Preparation time:15mins Cooking time:30 mins Serves:4 Recipe Ingredients: for Cheese & Thyme Polenta Cakes 5 cups water/stock 2 teaspoons salt 1 tsp chopped thyme 1 ¾ cups yellow cornmeal / makki ka atta 3½ tablespoons unsalted butter ½ cup mozzarella cheese Recipe Method: : Bring 6 cups of water to a boil in a heavy large saucepan. Add 2 teaspoons of salt. Gradually whisk in the cornmeal & thyme. Reduce the heat to low and cook until the mixture thickens and the cornmeal is tender, stirring often, about 15 mins. Turn off the heat. Add the butter & mozzarella cheese and stir until melted. Then pour in a baking tray lined with butter and let cool. Then cut and serve. Recipe Ingredients: for Spicy Berry Chutney 2 large Tomatoes, Chopped 2 Cups of Chopped Strawberry (Fresh or Frozen) 2 Plums (Take out the pit & chop them) ½ Cup Pitted Dates 1 Red Apple chopped into small pieces 1 teaspoon of Mustard Seeds 1 Red Dry Chilli 2″ Cinnamon Sticks 2 Hot Green Chilli Peppers 1″ Ginger Peeled & sliced into very thin slices or grated 1 Cup Sugar (or Brown sugar) 1 Tablespoon Vinegar 1 Cup Orange Juice Note: You can use any juicy fruits. Raisins, craisins, prunes & other dry fruits can be added too. Recipe Method: : Heat a pot. Add the mustard seeds, Red Dry Chilli & the Cinnamon sticks. When the mustard seeds start to dance, add all the other ingredients and simmer at low heat, till the Fruits are soft & mushy & the consistency gets thick enough to coat a spoon. Pour the Chutney mixture into sterilized jars whilst still hot. Fill to ½ inch below the top. Cover with an airtight, plastic lid. Do not use a metal lid, because the action of the spices and vinegar will cause corrosion.
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.