Recipe Ingredients: 250g Paneer 2 medium onions 2 medium capsicums 6-8 green chilies 3-4 cloves garlic 1 tbsp corn flour 2 tbsp soya sauce
1tbsp Ketchup ½ tsp salt 1 cup vegetable stock 1tsp white vinegar Refined oil to deep fry
Recipe Method: Cut paneer in 1” cubes and sprinkle 2 tbsp cornstarch over it. Toss the paneer lightly to coat the corn starch. Take care not to break the paneer. Heat sufficient oil in a karhai. When oil is medium hot, add the paneer pieces and fry till golden brown. Take care to fry in batches. Remove on absorbent paper. Cut the onion into 8 pieces and remove the smaller inner pieces. Cut each capsicum into 8 pieces and deseed. Cut the green chilies into slices and set aside. Dissolve the remaining cornstarch, Ketchup and vinegar in the vegetable stock and set aside. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan. Ad crushed garlic to fairly hot oil and sauté for 10 seconds or till light golden in color. Add the onion and capsicums and green chilies and toss on high flame for 30 seconds. Add the capsicum and toss well for another minute. The vegetables should be cooked but crisp. Add the salt, paneer and soya sauce and toss well. Add the corn slurry over high heat, stirring till the sauce is thick enough to coat the paneer and the vegetables. Serve immediately.
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.