After attending food festivals, I like to take a day off to rest. On weekends, my family and I love to catch up over traditional Punjabi breakfast that my wife prepares. Quite often my eldest daughter and son-in-law come over as well, and that makes my day.
In the fifties, my father Gyani Santok Singh used to sell samosas, chana and gulab jamuns from a food cart, on Delhi’s streets. The aroma of his delicious food would draw a lot of people and it would all be sold out in a few hours! My dad is my inspiration.
DELHI ISN’T FAR
When I’m not travelling the world I’m happiest at home in Delhi with my family. I like to take my wife Amarjeet and kids – Tanu, Anu and Manu – shopping at Rajouri Garden market. We then head to Gola Sizzlers, a popular restaurant in the vicinity.
I generally don’t exercise but I regularly walk for an hour in the morning. If I feel I’ve gained a little weight, I start dieting and cut off rice and sweets completely. Eating healthy is the key.
BACK TO BALI
I enjoyed my time in Bali, Indonesia, during a food festival. It has such beautiful beaches and amazing scenic views. I’m planning to take my family on a holiday there soon.
Whenever I have some time off from the kitchen I blow off steam watching movies. Two of my favourite films are Dharmendra’s Lalkar and Ankhen. He is by far my favourite actor.
I enjoy soothing and soulful music, especially classic Bollywood songs by Kishore Kumar.
COME DINE WITH ME
I’ll never forget the time I cooked baingan bharta (spicy aubergine mash) for business tycoon Anil Ambani. I also had a fabulous time cooking for Sachin Tendulkar. He enjoyed the tangri kebabs I made – so much so that he asked for a picture with me!
I love using FCUK For Him perfume. It has calming notes of herbs that instantly relax me.
I’m really enjoying my month here in Dubai as the Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre’s resident chef. There’s so much scope for Punjabi cuisine in the UAE as the international community loves it. I also can’t wait to try traditional Emirati food and visit the Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall.