Preparation time: 20mins Cooking time: 30mins Serves: 4 Recipe Ingredients : ½ cup almonds ½ up sliced onions 1 ½ tsp grated ginger (adrak) 1 tsp chopped garlic (lehsun) 2 green chillies, chopped ½ cup finely chopped yam (suran) ¼ cup chopped mint leaves (phudina) 1 tbsp chaat masala ¼ tsp garam masala salt to taste
Recipe Method: In a pan, add the onions, ginger, garlic and green chillies and fry till they turn light brown in colour. Add the yam and ½ cup of water, cover and cook over a slow flame for 5 to 7 minutes till the suran is soft and all the moisture is evaporated. Cool and blend along with the mint to a paste without using any water. Combine the chana dal powder, yam mixture, chaat masala, garam masala and salt and mix well. Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions and shape them into flat round tikkis. Heat a non-stick pan and cook them on both sides on a medium flame, till they turn golden brown in colour. Serve hot. Ingredients for Cashewnut & Coriander Pesto 2 cups fresh coriander leaves, coarsely chopped 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped ¼ cup (45g) toasted cashew nuts 1/3 cup (35g) finely grated parmesan ½ cup (125ml) light olive or peanut oil, plus extra
Method Place the coriander, garlic, cashew nuts and parmesan in the bowl of a food processor and process until finely chopped. (Alternatively, place ingredients in a mortar and pound with a pestle until well combined). With the motor running, gradually add the oil in a thin, steady stream until well combined and a smooth paste forms. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to an airtight container and pour over a little extra oil to cover the pesto surface (this will prevent the basil from oxidizing and turning black). Preparation time: 10mins Freezing time: 3hours
Ingredients for Granita (Rooh Afza or Rose Syrup) 3 cup water 1 ½ cup sugar 6 tsp lemon juice ½ cups of rooh afza
Method Bring 3 cups water with 1 ½ cups of granulated sugar to a boil. Allow sugar and water to cool to room temperature add lemon juice. Pour into 3 13 x 9 inch baking pans and add your Rooh Afza, and place in freezer. Every 45 minutes, take the pan out and scrape the frozen mixture with a fork until all the frozen pieces are broken into small shavings and mixed well with the remaining liquid. Continue to freeze. Scrape every twenty minutes until no more liquid is in the granita. Serve.
Banana bread is best served warm from the oven, cut in thick slices and spread with butter. The addition of Walnuts gives this cake a lovely texture but you can substitute any nuts you prefer-pistachios or hazelnuts also work well.
Life always gives big opportunities in the form of small hints. The big move in Pankaj Bhadouria’s life came with a small step when she decided to leave her successful teaching career spanning over 16 years and enter India's 1st televised cookery reality show - MasterChef India on the leading GEC - Star Plus.
And as they say, fortune favours the brave, Pankaj went on to become a worthy winner and with it India's first ever MasterChef.
The comfort of the classroom gave way to the adulations, accolades and a host of achievements. Pankaj hosted her first cookery show - "Chef Pankaj ka Zayka" on Star Plus during Sep-Oct 2011 where she showcased her passion for cooking. The success of this daily show added another flavor to her sweet success.