Sunday, June 8, 2014

Paneer Mutter Masala

Mutter paneer masala is a very good alternative to the usual paneer butter masala and chana masala too . And it has added nutrients too as we add peas here. It goes well with naan , roti or chapathi. I like to have it with  Kashmiri pulav. Many of us think that paneer gravies cant  be made at home just like the restaurant .But that is absolutely wrong and you would feel it once you try it…have fun enjoying it..

Ingredients :

1.Paneer                       - 1 packet

2.Peas                         - 1 cup

3.Big onion                   - 2

4.Ginger                       - 1 inch piece

5.Garlic                        - 4 pieces

6.Tomato                     - 3

7.Casher nuts               - 5

8.Kasuri methi              -1 pinch 

9.Red chilli powder        -1 tsp    

10.Coriander powder      -1 ½ tsp

11.Garam masala powder-2 tsp

12.Turmeric powder             -1/2 tsp

13.Green chlli               -1

        14.Jeera                      -1 tsp

15.Fresh cream             -1/4 cup

16.Salt and oil                     - As required

Method :

1.Boil the peas separately (If you are using frozen peas , soak in water overnight ).Chop onion and grind it along with ginger and garlic.

2.Boil tomato and peel off the skin. Let it cool and grind and then filter the seeds and keep it aside.

3.Grind the cashew nuts along with 1 Tbsp milk.

4.Take a pan and heat butter and fry the paneer cubes in it.(Be very careful not to overboil it).

5. Then immerse the paneer cubes immediately into warm water.

6. Take a pan and pour butter into it. Then add jeera . When it sputters, add green chilli.

7. Now add the onion,ginger and garlic paste to it.

8. Cook it in medium or lowflame until the raw smell goes off and the oil gets separated at the edges.(its colour also would change)

9. Add all the specified powders to it.

10.Then add the tomato paste or readymade tomato puree.

11. Cook it for few mins and then add the cashew paste to it.

12.Now add the boiled peas along with the boiled water(don’t add too much water).Then add the kasuri methi.

13.Allow it to boil until the fine consistency is reached. Just before switching off the flame, add the paneer cubes to it.

14.Add the fresh cream before serving.

Note  :

1.   If you want the paneer to be very soft, u can avoid frying it .

2.   You can also add milk to replace fresh cream(but be sure to add it while n low flame).

Friday, June 6, 2014

Vegetable Cutlet

It had been so long that I blogged. Got very much busy with my daily routines and thought of getting break (for sometime)from blogging. And now Im back with some recipes. One of it is my favourite dish "the veg cutlets ". It was raining heavily outside and I wished to make it for my family. Vegetable cutlets are one of the best evening snack recipes. This is the first recipe which I learnt from my mom. I love it bcos of its crunchiness on outside and the taste of the mashed aloo inside.U can add green chilli too if u want it more spicy. U can also deep fry the patties at last stage but this method of shallow frying will reduce the oil consumption. 

Ingredients    :

1.  Carrot                          -      2

2.  Beans                          -      5-6

3.  Peas                            -      1/2cup

4.  Big onion                      -      1

5.  Potato                         -      3-4

6.  Bread crumbs               -      made out of 5-6 slices

7.  All purpose flour/maida  -      2 Tbsp

8.  Red chilli powder           -      1-2 tsp

9.  Garam masala               -      1-2 tsp

10.              Salt                      -      As required

11.              Oil                        -      As required.


Method :

1.  Chop  the Onion, Carrot and beans very finely.

2.   Boil potatoes , carrot , beans and peas.(I boiled carrot,beans and peace in microwave with very little water. If you are boiling them in water ,don’t forget to drain water from it before use. )

3.  Take a pan and pour oil. Add the chopped onion.

4.  When the onions turn translucent , add the boiled carrot , beans ,peas and potato to it.

5.  Add red chilli powder, garam masala and salt to it and keep it aside it cool.

6.  Make small balls out of the above. In the meanwhile, add 2 tbsp of maida n water and make a nice paste out of it.

7.  Cut and remove  the brown  edge  of the bread. Then put the bread in a mixer and grind it to powder.

8.  Now take the balls one by one  and press them gently in your palm and make small patties.

9.  Now dip these patties into the maida paste and then into the bread crumbs.

10.  Heat a tawa and pour some oil to it.  Shallow fry the patties until they turn golden brown.

11.   Serve these sumptuous cutlets with tomato sauce n enjoy.