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Name  Shriyam Chaturvedi

Instagram handle - @shriyamchaturvedi90

What is your favourite food memory from childhood?
Since childhood, I have always had a sweet tooth. I remember gorging on sponge Rasgullas whenever I got the opportunity. When I was 5 years old, I remember misunderstanding eggs at a store for being rasgullas and picked up many of those. Belonging to a strict vegetarian family, I clearly remember being spanked by mom for this crazy purchase of mine.

What’s your favourite comfort food?
My favorite comfort food is home cooked dal and rice, some mouth-watering aromatic Biryani, a good plate of Chole Bhature or a portion of nicely cooked French fries. Though, a tub of Ice Cream just makes my day. Did I tempt you with my comfort food list?

3 reasons why you consider yourself a Foodie?
1.    I love exploring new restaurants and cuisines that help in expanding my taste horizons.
2.    I travel very often and am blessed to have company of like-minded people who encourage me and take me to places to try out new cuisines that tickle my taste buds.
3.    I can binge on street food and desserts while enjoying gourmet dishes at a fine dine. I enjoy tasting delicacies from various cultures and traditions.

What’s the strangest dish you’ve ever tried?
An appetizer that was made with cheese cubes, pineapple slices and cherries. It was the strangest, the most unpalatable appetizer I have ever tried.

If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Being a big fan of South Indian cuisine, I can have a crisp Butter Sada Dosa with coconut chutney and sambhar every day, all my life. Biryani is life so I could pick any of the varied types.

What kind of oil do you use most of all?
I mostly use sunflower oil or olive oil for cooking, depending on the cuisine being made. We use freshly sourced desi ghee from Mathura very often in the dishes cooked at home.

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Which is the most over-rated food cuisine?
In this regards, French Cuisine would be my pick. I like my food to be spicy and unfortunately French cuisine is too unsalted or tasteless for my palate.

Any quirky food dishes combinations you have invented or love feasting on?
I invented a recipe of my own cup dessert made of chocolate and coconut cookies, Nutella, chocolate sauce, butter, castor sugar baked to perfection to get a gooey texture topped with fresh whipped cream and seasonal fruits. I call it Shriyam’s Choc-o-cake and it’s a rage with my family and friends. I can also whip some mean burgers and Biryani with a twist of my own.

Your take on:
Keto diet – I have witnessed my peers taking up this diet, they lost a few kilos. Soon after they discontinued the diet, they gained the pounds back. Any diet is very subjective, it may work for someone and may have no effect on the other. I am a digger of tasty food, so clearly unless my taste buds approve of something, I am unable to adopt those diet foods as my lifestyle. I would like to explore it once, but may be after my next tub of ice cream!
Intermittent fasting – A very effective way to burn the extra chunk of calories consumed on weekends over junk food and drinks. It keeps the body healthy, reduces acidity and keeps the energy levels checked post a binge session. I do go for intermittent fasting as many times as possible to have a healthy body.
Fusion food cuisine – Fusion food cuisines is something only a few chefs get right. It’s a great way of combining foods from various traditions and geographies to bring together palates that could only be imagined. With so many eateries/restaurants trying their hand at fusion cuisines, it just gives us more variety to satiate our taste buds. This trend should stay.

Which superfoods have impressed you the most?
I would pick Broccoli, Almonds, Ginger, Strawberries and Avocado for the nutrition, hydration, dose of antioxidants and weight loss supplement they provide.   

What are your favourites?
Indian street food – Pani Puri, Pav Bhaji, Parathas and Kachori sabzi in the Northern parts of India and Butter Dosa.
Indian dessert – Rasgullas, Gajar ka Halwa, Ras malai, Basundi.
Hidden gem restaurant of your city (and why)  Radha Krishna Restaurant – SV Road Andheri West, Mumbai- I have been frequenting this restaurant since I was a kid. It has the best vegetarian food I have ever had in the city.
Over-rated Indian restaurant in your city (and why)  Sardar Pav Bhaji. I had heard so much about this restaurant serving the best Pav Bhaji in Mumbai. When I tried it in anticipation, all I could taste was butter and salt loaded with disappointment. There are many better places that can make some mouth-watering pav bhaji which does not need to be drowning in butter.
The restaurant you keep going back to – Hakkasan, Radha Krishna, Foo and Lotus cafĂ© (JW Marriott Juhu)

How do you detox your body after an overdose of eating out?
I swear by green tea, hot water and intermittent fasting after an overdose of eating out.

Any health foods you swear by?
Almonds, Green tea, Cinnamon and fresh fruits. They provide the necessary nutrition and also help in detoxing the body.