Greetings from Philadelphia!

Reached here from New York last evening. Good short ride in Amtrak from NYC. Quite an experience!

Yesterday went off very smoothly in New York. Flagged off my promotion tour for the new book How to Cook Indian with a taping for the Rachael Ray show. This is the second time I have demonstrated a recipe on her show. We chose to make Quick Jeera Chicken and the cooking demo was planned very well and was well organized. Also plated were Lahsooni Dhania Murgh, Tandoori Chicken and Tangdi Kabab. From there zipped off for a quick cup of coffee and light conversation with Ms Allison Beck, Editor of Entertaining & Holiday. Had to catch the train at 7.05 and it left on the dot!

In a rush right now as have a taping at 8.30 am. More, later for sure…

Recipes to share with you.

Quick Jeera Chicken

Bhindi ki Kadhi

Pineapple Sheera

Sanjeev Kapoor

Nutrition – some hints for balanced eating

Eat a variety of foods in adequate amounts for each food has a different nutritional speciality. This way not only will your nutritional requirements be met, you will also be able to break the monotony of eating the same kind of food daily.

Always maintain a desirable body weight in order to prevent developing chronic diseases like diabetes or heart ailments or certain types of cancers. You can get this from the height-weight (easily available, especially with your GP) chart, which again is worked out, on the basis of your lifestyle.

Avoid foods rich in saturated fats and cholesterol as this can cause obesity, which in turn can give rise to heart ailments or diabetes or even certain types of cancer.

Eating foods with adequate fibres is considered very healthy for they not only provide bulk and thus prevent overeating, they also help prevent constipation, lower cholesterol and triglycerides.

Though water is not considered as a nutrient, it is very essential for the upkeep of our bodies. Lack of water over a period can prove to be life threatening as it could lead to dehydration and even death.

Salads should always find place on your daily menu because being mainly vegetable based they are rich in vitamins, minerals and fibres. Beans or sprouts add proteins and when combined with pastas like macaroni, spaghetti or roots like potatoes or beetroots the carbohydrate content is adequate. Something like Button Mushroom Salad is a nice offering.

Of all the non-vegetarian foods, fish is perhaps the most ideally designed for healthy and quick family meals. Healthy because most types of fish are very low in fat and high in protein. There are some fish which are oily but they are high in essential fatty acids. Fish and Green Mango Curry is perfect for this month.

Limit your intake of alcoholic drinks since they are high in calories but low in nutrients. The metabolites (end products) produced by alcohol are harmful to the body, especially to the liver.

Desserts are an important component of an enjoyable meal and if they are fruit based they also provide the desired nutrients because they are packed with vitamins and minerals and are high in fibers. Try Low cal Crunchy Fruits with Yogurt.

Adequate and regular exercises are necessary along with healthy eating to make way for a meaningful life devoid of health worries.

A sneak peek at my US schedule!

Wrapped up the hectic shoot of Teen Patti on Friday pretty much in time and reached US this morning at 7 am. All of you must be thinking that I would have got used to such trips till now, but it always is exhausting for me, travelling the trans continent way! So, after checking in the hotel in New York, I plan to relax today and tomorrow, to get fully rejuvenated and charged up for the series of events that are scheduled to follow from Wednesday.

While the morning of April 1, 2011 will commence with a taping at Darshan America, the evening will see my first book for the international audiences, How to Cook Indian being released at the Indique Heights, Wisconsin Circle. It has been a long held passion of mine to document Indian recipes for people living outside India and I’m really excited about this launch! The book release will be followed by a dinner reception and question answer sessions.

And a bit from the rest of my schedule; on March 30, I will be taping for Rachael Ray show with a demo in the morning alongwith an interview with Allison Beck, the Editor from Entertain & Holiday later in the afternoon. Both these events are scheduled in New York. On March 31, I will be travelling to Philadelphia for a taping for The 10! Show NBC Philly with a demo followed by an interview with WHYY-NPR around lunch time. Later that day, I will be attending an event at Barnes & Noble Booksellers. Also, there is an event to attend at the Gaylord Restaurant, Chicago on April 2, whereas on the 4th, I will be in Toronto for media meets and demos.

This week is going to be different! While I look after my book launch, you enjoy your preparations for Gudi Padwa. What’s special on that day? You can choose something from

Masale Bhaat

Puran Poli

Shrikhand Biscuit Pudding

Till I write again.

Sanjeev Kapoor