5 December, 2016
Goodness Ki Shuruaat and Jhat Pat Khaana with Tata Sampann Masala’s
A lot of us have already seen the advertisement starring the legendary Chef who needs no introduction in the culinary world, Chef Sanjeev Kapoor where he talks about Tata Sampann products. Their claim that these products like dals, besan, spices, etc are unpolished, wholesome along with all their natural oils intact is backed by Chef Sanjeev Kapoor. So, when I received a few samples to try out some of their products & experience the ease of cooking first hand, I was quite interested to find out whether their claim is true & I am happy to say it indeed is!
All their spices have the natural spice oils which added another level of taste & aroma to your dish making it even more healthy & delicious. Most often the natural oils that exist in every spice is extracted out of the whole spices simply leaving the SPENT masala’s. Doing this hampers the overall quality of the spice as well as affect the taste of your dish. Tata Sampann Masala’s are made from 100% UN-SPENT Masalas retaining the natural oils & aroma.
I got hold of 5 packets of their spices including ready spice mixes; namely the turmeric powder & chilli powder from the regular spices that is used in every other Indian dish and the ready spice mixes of Dal Tadka Masala, Paneer Masala & Chole Masala. While I tried my hands-on packets that had 5 packets of the ready spice mixes in the box, it is also available in the form of a box with 10 spice mix packets as well as a spice mix for Rs. 10/-. These are quite economical because you have a tasty & restaurant quality dish ready in no time. I tried making Chole Masala & the Paneer Masala using the ready spice mix & was very happy with the result.
Both the dishes turn out to be so quick, hassle free, comforting & yet bring back memories of different occasions. The Punjabi Chole reminds me of indulging in a bowl full of chole with hot kulcha at some dhaba in Amritsar while the Paneer Masala reminds me of my mom trying to teach me how to cook it from scratch memorising all the masalas for the 1st time. Even a simple dish cooked with their basic masala’s lift the flavour thanks to the goodness of the natural oils in spices being intact. With the introduction of Tata Sampann Masala’s it is definitely a journey of hassle free cooking & #GoodnessKiShuruaat.
The spice box has clear instructions given to make the dish & it basically involves ingredients that are readily available & yet it gives you a restaurant quality dish. I had the Chole Masala with hot puri’s & it was finger licking good. The only aspect where one needs to be careful as the instructions mention to add the whole spice mix but it would be better if one adds it as per taste. The reason I mention that as I tried making the Paneer Masala exactly as per the instructions but it resulted in a very spicy dish, thus one needs to keep that in mind as well. The ready spices are perfect when you are short on time & want to experience the ease of cooking & have a wholesome meal to dive into. Off course you can use the same spice mixes & give it your own spin by turning it into a lavish biryani/pulao or have a kebeb party using the spice mix as a base for your marination.
For your convenience, I am even mentioning the two recipes so you know how convenient it is to use these ready spice mixes.
Recipe for Paneer Masala
- Saute 3 medium finely chopped onion in 3tbsp oil for 8-10minutes. Add 1 tbsp of ginger-garlic paste & saute for another 2-3 minutes.
- Add 1 cup of chopped tomatoes & cook till it turns pulpy & mashed up. Now add 2 capsicum, 1 onion & 1 tomato all cut into quarters & saute.
- Add 1 sachet of Paneer Masala (or half if you like it less spicy), 1 cup water, salt & mix well.
- Add 200gms Paneer, 1 tbsp butter, 1 tbsp fresh cream & cook for 2 minutes. Garnish with chopped coriander & serve hot with roti.
Recipe for Punjabi Chole Masala
- Pressure cook 1 cup of overnight soaked chickpeas & reserve the cooking liquid.
- Saute 3 finely chopped onions in 2 tbsps ghee/refined oil & add 2tbsps ginger-garlic paste, ½ cup tomato puree & saute for 3-4 minutes.
- Add 1 sachet of Punjabi chole masala & mix well. Now add the boiled chickpeas along with the reserved cooking liquid, salt & 2 slit green chillies.
- Mix well, cover & cook for 5-7 minutes. Garnish with coriander & serve hot.
Even though I still haven’t used the Dal Tadka Masala, I did check out the turmeric powder & the chilli powder & I must say, there aren’t any artificial colours & the natural fragrance is great as well. These ready spice mixes are quite handy during those rush cooking times & the meal gets polished off by the entire family in no time. I am looking forward to picking their Meat Masala & Chicken Masala during my next grocery market run.