Cuisine Cuisine of Vikas Khanna
If you don't know him, don't worry you will soon. Right here Right now ! He is the HOT looking chef from New York who is already making waves in the Industry. His home was Amritsar in India. He came to this country just 5 years ago and has made quite a gathering of friends and colleagues.
His dedicated team along with his passion for cooking, creating, sharing and most importantly giving back to the community has gained him admiration by his peers and a huge fan base.
He is a consultant for TAMARIND in Manhattan. He loves to keep fit and runs every morning. When I spoke to him he said that he want to show the world that Indian food is healthy and not fattening ! :)
Even with his busy schedule he finds the time to give back to the community. SAKIV is a non-profit foundation founded by Vikas. SAKIV sponsors eye camps: which include educational lectures by some of the most accomplished eye doctors, free vision tests, and free operations.
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Read all about him. Here are the categories.Career
Tell us how your interest in cooking started and at what age?
My interest in cooking began at the age of 6 when I was in the kitchen learning everything that my grandmother cooked right from making tadkas, rotis and creating my own version of every recipe. Top
Who were the biggest inspirations for your career?
Chef Imtiaz Qureshi from Maurya Sheraton in 1994 gave me a new insight into Indian cuisine and its global potential. Now, working in New York with chefs from around the world has broadened my cooking techniques and usage of ingredients. Top
What do you enjoy most about being recognized as gifted Indian culinary artist?
Expressing myself with food, representing our vast culture and introducing people to it. Top
What has been your greatest success?
Using food as a central force for bringing people together from all around the world in an effort to raise awareness and funds for many global issues. Top
What was - if ever your biggest setback?
My eye accident which made me even more aware of the existence of aromas and taste of food, which helped me create “Vision of Palate – classes educating visually impaired people about the flavors of food” Top
What have you done right that has made your career such a success and brought you recognition, media attention, and awards?
Its very important to find your passion and then follow it with your heart, creativity, and persistence. Top
My favorite WÜSHTOF knife that was awarded to me by James Beard Foundation.
What are your favorite kitchen gadgets? Why?
I still love using traditional stone mortar and pestle. It really brings out the deeper flavors of blends.
What are some of the skills that help all cooks/chefs succeed?
I always say this in my cooking classes that 3 things I learnt from Chef Alain Ducasse for chefs to succeed are Timing, Temperature and Passion. Top
Do you taste your recipe before you serve it?
I have a test kitchen in which we generally have classes for free tasting before I use the recipes in restaurants or books.
Which cuisine do you enjoy the most?
I have the privilege of being in New York and having the opportunity to enjoy almost every cuisine, I love them all. Top
Which Indian festival inspires you to cook up a storm? And why?
Diwali and Eid. They are celebrated during the time of the year when there is so much flavor and abundance in the local produce.
If there was one tip that you would like to share with our audience - what is your tip for home cooks?
Never let the fear of creation and mistakes stop you. Most of the popular dishes were created by mistakes. Top
What are three of your all time favorite dishes / recipes?
Missi Roti (Chickpea flour flat bread), Amritsari Maachi (Batter-fried spicy fish), and Masala Idlis.
Please submit one of your favorite and easy recipe for our audience. Top
- “The Spice Story of India Cookbook” Serves 6
Season the fish with salt and lemon juice. Mix oil, cumin seeds, flour, garlic, ginger, yogurt, garam masala and salt .
- 4 skinless salmon fillets (1 1/2 to 2 pounds total) each about 1 inch thick, cut into cubes
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
- 1tablespoon finely chopped garlic
- 1tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger
- 2 tablespoons non-fat yogurt
- 1tablespoon garam masala
- Salt to taste
- 4 fresh edible orchids for garnish
Marinate the fish with the mixture, cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.
Preheat the oven at 350¢ª. Cook uncovered in the oven, until fish flakes in the oven, about 25 minutes. Serve it with tamarind chutney, garnished with fresh orchids Is there anything else you can tell us about yourself, your career, or the profession that would be interesting or helpful to others aspiring to enter and succeed as a chef?
“Think outside the kitchen walls sometimes to understand the power of food”. A quotation from my workshops at The Culinary Institute of America. What advice can you give to prospective students thinking about an education and career in the culinary arts?
It a timeless profession and a very neutral force, just like music. Extremely time and energy demanding, but divine at every level.
Use good quality ingredients to begin with. Add vegetables in every meal. Steamed vegetables are quick and easy to make and very nutritious.
Do you encourage cooking for all – boys and girls and at what age should they get started? And why?
Yes, everyone should be able to cook in any capacity. I think age is a perception, sometimes it helps to let a child be a kitchen helper under the supervision of elders. Your favorite food quote is ……..
An empty belly is the best cook. ~ Estonian Proverb