Aug 18, 2008
Being a foodie myself I embarked on very interesting expedition that I was asked to be part of, rather cautiously, not knowing if the forever salivating me would rush to the nearest "Laari" at the end of my phone conversation with the sexy seven, all appetizing in their own way, or conclude that Indians are heading the American way- eating garbage sprinkled with ketchup, mustard, chilli sauce blah blah which destroys the original flavour. And was I impressed!
My targets –Politician Milind Deora, Actress Amrita Arora, Industrialist Suresh Bhojwani, Actos Ashmit Patel & Jackie Shroff, & Music Directos - Sajid-Wajid
My brief– close your eyes, take a deep breath, think of your favourite roadside food, smell the aroma as you take it to your mouth and shoot, tell me what you thought of.
The results got me salivating.
The closest Milind Deora gets to a Roadside joint is in Delhi. Ladies and gentlemen we are actually talking about the canteen at Parliament House. Incredible ambience, really tasty Mishti Doi, mouth-watering Idlis gets him there on an everyday basis when the session's are on. He keeps getting drawn back there, cause in his opinion that's the only place where you get to see all of India represented. You share a table with the Prime Minister of India for lunch and at tea time it is the leader of the opposition you are sharing your knowledge of food with. If only all decisions were made in a canteen.. sigh!
Amrita Arora swears by "Ranjit"… I mean Mr. Ranjit the Laariwala. At your service Ma'am is his motto when he sees her car slowing down in front of his little food palace, and ready with his Ragda Puri or Paani Puri, with a slight twang here and a slight twing there to give it the flavour of the day, and our gorgeous lady's planning her next visit already!
Cut to Goa. A quaint little beach shack called FLOYD's run by a mother-daughter duo, between Candolim and Calangute. Hiding away from the scorching sun, right from early noon, welcoming his friends from NY and London is Suresh Bhojwani. Their once a year feast at FLOYD's (for almost 10 years now) comprises of freshly caught Pomfret fish, fried to perfection with French fries. The simplicity of the place, the food and the impeccable service is what makes them "faithful." Strumming his guitar and singing goodbye to the setting sun with his beautiful wife and closest friends by his side is undeniable pleasure indeed!
And if you thought the handsome hunk didn't need his share of "Laari" food, think again. Ashmit Patel's been faithful to his Bhelpuriwalla, since his growing up- today cricket, tomorrow football and day-after TTdays. Ashmit swears by his Sev Puri, which is crunchy and tasty, and the "chutney is simply fab." Its so hygienically made that it feels like its been made at home. Ashmit adds that the Bhelpuriwalla was evicted by the BMC, but his stuff is so good that the residents of C road, went looking for him, and asked him to set up shop in one of their foyer's!
The common man's favourite darling – Jackie Shroff's in love again. This time with a really old lady. The magic happened as she boiled her best American corn for her super hero, and our dada's hooked, booked and in love, with her, with American corn, with the place and the setting at Bandstand. Move over guys, sev (a)'s changed hands.
The hottest music duo in the circuit Sajid-Wajid, may be brothers in real life, but are as chalk and cheese as it gets. Sajid, a huge prankster and naughty as hell has chosen his victim for life – the One Eyed Vada Pav Man opposite Mithibai college. Sajid snatches 2 Vada Pav's much to OEVPM's chagrin that turns into a grin when he notices it's Sajid. Everything's forgiven in an instant. OEVPM played cupid when Sajid was wooing his girlfriend (now wife) over the million Vada Pav's flavoured by an extra dose of love.
Wajid can't function if he doesn't eat an omelette at Cooper Hospital's omlettewalla. The sizzling pan, the sight of the tomatoes and onions fried golden, the taste of the green chillies that sends a rush of adrenaline pumping into his brains, gets him begging for more.
Get going guys, here comes Good Food Guide to Healthy Life - sniff your food lustily and taste it like it's an out of this world experience.