Preparation time: 15 mins Cooking time: 20 mins Serves: 2 Gongura Sauce Recipe Ingredients: :
½ cup of chopped gongura leaves ½ cup of chopped palak leaves 1 onions chopped 1 tomatoes 1 tsps ginger garlic paste ½ tsp turmeric 1 tsps red chilli powder 1 tsp dhaniya powder 1 green chillies 2 cloves ¼ tsp cinnamon powder ¼ tsp garam masala Recipe Method: : Wash the leaves well and boil them in a kadai adding ½ onion, ¼ tsp turmeric ,1 green chillies and ½ tomato till water is absorbed well cool this and grind to a puree and keep aside. Heat a kadai and add cloves and remaining onions and fry well with ginger garlic paste. Add the tomatoes also and the masala powders and cook well. Pour some water and allow to boil. Pour in the pureed gongura and cook for another 5 mins or till the gravy is thick and saucy. Paneer Tikka Roundles Recipe Ingredients: 1 Large block of Paneer, Cut in Roundles Finely chopped Coriander leaves To Marinade: ½ cup Curd (plain yogurt) 1 tsp Garlic paste 1 tsp Ginger Paste 2 tsp Tandoori powder 1 tsp cumin (jeera) powder 2 tsp Chaat powder Salt to taste Red chili Powder to taste Recipe Method: : Cut Paneer into long ½" thick cubes. Mix all ingredients for marinade and keep aside. Add the left marinade to the vegetables. Brush the marinade to the paneer and refrigerate it for 3 hours. Heat oil in a pan and fry marinated paneer till fully done. Reserve for plating. Coconut Rice Recipe Ingredients: : 2 cups long-grain rice 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 (13- to 14-oz) can unsweetened coconut milk 1 cup water 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick ¼ teaspoon salt Recipe Method: : Rinse rice in a sieve under cold running water 2 to 3 mins, then drain well. Melt butter in a 2- to 3-quart saucepan over moderately high heat. Add rice and cook, stirring constantly, until it becomes opaque, about 3 mins. Stir in coconut milk, water, cinnamon, and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, 20 mins, then remove from heat and let stand, covered, 5 mins. Discard cinnamon stick and fluff rice with a fork.
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.