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I would love to give daal baati a healthy makeover


In Indore recently, celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor had a quick chat with us on his favourite Malwa dishes, cooking and more

I have been to Indore earlier too, and I must say, I am in awe of Malwa delicacies. Aap MP mein aao aur apna din poha-jalebi ke saath shuru na karo, aisa toh ho hi nahi sakta!" gushed chef Sanjeev Kapoor, who was in Indore for a cookery workshop. "I have also noticed that daal-baati is one of the most popular dishes here. Although it's a very delicious platter, its calorie-content is very high. If given a chance, I would love to give it a healthy and low-fat makeover," said Sanjeev.

Talking about his passion for cooking, Sanjeev smiled, "Since childhood, I wanted to build my career in any creative field. And so, I had also thought of becoming an architect. But as I grew up, I realised that the kitchen was the place I loved the most. I got the inspiration of becoming a chef from my mother. I always wondered how she cooked such simple, yet finger-licking, delicious food so easily. Ultimately, I thought of taking up cooking as my career."

But it never came easy for him. His choice of profession raised eyebrows in those days. "In our time, being a chef, and that too for a man, was never considered a serious choice of career. Par mujhe lagta hai ki hamesha apne dil ki sunni chahiye. I never paid attention to what others think about it. Though the situation has changed now, even now I come across many youngsters who are hesitant to join this field just because their families won't approve easily. All I would like to say is, the food industry is growing by leaps and bounds today, and if you have a passion for cooking, don't let others stop you from following your dreams." On being asked about his favourite cook, he said, "I have tasted a number of cuisines, but for me, nothing beats maa ke haath ka khaana. I hardly cook when I am at home. I just love to comfortably relish the simple, healthy and delicious food prepared by my mother."

Before signing off, the chef gave us a simple tip for cooking, "Aap chahe koi bhi dish kyun na banaye, serve karte time us par ek chutki pyaar daalna mat bhooliyega. People will simply love your dish!"

Source: The Times of India

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.