In the 90s, when most children were busy playing cricket, a 13-year-old boy from Lucknow devoted his time and energy into helping out in the langar kitchen of a gurudwara. While most children were preparing to become doctors, engineers and IAS, this teenager was harbouring dreams of making it big as a chef. He later went on to become the youngest executive chef of his time. Yes, we are talking about a celebrity chef and judge and host of a several cooking shows, Ranveer Brar.
In an exclusive chat with inUth, Ranveer Brar spoke about his journey, his favourite food, and gave us a few important cooking tips. Here’s an edited excerpt from our chat:
One Dish You Can Eat Everyday: It has to be khichdi. I think when we go out eating, there are a lot of complications which we go through. There is a lot of analysis. At the end, you want something simple, something that can put your body to rest for a good night sleep.
On His Favourite Cuisines: My favourite cuisine to cook is food from Lucknow. I am fascinated by Mediterranean dishes. And to eat it is Italian.
On His Favourite Sweets: I love Bengali sweets — Rosogulla, Kheer Kadam, Chaane ki mithai, Sita Bhog, Mheer dana Sandesh. Bengali sweets from all across Bengal or Orissa’s Channa Poda.
Three Quick Cooking Tips
1. You have to give food its time. Increasing the flame will never give you same taste. Let food be.
2. Remove your food from the flame before it is cooked, especially if you are cooking non-veg. Let heat cook the food.
3. Gradually add salt at every stage to your food. Don’t put all the salt together. Always keep tasting and adding salt.
One Common Mistake People Make While Cooking
The most common mistake that people make while cooking is following recipes. Unless you are an absolute novice, if you are cooking for the first time, follow the recipe to the T but beyond that, you really do not need to follow the recipe. All you need to is be more aware and keep thinking. A recipe is a guideline. That’s how it should be treated.