Monday, May 14, 2012

Paneer Butter Masala


Today, my little one who loved Paneer like anything, wanted to eat some preparation of Paneer. I decided to give her a taste of Paneer which is different from the regular preparations of Paneer and then I remembered a most famous and delicious preparation of Paneer "Paneer Butter Masala". A famous, delicious and most popular preparation, which is available in all Indian restaurants and loved by every1. Paneer is an Indian TOFU, made from a cow milk. This dish of Paneer is cooked in spicy rich tomato gravy. Enjoy this delicious dish at home, with less butter and less calories, with an amazing taste, as similar as in any indian restaurant. This recipe is well tested and tried, so try this recipe and treat your love ones, by your cooking.


Preparation time - 5-7 minutes

Cooking Time - 20 minutes

 

 

Ingredients - 


  • Butter - 3 tsp

  • Olive Oil - 2 tbsp 

  • Cloves- 2

  • Bay leaves- 2

  • Cinnamon Powder- 1/2 tsp

  • Coriander seeds - 1 tsp

  • Red Chilli - 2

  • Coriander Powder- 1tsp

  • Red Chilli Powder- 1tsp 

  • Crushed Coriander seeds - 1/4 tsp

  • Onion- 1 (medium-sliced)

  • Garlic cloves- 2 (minced)

  • Ginger (1/2 inch) - grated

  • Tomato - 1 (chopped)

  • Paneer ( cut in square shapes) - 1/2 kg

  • Salt to taste 

  • Kasoori Methi - 1 tsp 

  •   Fresh Cream - 2 tsp

Directions - 


Heat butter with 1 tsp of oil in a pan. Add cloves, bay leaves, cinnamon powder, red chilli and coriander seeds. Fry it for a minute. Add sliced onion and stir. Add minced garlic and grated ginger and stir. Add coriander powder and red chilli powder and fry on high flame, till it starts leaving oil in the pan. Transfer the content in a dish and cool it for 2 minutes. Grind it with a 1/4 cup of water. 

In the same pan, heat left over oil,add the puree and  fry for a minute. Add Paneer, Salt and 1/2 cup of water and stir. Let it get cooked for another 5 minutes. Add Kasoori Methi, stir and close the flame.

Add fresh cream and mix it lightly. Garnish it with crushed coriander seeds. Serve it hot, with Naan or Veg Biryani.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Lemon Egg Rice

Was not feeling well, but wanted to eat something different and delicious from our regular meal.... Asked hubby, what he wants to eat, he wanted to eat something from rice preparation....So, thought of making Lemon Rice, but thought of giving it a twist.... So, presenting you a delicious sour preparation of Rice with eggs. Can be enjoyed alone or with Raita


Ingredients for 2 people-

Preparation time- 5 minutes
Cooking time- 20 minutes

  1. Egg - 4 (Raw)
  2. Rice- 6 handful (washed and soaked for 5 minutes)
  3. Salt to taste
  4. Oil- 2 tbsp
  5. Turmeric (Haldi) powder- 1tsp
  6. Red Chilli powder- 1/2 tsp
  7. Mustard (sarson) seeds- 1/2 tsp
  8. Curry leaves- 8-10 leaves
  9. Urad dal- 2 tbsp ( washed and water drained)
  10. Lemon juice of 2 complete Lemons

 

Directions-

  • In an open pan, boil eggs for 10 minutes.
  • In another pan (or an utensil in which you can drain water from rice), Boil the water, add rice and let it get cooked until it's completely done. Drain the water and keep it aside.
  • When eggs are done, put inside the running cold water for 5 minutes.
  • Now, peel the eggs. Insert a fork on knife at 1 or 2 places in each egg, and keep the eggs aside.
  • In an frying pan, add 1 tbsp of oil, heat it, add eggs and fry, turning in all directions so that, allover it turns light brown in color. 
  • After eggs are done, add remaining oil to the pan and add mustard seeds, curry leaves and Urad dal. Fry until the mustard seeds crackle and urad dal turns golden brown in color.
  • Add salt with turmeric powder and mix and fry for a minute on medium flame.
  • Add lemon juice and 2 tbsp of water to the mix.
  • Add cooked rice, on medium flame and stir it well.
  • Add fried eggs randomly.
  • Serve it hot. 


Fried Potato w/ Cauliflower ( Sukhi Aloo-Gobhi )

Ingredients - 

  1. Potato- 1 (medium- cut in small pieces)
  2. Cauliflower - 8-10 florets
  3. Garlic - 2 cloves (chopped)
  4. Onion- 1 (medium- sliced)
  5. Tomato - 1 (medium- chopped)
  6. Green Chilli - 1 (slitted)
  7. Salt to taste
  8. Turmeric Powder- 1/2 tsp
  9. Coriander Powder- 1/2 tsp
  10. Red Chilli powder- 1/2 tsp (Optional- only if you need more spicy)
  11. Cumin Powder - 1/2 tsp
  12. Olive Oil - 1 tsp
  13. Cilantro- 2 tbsp (chopped)

 Directions- 

  • In a heated pan, add Cauliflower and then add Olive oil from the top and on medium flame fry it for 5 minutes.
  • Add Potato, garlic, chopped onion, keep on frying.
  • Add salt and all spices, along with tomato and 4 tbsp of water.
  • Stir it well and on low flame, let it cook for 15-20 minutes or until Cauliflower cooked.
  • Now, on high flame, stir the curry.
  • Keep stirring for 5-7 minutes, until the onions starts sticking the Potato and Cauliflower.
  • Garnish it with chopped Cilantro.
  • Enjoy it hot with Roti/ Tortilla.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Strawberry- Oats Smoothie

Smoothie's are great in taste. Very healthy and a great meal for kids and Adults. 

Strawberries are good for people who are diet conscious, had a lots of dietary fiber, so good in digestion,  lowers blood pressure, good antioxidant, anti inflammatory, anti cancer, keeps eyes healthy, a good source of Vitamin C, Keeps your bone healthy.

Oats - Helps lowers blood cholesterol levels, natural antidepressant and often used to treat depression, anxiety and nervous disorder. makes you feel calmer, Cooked oats relieve fatigue, high fiber content of oats protects us from bowel cancer. 

Ingredients for smoothie for 2 people-

  1. Strawberry - 4-6 (medium size- washed)
  2. Yogurt- 1 cup
  3. Milk - 1 1/4 cup
  4. Sugar - 1 tbsp (granulated)
  5. Oats- 5 tbsp

Directions - 


  •  Add strawberry, yogurt, milk, sugar, oats, cinnamon powder in a blender and blend it well.

 Notes-

  • You can increase or reduce the consistency of smoothie, by increasing or reducing a spoon of Oats.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Besanwali Bhindi

Ingredients - 

  1.  Ladyfinger (Bhindi) - 8-10
  2. Gram flour (Besan) - 4 tbsp
  3. Oil-  2 tbsp
  4. Onion - 1 medium (sliced)
  5. Cumin Seeds - 1tsp
  6. Salt to taste
  7. Coriander (dhania)Powder -  1 1/2 tsp
  8. Turmeric (haldi)Powder - 1tsp
  9. Red Chilli Powder - 1tsp
  10. Aamchur Powder - 1/2 tsp
  11. Onion Seeds (kalounji) - 1/2 tsp

Directions - 



  • Take Oil in a pan, Add cumin powder, onion seeds and onion, saute till onion turns transparent and soft.
  • Add bhindi, salt, coriander powder, turmeric powder and red chilli powder and toss it for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add gram flour and toss to mix. Cook stirring occasionally.
  • Serve it hot, with Chapati.







































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