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Proud moment for chef Vikas Khanna in New York

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: Michelin Star chef Vikas Khanna had an emotional moment on September 24th as he served a seven course culinary treat to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and top CEOs of global companies in New York.

“We wanted to tell a story not just of food and this was the best way of telling the story of India. I thought that was the most important part… I got an opportunity to showcase so much of India through this,” Khanna told IANS on the phone from New York.

Talking about the table which had a cumulative worth of approximately $4 trillion, Khanna says that he feels very “proud” as this dinner would help the “economy and the future generation of the country”

“I do not understand money… But what I do understand is that these people will help in giving an impact to the economy of India and the future generation and I feel very proud,” he said.

The meal included Indian delicacies with a modern twist. Some of the delicacies included Poha at Ganesh Chaturthi, Khandavi from Uttaryan, Sali Boti sauce at Navroj, Sol Kadhi from Shigmoutsav, the Coconut chutney mousse from Pongal, beetroot Poriyal served at Onam and the Bisi Bili bath from Ugadi.

At the same time, the scale and grandeur around festivals like Diwali, Eid, Holi, Shivratri, Baisakhi, Teej, Christmas got accentuated with the fifth dessert course and other select dishes such as Corn Dhokla and Peda as a part of the overall menu.

Khanna, who was also invited to the White House to host a dinner, says that the only thing he found “difficult” for the dinner was “choosing the dishes” .

“The difficult part was ‘which dish to choose?’ because all these dishes are close to my heart. I wanted to choose something which was great in combination as it was a pre-plated dinner… and in such a kind of dinner (events) you need to think about 10,000 flavours that are combined together,” he added.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Inculcating Good Eating Habits in Children is a Challenge, Says Celebrity Chef

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It does take a little bit of time to get used to it, but you have to keep making these changes at home constantly.
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Celebrity chef Maria Goretti says it is difficult to inculcate good eating habits in children for long term benefits, especially in an age when television and internet rules.

“As a mom, I think this is the most difficult thing to do. Because no matter how hard I try and make things in air fryer, or bake them or boil with a sliver of butter, at the end, kids today have a mind of their own,” said Maria, who is married to actor Arshad Warsi.

“This is largely because of the exposure to television and internet. They know what’s going on and at home if you tell them to eat something healthy, they will ask to add some sauce or the other.

“So, as parents we must continue doing what’s right for them and eventually they will get it,” Maria told IANS in an email interview.

She also says that one should ensure nutritious intake in children from an early age.

“It should start when the child is really small and before he goes to school and checks out everyone’s tiffins. Because once they check out others’ tiffins, they come back home and start comparing,” she said.

It does take a little bit of time to get used to it, but you have to keep making these changes at home constantly.
It does take a little bit of time to get used to it, but you have to keep making these changes at home constantly.

Maria was a popular MTV VJ before she married Arshad. She also hosted TV show “Do It Sweet”, and made a special appearance in the movie “Salaam Namaste” along with her son Zeke Warsi.

Apart from a small role in a movie “Raghu Romeo” that was directed by Rajat Kapoor.

Nowadays she is busy with her cookery shows with the latest being her cooking classes at Mount Litera School International on Mother’s Day.

The school hosted an event for mothers with Maria who introduced her fellow guardians to healthy alternatives for snacks that were tasty yet nutritious.

Some of her interesting creations included Ragi pancakes made of Ragi flour, eggs, curd, and milk, giving a healthy twist to the regular flour-based pancakes.

Another unique substitute she presented was whipped soy cream as opposed to regular and calorie-laden whipped cream.

So what are the healthier option she prefers at home?

It does take a little bit of time to get used to it, but you have to keep making these changes at home constantly.
Chef. Pixabay

“I do bake pizza’s at home, and when I do so, I ensure I also make the sauce at home and not use the canned one. I ensure I put enough veggies on it and also roll out a really thin base so that flour to veggie ratio is minimum.

“I don’t like to use packed goods to put in my food and always prefer fresh food. In terms of pasta, I have switched from using the regular store-bought pasta to rice pasta which is gluten-free and really nice.

“It does take a little bit of time to get used to it, but you have to keep making these changes at home constantly.

“All mothers try to give the best to their children, but I feel mothers are somehow fighting the bigger demons of advertising against healthy food,” she said.

Also Read: Healthy Diet May Decrease the Risk of Hearing Loss in Women

Maria says that the healthiest thing you can pack for your kids is fruit and dry nuts. “It’s the healthiest and power packed food you can give them.

“Another thing I do is that I keep roasted chicken ready at home, and roll it up with chapati. I also keep Keema Kebab and hummus ready for a quick snack since that’s tasty as well as nutritious,” she said. (IANS)

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