Wonderchef event in Pune

Driving down to Pune today and it will be lovely drive as the rains have washed all the greenery clean to a sparkle!



The Wonderchef event begins at 9.30 am at S.M.Joshi Auditorium, Near Patrakar Bhavan, Ganjve Chowk , Navi Peth, Pune – 411 030. It’s all about healthy cooking using top of the line cookware and bakeware. You can look forward to chocolate cake, dosa, pan pizza and chicken dishes.


Healthy cooking is a real passion with me. I have not only answered numerous queries about how everyday cooking can be made simpler and healthier, but I have also enjoyed compiling recipe books on this topic. There are more on the anvil now and as time goes by, you will have access to newer techniques of simpler cooking.


That is my mantra, really. To make the process of cooking as simple as possible so that when one reads the recipe it motivates the reader to try it out….with confidence and with the feeling that “I can do it”. Every step brings one to success or failure. And success is only another definition of failing but forward every time. If you do not get a good result from the recipe the first time around, try again…and again…till you are satisfied.


I will give you the simplest of the recipes today and the weekend is the best time to try them out.



Steamed Dosa

Mixed Vegetables in Coconut Kadhi

Chocolate Yogurt


Till I write again

Sanjeev Kapoor

Yesterday was probably a day that I will remember for a long long time. The formal launch of The Yellow Chilli in Ahmedabad. It is likely that I underestimated the love for food that Amdavadis nurture! I was overwhelmed by the media’s enthusiasm in covering the Press Conference yesterday afternoon. I was impressed by the way my team had things working like clock work all through the day. I am sure there were many a tense moment behind the scenes, the creases smoothened out by Rajeev Matta (COO), Saurabh Saxena and Jahid Inamdar. Thanks all and kudos to you. I am sure there were around seventy media persons who addressed their queries and answering them took more than a couple of hours! A short rest period and then it was time for the evening party which was graced by eminent personalities of Ahmedabad. I had a chance to have extensive conversations with Mr Vimal Ambani, IG, DGP and Commissioner Police, Mr Chonas of Havmor, representatives from Zydus, and columnist Esther David.
The food? Well, we had the tables really spread out! Most of the menu items were presented and the sweet tooth of Ahmedabad was truly and magnificently pampered with Chocolate cake, Mango cake, Gulab-e- Gulkand, Fruit jelly, Badam Halwa.

As visions of such great desserts come before you, let me share some more desserts here.

Mango souffle, Chocolate Mousse, Very low fat brownies.

Off now for the live demonstrations at The Kitchen Show (I am in Bengaluru!)…

Sanjeev Kapoor.

Wonderchef show in Gurgaon on April 15

Am in Delhi today and tomorrow at Gurgaon – for a Wonderchef Demo. The time is 11.30 am and venue: Vipul Green Club, Sohna Road, Opp South City 2, Gurgaon.

What will be I demonstrating? Some chicken, some dessert, some pizza…I will let the suspense remain! Right now, feeling that the moist air of so-hot Mumbai is better than the dry atmosphere of Delhi! Delhi thrives in a little world of its own. When it comes to food, the cuisine is fit for royalty as delicacies are served to prime ministers, presidents and dignitaries. Drop in at any Indian restaurant and a mind boggling array of Mughlai rich sauces, butter-based curries, ginger-flavoured succulently roasted meats will be available. Not to forgo is the rose petal strewn kulfi, which is creamy and melt-in-the-mouth. Old Delhi is a wandering gourmet’s delight as snacks like chana bhatura, stuffed kulchas and fruit chaats not only tingle the palate but also satisfy hunger pangs admirably well.

I do not know if I will have the time to go and have these in this trip but as the mouth waters thinking about the Dilli delights I will share some recipes with the same flavour.

Dilli Aloo Chaat, Chole ,Baked Bhature .

Meantime, I have to get back to the wedding functions that we are here to attend.

Happy Cooking
Sanjeev Kapoor

Kitchen with no hassles

Have always been impressed by the Japanese style of uncluttered homes! Saw pictures in magazines and now a chance to see them first hand.

Anyway, I have been thinking about how our own kitchens can be organized better. I really do not want to stress on modular kitchens, or small Mumbai kitchens specifically. Any kitchen with an active cook, according to me, should have the focal point where the stove is (gas burner, electric burner etc) and so shall everything remain leashed to this point – you want to have things within reach especially those things that you use the most. Rest of the things put them in the periphery of vision. But a big ‘no’ to have the oil and spices in plain view. Well, you can buy the fancy containers but I would still tell you to put these two things inside a cupboard because these things are best kept in the innards of a dark cupboard. Keeps the quality and flavours going for a longer time.

I can say for myself that I love researching new appliances and then acquiring them! Well, if there is a need and space, then why not? There are so many tempting things that are creatively made to make things easier. Mount them on racks or slip under the shelf. Another space saver is a big spoon holder that allows smaller spoons in the periphery and long handled ladles etc in the centre. These are the things that get mixed up in drawers and one search for the right spoon can test the patience of a good man. If at all you like to organize things in a drawer, get one with separators. So in go the knives in one slot, forks in another, spoons in yet another! And yes, such drawers are also a blessing in the clothes cupboard because they keep the handkerchiefs away from the socks and save you oodles of search time. The fridge and freezer have door shelves. Good place to hide keys but also wonderful to keep small things like bottle openers and can openers, straws, cling film (keeping a roll in the freezer keeps the loose end always ready to pull and use!). Use this space to stack small items that will easily get lost in the deep shelves.

I get transported to the kitchen very easily, don’t I? Well, to give you some nice things to cook up if you are in your kitchen….how about…Alu Kachalu Chaat, Nariyal Puri, Kaju aur Moti Pulao.

In Dubai this weekend for a live show. Will post the details in a day or so.

Till I write again.
Sanjeev Kapoor.

Men can cook, Men should cook!

One question that I have to answer at least once everyday is – Who cooks at home? My answer has always been – My wife, since she cooks better than me! I have been cooking, professionally, for last so many years but Home Cooking is something that is left to the experts at home. It does not mean that I do not cook at home at all or have vowed not to try my hands in a domesticated environment. I cook at home on special occasions. Whenever we have guests at home, I chip in by concocting one or two dishes. I cook at weekends and fulfill my daughters’ demands. Cooking by men is only restricted to hotels as at home, kitchen is considered as ‘restricted’ entry area. Times have changed and more and more men are daring to boldly go where no man has gone before — Home Kitchen!

Most women would welcome men entering the kitchen on odd occasions. Do men really enter the kitchen? More importantly, do women want men to enter the kitchen and pick up the pan? Cooking at home can be a highly relaxing experience. It can give great amount of satisfaction as family always welcomes anything that shows care. A cup of tea or Sunday breakfast could be the perfect beginning for people (read men!) who have always shied away from the kitchen. Cooking on odd occasions takes everyone by surprise and more often than not it is a pleasant surprise. To ensure that your cooking is always appreciated, here are a few tips:

• Know the taste of people you are cooking for.
• Know the role of ingredients you are working with. As a rule of thumb, be more careful with ingredients that have large effect even when used in small quantities. Some of these ingredients are salt, red chilli powder, hing, baking powder, etc.
• Don’t be apologetic about your cooking and do not let fear of failure get the better of you.
• Appreciate what is cooked for you by others and try not to find faults with their cooking.

I am going to share some recipes that can be cooked by first timers – Stuffed Omelette, Chicken Stew with easy Garlic Bread, Triple Decker Sandwich.

Meantime, packing to do and off to Delhi for the Wonderchef show tomorrow. In case you missed out on the details, they are: Umang Palace Banquet, B 1/3 Janakpuri, Main Najafgarh Road, Metro Pillar No. 544, Near Dist. Centre, Janakpuri, New Delhi from 2.30 pm onwards. Venue numbers are 011-25509158/25616278.

See you there.

Sanjeev Kapoor.