CO­RIAN­DER AND MINT PESTO

WKND - - Kitchen Classics Saucerful Of Sauce - Ingredients

• ½ cup pine nut seeds • 3 cups co­rian­der, leaves and stalks • ½ cup mint leaves • ¼ cup ex­tra vir­gin olive oil • 4 cloves crushed gar­lic ( or 1 tbsp from a jar) • ½ cup Parme­san cheese, grated • Salt & freshly ground pep­per to taste • Green chilli, minced, to taste

Method

Lightly roast the pine nut seeds.

Grind all the ingredients to­gether in a blender.

Serve cold and en­joy with ke­babs and other ap­pe­tis­ers.

Ingredients

• 1 tsp star anise • 400 gm beet­root, grated • 100 ml orange juice • 100 gm sugar • 2 tsp star anise pow­der • 30 ml white vine­gar • 1 tbsp pecan nuts, chopped • 1 tsp green chilli, minced • 1 tsp orange rind, minced

Method

Heat oil and add star anise.

When it be­gins to crackle, add beet­root and cook.

Then, add orange juice and cook well.

Add sugar and al­low it to melt prop­erly, be­fore adding star anise pow­der.

Add vine­gar and cook for 15- 20 min­utes un­til dry. Fi­nally, add the pecan nuts and fold into the mix­ture.

Gar­nish with chilli and orange rind. Serve cold.

et­ter late than never. Film au­to­bi­ogra­phies are hap­pen­ing. Last month wit­nessed the book launches and cushy sales of Karan Jo­har’s An Un­suit­able Boy ( which Shah Rukh Khan de­clared should have been more ap­pro­pri­ately ti­tled An In­tel­li­gent Boy), and Rishi Kapoor’s long an­tic­i­pated Khul­lam Khulla, which roughly trans­lates into ‘ Tell All, NoHolds- Barred’.

My in­ten­tion in to­day’s col­umn isn’t to bang out a re­view of ei­ther of the books. I’d rather take up the topic of how the life and times of film per­son­al­i­ties — within 250 pages — are con­sid­ered a safe- sell­ing bet by India’s pub­lish­ing trade, largely cen­tred in New Delhi.

Not sur­pris­ingly, in the course of a brief visit to the In­dian cap­i­tal, I was ap­proached for such col­lab­o­ra­tive bi­ogra­phies, the pre­dictable pitch be­ing, “You know quite a few of them so well, you could write it blind- folded.” Flat­ter­ing, yes, but far from be­ing ac­cu­rate. Truth be told, a jour­nal­ist can never quite know a film per­son­al­ity, ab­so­lutely up close and per­sonal.

A healthy pro­fes­sional dis­tance has to be main­tained. If it isn’t, there is ev­ery like­li­hood of the re­sult turn­ing out to be a ha­giog­ra­phy. Ad­mit­tedly, I felt quite dis­ap­pointed ( with my­self) af­ter a shot at a book, cof­fee- ta­ble al­beit, on Amitabh Bachchan over a decade- and- a- half ago. Ti­tled To Be or Not To Be, and re­leased on the ac­tor’s 60th birth­day, it isn’t avail­able any more for love or money at book stores and, I pre­sume, on­line. “Can you get us a copy? We’re will­ing to pay any price,” the de­mand per­sists. Bachchan Sr’s fan fol­low­ing has swelled — and how! — dur­ing the years gone by.

Yet, the heavy tome of a book is not some­thing I rel­ish on list­ing on my bio­data, es­sen­tially be­cause the as­sign­ment was a command per­for­mance of sorts. In recre­at­ing the es­timable ca­reer and per­sonal crests and troughs of Amitabh Bachchan, I could not re­ally probe his heart and mind in­sight­fully. Cer­tain tick­lish ques­tions had to be asked in a round­about man­ner. More­over, a few pho­to­graphs and para­graphs had to be dropped. Just an oc­cu­pa­tional haz­ard, you might say, but I’d rather not take on the re­spon­si­bil­ity of chron­i­cling an ac­tor’s jagged beat than to wince ev­ery time I see it on my shelf of keep­sakes.

Mr Bachchan is prone to tweet­ing squelch­ers and the tini­est sem­blance of crit­i­cism ( even if it is di­rected at my­self and not any­one else) on the greats is an in­vi­ta­tion for vi­tu­per­a­tive trolls. Unar­guably, Amitabh Bachchan is a great ac­tor and an in­stitu-

SPEAK­ING HIS MIND: Karan Jo­har’s An Un­suit­able has evoked in­ter­est due to the rev­e­la­tions he's made on his equa­tion with other stars

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