Paneer Bhurjii

Paneer, as I always say is important in our diet. We should try that we can eat paneer atleast once a week. When I have enough time in hand, paneer butter masala, or matar paneer or paneer tortilla wraps is my choice. However when time is less and something delicious and quick is to be made then Paneer Bhurjii, Chilli Paneer is the choice.

This paneer bhurjii is nutritious as it contains veggies like capsicum and carrot. The amount of veggies can be altered as per the taste required. You can also add some peas to enrich the flavor. I have used kitchen king masala, which can be replaced by pav bhaji masala as well.

Here I come with very simple yet delicious recipe of paneer….

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Ingredients:

Paneer (Crumbled) – 250gms

Onion (chopped) – 1 medium

Tomato (Chopped) – 1 medium

Capsicum (chopped) – 1 small

Carrot (finely chopped – 1 small

Green Chillies (chopped) – 2nos.

Ginger Garlic paste – ¼ tsp

Salt – to taste

Red Chilli Powder – ½ tsp

Kitchen King Masala – 1tsp

Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp

Coriander Powder – 1 tsp

Coriander – few chopped

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Method:

  • Heat oil in a kadai and add onions and green chillies and fry until the onions turns transparent.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and sauté.
  • Add capsicum and carrot. Saute till half cooked.
  • Add tomatoes and saute until it becomes slightly mushy.
  • Now add all the masalas. Saute for a while.
  • Add crumbled paneer and salt and saute for few minutes. The mixture should be moist and not dry.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander and lemon.

Serve it hot with Roasted Butter Pao , Toasted Butter Bread or with Plain Roti, Naans.

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DIY – Homemade Tomato Ketchup / Tomato Sauce

These days tomatoes are really cheap in the market and vegetable sellers are flooded with tomatoes. This is the ideal time to make tomato ketchup / sauce. You can preserve this homemade for almost a year. It contains a preservative, sodium benzoate, which increases its shelf life.This homemade ketchup is made of tomatoes and only tomatoes. You can serve Springrolls, Kachori, Dhokla, Sandwich, Kothimbir Vadi, Burger and many other snacks.

Here we go,

Ingredients:

Tomatoes – 2 kg

Green Chillies – 5-6 (cut into pieces)

Garlic – 8-10 cloves

Cloves (Laung) – 3-4

Sugar – ½ cup

Salt – to taste

Black Pepper – ½ tsp

Sodium Benzoate – ¼ tsp

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Method:

  1. Rinse the tomatoes under running water and cut each tomato into four parts.
  2. Cut green chillies and garlic into pieces.
  3. Take a pressure cooker and add tomatoes, green chilli, garlic and cloves.
  4. Pressure cook to two whistles.
  5. Let it cool.
  6. Blend the tomato mixture to a smooth puree and strain it through a strainer to a heavy bottom wok.
  7. Keep the wok on a stove top. Add sugar, salt and black pepper.
  8. Stir continuously on a medium flame till the pulp starts thickening and reaches ketchup like consistency. The pulp should fall from the spoon in lumps. It should not fall free flow.
  9. Remove from the flame and allow it to cool.
  10. Add sodium benzoate to the sauce and mix well.
  11. Store it in a sterilized jar.

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Vegetable Noodle Spring Roll

Spring Roll is an indo – Chinese recipe. It is crunchy mix vegetables and noodles rolled and deep fried in in all purpose flour wrappers. It crispy, crunchy, spicy snack wich can be served with Chinese sauces or simple tomato sauce. The wrappers used in spring roll are available in leading departmental stores. However I have made wrappers at home. Instead of deep frying the rolls, I have shallow fried. You can use any veggies of your choice.

You may also like, Manchurian and Fried rice.

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The process is divided into three steps:

  1. Making of wrappers
  2. Cooking Veggies and noodles
  3. Assembly of the roll

Let’s start,

Ingredients for wrappers:

  • All purpose flour – 1 cup
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Salt – to taste

Method:

  1. In a big bowl combine the plain flour, water and salt, and whisk well until well combined and there are no lumps. The batter should be of flowing consistency.
  2. Heat and grease a nonstick pan with oil. Once the pan is hot, with heat on medium, pour a ladle of the batter into the pan spread around quickly(like we do for dosa) to make a thin circle.
  3. Cook on medium heat until you see the sides are peeling. When the sides begin to peel off, turn the wrapper and cook on the other side for a few seconds.
  4. Repeat with the remaining batter to make more wrappers.

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Ingredients for Veggies and noodles:

  • Cabbage – ½ cup shredded
  • Carrot – 1 nos (thinely sliced)
  • Capsicum – ½ nos (finely chopped)
  • Onion – 1 nos (finely chopped)
  • Noodles – ½ cup (boiled)
  • Black pepper – 1tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Soya sauce – 2 tsp
  • Chilli sauce – 1 tsp
  • Oil

Method:

  1. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a wok on high heat. Add in the cabbage, carrots, onions, capsicum.. Saute the vegetables on high heat. Do not overcook, the veggies should be crunchy.
  2. Stir in the salt and black pepper. Add sauces and noodles. Saute for a minute and transfer to a another bowl. Allow the mixture to cool completely.

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Assembly of the roll:

  1. Place each square spring roll wrapper on a flat surface. Apply a little flour paste along the edges of the wrapper. Place a tablespoon of the filling on one corner/edge of the wrapper.
  2. Fold in from the filled corner and begin rolling until you reach the center. When you reach the center, fold the ends arising from the sides of the wrapper. And roll till the end.Make sure the edges are sealed well. The flour paste is important as it helps to seal the spring rolls so they don’t open up when deep fried.
  3. Repeat the process and make the rest of the spring rolls.
  4. Heat the oil in a heavy bottom wok and add in a few rolls at a time and deep fry on medium heat until golden brown in color.

Serve the spring rolls with homemade tomato sauce.

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Paneer Butter Masala

Paneer is a must ingredient in our diet atleast once a week. Last week I tried Paneer Salsa Tortilla Wrap, and this week it was Paneer Butter Masala. I have also posted before Peas Paneer akka Matar Paneer. Paneer Butter Masala is generally served with tandoori roti / Naan / Garlic Naan / Onion Kulcha in most of the restaurants. I love it with garlic naan. Paneer Butter Masala is paneer pieces dipped in onion tomato gravy flavored in butter. It’s a must try recipe.

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Here we go,

Ingredients:

  • Paneer – 250gms (Cut into cubes)
  • Onion – 2 big (Coarsely grinded)
  • Tomato – 2 big (grinded to puree)
  • Garlic – 5-6 flakes (finely chopped)
  • Cashew Nuts – 10 nos. (grinded with milk)
  • Green Chillies – 2 nos. (finely chopped)
  • Fresh cream – ¼ cup
  • Milk – ½ cup
  • Red Chilli Powder – 1tsp
  • Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
  • Jeera Powder – ½ tsp
  • Garam Masala – ½ tsp
  • Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp
  • Sugar – ½ tsp
  • Kasuri Methi – 1 tsp
  • Butter – 4 tsp
  • Coriander Leaves – few chopped for garmish

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Method:

  1. Cut paneer into big cubes.
  2. Soak cashew nuts in warm milk for some time. Grind it to a smooth paste.
  3. Grind chopped onions with ginger garlic paste to a slightly coarse or smooth paste.
  4. Heat oil and add 2 tbsp butter and add green chilli, onion, garlic paste mixture and saute until it turns light brown and the raw smell goes.
  5. Add tomato puree and saute until the mixture becomes really thick and oil separates from the mixture. Saute the tomato mixture until it leaves the pan and make sure masala is not burning at any stage.Image
  6. Add roasted cumin powder, sugar, salt, coriander powder, red chili powder and turmeric powder and mix well.
  7. Add milk and boil it for approx ten minutes or till the oil separates and the gravy dries to make thick masala gravy.
  8. Now add the ground cashewnut- milk mixture and fresh cream. Add kasuri methi and garam masala.
  9. Add remaining butter and paneer pieces and give it a stir. Garnish with coriander leaves.

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Serve hot with Naan, Kulcha or parantha!!

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Benefit Series – Paneer – Chilli Paneer (Dry)

Milk and milk products are very important part of our diet. Paneer is a fresh cheese, also known as chenna is made curdling heated milk with lemon juice, vinegar, or any other food acids. Moist and soft crumbly in texture, it is used to make delicacies such as Sandesh, Mutter paneer and Rasgulla. It is a rich source of milk protein. Paneer is the rich source of calcium, phosphorus, vitamins, minerals and protein which are required by the body in high proportions for healthy growth and development.

Since paneer is a high protein food having high level of calcium and phosphorus it helps in building strong bones and teeth.

Paneer is high protein diet having monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat which helps in lowering and managing the body weight.

My mom used to say paneer is essential in kid’s diet. It provides better nourishment to the growing age children. It boosts the immune system and thus prevents the risk of various diseases in children like cough, cold, bronchial asthma and etc. Its availability of good level of vitamins, minerals, calcium and phosphorus provides better and healthy nutrients for growth of bones and brain.

Its high value of B group vitamins, high protein level, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants helps hair and skin gets healthy, glowing and rejuvenate.

Here’s a simple recipe,

Chilli Paneer (Dry)

Chilli Paneer is an Indo Chinese recipe. This recipe is frequently made in my kitchen. Paneer is deep fried in a batter of maida and corn flour. Here, I have shallow fried paneer dusted with corn flour. As the name suggests it also contains capsicum as another main ingredient.

This recipe is so easy to make and it’s not time consuming. If you have sauces ready you are done.

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Let’s see how:

Ingredients:

  • Paneer – 200 gms (cubed)
  • Capsicum – 2 nos (cut into pieces)
  • Onion – 1 nos ( cubed)
  • Green chillies – 2 nos. (cut into long and thin slits)
  • Garlic – 4 flakes (roughly crushed)
  • Spring Onion green – 2 tsp (chopped)
  • Soya Sauce – 2 tsp
  • Chilli Sauce – 1 tsp
  • Tomato Sauce – 2 tsp
  • Lemon Juice – 1 tsp
  • Black pepper powder – ½ tsp
  • Corn flour – 4 tsp
  • Salt – to taste

Method:

  1. Dust the paneer cubes with corn flour. Shallow fry the paneer cubes for two minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a pan. Add garlic and green chillies. Saute for a while and add cubed onions. Saute till little brown in color.
  3. Add capsicum pieces and sauté on high flame for approx two minutes. Capsicum pieces should be tender and not soft.
  4. Reduce the flame and add all the sauces and salt. Add black pepper.
  5. Add fried paneer cubes. Saute till the mixture blends uniformly.
  6. Close the flame. Drizzle lemon juice and garnish with spring onion green.
  7. Serve hot!!

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Chilli Paneer can be served as starter or as evening snack.

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Red Sauce Onion Pasta

Pasta is generally made in red sauce or white sauce. My husband likes red sauce pasta more. Well, I have never tried white sauce pasta till date, however planning to try out soon 🙂 🙂

Pasta goes perfect as morning breakfast or evening recipe. Try out other snacks like crisp onion samosa, rawa dhokla, grilled chilli cheese sandwich, kothimbir vadi and matar kachori !!

The red sauce is made of red tomatoes with the flavor of garlic. This same sauce can be used in making pizza as base sauce.

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Let’s begin,

Ingredients for sauce:

  • Tomato – 4 big
  • Garlic – 6-7 cloves (chopped)
  • Onion – 1 medium (chopped)
  • Tomato Sauce – 2 tsp
  • Chilli Flakes – ½ tsp
  • Oregano flakes – ½ tsp
  • Black Pepper Powder – ½ tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Oil – 2 tsp

Method:

  1. Boil water enough to dip four tomatoes. Add tomatoes to the boiling water. Keep it aside ten minutes.
  2. Peel the tomatoes. Blend to puree in a mixer without adding any water. Keep it aside.
  3. Heat oil in pan. Add onion and garlic. Saute till onion becomes brown.
  4. Add tomato puree. Sauté for a while and add Oregano flakes, Chilli flakes, black pepper powder, salt. Saute for two minutes.
  5. Add tomato sauce. Give it a quick stir and close the flame. The sauce is ready.

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Ingredients for Pasta:

  • Pasta – 250 gms
  • Onion – 1 big (sliced into long slits)
  • Salt – to taste
  • Chilli Flakes – ½ tsp
  • Oregano flakes – ½ tsp
  • Black Pepper Powder – ½ tsp
  • Cheese – 2 tsp (Grated)
  • Oil

Method:

  1. Take a saucepan with water. Add oil and salt. Bring it to boil.
  2. Add pasta (I have used fusilli pasta, you can use any type of pasta). Stir continuously and allow it to boil till pasta becomes soft yet tender. Strain and keep it aside.
  3. Heat oil in a pan. Add onion. Stir till transparent.
  4. Add pasta sauce. Then add pepper and little salt. Add the cooked pastas and sauté until the pasta sauce covers the cooked pasta really well. Sprinkle oregano flakes.
  5. Garnish with grated cheese and serve.

If desired you can add other vegetables such as capsicum and carrot for the more healthier version.

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Sabudana Roll

Sabudana (Sago) is the major ingredient used during fasting / Vrat. Since Navratri is on, I thought of preparing few recipes of sabudana. Today I am sharing the recipe of Sabudana Roll, a crisp and delicious snack which can be served in morning or evening snack or even as a side dish in main course. Sabudana Roll recipe comes from Maharashtrian cuisine and it tastes heaven with sweet curd.

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Here we go with the recipe,

Ingredients

  • Sabudana (sago) – 1 cup (Soaked overnight and drained)
  • Potato – 3 medium (boiled and mashed)
  • Rice Flour – 2 tsp
  • Peanuts (mungpahli) – ½ cup (roasted, deskinned and coarsely grinded)
  • Green Chillies – 2 (chopped)
  • Lemon Juice – 1tsp
  • Coriander Leaves – few (chopped)
  • Senda namak – To taste

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Method:

  1. Soak sabudana overnight (minimum 6hrs of soaking is required). Drain it in the morning.
  2. Take a big bowl with drained sabudana. Add mashed potatoes, roasted peanuts, green chillies, coriander leaves and mix well.
  3. Add rice flour (if you are making it for vrat then do not add rice flour)
  4. Add lemon juice and senda namak. Mix them well. All the ingredients should bind really well.
  5. Now take small portion of the mixture and shape it in a roll. Make the roll of the remaining mixture.
  6. Deep fry the sabudana rolls till golden brown.

Serve hot with sweet curd or green chutney or tomato ketchup.

Hope you liked it!!

Enjoy Cooking!!!!

Nancy