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A foodie conversation with Nisha Kothari

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Thursday, August 09, 2007
Are you a complete foodie or do you watch what you eat?
I'm a foodie, but I really have to keep track of what I eat since I'm an actress.

Your favourite cuisine - Continental/Oriental/Indian/others.
Indian, dal chawal.

What would your prefer - homemade food or outside food?
Actually, I do not eat out much as outside food does not suit me. I like homemade food anytime. My food is cooked in olive oil.

Your preference - vegetarian or non-vegetarian food?
I'm a vegetarian.

Drink you like to wash down the food with?
I do not like to drink anything. I do take vitamin drinks prescribed by my doctor.

Your favourite beverage?
As it is, cold drinks do not suit me, so it's a hot steaming cup of coffee that I love.

Any hard drink that you take?
No, I do not drink.

What about junk food?
It depends on how tempting they are and the place and people around me.

Your favourite fast food joint?
I'm from Delhi and I do not know Mumbai too well.

Organic aloo or Batata Vada?
Organic aloo.

Favourite restaurant/eating place which you think is a must-visit by all and sundry?
I still have to explore the city.

Your take on diet and health food.
I do not diet and advise people against it because your body loses strength and skin loses life when you diet. I believe in eating healthy. Eat a lot of salads, green vegetables and things like that.

What would be that one dish which you will not be able to resist?
I think fried food, but nothing special. I like vegetable cutlet.

Could you share the recipe with us?
For 6 servings

2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1/2 cup fresh green beans, trimmed and snapped
1/4 cup frozen green peas
1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt to taste
1/4 cup vegetable oil for frying


Place the potatoes, carrot, green beans and peas in a pot with enough water to immerse them. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes until potatoes are tender. Drain vegetables, transfer to a bowl and mash with a potato masher, leaving a few small chunks.

Mix 3/4 cup bread crumbs, garam masala, cayenne pepper, and salt into the bowl with the mashed vegetables. Make the mixture into small patties about half-inch thick. Dredge the patties in the remaining bread crumbs to coat.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and fry the coated patties until golden brown. Drain with paper towels.

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