He’s a non-vegeterian while she’s a strict vegetarian. TV couple Mazher Sayed and Mauli Ganguly may have stuck to their food preferences, but admit that they have altered each other’s tastebuds after tying the knot.
Mauli is a Bengali, but she keeps away from fish and meat. “I am not a foodie, but I crave for sweets like rosgolla and sandesh. Cupcakes are another weakness, sometimes they are my dinner,” to which hubby Mazher interrupts with a laugh “She can eat four huge cupcakes at one go. She has a huge sweet tooth and I have photographs to prove it.”
Mazhar Sayed and Mouli Ganguli. Pic/Kaushik Thanekar
He swears by his chicken biryani, but confesses, “With Mauli, I have become more of a vegetarian. Actually, I love tasty food be it vegetables or a chicken dish.”
Mauli is high on health food, but has started enjoying fast food thanks to her husband. She says “We have discovered several cuisines and various restaurants across the country, thanks to his love for food and flavours from Chinese and Thai cuisine to Goan vindaloo, Lucknow’s tunde kababs, Kolkata street food or Delhi dhaba food. We also discovered tall glasses of Chandigarh lassi made in washing machines!”
Mazhar discovered Bengali cuisine after marriage. He remembers “Mauli has a huge family. We were invited almost every day for lunch or dinner when we visited Kolkata. There was a huge spread of mutton, chicken, two kinds of fish, veggies and desserts. Much as I liked it, I had digestion problems at the end of it,” he laughs before adding, “The first time I ate Bengali food, the mustard flavour hit me hard. But now I have discovered a taste for it.”
Cooking is not Mauli’s forte, she admits “As I was living in Mumbai alone, I had learnt to cook basic dal-rice and sabzi. However, I also like to dress and cook according to festivals. On Diwali, I make laddoos, sheer kurma on Eid and bake a cake on Christmas. I like to feel the vibe of a festival by eating the food special to the occasion.” Mazhar remembers how once he had disappointed Mauli when he had taken her for a Chinese meal on Eid.
The couple call themselves a ‘dastarkhan’ (a sit-down lunch) couple. He says “We are not the wine and dine couple.
There is no place for formality with us.” Mauli adds, “When guests come in, I either call for food or my maid cooks biryani which my mother-in-law has taught her.”
The couple follows the routine of eating after every two hours and carrying homemade food at shoots.
>> 500 gms dessicated coconut
>> 1 tin condensed milk
>> Food colour
>> Some vanilla essence
>> Chopped dry fruits and rose petals for garnishing
Method: Roast the dessicated coconut. Add the condensed milk and keep stirring till it is mixed. Add the colour, vanilla essence and mix well. Remove the mixture from fire and while it’s lukewarm, make laddoos. Garnish with dry fruits and rose petals.