From Masterchef to Tadka Mar Ke, Chef Shipra Khanna takes us through her culinary journey

While her portfolio is rife with accolades from Masterchef to cookbooks and more, Chef Shipra’s just getting started; now back with Tadka Mar Ke
A firm believer in dispelling the notion of women only cooking at home, chef shipra khanna busted the myth by snagging the masterchef india title
A firm believer in dispelling the notion of women only cooking at home, Chef Shipra Khanna busted the myth by snagging the Masterchef India title

A cursory glance of Chef Shipra Khanna’s career highlights will tell you all you need to know about her culinary highlights. From her sworn love for desserts to her deft skills with fusion food, she’s an immediate standout on India’s gastronomic scene.

Given her instrumental contribution to putting India on the global food map and obvious aptitude for travelling and food experiments, she was a no-brainer to host Tata Sky’s Tadka Mar Ke.

Elaborating a little, Chef Shipra says, “Tadka Mar ke, as the name suggests is Travel & Food ka Tadka together! It’s a show for people who love to travel and eat and are open to trying new restaurants. This season has been shot in Uttarakhand in cities of Haridwar, Rishikesh, Dehradun, Mansoori; where to go when you’re there, and what all options you can find to eat /classic and fusion restaurants. The show has everything that one would require once in Uttarakhand and that’s what makes the show so interesting and different!”

With the pandemic ebbing and flowing for nearly two years now, travel has taken on an ‘at your own risk’ aura. That being said, Tadka Mar Ke allows Chef Shipra to bring flavours of different cities to your home. Through exploring different cities and discovering their unique culture and hidden delicacies, she pays tribute to the best with her own spin on classics. The result? A curation of some amazing delicacies like Kandali ka saag, Gahat soup, Aloo ke Gutke, and so many more!

Chef shipra's tryst with cooking began at the age of 9, culminating in winning masterchef india at the age of 29. She's gone on to author cookbooks, open restaurants and now host her latest cooking show tadka mar ke, amongst several accolades. Image: shutterstock
Chef Shipra’s tryst with cooking began at the age of 9, culminating in winning Masterchef India at the age of 29. She’s gone on to author cookbooks, open restaurants and now host her latest cooking show Tadka Mar Ke, amongst several accolades. Image: Shutterstock

On a show that seeks to explore and inform viewers about the best food joints across Uttarakhand, there’s sure to have been a lot of delicious moments. Highlighting her favourite, Chef Shipra says, “Tadka Mar Ke was full of amazing moments. One of the best moments I recall was in Haridwar. The ghat was so gorgeous during the Ganga Aarti [that] we were all were in another world at that time. After which, we went to a dhaba near by and ate poori and aloo as well as kachori and halwa which is really popular there and is a part of the episode as well. It was a complete bliss moment for all of us!”

While the chef is now synonymous with Indian fusion and indulgent desserts, it wasn’t an easy road to success. During her stint on Masterchef, she was inspiringly upfront about an iunfortunate marriage, and the show being a saving grace. Post winning the title, she’s authored several notable books, owns restaurants in Ahmedabad and Delhi, has several titles and accolades to her name and has also gone on to star on other major cooking shows. 

At the heart of it all, however, the woman dubbed as ‘the most glamourous chef of India’ still believes in cooking and feeding people from the heart. With Indian food and flavours ranking high on her preferred cuisines, it’s the humble thali that takes the cake for Chef Shipra. No matter what the state, it’s the convergence of several flavours that make the thali a go-to for the chef.

A bunch of exotic travels and culinary adventures later, it's still the indian thali that takes the cake for chef shipra khanna. Image: unsplash
A bunch of exotic travels and culinary adventures later, it’s still the Indian thali that takes the cake for Chef Shipra Khanna. Image: Unsplash

The charm of Chef Shipra’s food lies in her ability to transform simple ingredients into complex dishes that can still be recreated at home. With Tadka Mar Ke, not only has she provided viewers with a guide to food spots when travelling is safe again, but also the opportunity to recreate these delicacies at home with their families. 

One can’t speak of Chef Shipra Khanna without speaking of her obsession and unbelievable magic with desserts. It comes as no surprise that for her signature dish, she picks a dessert, the Garam Masala Carrot Cake with Mascarpone Cheese and Berry compote, to be precise. 

It’s perhaps fitting then, that her yam mousse with apple compote and caramelised lotus stem chips won her the Masterchef apron and kickstarted her culinary journey. With a healthy attitude towards both life and food, it’s going to be an exciting wait for what she has in store next!  

Yam Mousse

Ingredients 

  • 300 gm purple yam
  • 200 gm heavy cream
  • 125 gm milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 3 tbsp honey 

For the topping

  • 2 apples chopped
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar

For garnish

  • Fried lotus stem chips

Method

  • Boil yam until soft and mash it until smooth.
  • Heat cream in a saucepan.
  • Add the mashed yam to it along with vanilla essence and honey. Let it boil for 3-4 minutes.
  • Meanwhile in a pan combine apples, sugar lemon juice and flax seeds. Let the liquid evaporate and keep aside.
  • Transfer the yam mix after cooling at room temperature into serving cups.
  • Add apple sauce on top and garnish with lotus stem chips.
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