Personal Agenda with Ranveer Brar: One myth I’d like to bust? That a chef’s spouse always gets good food!
But the chef also reveals that the most romantic thing he has done for his wife was to cook her a 17-course meal
All About Ranveer
What was the last thing you googled?
The five dwarf planets, because my five-year-old son Ishaan knows their names and I don’t! We grew up learning about only nine planets.
An ingredient you discovered only recently?
Australian bush pepper. Its flavour is a nice blend of eucalyptus and pepper.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Quite a few. Alligator meat, crickets and cockroaches, even!
If there was a dish to describe you, what would it contain and what would it be called?
Khichri. It’s not just my favourite, but it also describes me perfectly as it is simple yet complex.
What’s the most Instagrammable dish you’ve ever made?
Cured Salmon and Chili Compressed Melon with Achaari Yam Guacamole. It was for a masterclass.
One myth about being a chef that you’d like to bust?
That a chef’s spouse always gets good food. I very rarely cook at home!
A dessert that describes you best...?
Soft-centred bitter chocolate cake.
Tell us one thing about running a kitchen that no one knows.
It’s as much about being organised amidst chaos as it’s about creativity.
What’s the most romantic thing you’ve done for your wife?
I once cooked her a 17-course meal when we were in the US.
What’s the nicest thing your son has done for you?
When he was around three, he made his mom call me to tell me he won’t sleep till I got home!
Old school romance or social media PDA?
Old school, definitely.
Describe yourself in three words.
Impulsive, aggressive and complicated.
An ingredient you use in almost all your dishes?
Salt, for both sweet and savoury dishes, because it brings out the best in other ingredients.
An ingredient you hate cooking with?
Not ingredient as such, but I hate making rotis!
On My Phone
One chef you wish to collaborate and cook with?
Gary Rhodes, or Rick Stein.
Your perfect breakfast would consist of?
Nachni (ragi) porridge topped with seasonal fruits, a good chhaas and mom-made parathas, with makhan on top, of course.
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From HT Brunch, December 1, 2019
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