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Lessons from Bollywood: How to Cook

Last updated on: January 14, 2016 15:55 IST
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Gajar ka halwa is the barometer for ma ka pyaar and stars get their high by dancing around a giant batata wada.

Clearly, Hindi films are obsessed with food.

Surprisingly, we don't see that much cooking in our movies. Yet whenever we do, it's memorable for all kinds of reasons.

We've picked up tips, recipes and all sorts of fun lessons from Bollywood on all things culinary to share with you.



Image: Parveen Babi tests her egg-cracking skills in Kaalia

Remember that Dummy's guide to omelette scene in Kaalia?

As Parveen Babi gamely demonstrates the first step of breaking the egg.

First, stare at the egg cluelessly for a few minutes.

Then, try to break it with a rolling pin.

Next, try to slice it like a potato using a knife.

Finally, when all fails, smash it against the forehead, congratulations, achievement unlocked.


Cheeni Kum

Image: Amitabh Bachchan in Cheeni Kum

Dehradun's basmati rice, mutton cooked for 18 minutes, 25 seconds, five-six grams ginger and garlic, two teaspoons ghee, 10 teaspoons milk, two teaspoons red chilli powder, tons of saffron strands and, most importantly, NOT a single grain of sugar are the only ingredients you need to prepare the FINEST Hyderabadi Zaffrani Pulao in the WORLD, insists Chef Bachchan in Cheeni Kum.



Image: Rajesh Khanna in Bawaarchi

If fairy godmother could make chariots out of pumpkins, Rajesh Khanna's Bawaarchi proposes to mix that resinous, strong smelling spice called heeng (asafetida) with suran (yam) to create yummy kebabs and slow cook raw bananas into exotic dumpukht.

The key is to make it sound good.


Wake up Sid

Image: Konkona Sensharma and Ranbir Kapoor in Wake up Sid

Having trouble finding a bakery at midnight to throw a last minute birthday surprise for your bestie? Do a Wake Up Sid.

Simply grab all the bread, butter and jam you can find in the kitchen -- spread, smear, arrange. And voila! Ranbir Kapoor's no-bake, homemade take on the red velvet cake is ready to roll.



Image: Amitabh Bachchan's cooking antics in Coolie

Amitabh Bachchan's French omelette aspirations in Coolie underscore his unprecedented skill at multitasking.

Like him, you too can catch up on your yoga and cook a storm in one go. Only we're not sure the end result is entirely palatable.



Image: Deepika Padukone in Cocktail

Cooking don't always have to be so stressful. It can be a means of relaxation too. Observe Deepika Padukone enjoy a glass of wine while preparing an elaborate lamb biryani.



Image: Bobby Deol and Kareena Kapoor in Ajnabee

It's always nice to get a helping hand in the kitchen, yes?

But Kareena and Bobby Deol warn us about the mess that follows.


Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak

Image: Juhi Chawla tries her hand at cooking in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak

Everybody can cook, said Chef Gusteau in Ratatouille.

While Juhi Chawla sure gets points for trying but we doubt even the rats of Paris have an appetite for her raw eggplant and burnt roti combo meal.


The Lunchbox

Image: Nimrat Kaur in The Lunchbox

Ghar ki murgi dal barabar, goes a popular phrase in Hindi. Unless you're Nimrat Kaur in The Lunchbox who uses her excellent culinary skills to prepare delicacies for a complete stranger, who appreciates the effort and flavours unlike her careless cad of a husband.



Image: Shah Rukh Khan in Duplicate

Don't play with your food, yelled mommy.

Only just fool around with it, demonstrates Shah Rukh Khan in Duplicate.


Andaz Apna Apna

Image: Aamir Khan in Andaz Apna Apna

They key to a man's heart is through his stomach. As it turns out, it's the key to revenge too.

Like the time Aamir Khan settled scores with Salman Khan for feeding him kali mirch ke ladoo by adding 'julab' to his lunch spread of 'paaya, chicken, kebab.'


Dil To Pagal Hai

Image: Madhuri Dixit and Shah Rukh Khan in Dil To Pagal Hai

Madhuri Dixit and SRK whip up the recipe for romance and the result is almost instantaneous in Dil To Pagal Hai.


Chandni Chowk to China

Image: Akshay Kumar in Chandni Chowk to China

Channel your inner Karamchand while grating carrots like a beta carotene conscious Akshay Kumar in Chandni Chowk to China.



Image: Sonam Kapoor and Amrita Puri in Aisha

Who says you can't wear haute couture in kitchen? Bollywood's fashionista for all seasons Sonam Kapoor shows how to have your cake and eat it too.


Salaam Namaste

Image: Saif Ali Khan, Preity Zinta in Salaam Namaste
Can't afford designer stuff? Just a naughty apron or no shirt will do just as well. Right, Saif?

Kisi Se Na Kehna

Image: Deepti Naval, Saeed Jaffery, Utpal Dutt and Deepti Naval in Kisi Se Na Kehna

And for all those who don't know the ABCs of cooking, home delivery is the next best option.

Deepti Naval gets all the help from family friend Saeed Jaffrey in passing off store-bought kachoris as her speciality.


Dil Chahta Hai

Image: Aamir Khan in Dil Chahta Hai

Too bored to cook or tired to learn? Aamir Khan has a solution for that too. Watch. Learn. Vomit.

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