A wonderful combination of Awadh’s famous vegetarian kebabs with the South Indian Gunpowder Chutney.
Preparation time: 20mins Cooking time: 30mins Serves: 4 Recipe Ingredients: 1 kg raw banana; 300 gm potatoes; 30 gm oil, 10 gm cumin seed; 5 gm white pepper powder; 10 gm garam masala powder; 5-6 green chillies; 10 gm ginger; 50 gm green coriander; 50 gm apricots; 50 gm khoya(reduced milk); salt to taste Recipe Method: Soak apricot in water for about 1 hour, drain it, chop finely and mix with khoya. Peel and chop ginger, green chilli and green coriander. Boil raw banana and potatoes, peel, mash and mix it well. Heat oil in sauce pan, add cumin seeds till it crackle. Add mashed banana and potato mixture, cook well. Add garam masala, white pepper powder and salt to taste. Chop the ginger, green chillies, green coriander and mix well with above mixture. Divide the mixture into 16 equal portions and stuff with apricots and khoya mixture. Make medallions of 2.5” diameter. Shallow fry on a heated griddle, serve hot. Recipe Ingredients: for Gunpowder Dip 4 tbsps Chana daal (large split yellow lentil) 3 tbsps skinless Urad daal 3 tbsps sesame seeds 5 dry red chillies (this is already really hot. Add more for more heat) Salt to taste 1 tsp sugar 1 tbsp vegetable/ canola/ sunflower cooking oil Recipe Method: Heat the oil in a deep pan on medium flame. Add the Daals and dry red chillies and roast on a very low flame till they start to turn light brown in color. Add the sesame seeds and keep roasting till the seeds turn golden. Turn off fire. Use a coffee grinder or food processor to grind the above roasted ingredients to a coarse powder (not chunky and not flour-like either - in-between). Remove into a suitable serving bowl and add salt to taste. Add sugar and stir well to mix.
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.