Cooking for Mom

Tucked up whole day in office today with a series of meetings, restaurant updates and some telephonic interviews.

Yesterday we had some special demonstrations for Wonderchef during the first part of the day.Finished and went home as we had special guests over for high tea! About thirty of Mom’s senior citizen friends came over (well it was a planned evening) as they wanted to have a chit chat with me! We had quite an interactive session with a lot of recipe swapping. I had decided the menu before hand with close consultation of my mother and we served the popular favourites like kulche chole, bhel puri, sev puri, khandvi, dahi bhalle and phirni. I admit that Alyona’s khandvi turns out better than mine and the dahi bhalle (with stuffing ) that my mother makes I cannot copy! So all my cooking prowess was put to test making the other items. One lady was quite enthusiastic about different flavours of phirni and we had a long discussion about that. She came up with the contention that if ice creams can be available in so many flavours then why not Indian desserts! So her ideas are of orange phirni, chocolate kheer ( I have made chocolate phirni, fruit kheer, chocolate shrikhand), gulab jamuns in strawberry juice….This does get one down to thinking!

As some Til Poli is coming off the tawa in the kitchen, in readiness for a perfected recipe for you, time for me to go check it out at lunch!

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.

Cooking for Mom

Tucked up whole day in office today with a series of meetings, restaurant updates and some telephonic interviews.

Yesterday we had some special demonstrations for Wonderchef during the first part of the day. Finished and went home as we had special guests over for high tea! About thirty of Mom’s senior citizen friends came over (well it was a planned evening) as they wanted to have a chit chat with me! We had quite an interactive session with a lot of recipe swapping. I had decided the menu before hand with close consultation of my mother and we served the popular favourites like kulche chole, bhel puri, sev puri, khandvi, dahi bhalle and phirni. I admit that Alyona’s khandvi turns out better than mine and the dahi bhalle (with stuffing ) that my mother makes I cannot copy! So all my cooking prowess was put to test making the other items. One lady was quite enthusiastic about different flavours of phirni and we had a long discussion about that. She came up with the contention that if ice creams can be available in so many flavours then why not Indian desserts! So her ideas are of orange phirni, chocolate kheer ( I have made chocolate phirni, fruit kheer, chocolate shrikhand), gulab jamuns in strawberry juice….This does get one down to thinking!

As some Til Poli is coming off the tawa in the kitchen, in readiness for a perfected recipe for you, time for me to go check it out at lunch!

Till I write again.

Sanjeev Kapoor