Rita Biswas

Friday - - FOODSHALA -

47, works as a house­maid for a Dubai-based In­dian fam­ily

I firmly be­lieve that when it comes to food, clas­sic dishes rule. en­joy cook­ing and do not see it as a chore. I came to know of Food­shala through my em­ployer’s friend who knows how much I en­joy cook­ing. Then, while flip­ping through Fri­day, I saw the golden ticket and de­cided to give it a go.

For the au­di­tions, I made a Ben­gali thali (an In­dian combo meal) that had eight dishes in­clud­ing rice, In­dian breads and fish and veg­etable prepa­ra­tions. My dessert, san­desh (a tra­di­tional Ben­gali milk-based sweet), was what the judges re­ally en­joyed.

The judges re­ally loved the food. They said they’d selected me just look­ing at my food with­out even tast­ing it. Gau­rav told me, “Look­ing at your food, the love and ef­fort you’ve put into it is ev­i­dent and we’re lit­er­ally tast­ing it through our eyes.” My em­ployer feared my home­made, sim­ple dish would pale be­fore the elab­o­rate cos­mopoli­tan fare other con­tes­tants might bring but when she learnt that I am a fi­nal­ist she was over­joyed, as was I.

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