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Foodie Talk with Anahita Irani


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Name – Anahita Irani

Instagram handle - @sweetannu


What is your favourite food memory from childhood?
As   kids, we, cousins would get together to indulge in a game of Monopoly. Our moms used to make piping-hot aloo parathas for the entire gang. These fond memories of getting together, playing games and being pampered with food are warm memories for me.


What’s your favourite comfort food?
Maggi is my comfort food.

Also I indulge in Cadbury's fruit and nut chocolate on days when I feel low.


3 reasons why you consider yourself a Foodie?
1. I love to taste new dishes and cuisines from across the globe.  
2. Cooking is my passion, I write recipes at www.cookwithsweetannu.com
3. Capturing food moments of creatively plated dish and attending cooking related workshops and events is also my passion.
Which are your three favourite cuisine? Why?
Indian - I believe Be Indian, Eat Indian.
Pan Asian - It has unique flavours, and    ingredients. Teppanyaki, Chinese and Thai are my favourites.
Continental - Not so spicy.

I give more importance to proteins on a plate.

Do you have a favourite food ingredient?

Cinnamon and Cardamom

Which food ingredient do you loathe/think is overrated?

There are two of them on my list – Caviar and Birds eye chilli.


What’s the strangest dish you’ve ever tried?

Octopus soup.


What is your favourite fruit and vegetable? And your favourite herb/spice?

I like crunchy and juicy apples. And bananas that are not too ripe.
Garlic adds flavour and I enjoy adding to my stir-fry creations.


If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Dal Khichdi --- but not without papad, pickle salad and curd. 


Have you ever travelled anywhere just/mainly for the food?

Yes, Mohammed Ali Road for a feast of Ramadan food. I also have fond memories my trip to Bangkok where I tried some of the street food.
What’s been your biggest kitchen splurge so far?

My prized possession   is a double-door refrigerator to store my kitchen ingredients and stock up food goodies.


Do you indulge in food porn? Actively or passively? What impresses you with food porn?

Not really. But I like to click good food images.


What kind of oil do you use most of all?

Sunflower, groundnut and sesame.


Which is the most over-rated food cuisine?

French Cuisine surely tops the list. 


Any quirky food dishes combinations you have invented or love feasting on?

I like to make pickles and jams. From dried Bombay duck pickle to Carrot jam, I am an ace at conjuring new recipes. 


Your take on: 

Keto diets – it's good for youngsters 
Intermittent fasting – Not in favour of it. Better not to try it
Fusion food cuisine – Some dishes taste horrible


Which superfoods have impressed you the most?
Green Tea, berries and eggs


What are your favourites?

Indian street food – Sev puri
Indian dessert – Gulab Jamun
Hidden gem restaurant of your city (and why) – Gandola Bandra for the most awesome fish sizzlers
Over-rated Indian restaurant in your city (and why) – Amar Pav Bhaji. The bhaji is so tangy and not well-spiced.

The restaurant you keep going back to - Persian Darbar for tikkas and gravy.


How do you detox your body after an overdose of eating out?

I drink green tea and eat fruits and buttermilk for the next meal.


Any health foods you swear by?

Flax seeds and walnuts


Who is your favourite celebrity chef?

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor. He has patiently taught every housewife that she can be a home chef. To take this passion further, he also introduced the Wonderchef range of good quality kitchen equipment.


What’s your favourite food-related TV programme?

Khana Khazana
What’s your favourite food magazine?

Food Food
Good housekeeping



What’s your favourite food destination?
Yet to visit - Morocco and Iran


What’s your favourite kitchen gadget?

The Mixer grinder. Whirls and grinds in a jiffy.