Preparation time:15 mins Cooking time: 40 mins Serves: 2
Recipe Ingredients :
Onion 1, roughly chopped
Garlic 2 cloves, peeled
Ginger a walnut- sized, roughly chopped
Green chillies 2, roughly chopped
Coriander ½ small bunch, leaves and stalks separated
Aubergine 1 large, halved and cut into wedges
Ground cumin 1 tsp
Ground coriander 1 tsp
Turmeric 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Juice of ½ lime
Coconut milk 150ml
Flaked almonds 2 tbsp, toasted
Basmati rice 150g, cooked to serve
Whizz the first 4 Recipe Ingredients : in a processor with the coriander stalks until pureed.
Heat 2 tbsp groundnut oil in a large non-stick frying pan and fry the aubergine until golden and softening. Scoop out.
Add the puree to the pan with a little more oil and cook for 5 minutes, add the dry spices and cook for another 2 minutes. Add the tamarind and coconut milk and bring to a simmer. Add the aubergines then simmer for 10-15 minutes until tender. Season to taste. Scatter with almond and the coriander leaves and serve with rice.
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.