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Sunny Leone on why Delhi’s chaats are the best and her childhood food memories: The FOODie Interview

The sassy actor loves chocolates and gol gappas, but counts the number of calories she eats and keeps away from too much salt.

Written by Alyssandra Mendonca | Mumbai | Updated: May 4, 2016 6:11:06 pm
Sunny Leone's favourite cuisine is Italian. Sunny Leone’s favourite cuisine is Italian.

Sunny Leone loves a good meal, especially if it involves pasta, likes her coffee black and never fails to pick up kitchen gadgets from different cities. In an interview with The Indian Express, she talks about the food her mom made and her favourite restaurants.

You are known to be very particular about your diet.
I like to balance my meals. I am not a fan of either eating less, or starving. I avoid packaged or frozen food, and ensure that the meals I eat are made from fresh ingredients. If you are addicted to coffee, opt for black rather than coffee with milk. If I am hungry between meals, I eat egg whites and toast, or dry fruits.

(Also read: Priyanka Chopra on parathas and white butter, Bourbon biscuits and her wonder diet: The Foodie Interview)

What would your ideal breakfast be?
A Dunkin’ Donut coffee, if possible, with egg whites on toast, or a pancake. I am a very light eater, you could even call me a boring eater. My lunch is usually a lot of vegetables, or grilled chicken. And the pattern is repeated for dinner, sometimes with a soup thrown in. I ensure all my meals have very little salt since sodium can cause bloating, and I include a lot of seasonal fruits in my meals. I particularly like kiwifruit.

Sunny Leone likes Delhi’s street food, especially gol gappe and dahi chaat. Sunny Leone likes Delhi’s street food, especially gol gappe and dahi chaat.

What’s your favourite beverage?
Coconut water, as it helps me stay fresh and adds a glow to my skin. A chilled bottle of Sauvignon Blanc is my favourite poison. I sometimes drink milk, especially with breakfast.

(Also read: Katrina Kaif’s healthy macrobiotic diet plan, and her love of kheer and paya: The FOODie interview)

What’s your favourite comfort food?
My indulgence and my comfort food are chocolates. I buy them from every city I travel to. I also like paranthas. It is not that I don’t eat stuff that is fattening, I just make sure the portion-size is not too big.

What would your cheat meals include?
A lot of Delhi chaat. I like Delhi’s street food, especially gol gappe and dahi chaat. I also like sushi. Japanese food is among the healthiest in the world.

Sunny Leone grew up in a quintessential Punjabi home and ate Indian food every single day. Sunny Leone grew up in a quintessential Punjabi home and ate Indian food every single day.

What is that one thing you cook well?
I love cooking. Both Daniel (Weber, her husband) and I cook a lot together. He loves cooking healthy meals and salad, while I cook a lot of unhealthy stuff. We often cook breakfast together. But I don’t cook anything out of the ordinary: eggs, pasta, noodles, omelettes, that sort of stuff.

Which are the restaurants you like going to?
Fatty Bao, in Mumbai and Bangalore, serves good Asian food. My favourite cuisine is Italian, so I like to try out new Italian restaurants. I recently ate out at Persian Durbar in Byculla (Mumbai), since we are fond of Mughlai food. I enjoyed Raan Biryani and the Lucknow Seekh Kababs there.

(Also read: Kareena Kapoor Khan on desi ghee, being a vegetarian and kachoris: The FOODie Interview)

Is there one memory about eating out in any of the world that you still cherish?
I break my diet and eat very well when am travelling, particularly if there is pasta. I sample the local version wherever I go. In Hawaii, I remember eating a mussel and pineapple pasta. It was tangy and sweet at the same time, the best I have ever had. One day, I want to travel to the Ivory Coast to learn how to cook the aloko — bananas tempered with onion and chillies, which tastes beautiful.

Sunny Leone likes sampling the local version wherever she goes. Sunny Leone likes sampling the local version wherever she goes.

Do you shop for food while travelling?
Yes, I often buy stuff for the kitchen. I spend a lot on kitchen gadgets like ladles and grills. I also buy cheese, chocolates, sauces and condiments because different kinds of ingredients make food taste so good.

What are your childhood memories of food?
I grew up in a quintessential Punjabi home and ate Indian food every single day. It was all about rajma and chole and paranthas. I remember the wonderful paranthas – paneer and aloo – that my mom made.

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