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Neil Mukesh starts his day with a date!

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    By: Mid-Day, IndiaFM
    Tuesday, October 09, 2007

    "I begin my day with a date," says Neil Nitin Mukesh, who is still basking in the afterglow of his success with Johnny Gaddaar

    The culinary expertise of Neil Nitin Mukesh stretches to cheese fondue, pasta and salads. For the rest, he relies on his mom and his maharaj.

    I am a non-vegetarian. But at home, I prefer to eat vegetarian since my parents are vegetarian. In non-vegetarian, I love fish and chicken as they are high in protein. I don"t eat rich vegetarian food.

    I begin my day with a date, a glass of milk, four almonds, a fig, a vitamin tablet, fruits and an egg on toast.

    My lunch comprises of dal, roti, sabji. I prefer eating with my entire unit and having a buffet spread. On the sets of Johnny Gaddaar, the food was nice and spicy. I eat almost bland food, though I binged on the non-vegetarian food which was simply delicious. I generally carried my own food. Dharamji is a generous person and always offered us whatever he was having.

    My dinner is anything cooked at home. I am not a very fussy eater. Even if some different cuisine is made at home, I prefer to eat my dal, roti and sabji. I save the exotic dishes for when I dine out.

    My workout consists of weight training four times a week for all body parts. Twice a week, I like to do cardio as it"s essential.

    I don"t hate anything but yes, I can surely do without karela. I remember when I was a kid I once expressed my hatred for it and was made to eat it the entire week as punishment.

    My childhood memory of ladoos made with condensed milk and grated coconut is one I cherish. They were mixed and frozen for a while and would melt in the mouth.

    I always carry water with me. I cannot have water anywhere as I am very finicky about it. In fact there is a particular brand I am loyal too.

    In the evenings I binge on fruits, juice and biscuits. I also like to eat a nice salad or a protein-rich sandwich.

    In my fridge you"ll always find a lot of chocolates. I love chocolates but stay away from them. I have a lot of kids coming home and I am always playing Santa Claus.

    Sunday lunch is mostly a glass of wine and a spread of good breads and salads with chocolate fondue for dessert.

    My favourite cooks from my family are my mom and my maharaj. My maharaj makes mind blowing Sindhi food, but I recognise a dish made by my mother by the unique taste that it has.

    I can make cheese fondue, pasta and salads.

    My best dining friends are my friend Vandan, his fiancee, Priyanka, Neerja and my younger brother Naman. With them around, I know the food will not go 'waist".

    My comfort food is home made khichdi.

    I can"t resist buying candies, Doritos and chewing gum. But like I said, it"s all hoarded.

    My idea of a romantic meal would be a beautiful candlelit dinner with a neat spread of authentic food and desserts which have icing and a cherry on top.

    My favourite restaurants are Trattoria and China House. Abroad you can find me at the Hooters J and of course, Mr Chow.

    My mouth waters for some good idli dosa and some garam garam gulaab jamun in the end.

    My favourite spice is cardamom

    My favourite kitchen appliance is the microwave. I think it"s one of the most convenient appliances.

    My favourite beverage is Pina Colada

    My poison is a not-too-dry French wine.

    I love fruits. You name them and I love them all. My favourites are strawberries, kiwis and mangoes.

    I am a die hard dessert person. I can kill for chocolate mousse, cheesecakes and of course I love the marble pudding my aunt sends me every weekend without fail.

    I resemble a strawberry.

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