Let's see what conversation I had with her-
Me: Pratibhaji, how did you think of taking part in Masterchef?
Pratibha: My children pushed me into it actually. I used to see the earlier seasons of Masterchef but they all included non vegetarian dishes. Since I am a vegetarian I don't prepare non-vegetarian food. This season was a vegetarian season and as soon as my kids came to know about it, they urged me to participate! I still remember I gave my audition on 6th of November,2014.
|Pratibha Kochar With Chef Vikas Khanna|
Me: Have you always loved cooking? Who is your inspiration when it comes to cooking?
Pratibha: Yes I have always had an inclination towards cooking. Before marriage, my mother and sister were my inspiration. After I got married, my son is my inspiration! He always wants something different to eat. So this motivates me to explore cooking and try out different things!
Me: Any special memory related to Masterchef?
Pratibha: Well there are so many memories! Can't name anything specific!
Me: What did you learn after being a part of the reality show?
Pratibha: Well remember once, we were given a task and I was the captain. Our dish messed up but fortunately I had already thought of a back up plan so we won the task. It was then that I realized having a back up plan is very important in life.
I also learnt that presentation of the food is very important.
We had gone to Dubai too during the show. I realised people all over the world stereotype Indian food only in terms of 'roti-sabzi'or just Punjabi food.
Me: I have heard you conduct your own cooking classes?
Pratibha: Yes, since the last four years. People wanted to learn from me since they liked what I cooked and that's how it all started.
Me: Pratibhaji, any recipe you would like to share with us?
Pratibha: Yes why not!
MEXICAN GOLDEN BAGS WITH ROSEMARY TWIST.
1 cup makka aata (Corn Flour)
Salt to taste
2 tabs oil
½ ts rosemary
½ ts oregano
Water as required
Mix all the ingredients and make a dough. Give it rest of 10 minutes , then make small balls and roll it thin. Stuff with baby corn masala and pack it like a potly (bag/pouch). Fry it in medium hot oil.
Recipe for Baby corn masala
1 cup baby corn slice
1ts green chilly chopped
1 ts ginger fine chopped
½ ts red chilly powder
1 tbs oil
1 ts cumin powder
Pinch of hing (Asafoetida)
1 tbs coriander fine chopped
Heat the oil in the pan then add green chilly and ginger, cook for 2 min. After that add corn and all the dry spices and stir it well. Cook it till corn gets soft. Remove from the heat and add coriander in it.
There your recipe is ready! Serve with tomato sauce and cheese sauce .