Deepti Um­mat

36, busi­ness­woman and part-time realty con­sul­tant

Friday - - FOODSHALA -

S ince the first and sec­ond sea­sons of

Food­shala, both my fam­ily and friends have been af­ter me to give it a shot – not just to prove to the world that I’m a good cook, but to my­self, too.

I like all cuisines and en­joy dis­cov­er­ing new dishes. In fact, ev­ery time I travel over­seas I make it a point to taste some lo­cal dishes.

For my au­di­tion dishes I drew from my North In­dian and South In­dian back­grounds – I’m from Pun­jab and my hus­band is from Ker­ala – and pre­sented Teri­wala chicken (a Pe­shawari dish), Dilli ki Chat­pati bhindi (a spicy okra prepa­ra­tion), massi wale chawal (a rice prepa­ra­tion) and paysam (a tra­di­tional Ker­ala dessert). I wasn’t ner­vous when I went for the au­di­tion as I cook for guests at all my par­ties at home and have re­ceived praise for my culi­nary tal­ents. So I was con­fi­dent, and af­ter re­ceiv­ing ex­tremely good re­views about my dishes from the judges, I was quite sure I was in.

But get­ting a con­fir­ma­tion call truly made my day. I am a big fan of San­jeev Kapoor’s cook­ing and in­spired by him. My dream now is to set up a restau­rant in Dubai.

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