All Rasika Dugal Wants From Life is Well-cooked Fish With Wine

Rasika Dugal who gains new fans with every screen appearance is a self-confessed foodie and can't have enough of chocolate.

Published On Jul 28, 2022 | Updated On Mar 07, 2024


Most of us assume that our beloved stars in showbiz – be it Bollywood or TV celebs, comedians or singers – follow a strict diet to maintain their stardom. We think it's a prerequisite for being a part of the industry. But turns out, that this is not always the case. There are many of our favourite famous faces who love food even more than we do – and that’s saying a lot!

"There's no sincerer love than the love for food," said George Bernard Shaw and Rasika Dugal, a self-confessed foodie, agrees. The actress, our favourite from Mirzapur and Lootcase, is a complete foodie at heart. Begin a discussion on food and the normally shy Rasika Dugal pulls up her sleeves to contribute and how!

We sat the actress down for a chat on her love for food. The result was a first-person account of Dugal's favourite ghar ka khana, restaurants, cheat day meals, comfort food and more. Scroll on and discover the gastronomic adventures of this Rasika Dugal! 

My first meal of the day is simple yet filling. For me, breakfast is always a slice of bread with two egg whites. 

When it comes to lunch, I prefer a complete meal. This includes a portion of salad, vegetables, dal (lentils) and roti or brown rice. To keep things different from lunch, my dinner totally depends on how my day was. If I’ve had a stressful and tiring day, I let loose and binge eat on all my favourite food. If it was a good day, I stick to a piping hot bowl of soup, a portion of chicken and some salad. 

If I get hungry between the main meals of the day, I snack on a bowl of vegetables. If I’m in the mood then some chips too! I also like to sip on some vegetable juice or chaas (buttermilk) between meals.

Wine, wine, wine!

Without a doubt, aloo ke parathe! I am a good Punjabi you see!

My parents grew up in Burma (now Myanmar). So Burmese food was a regular at our house. Besides the well-known Khow Suey, there were dishes such as Le Thok, Laphet Thok and Mohinga that I have grown up eating. These were some of my favourite meals as a child.

I am a foodie so I have a long list of ‘strong likes’ but there are no dislikes that I can think of. Of all the things I love to binge on, chocolate tops the list.

I LOVE any and every dessert that has chocolate.

On the days when I feel like cheating, I binge eat a big packet of ragi chips. They’re one of my favourite snacks.

Bhel puri tops the list when I think of my favourite street food.

There are two items that are always in my fridge – peanut butter and low-fat cheese. These two items are comfort food to me. 

Of late, Smoke House Deli and Salt Water Café have been my go-to places. Both these restaurants in Bandra, Mumbai serve brilliantly cooked John Dory and some good wine. What else does one need in life? 

If I get the chance to choose my last meal, I would like to eat the chole kulcha from the Bengali Market in Delhi. I told you, I’m a true Punju at heart!

Photo: Team Rasika Dugal and Instagram