Monday, March 28, 2011

Paneer Bhujiya.



This is one blanch dish....perfect when you are on a diet and have a craving for a paneer dish....no butter, cream based gravy...a truly guilt free curry ..... excellent with roti....and one of the easiest dish ...if you have paneer ready....it takes not more than 5 to 7 min to prepare this dish....that's awesome right? in today's time conscious world....I usually make this with homemade paneer....the best part is if you are making paneer especially for this dish... then all it takes is anywhere around 15-18 min....thats pretty cool isn't it???. A true treat for those unexpected guests.....

Boil 1 litre milk (I used semi skimmed milk)...when it boiling simmer the fire and pour juice of one lemon and 1/2 tsp of salt into it....stir it well ...it will start curdling and then stir again...switch off fire....and pour this into a sieve....let the paneer rest in the sieve for 5 to 10 min.....DO NOT PUT WEIGHT ON TOP.....we need the paneer a little soggy, mushy, and watery for this dish.....not the hard paneer....that's why I mentioned that I make this dish with homemade paneer.....you should get around 200 to 250 gms of paneer.


As this is a very blanch preparation.....the taste of paneer stands out with no gravy or cream or mattar or spices.....a true tribute to all paneer lovers!!

So lets get cooking!!!

How I make Paneer Bhujiya:


Paneer: 200 gm.
Onion: 1 big or 2 medium ones.
Tomato: 2 medium ones.
Green chilly: 4 to 5, trust me on this.
Salt to taste.
1 tbsp oil.






Method:

1. Crumble the paneer with your fingertips. (Cheriyan helped me in this....)

2. The moist and majestic beauty is ready to be attacked!!

3. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a nonstick pan/kadai. Put in the chopped onion, chopped green chillies, salt,  and fry for a min or two.(onion just needs to be transparent not browned).

4. Than add the chopped tomatoes. Again fry for a min or two....

5. Put in the crumbled paneer. Mix well and mix it nicely for 2 min on low flame and thats all friends...Switch off fire.

Paneer bhujiya is READY!!See I warned you...this is EASY!!!.

Wrapped in roti.


Enjoy!!!

P.S: I had some left over from which I made a bread paneer sandwich ....oh!! but with generous  topping of tomato sauce.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Bread Rolls/cutlets......step-by-step.



We always observe Lent ....and abstain from meat and fish till Easter...for full 50 days....so you will see more of vegetarian cooking here till Easter.

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Mango Mint Sherbet......A cooling raw mango drink.



Summer has set in.....that means mangoes....jackfruits....watermelons....YUM!!..I got some raw mangoes from a neighbor with which I made mango pickles and kept just two mangoes to make this drink.....the mint gives an instant cooling..

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Whole wheat Indian flat bread/phulka/roti/chapathi.........step-by-step method.


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I got a few mails asking me how to make a roti/phulka....my Indian friends who are experts in roti making please excuse this post.....most days dinner for my family will be roti with some curry.....to compensate my kids indulgence in sinful treats, I always make roti without even a wee bit of ghee or oil.....I usually don't buy whole wheat flour, I always grind wheat in the local mill and store it.....

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Spinach/Palak Samosas......Whole Wheat Flour...step-by-step.



I have a dilemma. Most of the snacks which I share here are often made as an after school snack for my kids. The reason?. Ugly clicks. Kids will be so hungry that they would pounce on them....and will disappear by the time I get my cam....When I made Nithyas breadcups.....I couldn't click them....and Nidhi declared better luck next time Amma!!!. She is so cool to say....why worry Amma ....make again and click them....

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Easy double chocolate cupcakes.....



Is there something called death by chocolate!!! If there is I strongly urge you to make this cake to get the chocolatey ooey...gooey feel......I made this cake 3 times now....and it has topped the list of my favorites....actually it all started when my son (Cheriyan) wanted a chocolate cake so very badly one late Sunday afternoon and I was short of butter.....then I remembered that I had book marked this recipe and gave it a try.....it came out so soft and fluffy that it disappeared fast....and I had to make again.....one thing which I have found is that the cake is a bit low on sugar....so a topping is a must....I topped it with my own homemade chocolate sauce.....

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Whole wheat soft garlic knots (no eggs).......step-by-step.



I have this perfect relationship with yeast....and that gives me plenty of reason to bake with yeast often....I love baking with yeast....and the smell of baked bread....ah! the way it flows out of my house and have the neighbors asking me what's in the oven.....Nidhi loves garlic rolls and I make them often....and I got bored with baking the same garlic rolls again and again (I need variety in the kitchen)....I came across this recipe and I made them the next time she asked for garlic rolls....ofcourse I tweaked the recipe to suit my kids taste....I used only whole wheat flour...more simply called as atta...and used ghee instead of the olive oil.....topped it with dried rosemary, melted butter.......and garlic...hmmm heaven!!!


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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Restaurant Style Channa Masala/Chickpea Curry....Step by Step Method.




Channa Masala is a comfort food for me....I love the combo chole bhatura (channa masala with bhatura). Whenever we go out to have dinner I usually order chole bhatura. The reason why restaurant curry is different from our home cooked one is because they cook the channa with a fat pinch of soda powder.....that gives a unique flavor and makes the channa to be soft when cooked. I made this yesterday for dinner and thought I will share this today.

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Saturday, March 05, 2011

Swiss Roll/Jam Roll with pineapple jam.....step-by-step.





Hi friends....sorry for this short break...I was down with viral fever....it was Cheriyan who brought the so-called-virus home from school and one-by-one all four of us fell sick.....now the best thing about being sick is that when you get sick.....the whole house will be like a war zone....total chaos....and when you go into deep slumber with the antibiotics and the virus playing inside ..... you will be awakened for asking how many tsp of detergent to be put in the washing machine or amma I am getting bored with Kanji (rice porridge) I need something special......while the only thing I would want to do is sleep and sleep and sleep.

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