A Conversation With Mallika Basu, Author Of Masala: Indian Cooking For Modern Living


Highlights

  • Mallika Basu’s ‘Masala:..’ is getting launched in India
  • Indian food has variety and diversity as its advantages, says Basu
  • Indian food goes well beyond just curries, says Mallika Basu

The popularity of Indian food has been on the rise around the world, for several years now. This is evident from the numerous Indian restaurants and pop-ups around the world. But while the world might be getting used to eating and enjoying Indian food, cooking it is still considered a task. Indian-origin food writer and author Mallika Basu is all set to change that, with her comprehensive guide to Indian cooking for busy people. Her book ‘Masala: Indian Cooking for Modern Living’ (Bloomsbury, 31 May 2018) is a helpful guide to cooking classic and authentic Indian meals, in a simple way. In India for the national launch of her book, Mallika Basu shared with us how she came to love Indian food, how her book came about and what her days look like.

1. When was the first time you cooked a full-fledged Indian meal?

I left home at the age of 18 to do a business undergraduate degree in the UK. Before I went, my mom taught me how to make one chicken curry and one dal, so I wouldn’t go hungry. The first time I cooked a full-fledged Indian meal was during my degree, when I put both recipes together with some boil-in-the-bag ready rice.

2. How did your love affair with cooking Indian food start?

By the time I started my master’s degree in journalism in London, I was desperate for proper ghar ka khana. I realised that if I didn’t start cooking it, I would have to go without it. So, like a lot of other people in my shoes, hunger and necessity kicked off my love of Indian cooking.

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3. Why do you think Indian cuisine has an advantage over others and where do you think it lags? Is there anything you would want to change about how Indians cook or eat?

The biggest advantage Indian food has over other cuisines is its variety, diversity and ingredients. It is probably the only cuisine in the world where a die-hard meat lover can enjoy a vegetarian meal and not even miss meat! But seriously, just look at the variety of tastes, texture, flavours and colours in our food. Our many spices also give us a natural lead. The big disadvantage, however, is the unbeatable deliciousness of our fried and sweet treats and reliance on carbohydrates. I love all three, but without portion control it can be easy to overindulge in these. Combined with sedentary lifestyles, this also makes us vulnerable to a host of illnesses.

4. Why did you feel the need to write such a comprehensive book on Indian cuisine ‘for the modern world’ in particular?

As I started cooking more for the family and also writing about food, I noticed that a lot of our recipes are very heavily reliant on nostalgia and how our parents and grandparents did things. I am a big fan of this, and often mine my own mum and nani for their recipes. But the reality is that we don’t live like them anymore. We are living more global lifestyles, with less time on our hands and are increasingly concerned about how to get wholesome meals quickly and simply on the table. I wanted to write an Indian cookbook that was in sync with the lives we lead today. Masala is a very personal journey that I hope will resonate with others too. On a side note, I was very keen to reflect a contemporary design aesthetic with clean lines, muted colours and a minimalist textural feel. So, Bloomsbury made sure all stereotypical design elements like paisley, elephants and day glow colours were banned in the design brief!

5. Which stereotypes about Indian food do you encounter most often? Where do you think the world goes wrong with understanding and cooking Indian food?

I often get asked how I stay slim, followed quickly by “you must never eat anything you cook”. People think our food is basically thick, greasy curries served with giant helpings of rice. I am always talking about how Indian food goes well beyond just curries. In fact, a curry is not Indian food at all! While Indian food will never be health food, in the way the West defines healthy anyway, but it is wholesome and well balanced. The thali is the best example of a wholesome meal featuring all macro and micro nutrients on one platter. We are also the global home of spices and fermented foods. I am on a massive mission to set the record straight!

6. Flavours and tastes change when you travel away from the native country. How much a stickler for traditional, authentic recipes are you?

I often cook for Indian friends and family, and it’s important to me that things taste the way they should. So I fiddle a lot with cooking styles, shortcuts and techniques but never compromise on taste. Where there is a perceptible variation, I am open about it.

7. Going by the activity on your Instagram page, you are constantly cooking while being surrounded by friends and family. Is that what a typical day in the life of Mallika Basu looks like?

Instagram tells a 1000 lies. A typical day in my life inevitably involves all the stresses and rushing around experienced by any working professional. I wake up by 7:30am, feed the kids, get them to school and then either head to the office or go home to work from my kitchen. I go out in the evenings to meet friends or contacts, they come over or I hang with the kids playing Uno and talking nonsense. Cooking fits into this everyday reality. I cook while chatting away with visitors or with the kids as an activity. I often batch cook so there is more for another day, which means I can chill few days a week. I am a big fan of freshly frozen home-cooked meals, so sometimes when I have no energy, I can just defrost a meal I cooked previously and it’s as good as new. There are also lots of cheat meals like quick fire baked beans, cheese and macaroni or toasties with crudites – I am not always making massive meals!

Also Read: “I Think Of Myself As A Storyteller For Indian Food”: A Chat With Chef Thomas Zacharias Of The Bombay Canteen

8. Which Indian dish, according to you, is suited for all occasions and why?

To me, this is dal. You can have it with rice or roti, or as fashion would have it in the west, as a soup! You can cook a light version for hot days, or a winter warmer for cold ones. There are so many variations and varieties that you can never get bored of it.

9. Which Indian cuisine is your favourite and why?

This is a very tough question, impossible to answer! Every Indian cuisine has so much to offer and is so different. Even when we say South Indian cuisine, each state and region has its own wonderful and unique difference. Can I say pass?

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10. Who are your favourite Indian chefs?

I grew up on a diet of Sanjeev Kapoor and Tarla Dalal. Madhur Jaffrey is warm and wonderful to watch on TV. She was also kind enough to feature me on British TV show Curry Nation. Asma Khan is doing some great things in Britain with an all-female, all-housewife kitchen. And of course, there is an exciting crop of new chefs doing exciting things – Ranveer, Kunal etc. Personally, and as a home cook, I’d love to see more women break the big time!





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Mallika After Vinod Dua Named In #MeToo


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After media veteran Vinod Dua joined the expanding list of journalists being accused of sexual misconduct, his daughter Mallika Dua, also a popular face on social media, extended her support to the #MeToo movement while carefully maintaining that even though it’s his “battle, she will stand by him”.

While the senior journalist has denied the allegations, Ms Dua’s statement on Instagram, which is addressed to the filmmaker who accused Vinod Dua of sexually harassing her almost three decades ago, opens with her endorsement of the movement in which she said, “If at all my father is truly guilty of what you described, it is unacceptable, traumatic and painful.”

She promises to stand up against bigotry, misogyny and stand up for survivors. “Nothing gets to kill my vibe,” she added.

However, she lashed out at the filmmaker for dragging her into the matter which she said was “in terrible taste” and then attacked “everyone else” to “stop forcing women to give statements for your entertainment”.

“This isn’t my battle to fight. It isn’t my responsibility, shame or burden. I will deal with this my way on my time,” she asserted.

She wrapped the post by saying that she will not let objectives, ideals and purpose be hijacked by shamers.

The filmmaker had alleged that the journalist used to stalk her. The filmmaker recalled how Vinod Dua lashed out at Akshay Kumar for his sexist remarks on her daughter Mallika.

She wrote, “When I read about his outrage against Akshay Kumar’s sexist words to his daughter Malika Dua, I said to myself he’s obviously forgotten that he was no less sexist, no less misogynist, no less creepy a sexual harasser, potential rapist. If he did to me, I’m sure he would have done it to other women. Today, he does programmes explaining (to) the world what constitutes sexual harassment. He should stop everything and look into his own shady past.”

The accuser, however, has apologised to Mallika Dua “if she has inadvertently shamed her”. “Sorry, if I have inadvertently shamed Mallika Dua. I had no such intention. Thanks for friends and supporters for pointing this out. She’s in no way responsible for her father’s acts. However, I do hope she’ll be able to believe me, empathise with me as well as the other women he has harassed,” she wrote on Facebook.

But in the next post she said “the daughter will stand by her predator father. Wife will stand by her predator husband. Bloodlines run deeper than #MeToo”.

The #MeToo crusade swept America after revelations emerged about the behaviour of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and he was charged with multiple counts of rape and sexual assault. Though it took the storm a year to hit India, the accusers are calling out “predators” emphasising that their “time’s up”.

It was sparked by the allegations of former actor Tanushree Dutta, who accused actor Nana Patekar of harassing her on the sets of a film 10 years ago.

It triggered a huge debate on social media, leading to scores of women narrating their experiences on a Twitter thread, naming and shaming established media men, writers and people from the entertainment industry. Several of those named have been removed from their posts. Some of the men have apologised, others have demanded proof and spoken of legal action.





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Mallika Sherawats Vegan Salad Will Inspire You To Eat Clean This Weekend!


Highlights

  • Mallika Sherawat is kickstarting her weekend on a healthy note
  • Mallika posted a picture of a vegan salad on her Instagram
  • A number of celebs are turning vegan

Bollywood actor Mallika Sherawat may not be making frequent appearance on the Indian silver screen, but she has been making headlines every now and then. Recently, the actor made headlines for locking herself up in a cage to promote ‘Free a Girl’ initiative, for which she is the brand ambassador. She also made head-turning appearances at the red carpet at Cannes Film Festival 2018. Additionally, Mallika Sherawat is starring in an episode of a web series called ‘The Story’. Sherawat is quite social media savvy and regularly posts pictures and videos from her travels and daily life. She also often posts pictures of vegan meals and drinks, convincing us that even meat-free food can be delicious.

Case in point is today, when Mallika Sherawat posted a picture of a vegan salad bowl on her Instagram stories. The meal looks wholesome and quite appetising. From what we can make out, Mallika Sherawat’s vegan salad is high in fats, thanks to the ripe green avocados, and low in carbs. “My favourite food, yumm”, Sherawat wrote about the very green vegan salad.

Have a look:

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Doesn’t that look delicious? Mallika Sherawat is inspiring us to eat healthy! But, it’s not just about salads for Sherawat. She also indulges in vegan burgers. Have a look:

“A juicy Vegan burger, on quinoa bread, yummmm”, wrote Mallika on Instagram. Even her teas are vegan.

“Chai in the Mumbai monsoon tastes even better (the chai I have is with Almond milk)”, she wrote on Instagram. Mallika Sherawat is among a growing crop of celebrities, who are going vegan, as more and more people associate themselves with the cause of cruelty-free food. However, vegan (meat- and dairy-free) food is still a luxury as vegan products are expensive and less frequently available in the markets. Well, we are inspired to eat clean and healthy by just looking at this salad. Aren’t you?





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Mallika Sherawat Meets Pooja And Mahesh Bhatt


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Actress Mallika Sherawat, who shot to fame after starring in 2004 film Murder, reunited with the film’s producer Mahesh Bhatt and his daughter Pooja on her recent trip to Mumbai. “An enduring friendship, Mahesh Bhatt changed my life, eternal gratitude and reverence for him,” Mallika captioned a picture of herself and the filmmaker. In the comments section, fans of the actress said that they’re hopeful for another Murder film, featuring Mallika. The Bhatts made two more films (both directed by Mohit Suri) in the Murder series but without Mallika. Actress Jacqueline Fernandez was paired opposite Emraan Hashmi in Murder 2 while Randeep Hooda, Aditi Rao Hydari and Sara Loren headlined the cast of Murder 3.
 

Pooja Bhatt also shared a picture of herself and Mallika from the meeting on Friday. She wrote: “Forever fighters! Never victims!”

 

 

 

Murder was Mallika Sherawat’s third Bollywood film after Khwahish and Kis Kis Ki Kismat and it was not unlike her previous films. Mallika recently told news agency PTI that after starring in bold films, “men (in showbiz) took liberty” and “judged her character.” She said: “There were so many accusations and judgements on me. If you wear short skirts, kiss onscreen, then you’re a fallen woman with no morals. Men tend to take liberties with you.”

Speaking about her casting couch experience, Mallika had said: “I was thrown out of projects because heroes would say ‘why can’t you be intimate with me? You can do it on screen, what’s the problem in doing that with me in private?’ I’ve lost so many projects.”

Mallika Sherawat’s last Bollywood film was Dirty Politics (2015). Mallika has also featured in several international projects such as The Myth, Time Raiders and Politics Of Love.

She will be next seen in Saandesh B Nayak’s Zeenat.

(With inputs from PTI)

 

 





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Mallika Sherawat Reveals She Lost Roles After Refusing To Give Into Casting Couch


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Actress Mallika Sherawat, best known for her role in Murder and Pyaar Ke Side Effects, talked about her casting couch experience in an interview with news agency PTI, in which she said that she was “thrown out of projects” for refusing to get intimate with her co-stars offscreen. “I was thrown out of projects because heroes would say ‘why can’t you be intimate with me? You can do it on screen, what’s the problem in doing that with me in private?’ I’ve lost so many projects. It’s very reflective of the society, what women deal with in our country.” Mallika Sherawat, 41, told PTI that “men took liberty” and “judged her character” for the roles she played in films. “There were so many accusations and judgements on me. If you wear short skirts, kiss onscreen, then you’re a fallen woman with no morals. Men tend to take liberties with you,” Mallika said.

“My story, where I come from and what I battled, was overlooked, and it was all about how many kissing scenes I had. It made me insecure because I thought I had so much more to offer. But there was only one aspect of mine being highlighted and I really suffered because of that,” she added.

Mallika Sherawat, who has also featured in films like Khwahish, Ugly Aur Pagli and Kis Kis Ki Kismat, revealed that directors asked her to meet them at odd hours. “I’m a very headstrong woman, I can’t compromise. I’ve a lot of pride and self-respect. There were times when directors have called me and said ‘come to me at 3 am.’ I was so scared to talk about it because I thought they are going to blame me, that I must’ve behaved in such a way that prompted the director to say this. There is that victim blaming mentality which exists in our society and I always felt scared to talk about these things.”

Mallika Sherawat also said: “When people judged me, it made me very insecure, overtly critical of myself and question everything I did. It’s not a healthy space. At that time, a large section of the media was antagonistic towards me. They were always interested in sensationalism, which hurt me.”

Mallika Sherawat‘s last Bollywood film was Dirty Politics (2015). Mallika has also featured in several international projects such as The Myth, Time Raiders and Politics Of Love.

She will be next seen in Saandesh B Nayak’s Zeenat.

(With inputs from PTI)





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mallika sherawat interview on misbehave and india is not safe for women – मल्लिका शेरावत ने खुद के साथ हुए दुर्व्यवहार का किया खुलासा, बोलीं


खास बातें

  1. मल्लिका शेरावत ने रखी बेबाक राय
  2. महिला सुरक्षा को लेकर जमकर बरसीं
  3. जल्द ही वेब सारीज में आएंगी नजर

नई दिल्ली: मल्लिका शेरावत हमेशा से ही अपनी राय बहुत ही बेबाकी से रखने के लिए पहचान रखती हैं. वैसे भी वे इन दिनों महिलाओं से जुड़े मद्दों पर काफी मुखर हैं, और महिला सुरक्षा और सशक्तीकरण के मसलों पर अपनी राय रखती हैं. मल्लिका शेरावत ने एनडीटीवी से खास बातचीत में महिला सुरक्षा को लेकर जनकर बरसीं. थॉमसन रॉयटर्स फाउंडेशन के हालिया सर्वे के मुताबिक भारत महिलाओं के लिए दुनिया में सबसे खतरनाक देश है. मल्लिका शेरावत ने बातचीत के दौरान कहा कि भारत में महिलाओं और लड़कों दोनों के लिए अलग-अलग नियम हैं. 

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Video: मल्लिका शेरावत से बातचीत

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मल्लिका शेरावत ने अपनी जिंदगी का एक अहम वाकया भी साझा किया. उन्होंने कहा कि उस वाकये को साझा करने का यह सही समय है. एक शख्स मुझे फोन करके और लेटर लिखकर बदसलूकी किया करता था. उसको इस बात से दिक्कत थी कि मैं छोटी स्कर्ट क्यों पहनती हूं. वह मुझसे कहता कि आप छोटी स्कर्ट क्यों पहनती हैं. उसको बहुत प्रॉब्लम होती थी कि हरियाणा से आई ये लड़की क्यों छोटे कपड़े पहनती हैं. स्क्रीन पर क्यों ऐसा करती है. उस पर ये पागलपन सवार था कि वह मुझे साड़ी पहनाएगा. वह साड़ी पहनाकर और सिर पर पल्लू लाना चाहता था. जैसा हरियाणा की महिलाएं करती हैं. उसकी अपनी निजी राय हो सकती है लेकिन मैं क्या पहनूंगी या करूंगी यह तय करने वाला वो कौन होता है. 

साउथ के इस सुपरस्टार ने खुलेआम किया ऐलान, मेरी उम्र 25 है, और मैं अब भी वर्जिन हूं…

मल्लिका शेरावत इन दिनों अपनी वेब सीरीज ‘द स्टोरी’ को प्रमोट कर रही हैं. मल्लिका शेरावत का जन्म हरियाणा के हिसार में हुआ है और उनका असली नाम रीमा लाम्बा है. उन्होंने 2003 में ‘ख्वाहिश’ फिल्म से डेब्यू किया था. फिल्म में किसिंग सीन्स की वजह से वे सुर्खियों में आ गई थीं.

खेसारी लाल यादव का गाना ‘अखियां…’ ने मचाया तूफान, 4 लाख से ज्यादा बार देखा गया Video

टिप्पणियां


2004 में उनकी ‘मर्डर’ फिल्म ने तो उन्हें लोकप्रियता के शिखर पर पहुंचा दिया. ‘मर्डर’ हॉलीवुड की सुपरहिट फिल्म ‘अनफेदफुल’ का हिंदी रीमेक थी. वे बॉलीवुड में सेक्स सिम्बल के तौर पर स्थापित हुईं. 2005 में वे जैकी चैन के साथ ‘द मिथ’ में भी नजर आई थीं. मल्लिका का ‘गुरु (2007)’ फिल्म का स्पेशल सॉन्ग ‘मैया मैया’ जबरदस्त ढंग से पॉपुलर हुआ था. फिर ‘वेलकम (2007)’ में भी उन्होंने छोटा लेकिन मजेदार रोल किया था.

 …और भी हैं बॉलीवुड से जुड़ी ढेरों ख़बरें…



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Mallika Sherawat Bollywood The Good Wife CBS thriller Murder Actress – गुड वाइफ बनने जा रही हैं मल्लिका शेरावत, बोलीं


खास बातें

  1. मल्लिका करने जा रही है धमाल
  2. कान में आई थीं नजर
  3. खुद ही किया है ये ऐलान

नई दिल्ली: बॉलीवुड एक्ट्रेस मल्लिका शेरावत नया कमाल करने जा रही हैं. मल्लिका शेरावत पॉपुलर क्राइम और पॉलिटिकल ड्रामा ‘द गुड वाइफ (The Good Wife)’ में नजर आएंगी और इस सीरियल में वे लीड रोल में हैं. ‘द गुड वाइफ’ को भारतीय दर्शकों के हिसाब से बनाया जाएगा. ‘द गुड वाइफ’ सीबीएस थ्रिलर है, जो 2009 से 2016 के बीच प्रसारित हुआ था. अपने शानदार नैरेटिव, अच्छी तरह से लिखे गए पात्र और बेहतरीन प्लॉट के लिए इसे जमकर सराहा गया था, विशेष रूप से समीक्षकों द्वारा पांचवें सीजन को काफी प्रशंसा मिली. ये शो कुक काउंटी राज्य के अटॉर्नी की गृहिणी पत्नी एलिसिया फ्लोर्रिक की कहानी कहता है. अपने पति के सेक्स और भ्रष्टाचार के आरोप में फंसने के बाद एलिसिया लॉ प्रैक्टिस के लिए लौटती है. सोशल मीडिया और इंटरनेट पर इस शो ने काफी धूम मचाई थी. शो का राजनीति, समाज और कानून पर काफी प्रभाव रहा, जिससे इसने लोगों का ध्यान आकर्षित किया और इसे काफी प्रशंसा और पुरस्कार मिले.

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मल्लिका शेरावत भारतीय दर्शकों के लिए बनाए जाने वाले इस शो को प्रोड्यूस करेंगी और अभिनय भी करेंगी. वह एलिसिया फ्लोर्रिक का कैरेक्टर निभाएंगी. टीम शो के लिए कास्ट और क्रू को अंतिम रूप देने की प्रक्रिया में है. वे टीवी और ओटीटी रिलीज भी तैयार कर रहे हैं. मल्लिका शेरावत का कहना है, “मैं ‘द गुड वाइफ’ को भारत लाकर बहुत उत्साहित हूं और सीबीएस को धन्यवाद देती हूं कि उन्होंने मुझ पर विश्वास किया. मैं इस मौके को लेकर बहुत उत्साहित हूं. मुझे ये शो पसंद है. इसे खूबसूरती से लिखा गया एक महिला चरित्र है जिसमें पर्याप्त विरोधाभास, भावनात्मक सीमा और आश्चर्य है. शो की शानदार कहानी और लीड महिला भूमिका ने मुझे भारत में ऐसा करने के लिए प्रेरित किया.”

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‘द गुड वाइफ’ ने अपने प्रसारण के दौरान जबरदस्त फैन फॉलोइंग का आनंद उठाया और पांच एम्मी अवार्ड समेत कई प्रतिष्ठित पुरस्कार जीते. मल्लिका महिला अधिकारों के लिए काम करने के लिए जानी जाती हैं और यह उनके लिए सही दिशा में उठाया गया एक कदम है.

 …और भी हैं बॉलीवुड से जुड़ी ढेरों ख़बरें…





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