first_imgYou seem to have a special interest in culinary skills. How did you get initiated into this field?My passion for cooking started when I was 12 years old. I was like a puppy following my elder sister. She joined a cookery class and I followed her too. I had too much fun cooking back then. I kept up learning from every one around me. And today  my paasion has taken a shape with these two books. How and when did you decide to pen down your ideas into a book? Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Around 15 years ago, I was at a stage when I was learning to make Indian desserts and pickles, and I happened to write it all down. That is when my home cook book started coming up. And rest is history. Your first book ‘Don’t diet, diet cookbook’ and now Unjunked lay a lot of stress on healthy eating. Why?I am a nutritionist and while consulting I realized that there is a need for tasty, healthy, quick to make, easy recipes. It was initially to support my client daily diets. Then slowly the collection of these recipes took form of the book. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix How is Unjunked different from the first book?Unjunked is very different from the first book. First of all it gives weight loss guidelines in a chapter called ‘Seven Day Cyclical Menu for Weight loss’.Secondly it also tells the readers about how to make healthy low calorie options when dining out. Thirdly, we have given a healthy twist to many popular junk food like pav bhaji, vada pav, sev puri, burger etc. Further the book also tells the reader how to balance all the four main meals of the day that is, breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. The recipes do not fall into the usually listed categories such as soups, salad, vegetables, bakes, rotis etc. If I were to ask you your favourite junk food, what would it be. Would you also tell our readers, how can it be converted into something healthy?My favorite junk food is Pav Bhaji, and that is one of the first recipe I unjunked! Reduce potato and butter content, add boiled mashed moong sprouts and more boiled peas, maintain the spices and garlic, and here you have a tasty healthy Pav Bhaji. Instead of having coke as a drink have it with cool miny buttermilk. Here you go a well balanced lunch or dinner menu.  Being a nutritionist first and writer later ( or so I presume), what’s your idea of a daily healthy diet?Daily diet should be consisting of well-balanced breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a small snack in the evening with major nutrients (carbs, protein, fiber and fats). These meals should be well placed with ideally 4 hours apart. With the help of the book Unjunked I have tried to reinforce why these major nutrients are important for healthy functioning of human body and  why there is a need to complete the plate.last_img

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