2 large red chilli
½ finger-length piece ginger, roughly chopped
1 fat garlic clove
Small bunch coriander, stalks roughly chopped
1 tbsp oil
4 skinless chicken breasts cut into chunks
5 tbsp peanut butter
150 ml/ ¼ pt chicken stock
200g tub Greek yogurt
Finely slice half a chili, then put the rest in a food processor with the ginger, garlic, coriander stalks and one-third of the leaves. Whizz to a rough paste with a splash of water if needed.
Heat the oil in a frying pan, then quickly brown the chicken chunks for 1 min, Stir in the paste for another min, then add the peanut butter, stock and yogurt. When the sauce is gently bubbling, cooking for 10 minutes until the chicken is just cooked through and sauce thickened. Stir in most of the remaining coriander, then scatter the rest on top with the sliced chili.
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.