Host and chef: Gurdip Punjj
Zee Khana Khazana, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday,
1 pm & 9 pm
Are you a foodie, who’s quite a disaster in the kitchen? Then here’s your chance to get the basics right with Zee Khana Khazana’s ABC – All ‘Bout Cooking.
Hosted by television actress, Gurdip Punjj, who’s now made a place for herself as a celebrity chef on Zee Khana Khazana, ABC is her second food show after Bachha Party. It’s interesting how she really goes down to the basics with her choice of ingredients and recipes.
Each episode takes on an ingredient and rustles up three recipes around it. It’s not surprising that the show begins with Mr Congeniality of vegetables — Potato. A vegetable that has an impeccable track record as a team player as well as on its own. Punjj makes a good first impression in the choice of her three recipes that she rustles up around this versatile vegetable — Mashed Potato, Aloo Poha Tikki and Aloo Shimla Mirch. The brownie points go for the choice of the first and last dish, which are the basic must-knows for all aspiring chefs. The Aloo Poha Tikki gives that touch of novelty, but somehow the use of maida, instead of corn flour or rice flour as a binding agent is jarring. ‘Aren’t we supposed be health conscious too?’ is the question that keeps cropping in one’s mind.
Punjj impresses even more with the second episode, which centres around the most friendly and smooth pate among food items. No, it’s not Agatha Christie’s egg-head Poirot, but the egg itself. The television actress turned celeb chef knows her cooking alright, and her choice of ingredients for teaching basics of cooking confirms it. Like potato, egg is versatile and creates magic — on its own or as a team player. Besides, it’s also a source of vitamins. Punjj’s selection of three recipes for this ingredient is also impressive — Egg Mayo, Poached Egg and Scrambled Egg. Making Poached Egg is almost like an art abroad, for an Indian chef to actually broach the topic is commendable. Punjj scores majorly on the selection of Poached Egg, which is again a must-learn for any aspiring chef. Honestly, the Scrambled Egg could have been better. Somehow, I just couldn’t help but think of the Parsis, who rustle up exquisite dishes with the egg, including a basic thing as Scrambled Egg. One of the most fascinating things they do is whisk the egg with ghee in it, and then scramble it in a heated pan. The result: soft and fluffy scramble that you can lightly season with black pepper. Simple!
But then we have to return to Punjj, who hits the right note with her show and easy cooking. Just wish, she’d stop using that Bachha Party tone. Aspiring cooks watching your show are not exactly attending kindergarten classes, you know. Not even if they were prodigy cooks.
Verdict: Want to cook? ABC is a good place to begin with.