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Foodie Talk with Mahek Khanna


Name – Mahek Khanna

Instagram handle - @aroundtheworldinaplate

What is your favourite food memory from childhood?

Food memories start early. Eating nachos at Shreeji restaurant (Oshiwara) EVERY single Sunday was a ritual we could never skip. I used to love going there and the servers directly brought the plate to my table without us even ordering it. Till date, they remember me by face and place the order every time I go in.

What’s your favourite comfort food?

Maggi, not just quick to make or eat but satiating too. 

3 reasons why you consider yourself a Foodie?

- Being a Punjabi, food is genuinely all I think about and care for. I would even dream about food. 

- If something keeps me happy and chirpy, it’s only food, food and food. 

- Food is something I can never get bored of. It keeps inspiring me with more ideas to be hungry.

Which are your three favourite cuisine? Why?

I love Asian, Indian, and Mediterranean/Lebanese because of the flavours and variety they have in vegetarian food.

Do you have a favourite food ingredient?

YESSSSSSS, I have although some would detest it but I love it. It’s GARLIC.

Which food ingredient do you loathe/think is overrated?

What’s the strangest dish you’ve ever tried?
Lotus root nikkei Taco with avocado at Foo

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

Fruit - Muskmelon

Vegetable - Okra
Herb/spice - Oregano

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

If there is no akhri raasta, it’s obviously the Pasta.

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

YES. I planned a trip to London just because the food looked mesmerizing. And God, did I binge on it?

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

Being a relentless foodie, I do indulge in food porn. Literally I have to stop the server from serving us before I have done my routine clickety-click with the food pics.
Food porn should be created in such a creative manner that anyone seeing the food pic should feel tempted. 

What kind of oil do you use most of all?

We normally use the normal cooking oil, and yes it’s Saffola.

Which is the most over-rated food cuisine?

Japanese/Italian, somehow the flavours don’t seem to thrill me. 

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

My favourites are surely QUIRKY (with all capitals) 
- Butter + chilli flakes + oregano sandwich in white bread

- Cheese fries with tomatoes and spring onion topping made at home.

- Desi wok poutine at Burger Brasserie

Your take on:

Keto diets – Not my thing, might start hating cheese.

Intermittent fasting – Tough for a few, works well mostly though.

Fusion food cuisine – Necessary evil? Got to step up the game so modernisation is necessary.

Which superfoods have impressed you the most?

-Berries with ANYTHING, quinoa in almost any preparation, Broccoli (Tandoori /Malai). Oof, my mouth is already watering. 

What are your favourites?

Berries for sure. I'm a berry lover through and through.
Indian street food – Samosa Chaat/Vada Pav
Indian dessert – Kalakand

Hidden gem restaurant of your city (and why) – Queen Margherita's (Orlem), serve some amazing food and yummy pizzas

Over-rated Indian restaurant in your city (and why) – Farzi Cafe, just good looking food.

The restaurant you keep going back to - Courtyard, Veera Desai. This restaurant is the definition of old is gold.

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

I skip a meal and opt for a fruit plate the next day for lunch.

Any health foods you swear by?


Who is your favourite celebrity chef?
Chef Ranveer Brar 

What’s your favourite food-related TV programme?

Masterchef Australia, loads of learning from this show. 

What’s your favourite food destination?
Got to be Shanghai