2 cups Refined flour
½ tsp Carom seeds (ajwain)
1tbsp dry Fenugreek leaves (kasoori methi)
5 tablespoons clarified butter (ghee)
1tsp pepper corns
Refined vegetable oil to deep fry
Crush the pepper corns very coarsely.
Take flour in a bowl, add salt, carom seeds, kasoori methi, pepper corns and mix well. Add five tablespoons of melted clarified butter and mix well. Add sufficient cold water and bring together into a hard dough. Cover and rest the dough for fifteen minutes. Divide the dough into twenty-four equal balls and flatten them slightly. Press lightly the center with your thumb to make a slight depression. Prick with a fork. Heat sufficient oil in a pan. Slide in the mathris and deep-fry on medium heat till golden and crisp. Drain and place on an absorbent paper. Cool completely. Store in airtight tins.
Banana bread is best served warm from the oven, cut in thick slices and spread with butter. The addition of Walnuts gives this cake a lovely texture but you can substitute any nuts you prefer-pistachios or hazelnuts also work well.
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.