Whether it is to learn how to roll the perfect sushi or how to whip up her famed boondi gulabjamun cheesecake, Rakhee Vaswani’ is the go-to person for Malaika Arora, Mini Mathur, Mandira Bedi, Shaheen Abbas, and many more from Bollywood. The desi Nigella Lawson has her telly show Rewind with Rakhee, the book Picky Eaters, and workshops and classes at suburban Mumbai’s Palate Culinary Studio, certified by Le Cordon Bleu.

She’s still curvaceous, having dropped a size over the past eight months, just in time for the release of her second book. Here’s what went into the making of her fitness journey.

THE BIG PILE

“I am a born foodie. That is where the primary issue of my snowballing weight finds its genesis,” she confesses. “My work involves teaching cooking, preparing signature dishes at events, on the telly, with my students at the academy, visiting new restaurants, and tasting. Even the fragrance of freshly baked bread rising in the oven, makes me want to take a bite,” she closes her eyes dreamily. “I relish my food, and owing to my manic work and travel schedules, am unable to eat my meals on time.”

Shilpi Madan in conversation with Rakhee Vaswani

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