Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 30 minutes Serves: 4 Recipe Ingredients: 2 medium sized aubergines
¼ cup shelled peas 2 medium onions 4 plump cloves of garlic 1” piece ginger 4 large tomatoes 2 green chilies Salt, to taste 1tsp cumin seeds 1tsp Kashmiri red chili powder ½tsp chili flakes ½tsp garam masala 3tbsp refined vegetable oil 2tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped
Roast the Aubergines over an open flame or in the oven at high temperature till the skin is charred. Wash the Aubergines under the tap to remove the charred skin. Coarsely mash the roasted Aubergines. Finally chop the onions, green chilies and the garlic. Finely chop the tomatoes and the ginger. In a non-stick pan, add the oil. Sauté the onions and garlic until soft, then add the tomatoes and the ginger. Cook for 5-7 minutes. Add all the spices and mix through. Add the aubergine, followed by the green chilies. Add the shelled peas. Reduce the heat and toss the mixture for 15-20 minutes until well reduced. Add salt to taste. Garnish with finely chopped coriander.
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.