Name and occupation – Maunika Gowardhan, Private chef & Food writer
What would you like to plug? – My blog www.cookinacurry.co.uk ( which I have to say is fantastic. JCC )
Name your three desert island ingredients – Salt, chilli powder and rice
Your best cooking tip – Brown onions well on a low flame for a curry. Caramelly onions lend a
really lovely colour and flavour to the final dish
What is your favourite snack? – Cake!
What would you have for your last supper? – My mother’s crab curry with rice and some
What foodstuff would you banish to room 101? - None
What's your favourite restaurant? – Wahaca, Ping pong, Koba, Benares. The list is very long!
What's your favourite tipple? – Gin & Tonic
Which book gets you cooking ? – A lot of cookbooks written in local language in India in the
What comfort food comforts you when you are sick? – Khichdi; similar to a risotto but lightly
spiced and topped with a dollop of home made butter
Kitchen implement you can't do with out. – Blender a life saver for good ginger garlic paste
also my pressure cooker
What's your dream dinner party line-up? – The Queen, Chef Atul Kochhar, my grandmother,
Chef Terry Laybourne
What is your favourite cooking aroma ? – Indian spiced lamb stew
And what would you cook for them? – Biryani, Prawns curry, Chaat and some fresh breads
What was your childhood teatime treat? – We didn’t have any
What was the first thing you learnt to cook? – Chapattis and Indian spiced eggs
What was there first thing you taught your children to cook? - Brownies
What was your mothers signature dish and do you try to copy it? – Konkan Fish Curry I’m
still striving to emulate the precise flavours!
What would you make to impress your partner? – Aloo parathas; spiced potato stuffed
Where do you go for the best fish and chips? – Colemans in South Shields. Nothing comes
close I promise
What was your most memorable meal? – Street food I ate in Mauritius and also fishing in the
Indian Ocean followed by dinner cooked with the fish we caught
What was your biggest culinary disaster? – Making spiced yoghurt soup for the very first time
when I was learning to cook for my father in law. Needless to say it didn’t go down very well!
What's the worst meal you've ever had? – A really rubbish pizza in Venice. Far too overrated,
over priced & touristy.
What's the most outlandish thing you've ever eaten? - Crocodile
Who's your food hero/food villain? – Delia Smith; no villain
Nigella or Delia? Both
Gin or Vodka? Gin
Muesli or fry-up? Fry up
Wine or beer? Wine but Cherry beer is lush too
KFC or Burger King? KFC if I must. Nothing beats fried chicken.
What do you consider the best of the best of British? The local food produce; gorgeous, fresh
and the makings for an amazing meal
What's the best/worst thing about the British restaurant scene? Its evolving
What do you think will be the next big thing? Spanish food and Persian food too
What would you do if you could choose any other career? I wouldn’t
What do you have for Christmas lunch? – A massive feast!
Make a wish – I did!