Best cookery show – Ten top tips

What can one say about TV programmes? Lots and lots! Some are good and some are not. What concerns us here are the cookery shows and choosing the best cookery show to watch and follow every episode. These days Master Chef (Australia) has caught the eye and coming in a few days would be Master Chef (India) with Akshay Kumar, India’s celebrated actor, as host.

Khana Khazana, on Zee TV, has been adjudged the Best Cookery Show by the Indian Television Academy, consecutively for a number of years. Initially named as Shriman Bawarchi, the name did not strike the right chord, so Sanjeev Kapoor suggested Khana Khazana. This cookery show has a huge platter to offer – from Punjabi food to Continental food, from traditional mithais to low fat cooking, from International cuisines to lesser known foods of India. There are many reasons why this show has been at number one for more than a decade.

1. Consistency of presentation

2. Topical, and seasonal, presentations

3. Recipes, simple and complex, presented in a doable manner

4. Use of ingredients with easy accessibility

5. Excellent and expressive style of Sanjeev Kapoor

6. Fulfilling viewers’s demands

7. Recipe recap

8. Recipes on net (

9. Good value for viewing time

10. Repeat telecast

Khana Khazana has evolved over the years, since it started 17 years back. There is a lot of research done that backs every recipe presented. The first few epis

odes were a trial run for Sanjeev Kapoor and he has the knack of developing his recipe on the spot, once he has the ingredients set before him, the ideas just seem to flow out. Shaam Savera, one of his earliest signature dishes, was initially meant to be palak koftas in palak gravy but in that episode history was written. Now Shaam Savera is a palak kofta with paneer stuffing served on a bed of red tangy makhni gravy. A visual treat, indeed.

Coming up – Get set for Diwali Recipes


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