shoots).
"My dad loves to cook and he is a vegetarian. He would sometimes cook his special menu for us when we were kids. The menu was bamboo rice, daal and vegetables. My sister and I relished it."
6. Riteish Deshmukh
For Riteish, his food memory with his dad was not his dad cooking for him, but his dad having his favourite Maharashtrian dishes with him. "My dad never went into the kitchen, but he always made it a point to have dinner with us. His favourite dish was Pitla and Bhakri and my favourite memories were eating those with him. We never dined out much as he loved to be with his family at home and loved simple Maharashtrian food."
7. Mahaakshay Chakraborty
Mithun Chakraborty makes amazing Chicken Biriyani in Dum Pukht style. This is possibly the family's best possible secret. "Both my parents are great cooks. My father loves to cook for us. He makes great Biryanis. My friends love his Chicken Biryani."
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Conceptualised by Vartika Pahuja
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