Ranveer Singh has a sweet tooth. Actually, make that 32 sweet teeth. He also loves spicy Indian-Chinese and doesn’t care about calories when on a holiday. And, someday, he wants to retire to Goa and spend his time cooking and painting.
Which one dish can you eat every single day?
Mutton! I can eat anything made with mutton. Some of the Hyderabadi and Lucknowi mutton dishes are excellent. I like my food spicy, so mutton curry, cooked with lots of masala, and served with rotis, is always welcome.
What are your favourite cuisines?
I can binge on Indian Chinese. A lot of people now eat authentic Chinese, but I am not such a great fan. Indian Chinese, on the other hand, has the right amount of spice with the right kind of ingredients, one of them being noodles, which I am particularly fond of. Oh, and I can eat Nutella out of a bottle, but that doesn’t count as a ‘cuisine’, right? I am also fond of good juicy burgers, steaks, and French fries. These are what holiday meals should be made of, when you aren’t obsessing with putting on weight.
What about sweets?
I love chocolates. It could be something as simple as a chocolate cake with vanilla ice-cream, or it could be macarons filled with chocolate. Have you ever eaten the chocolate fudge you can buy on the way to Lonavala? Whoever thought of it must be a genius.
What is your earliest food memory?
My grandmother’s cooking, especially on special days like Diwali. The memories of warmth, happiness and kinship, of sharing and eating around a big table… I have a sweet tooth, and Diwali was the time when nani made her special besan laddoos.
You trained with Lloyd Stevens when you were shooting for Bajirao Mastani, and we heard he put you on a strict diet.
He was recommended by Kris Gethin, who trained Hrithik Roshan. Lloyd ensured that I stayed true to my diet, monitoring every little thing I ate. I picked up several interesting tips from him. For instance, if you want to lose weight in a hurry, eat food without adding salt, and stuff that is preferably raw or semi-cooked! I mean, who eats that kind of food. He put me on a diet of fish, broccoli, turkey, boneless chicken, a whole load of raw vegetables, and green tea. While I worked out twice a day, the real work was done by the carefully planned diet.
What’s for lunch and dinner, generally?
A lot of high-protein food: tuna and turkey, and green veggies. One of my favourite vegetables is the sweet potato. It tastes good and is nutritious. I eat a huge breakfast: eggs, cereals, sometimes an Indian breakfast items such as idlis. During the day, if I am shooting, I snack on almonds and walnuts and drink protein shakes every few hours; it helps in repairing worn out muscles if you are working out. I include a lot of fruits in my diet, and oats and sprouts. I would never recommend going on a crash diet. Drastically reducing your calorie intake can cause numerous problems, and your body will store fat because you have sent it into starvation mode. I eat every two hours to maintain my blood sugar levels.
Which are your favourite restaurants?
When you are going out with buddies from the industry in Mumbai, you hang out at the regular favourites: Olive Bar and Kitchen, Hakkassan, and Wasabi at Taj Mahal Palace. In Delhi, Le Cirque is an interesting restaurant to go to. Thalassa, in Goa, serves Greek food, and is the perfect place to end your evening, because the restaurant has a lovely view of Vagator Beach. But my favourites are the street food places I still sometimes eat at. There is a stall outside Mithibai College that serves very good kathi rolls, which is skewer-roasted and wrapped in an oily paratha. My other recommendation is the delicious Chocolate and Peanut Butter Milkshake from Amici Café, in Mumbai.
What’s the kind of food you bring home back from your travels?
I buy a lot of chocolates and cheese. I think I ate some of the best chocolates and chocolate cakes at patisseries in Italy, when we were shooting for Dil Dhadakne Do.
Do you cook?
Sometimes, for my family and friends. They all love my butter chicken. Someday, I plan to buy a house in Goa, do only one movie a year, and spend the rest of time painting, learning how to cook, cooking for friends, and doing yoga.