TV actress Gurdeep Punjj shares her recipe for 'Eek Ka Paratha'

Mar 16, 2014, 07:15 IST | Rinky Kumar

Gurdeep Punjj, who hosts ABC — All 'Bout Cooking on Zee Khana Khazana, explains the virtues of simple, healthy homemade food

Are you one of those who love to eat but dread the thought of stepping into the kitchen to rustle up a meal? Or do you firmly believe that anything tasty is always complicated to make? Gurdeep Punjj, a popular face on the small screen, tries to debunk such myths in her new show ABC — All ’Bout Cooking on Zee Khana Khazana. 

Gurdeep Punjj
Gurdeep Punjj on her show ABC — All 'Bout Cooking. 

In each episode, she takes an ingredient and then prepares three dishes with it. The recipes are easy to make and can be prepared in a jiffy. She explains, “Despite a plethora of recipes available on the Internet, many professionals are not too eager to cook and stay away from the kitchen. The show is aimed to create an interest among such people to learn cooking and prepare healthy, home-style food. So our focus is on sabzis, dals, starters and
sweet dishes.”

Punjj says that her love for cooking comes in handy while hosting the show. “I’m quite familiar with the ingredients and am actively involved in the back kitchen while brainstorming with my chef about which recipes to feature on the show. For instance, I had tasted Gobi Musallam earlier and really liked it. But it is considered as a difficult dish to cook. So I thought why don’t we feature it on the show.”

At home, she likes to rustle up healthy meals using less oil and enjoys making desserts. “I try to make healthy cheesecakes and replace flour with wheat when it comes to pastas and noodles. On this show, we have replaced sugar with sugarcane juice in a couple of recipes as the latter is a much healthier option,” she adds.

Eek Ka Paratha (Paratha with sugarcane juice)

For the dough
>> ½ cup millet (bajra) flour
>> 4-5 tsp sugarcane juice
>> Salt to taste

Eek Ka Paratha

For the filling
>> 3-4 tbsp boiled and mashed sweet potato
z 1 tsp finely chopped green chillies
>> 1 tsp finely chopped mint leaves
>> 1 tsp finely chopped coriander leaves
>> 2-3 tsp finely chopped onions
>> ½ tsp red chilli powder
>> ½ tsp chat masala
>> ½ tsp desi ghee
>> Salt to taste

For the garnish
>> Curd
>> Mint leaves

>> In a bowl, add the flour, sugarcane juice, salt and make a dough out of it
>> In another bowl, add the sweet potato, green chillies, mint leaves, coriander leaves, onions, salt, red chilli powder and chat masala and mix it well.
>> Take some dough, fill in some mixture into it and roll into parathas
>> In a pan, add ghee and cook the paratha.
>> Serve the dish with curd and mint leaves

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