Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Palak Paneer/Spinach with cottage cheese


This is one dish which is present in almost every restaurant menu.But somehow both of us never prefer to have paneer dishes outside because we dont like the taste of paneer.So while preparing this recipe I was sceptical whether at all we would like it or not.But to prove me wrong, this recipe turned out simple delicious and I could not believe myself that YES-palak paneer is indeed very tasty when cooked with the right ingredients and ofcourse the home-made touch is always there :)

Ingredients-
paneer(1cup)
spinach/palak(14-15leaves)
onion(1big)
garlic(1small piece)
ginger(6-7 cloves)
green chillies(2-3)
tomato(1small)
turmeric/haldi powder
red chilly/mirchi powder
coriander/dhaniya powder
cumin/jeera powder
Fresh cream(1tbspn)
salt

sugar
oil

Method-
Wash the palak leaves thoroughly.
Add some water and blanch them. ie- either boil the leaves or pressure cook them for one whistle.
Keep it aside till it cools.
Once done grind the blanched leaves in a mixer to a fine paste.
Cut the paneer into small cubes.
I have used home-made paneer as it is much more tasty as compared to the store brought one.
Chop the onion,green chillies,tomato fine.
Make a paste of ginger and garlic.Again you can use ready-made ginger-garlic paste, but home ground paste is always my choice.
Heat some oil in a non-stick pan.
Fry the paneer cubes till golden brown.
Remove the cubes, now add the chopped onion.
Saute the onion, then add ginger-garlic paste and green chillies.
Fry for about 2 min, then add chopped tomato.
Add the masalas -haldi,mirchi,dhaniya,jeera and salt.
Let the masalas cook.Add a pinch of sugar for taste.
Add the palak paste,fried paneer cubes and cook for about 2-3min more.
Just before turning off the flame, add fresh cream and give it a stir.
This is optional, but since I regularly make ghee so I always have it ready and believe me it gives a nice-creamy texture :)
Thats it ! serve hot palak-paneer with phulkas or roti :)


Monday, 5 January 2015

Kalakand Parathas


This is a dessert/sweet wishing everyone a very Happy New Year !! We had this paratha once at "Not Just Parathas" Gurgaon and fell in love with it. I could not believe myself that such a lip-smacking paratha with the kalakand melting... could be made at home with such ease :)You just need to get kalakand from a sweet/mithai shop and have this unique dessert at home.Try it once and am sure you would not forget it ever :)

Ingredients-
wheat flour/atta
salt
water
kalakand

Method-
Knead the flour with a pinch of salt and water and prepare the dough.
Refrigerate the kalakand for half an hour.
Make equal sized balls out of the dough.
Place the kalakand stuffing inside each one of them.
Roll out and make parathas.
Fry on both sides with ghee.
Serve delicious kalakand parathas hot :)


Monday, 17 November 2014

Besan Ladoo


Besan ladoos are a common sweet delicacy during festivals in India specially Diwali.I made these on Diwali this year, but sorry for posting so late.This is an easy recipe ,but yes you have to be patient for this one,but at the end of it you have mouth-watering laddos..so give it a try atleast once :)
 

Ingredients -
chickpea flour/besan
ghee
powdered sugar
raisins/kismis

Method -
Heat a non-stick pan/kadhai.
Add the besan to it(flame should be on sim).
Keep on stirring till the raw smell/taste of besan goes.
This takes a long time so you need to be patient for this step :P.
Once the raw smell goes ie-the besan is almost done, add some ghee to it and stir.
After adding ghee, stir for another 10min or so.
Next,remove the pan off the flame.
Add ghee and sugar to it.
Adjust the sugar as per your sweetness.The amount of ghee should be adjusted such that you are able to make ladoos out of it.
Now mix all together and make small ladoos out of it.
Add a kismis each to one ladoo as a garnish :)




Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Chicken sausage with scrambled egg


This recipe was lying in the drafts section for weeks or probably months ! I was so occupied with my work in office and baby at home that I could not get the time to post/blog.So finally I decided that I have to FIND time to invest in my passion :) So here it is -a simple and delicious chicken sausage recipe.This would hardly take you any time as you get the sausage ready.

Ingredients -
chicken sausage
tomato
black pepper
salt
eggs
oil

Method -
Chop the sausage into small bite-size pieces.
Heat oil in a non-stick pan.
Fry the chicken pieces on both sides till golden brown.
Chop tomatoes roughly(not small pieces).
Add the chopped tomatoes and fry.
Adjust the salt and black pepper as per taste.
Keep in mind the chicken sausage already has some seasoning.
Now remove the sausage and tomato into a bowl.
Scramble one or more eggs into the pan with required seasoning.
Now mix together the sausage and egg.
Delicious chicken sausage with scrambled egg is ready to serve :)

You might also like Tandoori Chicken
 

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Chana Dal Parathas



I had never tasted savoury dal parathas earlier.I was aware about the sweet dal stuffing which is known as puran poli.These parathas are more similar to the version prepared in Bihar as my mom learnt the recipe from a Bihari neighbour.There can be different variations specially made in North India.But these taste equally yummy..so pls try it if you have never had one :)

Ingredients -
chana dal(1 cup)
green chillies(2-3)
asafoetida/hing
ginger(a small piece)
oil
salt
sugar
wheat flour/atta
water 

Method -
Soak the chana dal overnight or for 7-8hours.
Grind it in a mixer along with green chillies and ginger adding required water(little).
Heat oil in a non-stick kadai.
Add hing to it.
Then add the ground dal mix.
Keep on stirring it so that it doesnt get burnt.
Adjust salt as per taste and add little sugar.
Keep on stirring till it gets dry.
Prepare the dough by kneading the atta with water.
Make round balls of the dough and dal stuffing.
Take one atta ball and stuff it with the dal mixture.
Roll into a roti and fry on both sides with ghee.
Similarly prepare other parathas.
Serve these delicious dal parathas with a side-dish of your choice :)