Maha Challenge events in Delhi, Noida, Surat and Mumbai Also Khazana launch in Kuwait

The SK Kitchen shoot is over! Before the roadshows for the FoodFood Maha Challenge begin from May 6, I have one or two things to wind up here: shoot for Sleek Kitchens new campaign as I have recently signed up with them and tomorrow I will be shooting recipes for Gas Oven Tandoor and Diamond Pans of Wonderchef.

Friday onwards back to the Maha Challenge work. Events are happening in four places in the span of 5 days and there is loads of activity in my channel office. So here is the schedule of the FoodFood Maha Challenge:

  • May 6 – Delhi, 11.30 am onwards at Pacific Mall, Tagore Garden, Main Najafgarh Road.
  • May 6 – Noida, 4.30 onwards at Great India Place, International Recreation Parks Pvt Ltd, Plot No A-2, Sector-38-A.
  • May 9 – Surat, 2.30 pm onwards at Iscon Mall Management, Opp.Rajhans Theater, Dumas Road, Piplod.
  • May 10- Mumbai, 2.30 pm onwards at Oberoi Garden City, Off Western Express Highway, Dindoshi, Goregaon (E).

In between I will be flying down to Kuwait for one day May 7 to launch the Khazana range in Lulu Hypermarket’s Food Festival in Shuwaikh. I will be demonstrating four-five recipes using the Khazana range – this would be more like a live demo-cum-interactive session with audience and press. The manufacturer of the Khazana range in India, Greenbowl Foods Pvt Ltd is playing the instrumental role in this venture. It will be imported by Alghanim Sons Group and distributed in Kuwait by Union Trading Company WLL.

There is more news. There is excitement about the launch of Khazana Restaurant in a Spanish-owned urban resort in Dubai. And also my visit to US is still being remembered and I have some links for you to read up:

India’s Super ChefSanjeev Kapoor Takes on America

Top 5 most-viewed Washington Post recipes for April

As always I would like to pen off with some recipe suggestions till we connect again.

Mango is here finally- so enjoy!

Mango Margarita

Ripe Mango Kadhi

Barbequed Mango Chicken

Till I write again

Sanjeev Kapoor.

Konkan food – a blend of three cuisines

Konkan cuisine is an interesting amalgamation of all food traditional: be it from Malvan, Goa or Mangalore. In keeping with the distinctive type of cuisine in each of these areas there is a plethora of flavors that can be played around with. Each household has its own variation of the same recipe hence the repertoire increases.
Malvan food is known for its fish preparations. What distinguishes Malvani fish curries is not just the variety of gravies but also the variety of recipes for the same kind of fish made by a dazzling permutation and combination of spices and ingredients and dry-to-wet cooking styles. For a good recipe read Malwani Fish Curry.

Goans traditionally use a lot of vinegar or toddy in their spicy dishes. Toddy is locally brewed palm vinegar. Garlic is another favourite. Goans believe in preparing everything freshly from raw ingredients, they believe it tastes much better that way. While that may be debated in some circles, one cannot dispute the outcome is usually mouth watering! Goans make the best crab preparations. Being a former Portuguese colony, Goan cuisine encompasses Portuguese dishes but is also characterized by strong flavors and tropical notes such as lots of coconut. It also makes exuberant use of many new ingredients such as cashewnuts that first entered India through the port of Goa. The long period of Portuguese rule, besides that of the Muslim and Hindu kingdoms, has left an indelible influence on the original style of Goan cooking and this has led to an exotic mix of truly tasty and spicy cuisine.
Mangalorean cooking is unique in the way the spices are used to enhance the taste and the flavor. When fresh coconut, chillies and various combinations of spices are ground the result can be described with only one word – culinary magic! The people of this region are fond of variety and therefore have perfected the art of improvising and coming out with a veritable repertoire of perfectly cooked food.
Another community that has now adopted Karnataka is the Saraswat Brahmins. Having coursed through various lands the Saraswats have a unique cuisine. They make use of practically every vegetable so much so that even the skins and seeds of many vegetables that most others discard, are used effectively in different chutneys. Even fresh fruits like mangoes and jackfruit are used in a variety of dishes both sweet and savoury. Among their vast repertoire Batata Humman and Mango Sasam have to be mentioned.

Mango is king, tips to remain cool

Spent a good part of the day commuting to and fro Pune. Attended the Mango Fiesta at TYC Pune. The dishes are intriguing and you can have your fill of great new recipes with mangoes there (it is located at Lifestyle, Koregaon Park). I love this juicy king of the fruits and also know that they are enriched with vitamin A that is good for eyesight and also improves formation of healthy epithelium so that you keep away common infections. Enjoy the ripe ones as dessert, pickle the raw ones and better still boil a few raw mangoes, dilute the pulp with aqua, add a pinch or two of roasted cumin powder and black salt and cool down with a glass of chilled panna which will give the colas a run for their money. Our health gurus say with every mango you eat, drink a glassful of milk. Mango has sugars but no protein. Milk has the latter but not the former. So why not combine them, yeah, a mango milkshake is the best, for it will give your body the best nourishment for the summer.

It is also the gourd season. It is the time to bring home the pethas, laukis and tindas. They are fresh produce with high water content and if made the right way, make lunch and dinner substantial with curd and chapatis. Throw in a few cucumbers too as they are refreshing and cooling. Have them in a sandwich for breakfast, have them cut as batons for mid-morning munchies, have them in the raita for lunch…apply some cucumber juice on your face as a natural bleach and toner, place slices of it on your eyes to provide coolness. Wow, that’s a long list.

Recipes for summer could include Manpasand Lauki, Aam ka Panna and Cucumber Koshimbir.

More updates from Singapore later in the week.

Till I write again
Sanjeev Kapoor.

Phir Jeet Gaye!!!

Spice routers are on a winning spree! Yesterday we beat Paymate and now we are in the semi finals to be played on May 15. Paymate put up 39 runs with Dilpreet from our team taking two wickets, Swapnil and Jahid taking one each. Our turn to bat and we did 40 with 5 balls remaining….Shashi a strong innings of 23 and Jahid 8 runs. I thoroughly enjoyed giving the running commentary! I didn’t know it was so much fun!

I see the Spice Routers totally restless and raring to go for it on the 15th! Well, there are a few days to wait….and work to do! For me, lots to wind up before I leave with family for Singapore. Attending the Mango Fiesta at the Pune TYC on Wednesday.

As the mood is already veering toward the Orient, why not cook up some easy oriental recipes right now, right here!

Chicken satay
Sizzling Singapore Chilli Bean Curd
Green papaya salad

Till I write again.
Sanjeev Kapoor.

No time for working out!

A few days of work in Mumbai and then off to Bahrain and Riyadh coming weekend – Saturdays and Sundays incidentally do entail work hours that side of the world! Such is the usage of time in different parts of the world but all of us, from Iceland to New Zealand, have only 24 hours a day to use.

No wonder that we get to hear of ‘time’ deficiency! We do know about vitamin and mineral deficiency, iron and calcium deficiency but just as bad is time deficiency – a malady that most of us suffer from universally! The first symptom is a body shape that looks far from ideal. Workouts and good diets are the only answer to this problem but there is no time for working out! Somehow we all have very little free time and whatever we do have it is usually spent for a good, decent rest or watching TV! Well, what’s wrong in this, you might say, but there is one aspect which is totally ignored, health.

Fact is that the responsibilities of life seem to multiply with each advancing year. As a result, responsibilities to ourselves (health maintenance activities, such as exercise and balanced eating) get pushed off the schedule. Unhealthy changes in lifestyle take a toll on self-esteem, body image and energy level. So the question is, how can healthy eating and exercise be incorporated into your day without interfering with your busy schedule?

Fortunately, adopting a healthier eating style that emphasizes vegetables, fruit, low-fat dairy, lean proteins and whole grains does not require hours of preparation in the kitchen. You can pick up a variety of healthy foods and meals that require little to no preparation. Paying more attention to what is on your plate and ultimately cutting back on portion sizes is one specific doable step that will help you to get back to healthy eating and better physique. Do try to slip in informal exercise, such as the activities listed below, into your day:

• Set the alarm 10 minutes earlier and wake up with stretching.
• Climb at least some of the stairs instead of waiting for the elevator.
• Take a walk around the office whenever you leave your desk for a bathroom or beverage break.
• Take a walk to a coworker’s desk instead of calling or sending an e-mail.
• Multitask by reading or doing research while walking on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike.
• Use a little extra effort and motion in the chores you do around the house in order to use more calories.
• Get off the train or bus one stop early or park your car a little further away from home/stores, to get in some walking.
• Stop using the remote control and get up to change the T.V. channel.

Now you would expect some suggestions for healthy recipes too! Well we had a nice Roasted Garlic and Burnt Garlic Soup followed by Panfried Herbed Fish with Tossed Vegetables for a working lunch today. Fresh juicy mango cubes were dessert.

That gets me to mangoes….why not try these recipes out? Ripe Mango Kadhi,
Prawn and Mango Stir Fry, Mango Sasam.

Till I write again
Sanjeev Kapoor.

Hello from Dubai

Hi. Lots of cooking here at the Zee Dubai Mega Mela! Made some Prawns in Chilli Kokum Sauce with lots of coconut, Chicken with smoky flavour, Shrikhand with a fruit compote and a very easy Caramel Bhapa Doi. Giving a live demonstration is a lot of fun because you can actually see the excitement that the viewer feels seeing the food being cooked. And the aromas….they do whet the appetite and it is generally a happy atmosphere as the love for food and cooking is a binding factor between me and the audience. I am thoroughly enjoying myself. Tomorrow have some other dishes lined up. has some delicious Easter goodies lined up for you. Hot Cross Buns and Apple Muffins make lovely gift baskets and my favorite Chicken and Prawn Laksa with Garlic Bread has been uploaded for you.

As summer vacations are also closing in, so are plans being made for our annual family trip. And as you would all know, there is always SO much to do before a holiday and then SO much to do after a holiday! I have tried to remain organized and be on top of things but, believe me, all work and no play is not what the doctors advise! You plan a short break during these summer months and come back to work refreshed. This is what doctors do advise. Summer months and kids at home also mean more cooking and time spent in the kitchen at home. So the lady of the house also needs a break…don’t you agree? We have lined up some vacation food features and recipes that kids can cook in the coming weeks. Of course, mango is on the threshold, well it is here but the fruits are not so sweet yet, so mango mood is going to dominate too in the days to come!
Before I pen off, my promised recipes for a lovely long weekend for you:

Baked Egg and Rice , Sichuan Kimchi Rice and of course, the easiest sweet dish, Bhapa Doi.

Catch you on Monday.
Sanjeev Kapoor.

Gudi Padwa greetings, look for the sunrays

As we recover from a long weekend, most of you would already be looking out for a holiday for Gudi Padwa on Tuesday. As a foodie would say it is ‘goodie Padwa’ with the traditional sweets and savouries marking the festivities. I am sure many new homes, many new cars would be brightening up many families on this occasion. Check out our suggestions for Gudi Padwa eats on There are also some special shopping offers for the day.

I had promised you some summer eating tips. Well, let me ask you what’s the most difficult thing about summer? For me it is getting up early in the morning! But mind you the mornings are pleasant and you must make use of the fresh breeze. How? Take a morning walk, jog! Take deep breaths while you do so. Till the monsoons come, I think a morning walk is a good exercise.

Now for the most important meal of the day! Yes, you know I am going to talk about breakfast! You get up. Some switch off an air conditioner. Some rush out to see if the sun is a wee bit paler. No? As we begin to freshen up and begin the day, the body silently craves for some fuel – breakfast! Yes, we have to break the night long fast with food . I suggest: a tall glass of a fresh fruit smoothie. Why the golden nuggets, called mangoes by most, do very well in milk and ice whizzed. Oh, still not in season (the ones that are visible are artificially ripened, cost exorbitant and are of a variety I call No Flavour)! Ditto for bananas, that is make a smoothie of them. That’s half a stomach smiling by now. The rest can accommodate a sandwich made with the healthier whole wheat bread, a slice of cheese as protein is petrol for you, maybe a sliver of fresh pineapple and a sprinkling of pepper. If you’re into desi food, an idli, plain or glorified with mustard and dal, is good stuff for that half stomach. Or upma? For me, personally the last is not the least as aloo paranthas and omelettes are reserved for cooler months.

Now that I have got you going for the day with a walk and a breakfast, I think you are equipped to live through a summer day. I am going to do the same and tackle work with renewed efforts.
Breakfast menu: Kanchipuram Idlis, Grilled Sprout Sandwich, Vegetable Juice.

Till I write again
Sanjeev Kapoor.