Category: Lunch Box

Schezwan Paneer

Schezwan Paneer or Chilly Paneer happens to be one of my favourite starters when I am at a restaurant….😁 perfectly spiced sauce with juicy paneer makes it irresistible for many of us! 

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Veggies give it a lovely crunch in between bites of velvety sauce..👌..this is something so easy to make at home.. I am sure everyone has their own version. So do I! I keep making it often and never really follow a recipe! But one thing that I try to always use is my Homemade Schezwan Sauce for making this! The flavours are so awesome…just like the restaurant style Schezwan Paneer! 😉

Here’s the easy peasy recipe…

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a pan, a spatula, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

200 gms cubed paneer (cottage cheese, or you can use tofu too)

1/2 cup cubes of capsicum

1/2 cup cubes of onion

8-9 cloves of garlic sliced roughly

5 tbsp Schezwan Sauce

salt to taste

sugar to taste

4 tbsp oil

1 tbsp toasted white sesame seeds (optional)

Method:

Heat oil in the pan, once it’s hot, add the sliced garlic. Let it turn golden brown, then add the cubes veggies and season with salt & sugar. Cook until these they a slightly soft but not completely cooked. They must retain their colour as well.

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Then add the cubed paneer and Schezwan sauce. Give them all a mix but be careful not to break the cubes of paneer. Cook for about 5 mins. Turn off the flame and serve it hot. This goes well with some Hakka Noodles or Fried Rice too👌☺️

Garnish with some sesame seeds if you want to.

(*Please note that I haven’t added any extra soy or chilly sauce as my Homemade Schezwan Sauce is spicy enough. You can add extra sauce if you’d like it to be more spicy)

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There you go…your Restaurant Style Schezwan Paneer is ready…within minutes! 😀

Love,

Shreya💕

Sesame Soya Tikki

Everyone enjoys snacking on some crispy, crunchy finger food! Dipping it in some sauce just makes it all the more yummy…along with a delicious drink to wash it all down👌😁…although a cup of hot tea does the trick too! 

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These Sesame Soya Tikkis make for a great starter/ snack as they are loaded with yummy & healthy ingredients…no frying…no oily mess! Serve these with my homemade Schezwan Sauce and some Iced Green Tea Limeade…perfecto!

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They even make a great lunch box for kids…😊 Let’s get started..

Yield: 6-8 medium Tikkis

Equipment: a non stick pan, a mixing bowl, measuring cups/ spoons, a spatula.

Ingredients:

2 nos. large boiled & mashed potatoes

1/4 cup soya granules

1/4 cup grated carrot (you can add any veggies of your choice or skip them too)

1/2 tsp ginger paste

1 tbsp chopped mint leaves

1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

1/2 tsp Chaat masala

1 tsp chopped green chillies (*omit it when you are cooking these for kids)

1 tsp roasted cumin pwd

1/2 tsp red chilli pwd*

salt to taste

2-3 tsp oil to shallow fry the tikki

1/2 cup slightly roasted white sesame seeds

Method:

Soak the dry soya granules in one cup of warm water for 15 mins & squeeze out all the water well. Place it aside.

Next, add all the above ingredients except oil and soya granules in a mixing bowl, mix them well. Then add the soya granules & combine everything well.

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Next, shape the mixture in equal sized Tikkis, roll them in the sesame seeds and set them aside. Heat the non stick pan, once it’s hot enough, place the tikkis on the pan & add few drops of oil around them. Cook them on medium flame for 3-4 mins on both sides or until the seeds turn golden brown and crunchy. That’s it, serve them piping hot! 😀

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Healthy snacks are ready!

Love,

Shreya💗

Adapted from Tarla Dalal.

Schezwan Sauce | How to make Schezwan Sauce

Today, I’ll share a really easy and delicious recipe for Schezwan Sauce | How to make Schezwan Sauce. It’s a spicy, mildly sweet yet pungent chili garlic sauce which is very popular in the fusion Indo Chinese cuisine. It barely calls for any ingredients from our pantries and gets done in a jiffy. 

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Schezwan Sauce | How to make Schezwan Sauce is a red chili and garlic based spicy yet sweet sauce which can be used as a dip or for cooking various dishes. It has a spicy yet addictive flavor which it makes it so famous. It is also popularly known as Schezwan Chutney in India. Since it needs such few ingredients to put it together, making it at home is very easy and hassle-free.

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Schezwan Sauce | How to make Schezwan Sauce can be served as a dip/ condiment alongside many snacks or starters like Potato wedges, baked spring rolls, Beetroot patties/ cutlets, Vegan cauliflower wings, etc. It even goes perfectly well with famous Indian snacks like Pakoda (fritters), Parathas (Indian Flat breads) or Samosa.

You can even use this sauce as a spread for sandwiches, wraps, rolls, etc. It is very versatile. I usually have a batch of Schezwan Sauce | How to make Schezwan Sauce with me at all times as it becomes easy to put together meals including Schezwan Paneer or Schezwan Lo-Mein (Noodles).

Schezwan Sauce | How to make Schezwan Sauce is a vegan and gluten free sauce. Yes, I do not add any cornstarch to my recipe even though it is a gluten free flour. Many recipes for the same sauce call for corn starch but I’ve personally never felt the need to add any.

Now, coming to preserving this sauce. As I’ve just mentioned above that I always have a batch of this sauce ready at hand. It is so, because this sauce stays fresh in the refrigerator for a good 3-4 weeks at one go. The main trick behind that is a bit of extra oil while cooking this sauce.

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Let us make some Schezwan Sauce.

Soak the dry red chilies in some water for 30 minutes. Drain the water after 30 minutes. Grind the soaked chilies coarsely and set that aside.

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Finely chop the onions, garlic and ginger. Set it aside.

Heat oil in a large wok (use a deep and large wok as the sauce will splatter once it starts boiling).

Add the onions. Cook them for about 5 minutes or until translucent.

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Then add the ground red chilies, chopped ginger and garlic. Mix well and cook on medium flame until the oil floats on the top. That should take about 7-8 minutes.

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Then season with salt, vinegar, soy sauce and ketchup. Continue to cook for another 6-7 minutes on low flame. Stir a few times in between.

Turn off the flame. Allow it to cool completely before storing in glass bottles. Refrigerate immediately and it will last almost 3-4 weeks.

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Schezwan Sauce | How to make Schezwan Sauce

This Vegan & Gluten Free sauce is a spicy, mildly sweet yet pungent chili garlic sauce which is very popular in the fusion Indo Chinese cuisine. It works well as a dip as well can be used to cook one pot meals. 

Course Condiment, Dip, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, Indo Chinese
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 200 ml
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 20 nos. whole, dry red chilies (I used kashmiri)
  • 1/4 cup chopped garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped ginger
  • 10 tbsp oil
  • 5 tbsp vinegar (I used Apple Cider vinegar, you can use any variety but avoid balsamic or a darker vinegar)
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce (I used light soy)
  • 2 tbsp ketchup (add more if you like it sweeter)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 tsp salt (adjust to taste, do not add too much as we have used soy sauce too)

Instructions

  1. Soak the dry red chilies in some water for 30 minutes. Drain the water after 30 minutes. Grind the soaked chilies coarsely and set that aside.


  2. Finely chop the onions, garlic and ginger. Set it aside. 

  3. Heat oil in a large wok (use a deep and large wok as the sauce will splatter once it starts oiling).
  4. Add the onions. Cook them for about 5 minutes or until translucent.
  5. Then add the ground red chilies, chopped ginger and garlic. Mix well and cook on medium flame until the oil floats on the top. That should take about 7-8 minutes.
  6. Then season with salt, vinegar, soy sauce and ketchup. Continue to cook for another 6-7 minutes on low flame. Stir a few times in between.
  7. Turn off the flame. Allow it to cool completely before storing in glass bottles. Refrigerate immediately and it will last almost 3-4 weeks.

Recipe Notes

Use regular sugar if you do not prefer ketchup. 

I have used Kashmiri chilies, you can use any dried red chili as per your preference. 

Do not use a wet spoon to remove the sauce from the jar. 

If you think the quantity of oil is too much, reduce it a bit but then the sauce will remain fresh in the refrigerator for just about 7-8 days. 

Love,
Shreya

Schezwan Sauce | How to make Schezwan Sauce

Tehri/ Tahri

If you are a North Indian, you will be very familiar with Tehri/ Tahri☺️..it’s a famous winter staple. We specially wait for all kinds of fresh winter produce to go ahead and make this! It’s my absolute favourite variety among all rice preparations👌👌😁

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It’s such a rustic combination of freshest veggies…some fragrant spices and rice! I believe it can be anyone’s favourite one-pot meal….soul food for me though! I usually have it with some Raita & Bhune Tamatar Ki Chutney.…a really fabulous combo…

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I always follow my Mom’s delicious recipe….I make no changes! Doesn’t need any…it’s just too good😘

Let’s get on with my Mom’s recipe…

Yield: 2-3

Equipment: a heavy bottom wok, measuring cups/ spoons, a ladle, a lid for the wok.

Ingredients:

1 cup basmati rice (washed & soaked for approx 20 mins)

2 cups cleaned, dried & roughly cubed mixed veggies (I use carrots, peas, potato, paneer, French beans, cauliflower, etc….anything you like)

1 cup sliced onions

1 nos. slit green chilli

1 tsp ginger paste

a handful of mixed whole spices – an inch piece of cinnamon stick, 2-3 black cardamom, 2-3 green cardamom, 1 bay leaf, 2-4 cloves, 4-5 black peppercorns.

1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)

a pinch of asafoetida (hing)

1 tbsp each of coriander & cumin pwd

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1/2 tsp red chilli pwd

1/2 tsp Garam Masala

water as needed to cook the rice

salt to taste

3 tbsp refined oil + 1 tbsp pure ghee

chopped coriander leaves to garnish.

Method:

Heat oil & ghee in the wok. Then add all the whole spices, Jeera & hing. Let these splutter for a few mins. Then add the slit green chilli & sliced onions. Sauté until the onions turn golden brown. Then add the cubed veggies, salt & other spices mentioned above along with Garam masala & ginger paste. Mix well and cook for 7-8 mins on medium flame.

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Then add the soaked rice. Keep sautéing for a couple of mins. Then add enough water so that it just covers the top of the rice and veggies but not too much. Mix well. Cover and cook for about 8-10 mins. Open the cover and give it a stir. The water will have been absorbed by now, turn off the flame, cover and let it rest for 5 mins before it serving piping hot! Garnish with some chopped coriander leaves and a dash of lime juice!

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Give it a try…and you will love it!

Love,

Shreya💞

P.S. Non- Vegetarians can add chicken/meat in place of veggies and follow the same recipe…you will end up with a great one-pot meal!

Methi Aloo (Fenugreek Green with Potato)

Winters are here….though it’s not too chilly yet, but I can feel it in the air. Specially early mornings are so pleasant! The Sun looks kinda bleak these days…& it’s my favourite time of the year😊

It’s also when I love eating everything wintery! From a yummy platter of Litti Choka to spicy mouthfuls of Samose ki Chaat 😀👌…and along with these…I also like enjoying something as yummy and humble as the Methi Aloo…in my Mom’s style😋 which is so delicious and not at all bitter! Infact, it’s anything but bitter!!

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It’s too simple to make this..very few ingredients and it is ready in a matter of minutes😉…a typical North Indian style preparation. I packed this for my hubby’s lunch box today and saved some for my lunch! Enjoyed it with some salad & hot rotis👌

Let’s start with my Mom’s recipe….

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a wok, a spatula, mess cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

500 gms washed & finely chopped methi leaves (fenugreek greens)

3 nos. potatoes peeled & cubed

1 nos. chopped tomato

2 nos. whole dry red chilli

4-5 cloves of garlic

salt to taste

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1/2 tsp Garam masala 

3 tbsp mustard oil ( you can use refined oil too)

Method:

Heat oil in a wok, once the oil smokes (if using mustard oil, don’t smoke it if you are using refined oil), reduce the flame and add the potatoes and stir fry on low flame for 5 mins. They will turn golden brown. Then add the whole red chillies & crushed garlic. Sauté for 2 mins. The add the chopped methi leaves & season with salt and turmeric pwd. Mix well and let the cook for a few mins. You can cover with a lid if you wish. I don’t because methi cooks very fast and a cover isn’t required.

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Once the methi leaves are cooked well, add the tomatoes and again cook for 5-8 mins or until the tomatoes turns soft and mushy. Once that’s done, add garam masala and mix everything well. Just cook for another 2 mins. That’s it! It’s ready. (What actually works in reducing the bitterness is the tomato & the garlic)

Serve it piping hot! 😄

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Hope you like this…it’s just perfect for this season. You can have it with some rice & dal too!! 😬

Love,

Shreya💞

 

Paneer Bhurji/ Paneer Pav Bhaji/ How to make Paneer Bhurji

Paneer Bhurji happens to one of my many quick fixes during weekdays…like Besan Wale Shimla Mirch Aloo😬 Also, it happens to be my hubby’s and my favourite! We both enjoy this for breakfast with some toast or even for lunch or dinner with hot Phulkas or Paratha! Such a great combo…served with some sliced onions and a squeeze of lime juice..👌👌😋 

This one even gets packed for his lunch box! At times, I stuff the leftovers between two slices of Wholewheat bread, toast it and slather the sandwich with some spicy garlic chutney! Another way you can serve it is by pairing it with some warm, buttered Pav, like Paneer Pav Bhaji…because the ingredients are the same😉😉

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My mom makes a very delicious version of this Bhurji, but my version is slightly different. Actually you can also make egg Bhurji using this recipe! You will hardly take 30 mins to prepare this …let’s get started..

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a wok, measuring cups/ spoons, a ladle.

Ingredients:

200 gms paneer (cottage cheese)

1 nos onion finely chopped

1 nos tomato finely chopped

1 nos capsicum finely chopped

2 tsp green chilly-ginger-garlic paste (ggg paste)

1/2 tsp red chilly pwd

1/2 tsp degi mirch pwd

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1 tsp roasted cumin pwd (bhuna Jeera)

1/4 tsp coriander pwd

1 tbsp pav bhaji masala

salt to taste

chopped coriander leaves as needed

1/4 tsp lemon juice

2 tbsp oil/ butter (I usually use butter😁)

a pinch of asafoetida (hing)

Method:

Crumble paneer properly and set it aside.

Heat oil in the wok, add hing next. Let it sizzle for a minute, add the onions next. Let the onions sauté for for 2-3 mins so that they turn translucent. Then add ggg paste and again cook it for 2 mins. Add the capsicum and all the dry spices except pav bhaji masala. Also, season with salt. Sauté these together for the next 5 mins or until the capsicum turns soft. Then add the tomatoes and Pav bhaji masala.

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Sauté for 5 mins, the tomatoes should be cooked and turn soft and pulpy. Add the crumbled paneer and mix well. Mash the paneer with the masalas nicely. Cook covered for about 2-3 mins. Turn off flame, add coriander leaves and some lemon juice 👌👌 that’s it! Ready…enjoy!

You can also try my Pav Bhaji recipe!

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Common, try this out soon…you will love the lip smacking flavours!

Love,

Shreya💞

Adapted from Tarla Dalal

Dhabe Wale Chole/ Chickpeas in a Spicy Indian Curry / Chana Masala Recipe

There is list in my mind which contains the names of the dishes that I would never refuse!! Chole or Chana Masala being one of the many on that list! 😛 it’s simply irresistible! 

I enjoy it with some steamed rice or Paratha, Missi Roti or Aloo ke Bhature….the list is endless when it comes to what you could pair with Chole👌😄

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Look at that deep, rich colour of the gravy! This was totally lip smacking along with some Laccha Parathas. It tasted like the ones we enjoy at Punjabi Dhabbas 😋 And speaking of lip smacking, you should try my Khatte Chole too😁

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I had been wanting to try this recipe for a very long time and finally did it on the weekend. Hubby and me..we both relished it to the core! Besides, it’s really easy to make☺️ Here’s my take on it…

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a pressure cooker, a heavy bottomed wok, a ladle, a blender, measuring cups/ spoons, a small pan.

Ingredients:

2 cup chickpea (White Chole)

1 nos. teabag

2 nos. medium onion

1 nos. large ripe tomato

1/2 cup coriander leaves

10 garlic cloves

2″ piece of ginger

2 nos. green chilli

1 bay leaf

4-5 cloves (Laung)

4-5 whole peppercorns (kalimiri)

1″ piece of cinnamon (dalchini)

1 nos. black cardamom (Badi elaichi)

2 nos. green cardamom (choti elaichi)

1 tsp roasted cumin pwd (Jeera)

1 tsp coriander pwd

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1/2 tsp degi Mirch pwd (red chilli pwd)

1/2 tsp anardana pwd (optional)

2 tsp tamarind pulp

Salt to taste

2-3 tbsp oil

a pinch of hing (asafoetida)

1/2 tsp Jeera dana (cumin seeds)

some cubes of fried cottage cheese (paneer) and onion rings to garnish.

Method:

Soak the Chole overnight in 4 cups of water. Next day, pressure cook the soaked Chole with some salt and the teabag. It will take 3-4 whistles to cook. Once done, discard the teabag & drain all the water. Now add the roasted cumin pwd to the boiled Chole and mix it well. Set that aside for later use.

Grind the ginger, garlic , green chillies and onions together to make a smooth paste. Also purée the tomato and coriander leaves together. Set these aside.

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Now, heat oil in the wok. Once it’s hot enough, add the Jeera dana and hing. Let these splatter a bit. Then add all the whole spices and sauté for a minute.

(Please note that my hubby doesn’t not like whole spices in the food so I have used the infuser while sautéing the spices and then later discarded the same, you can add directly into the wok).

Then add the onion, ginger, garlic & green chilli paste. Cook this for about 7-8 minutes until it leaves oil from the sides. Next add the tomato and coriander purée. Again cook on medium flame for about 10 minutes. The colour will darken and the oil should separate. Also, the mixture will not have the raw fragrance of the tomatoes. At this stage, add the dry spices except the anardana pwd and season with salt (but not too much as the boiled Chole is seasoned with some salt while boiling).Mix well and cook for 5-6 mins for the spices to cook well.

Now add the boiled Chole + anardana pwd (optional) + tamarind pulp. Mix well and add some water to correct the consistency. Cover and cook for 15 mins. Once done, check for seasonings and correct the same. Garnish with some cubes of fried paneer and a few onion rings! That’s it..serve it piping hot 👌😄

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And that’s how you spend a lazy Sunday! 😂 Enjoy!

Love,

Shreya💖

Adapted from Cookoholichomemaker

Phalhari Kadhai Paneer / Vrat ki Kadhai Paneer / No Onion No Garlic Recipe / Cottage Cheese

The best part about Navratri is that I know I will finish cooking very quickly! That’s because we don’t eat onion and garlic during these 9 days…as most Indians, I too have ‘Mata ji ki Pooja’ and ‘Ghatt’ at my place. 😇😇 🙏🌹

I love and eagerly wait for Navratri to begin each year…as I get to decorate the temple in my house!! Colourful bangles..chunni (scarf) for ‘mataji‘ and all the little ‘diyas‘ (oil lamps) lighting up the entire place looks so pretty!! 🎊

But the fact remains that my hubby has to go to work every morning and I love packing his lunch box! So during Navratri…I pack food that’s without onion-garlic. along with cucumber slices and some fruits to balance the meal.

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So decided to pack Phalhari Kadhai Paneer today for his lunch box along with Rajgira ke Parathe (not in pics). They are very healthy and make a good accompaniment to the Phalhari Kadhai Paneer 😀 I was looking for a good paneer (cottage cheese) recipe and this one is perfect!

This recipe is very quick and required little efforts too! Let’s get going with it..

️Yield: Serves 1 (remember, this was made just for my hubby’s lunch box, pls adjust the ingredients to make a larger batch)

Equipment: a non stick pan/ wok, measuring cups/ spoons, blender.

Ingredients:

1 cup cubed paneer

1 cup chopped tomatoes (de seeded)

1 nos green chilly

4-5 cloves (Laung)

1″ pc of cinnamon (dalchini)

2-3 green cardamom (Chotti elaichi)

1 tsp cumin seeds (Jeera)

1 tsp peppercorns (Kali miri)

2 tbsp chopped ginger

1/2 tsp degi mirch (optional)

A pinch of sugar (optional)

1 tbsp ghee

sendha namak to taste (rock salt, and if you are not fasting, use regular salt)

Method:

First, blend together 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes with all of the ginger and green chilly using 1 tbsp water. Make a smooth paste. Set it aside.

Dry roast the cloves, peppercorns, cinnamon, cardamom and cumin seeds for 3-4 mins in the wok…careful not to burn them. Let them cool for a few a minutes. Grind them to a powder or little coarsely (if you like coarse spices) and set it aside.

Now, heat the wok and add ghee. Once it’s hot, add the paste you have made and sauté on medium flame for 5 mins or until the raw smell goes away from the paste. You will see some of the ghee separating from the sides too. Now add the sugar, salt and degi mirch (optional) and approximately 3/4 tsp of the spice powder you have kept aside (the remaining spice powder can be stored in an airtight container for about a month and reused in any curry).

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Mix everything well and cook for another 3-4 mins. You can add some water to correct the consistency at this point (I added less than 1/4 cup of water). Next, add the remaining chopped tomatoes and cubed paneer. Stir carefully to avoid breaking the paneer. Now cook for another 6-7 mins. The paneer will absorb all the flavours and the tomatoes too will cook well. If you like, you can sprinkle some more of the spice powder at this stage (I did not as I was worried it will be too spicy)..turn off the flame. You can garnish with some chopped coriander leaves…I didn’t have any today..so I skipped it! 😬 It’s ready!

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Adapted from Pankaj Bhadouria.

Hope you will try it out soon! 😊

Love,

Shreya💕

Makka Methi Paratha / Maize Flour & Fenugreek Greens Flavoured Flatbread / Indian Flatbread

We Indians have an undying love for our wholesome Parathas (flatbreads)! It can be stuffed…plain salted with some chilli powder or flavoured with various greens along with the flour….there are too many to name 😀 And I love them all 😬😋….greedy, right!?
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A perfect Paratha is crisp on the outside…and moist and flaky within….piping hot…slathered with some (in my case, a lot of) butter or ghee (clarified butter)…on my plate straight from the smoking griddle!! Wow! I am actually drooling just thinking about them😛 The earthy aroma is just too appetising to stop at a couple!

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Today, I am sharing a very easy yet healthy & delicious recipe with you. I had made these for our Sunday brunch. My hubby loves having Parathas with some curd! As simple as that 💓 These have some roughly chopped methi ke patte (fenugreek greens) along with some other spices. I have mixed a couple of more flours with maize flour (makke ka atta) to add fibre and make it a bit more healthy while following my mom’s recipe. Let’s get going with it…

Yield: 8-9 medium sized Parathas

Equipment: a large mixing bowl, measuring spoons/ cups, a rolling board, a rolling board, a griddle/ non-stick pan, a spatula.

Ingredients:

1 cup makke ka atta (maize flour)

1/2 cup wheat flour (gehu ka atta)

1/2 cup roasted Besan (gram flour)

1/2 cup finely chopped fresh methi leaves (fenugreek greens)

1 tbsp chopped green chilli

1 tsp freshly grated garlic

1 tsp freshly grated ginger

1/2 tbsp chopped green coriander

salt to taste

a pinch of hing (asafoetida, optional)

1/2 tsp each of turmeric pwd & red chilli pwd

1 tsp roasted Jeera pwd (cumin)

a couple of pinches of amchur pwd (dry mango)

1 tbsp curd

2 tsp ghee for the dough

2-3 tsp ghee for roasting the parathas

1/4 cup or less water to knead the dough

some dry wholewheat flour for dusting to roll the parathas ..approx 1/4 cup

Method:

Add all the above ingredients except the water and the ghee meant for roasting in a large mixing bowl. Mix everything well. The moisture from the curd, methi leaves & ghee will bind the dough to a certain extend. Now, slowly add some water and make a tight dough. Try using very little water (I used less than 1/4 cup). Now cover & set the dough aside for about 15-20 mins to rest and absorb the flavours.

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Heat the pan on low flame. Alongside, make small balls of the dough, roll them in the dry wholewheat flour and using the rolling pin, roll it out to a diameter of 9″-10″, keeping the thickness of about 4-5mm. Now, pour some ghee on the pan, set the rolled paratha on the pan…cook on the first side for about 2-3 mins…then turn over and cook for another 2-3 mins. Apply some more ghee on both sides of the parathas. That’s cooked..set it aside. Repeat the same process for the rest of the dough.

Serve the parathas piping hot with butter (optional), curd and/ or pickles, etc. 👌👌😊

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These are yummy…and addictive…slightly charred and smoky!! 😛 so try these out soon…winters are approaching…and Parathas are the way to go👏

Love,

Shreya 💖

Dhabewala Palak Paneer aur Ajwaini Missi Roti

I can‘t resist buying bright, grassy green spinach whenever I go veggie shopping 👌😊 I adore the earthy aroma! And more often than not, I end up making my Dhabewala Palak Paneer (cubes of cottage cheese cooked in a mildly spice spinach gravy) and I like serving it with some kind of rustic Indian flat bread (roti) 😬 hence, my Ajwaini Missi Roti ( carom flavored flat bread made with a mix of flours and some spices)…everything on this platter is served with love and lots of butter!

Dhabewala Palak Paneer aur Ajwaini Missi Roti

I don’t really need to explain what’s Palak Paneer to any Indian! It’s a staple in North India but loved by everyone all over 👍 And trust me, you will fall in love with this preparation! It’s mildly spiced, earthy and very versatile! Versatile because one can pair a Palak Paneer with roti, rice, puris or even some dinner rolls!

Dhabewala Palak Paneer aur Ajwaini Missi Roti

I haven’t used a complicated recipe here, some everyday ingredients to make a magical Dhaba Style dish. Who doesn’t love the aromas wafting out of a Dhaba 😀 and my Ajwaini Missi Roti is rustic. Very crispy on the outside and perfectly moist and flaky on the inside….obviously with a dollop of butter on everything!! You don’t do a Dhaba style meal with no butter! Everything is “Makhan maarkey!” (meaning…slathered with butter!)  ❤️

It’s fast and really very easy to put together… Let’s have a look at the recipe..

For Palak Paneer
In a blender, add garlic, ginger, green chili and blanched spinach and make a smooth purée.
Set aside.
Heat oil and ghee (if using ghee) together in the wok. Add asafoetida (hing).
Once the oil is hot enough, add chopped onions add sauté until they start turning brown from the edges. Next add the coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric  and chili powder. Mix well.
Cook until the oil begins to separate. Next, add the tomatoes and season with salt.
Add Garam masala at this stage and cook until the tomatoes are completely cooked and the oil floats on top of the masala, will take approx. 7-8 minutes (you can put a lid and cook at this stage).
Next, goes in the kasuri methi and grated paneer. Cook them 2-3 minutes.
Finally add the puréed spinach mixture and the fried cubes of paneer. Stir well but avoid breaking any cubes of the paneer and cook on medium flame for 8-10 minutes.
Once everything is cooked well, taste for seasoning and adjust the same if needed, then add the cream n stir well. That’s it! Serve piping hot with roti / parathas / rice.

For Ajwaini Missi Roti
In a large mixing bowl, take all the ingredients except the water. Give everything a good mix.
Using little water at a time, make a medium – firm dough. Cover the dough and set it aside for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, divide the dough into equal parts a make balls with it, use some extra flour to dust the rolling board and roll it using a rolling pin to make round parathas/ roti.
They should be slightly thick.
Heat the pan/ griddle with some ghee / butter / oil, and cook the roti on both sides until nicely crisp and the color should be golden brown (take about 2mins on the first side and 1 min on the other side).
Apply extra butter if you like before serving them hot!

Dhabewala Palak Paneer aur Ajwaini Missi Roti

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: serves 2-3

A delicious combination of Dhaba Style Palak Paneer paired with some crisp, earthy Ajwaini Missi Roti. A salad on the side and this meal couldn't get any better!!

Ingredients

    Palak Paneer
  • 5-6 bunches of medium sized spinach (cleaned, blanched in unsalted water and drained. Also, it shrinks post cooking so you may adjust the quantity)
  • 250 gms paneer /cottage cheese (cubed! shallow fried with no salt & set aside)
  • 2 nos. medium onion chopped finely
  • 2 nos. medium tomatoes chopped finely
  • 6-7 cloves of garlic
  • 2" piece of ginger
  • 3 nos. green chili
  • 1 tsp kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
  • 2 tbsp. grated paneer /cottage cheese
  • 2 tbsp. fresh cream (I used Amul)
  • 1 tbsp. coriander powder
  • 1/2 tbsp. cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tbsp. red chili powder
  • 1/2 tbsp. Garam Masala powder
  • salt to taste
  • a pinch of asafoetida
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1 tbsp. ghee (optional)
  • 1 tsp butter (optional, for garnish)
  • Ajwaini Missi Roti
  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour (Atta)
  • 3/4 cup gram flour (besan)
  • salt to taste
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. carom seeds (Ajwain)
  • 1 tsp chopped green chili
  • 1 tsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 3 tbsp. finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp ghee for kneading the dough (use oil if you are avoiding ghee)
  • extra ghee or butter for cooking the roti (optional, you can use oil and avoid ghee/ butter)
  • 1/4 cup approx. water (to knead the dough)
  • Extra wheat flour for dusting

Instructions

    Palak Paneer
  1. In a blender, add garlic, ginger, green chili and blanched spinach and make a smooth purée.
  2. Set aside.
  3. Heat oil and ghee (if using ghee) together in the wok. Add asafoetida (hing).
  4. Once the oil is hot enough, add chopped onions add sauté until they start turning brown from the edges. Next add the coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric and chili powder. Mix well.
  5. Cook until the oil begins to separate. Next, add the tomatoes and season with salt.
  6. Add Garam masala at this stage and cook until the tomatoes are completely cooked and the oil floats on top of the masala, will take approx. 7-8 minutes (you can put a lid and cook at this stage).
  7. Next, goes in the kasuri methi and grated paneer. Cook them 2-3 minutes.
  8. Finally add the puréed spinach mixture and the fried cubes of paneer. Stir well but avoid breaking any cubes of the paneer and cook on medium flame for 8-10 minutes.
  9. Once everything is cooked well, taste for seasoning and adjust the same if needed, then add the cream n stir well. That's it! Serve piping hot with roti / parathas / rice.
  10. Ajwaini Missi Roti
  11. In a large mixing bowl, take all the ingredients except the water. Give everything a good mix.
  12. Using little water at a time, make a medium - firm dough. Cover the dough and set it aside for 15 minutes.
  13. After 15 minutes, divide the dough into equal parts a make balls with it, use some extra flour to dust the rolling board and roll it using a rolling pin to make round parathas/ roti.
  14. They should be slightly thick.
  15. Heat the pan/ griddle with some ghee / butter / oil, and cook the roti on both sides until nicely crisp and the color should be golden brown (take about 2mins on the first side and 1 min on the other side).
  16. Apply extra butter if you like before serving them hot!

Notes

The dough for the Missi Roti stays fresh in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

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Dhabewala Palak Paneer aur Ajwaini Missi Roti

In my home, we have these with some onions with a dash of lime!

Love,

Shreya💕

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