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<i>Though Someer Gomes endorses international cuisines,he has a special place in his heart for home-cooked food</i>

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September 4, 2010 11:33:25 pm

Though Someer Gomes endorses international cuisines,he has a special place in his heart for home-cooked food


I have always only dreamed and wanted to become a chef. No other option has ever caught my fancy!

Which cooking method according to you is the healthiest?
I endorse French and continental cooking a great deal. It’s light on the stomach because the use of oil is minimal,and even the oils used are variants of olive oil,which are proven to be very healthy cooking mediums. Baking is definitely the healthiest. It retains all the taste,but doesn’t test the digestive system too much.

Which is the one dish that reminds you of home?
Home-cooking is just so different. Its aroma and taste is unbeatable. For me,makki di roti and sarso da saag inspire strong homely nostalgia.

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Apart from the all important salt,which is the most indispensable ingredient in a food item?
In one word,herbs! Be it Indian cooking,with its dhania powder and garam masala ,or other cuisines,with their parsley and basil,herbs add the essential flavour to every dish. And they are healthy too.

Puneites are sworn foodies. Are they experimentative too?
Yes,Pune has a distinct foodie culture which is very good. I have seen Puneites become more aware of continental and European cuisines,and now they have become big fans.

Which is the one dish which,according to you,defines the Indian style of cooking?
Butter Chicken. It is mild on the palette and anyone not used to spicy food would adapt to the taste.

Murgh Gyarvi
Ingredients

chicken200 gm
oil50 ml
chopped tomato25 gm
garlic and ginger50 gm
chopped green chilli50gm
garam masala
onion60gm
tomato40gm
kaju50gm
salt to taste
red chili powder1 tbsp
kastoori methi1 tbsp
haldi1 tbsp
Method:Heat the oil in a pan. Add the chopped onions and fry till golden brown,and add the garam masala. Add the chicken and other ingredients. Add salt to taste. Garnish with butter and cream.

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