Announcing the launch of new restaurant brands

Back from Thailand and ready to take on the whirlwind of work!
My latest focus is on redefining dining in India and to promote the Indian dining experience internationally. People often tell me, “We watch your show, but we really want to taste your food.” I believe this challenge of cooking for millions can be overcome by launching restaurants that will reach out to people. As food in India is synonymous with entertainment; people meet and bond over food. Keeping this in mind, we are creating a variety of experiences that range from the quality and ambience of a fine dining restaurant to experiential dining such as a new age Indian lounge. We are launching new restaurant brands like Signature, Sura Vie, Pin Yin Café and Khazana.
At the Signature chain of restaurants, we aspire to position it as the last word on Indian cuisine by maintaining an air of elegance. Sura Vie Lounge is purveyor of a definitive eclectic experience with a focus on live contemporary Indian music. It will be launched in the key metros with international comfort food specially crafted from the chef’s table. Pin Yin Café is a casual oriental restaurant with an all day dining/ cafe format that serves popular oriental dishes. It will provide substantial, high quality, competitively priced, meals in the mid-casual dining segment. The cuisine will be popular Oriental, with menu options that include familiar Asian dishes such as Thai Green Curry etc. Khazana can be defined as an upscale restaurant that serves chef-inspired Indian dishes that are redefined. The goal is to make upscale Indian dining accessible and affordable to families and young professionals and showcase the Indian dining experience to tourists and expats in a luxurious ambience. We are also offering franchising opportunity for Khazana, The Yellow Chilli and Pin Yin Café.
When I started my show on television it was the only one of its kind. Eighteen years on, Khana Khazana has become a household name in India and I have now launched my own TV channel. Managed to do so by packaging passion, dedication, energy and understanding of the consumer. Now my mission is to approach dining with the same passion and leverage our consumer insights to build world class restaurants globally.
Let me wind up with some dishes that always please me when I come home after a long stint of travelling.
Till I write again.
Sanjeev Kapoor

Just another day at work…with a touch of fun and masti!!!

The entire KKPL team
In this season of IPL, Sanjeev Kapoor’s Khana Khazana members planned up a Box Cricket Session in the office premises. “Khana Khazana Premier League (KKPL)” as it was termed, took place on May 31, 2011 where everyone decided to indulge in a cricket match in full spirits, leaving aside the work for sometime!
The office studio was transformed into a pitch where all players practiced as well before the actual matches took off. As it is rightly said, that there is a kid in each one of us, so was it experienced in KKPL – each and every member was excited as a kid to play and win.
Excellent teamwork was demonstrated by all the four teams namely ‘The Challengers’ headed by captain Rajeev Matta, ‘The TT Kings’ headed by captain Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi, ‘Khazana Knights’ headed by captain Satyaki Mukherjee and ‘PAASMA Tigers’ headed by captain Chef Anupa Das.
Match 1 was between The Challengers and Khazana Knights, of which the former team won and qualified for the finals. Match 2 was between The TT Kings and PAASMA Tigers where the latter won to play the finals against The Challengers.
The Challengers finally emerged as winners beating the PAASMA Tigers in a neck-to-neck match. The former team players no doubt played really well, but not to forget, the performances of the latter team is equally worth a mention. All the players gave a tough fight to each one of their opponents. The winning team was awarded the Khazana Hampers which consisted of various goodies.
All in all, this game of cricket, which is loved and enjoyed by one and all, ended with the right sportsmanship and just the apt mood. Each Khazana member entertained and performed with the right feel. The entire studio was filled with fun, excitement, relaxation and music. Finally, the team spirit shown by all was celebrated with coffee/tea and some yummy sandwiches!
Way to go Khazanaites!
With the summer heat pacing up, it’s time to gorge on those sinful icecreams. Here are some of them…
Till I write again.
Sanjeev Kapoor

Diwali sparklers at Khana Khazana


Decidedly a different Diwali out here! Not much veering away from the traditional celebrations of having loads to eat and fun things to do! Our HR leader Miti had many many tricks and treats up her sleeve and she let go of them one after the other!

First of all, a cookery competition with the staff being divided into teams . Theme – Innovative Diwali sweets or savouries…. There was extremely brisk activity in the kitchens with everybody trying to keep their ideas a big hushed secret! But it sure does not work in a work place like ours because everyone is very friendly…and helpful. So there were sweets and savouries set before me and does give a judge a difficult time in choosing the best? Always!

The prize was shared by two teams

Anupa Das with Tripta Bhagattjee

and

Saurabh Mishra with Priyanka Dubey

The dishes? First was the “Kesar Sandesh with Rajgira Crispies

and I also liked the innovative ‘Fête des lumières‘ made by the second winning team.

We were all thrilled to know that creativity got a new sparkle on Diwali day.

Next from Miti:

KHANA KHAZANA – DIWALI PATAKA CONTEST

It was very simple. The staff had to nominate one of the Khana Khazana Member for the following categories. Who do you think resembles the following?

Rassi Bomb: – The most Hot character in the company in attitude,looks, work and talks – They nominated me!!!

Lakshmi Bomb: – The most Indian character in the company, very close to ideal – Vaishali Nikam (from accounts department)

Phuljadi: – Someone who comes across very lively, smiling and fun person – Chef Anupa Das (her laughter is contagious)

Rocket: – A person to whom you give any challenge, he/she can take it off the ground – Dilpreet Singh Kohli (a budding chef, youngest member in the Khana Khazana family)

Bhit Bhadaka: – Toughest nut on the block, very hard in-terms of sentiments, pressure and stress – Rajeev Matta (COO – Khana Khazana)

Fauwara (Fountain): – A person you feel who has highest potential to grow in this company- Dilpreet (way to go young man!)

Zamin Chakra: – A person who is down to earth, always ready to help- Vaishali Nikam (shy and quiet Vaishali seems to be opening up)

Time Bomb: – The person who is always punctual to work, first to reach office and last to leave – Priyanka Dubey (From Accounts Team .. always on time)

See, I told you we had a lot of sparklers at work! Wishing you all a fantastic day ahead replete with lovely sounds of laughter and aromas of good food!

HAPPY DIWALI !

Sanjeev Kapoor

Happy Diwali!

I will take this space to wish you all a wonderful festival of Diwali and may this whole week will full of good food, family get together, lights and laughter!
There is a lot waiting for you on www.sanjeevkapoor.com in terms of Diwali snacks and sweets…nothing can beat the taste of nicely made home made stuff with that one extra ingredient which not even the best sweet shop in town can provide…the ingredient of love that goes into the making of special sweets and snacks by you for your loved ones.
We could go on about the benefits of having home made things but that is obvious: they are pure, economical, and hygienic. Secondly, you can plan your cooking in such a way that you could be ready with your home made goodies packed in gift hampers well before the Diwali day. Even though chocolates and dry fruits are considered more contemporary but wouldn’t you be thrilled if your sister or niece or sister in law came up to you with a box of sweets and told you, I made this especially for you! I would be very happy to know that the effort has been for me!
Best wishes from us all at Khana Khazana!
Happy Cooking
Sanjeev Kapoor

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 (www.sanjeevkapoor.com)

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

Proud to be an Indian

Ever wondered what makes Indian food so hot outside the country? And there are so many factors in play.

Take the Indian diaspora. That’s a special lot! Some years ago an Indian would settle abroad occupied as a taxi driver or a gas station attendant. Now we have our people in the IT sector big time, medical research and practicing doctors, there are space scientists too…these people might be residing in distant lands but have succeeded because of their single minded and focused hard work. This enhances the respectability of the country and of course, the awareness about Indian food goes up. As these residents crave for home cooked food specially the popular dishes like Murgh Makhni, Palak Paneer and the ubiquitous Naan there are establishments that provide them and the locals too get interested generally. There is a demand for Indian restaurants and hence they are mushrooming.

Take globalization. MNCs look at India for business. And as they set foot here and make India their base their palates get accustomed to our style of cooking. They appreciate it, in fact it is easy to get addicted to Indian food. I have noticed that among this breed the most sought after dishes are the Tandoori Chicken and Biryani. You just have to see them polishing off these delicacies and you know you have the winners. As a result over the past few years, there has been tremendous global interest in Indian cuisine and eateries.

Take tourism. With the sort of influx of tourists that our country attracts there are open channels for food likings to go out into foreign kitchens too. This is a well-accepted and simple fact that a well-traveled person knows a lot about foreign foods. Well, there are exceptions, but as you will see there is a positive aspect of these exceptions too. When our Gujaratis and Jains travel out of the country they carry their own food like Chhunda, Thepla, Aloo ki Sukhi Sabzi, Murmura Chiwda and being the ever hospitable people that they are offer them to their newly made friends in the foreign lands. Hence they qualify as messengers propagating the cause of Indian cuisine. Their diet choices are looked after by the travel companies and they in turn set up kitchens abroad. So there is a lot of Indian food being cooked out there!

Take the information era. Websites on food thrive. Our www.sanjeevkapoor.com has ninety percent of its subscribers who are not residing in India. Then we have food shows abroad and also well accepted cookery books. All this, in a slow trickle, add to the ocean of the greatness of Indian cuisine.

Take the food exports. Ready-to-cook and ready-to-eat ranges from India, be it simple home recipes of dals and vegetables, be it pickles, chutneys or snacks are in the foreign market. And the demand is growing.

Friends, Indian food abroad is no longer confined to ‘chicken tikka masala and naan’. It would surprise you to know that Indian restaurants abroad are doing spectacular business. Our experiences with Khazana and Options in Dubai are very pleasant.

It is also enlightening to know that some experimental cooking headed by a new generation of Indian Chefs abroad have created new dishes that are so good that they are appearing on menus here at home! The tastes of the customers have changed with more and more people steering away from the korma and masala dishes, eating more savoury dishes like Garlic Chicken or Rogan Josh. Ethnic is exotic, ethnic is in! Indian is hot, Indian is in!

To mark the Independence Day Celebrations we at Khana Khazana are all dressed in traditional white…looks nice and cool…so here’s wishing you a pleasant weekend with lots of good things in store!

Shaam Savera

Sundried Tomato and Spinach Naan

Tiranga Paneer Tikka

Sanjeev Kapoor

Monsoon ka magic

I was thrilled to see the enthusiastic response to the Monsoon Snack contest. I thoroughly enjoyed reading all your recipes….it was no mean task short listing only 2 winners! And while reading through good recipes, hunger pangs are bound to strike and this is what happened to me too….lovely mouth watering contributions and I think so many of you are talented chefs. So, Congrats to the winners and better luck to all of the rest for the next time.

We have just finished canning some more episodes of Khana Khazana and there are some novelties lined up for you….how to cook fast and smart, how to cook with less fat, and loads of different snacks best for tea time and as starters. I do want to tell you more but then there is no fun if the suspense is not built up. Right!

In fact, the demand for new snack recipes will live forever! I think everyone enjoys a new starter or snack for the simple reason that they add some panache to daily food of dal chawal roti sabzi. Imagine a meal with the essential four just mentioned and one exciting new snack dished up as a surprise…kids would be thrilled and so would the elders be as excitement is an important addition to the dining table. The same holds true for new desserts and one can add zest to daily meals by serving new snacks and desserts alternately.

To liven up the weekend table, here are snacks and desserts that you should try:

Stuffed Potato Shells
Pyaaz Tamatar ka Bun
Oatmeal and Buttermilk Teacakes

Have a good weekend!
Sanjeev Kapoor.