Saffola Masala Oats Healthy Living – An Afternoon With Masterchef Vikas Khanna
“Healthy food that is unbelievably tasty!“. Sounds like the holy grail of food and dining which if incorporated into our daily lives can make us feel young, full of life and disease free. Believe it or not most of the common ailments in the human body are caused due to incorrect dietary habits. At the other end of the spectrum those six-pack abs that make you stare at the person in awe are also a result of a strict diet regime which accounts for 70% of the ripped look.
To spread this ideology around, Saffola the well-known Indian consumer brand known for preventive heart-care, cholesterol management and healthy living organized a special event to launch its range of Oats based products. Based on the theme “The Other Side – The Untold Story about healthy food…“, the event was led by world-renowned Michelin Star winner Masterchef Vikas Khanna.
Great turnout of food enthusiasts at the #SaffolaMasalaOats 'The Other Side'. In the middle of making healthy Tindas interesting and tasty
— Vikas Khanna (@TheVikasKhanna) June 8, 2013
Masterchef Vikas Khanna who is among the top rated chefs in the United States and has cooked for the likes of Barack Obama became a popular face in India after appearing as a judge for the second edition of Masterchef India. The journey of his life from a small village in Punjab to an award winning chef and successful food entrepreneur in the US is truly inspirational. Yet, as many people who have interacted with him will claim, Mr. Khanna is an extremely humble and likable person. A trait that is rarely found in successful people, particularly famous celebrities.
Post a quick introduction and description of his life-journey, Masterchef Vikas Khanna started the event by taking on the challenge of making tasty dishes out of commonly hated vegetables like Tinda (Indian Baby Pumpkin) and Brinjal. Tinda, a common Indian vegetable that is despised by kids was converted into a beautiful and tasty dish by Chef Vikas as he stuffed cottage cheese into them. Ms. Varsha, a member of the GlobalMasala team attending the event noticed the fact that the dish was made without the vegetable skin being removed, an approach that most Indian housewives don’t follow. Her question to the chef on this brought out the fact that the Tinda skin has several nutritional qualities, therefore a dish served with the peel on is very healthy. Unfortunately, for Masterchef Vikas Khanna his recipe was later criticized by Ms. Varsha when she got a chance to taste it.
“Ismein namak zayda hain“, (there is too much salt in this dish) is a comment that Mr. Khanna would never expect to hear from an average housewife. But when it came out, it was treated by a huge roar of laughter by the chef and the entire audience in attendance. Immediately, Ms. Varsha became the chef’s favorite as he admired her frank attitude and evolved palate.
The second half of the day’s event involved a Masterchef style cooking challenge between the contestants who were selected on the basis of a quiz competition. 12 individuals who gave the right answers to Masterchef Vikas Khanna’s questions were divided into two groups of six and asked to cook a dish using Saffola Masala Oats as the key ingredient in 20 minutes. Similar to what one sees in the Masterchef cooking shows in various countries, the final outcome resulted in a few spectacular dishes and few ordinary one’s. Two dishes in particular stood out, a mini pizza made out of an oatmeal based dough and an Oat upma served beautifully in two hollowed out capsicums.
Fortunately for us, the much appreciated Oat Upma was made by none other than Ms. Varsha resulting in our winning a bountiful of gifts from the sponsors. Khanna Sutra, Vikas Khanna’s book of recipes was one of the prizes received and we look forward to sharing some of the recipes in the book on GlobalMasala.
Greatly inspired by the event, kind words and praise of Masterchef Vikas Khanna our team of culinary experts decided to cook up another unique dish using Saffola Masala Oats.
Saffola Masala Oats Vegetable Cutlets
- Two carrots
- 100 gram green beans, One onion, One cup green peas
- Three boiled potatoes, 50 gram cottage cheese (Paneer)
- Two Green Chillis
- Two packets of Saffola Masala Oats Tomato
- Rice Bran Oil for shallow frying
- Salt and Pepper to taste. Note that Saffola Masala Oats already have salt in them
- Finely dice the carrots, beans and onions
- Boil the carrots, beans and peas
- Mash the boiled potatoes
- Mix all the vegetables, viz. chopped carrots, beans, onions, peas and potatoes and then mash them up together nicely
- Mash the cottage cheese and mix it in the above mixture. Now add two packets of Saffola Masala Oats so that a dough is formed which can be molded into any desired shape
- Make cutlet, burger patty sized molds and shallow fry them with rice bran oil on a non-stick pan. Fry them till they turn golden brown
Saffola Masala Oats Vegetable cutlets are now ready. They can be served with ketchup or chutney as a light snack. Alternatively, they can also be served as a burger with cucumbers and tomatoes as a light meal or heavy snack.
Have you tried cooking with Saffola Masala Oats? Try our recipe and do let us know how it turned out for you by leaving a comment.