Category: Vegetarian Recipes

Paneer Lababdar & Wholewheat Tava Naan

I am a big of restaurant style gravies for various dishes. They are thick, luscious and really very flavourful. Specially Paneer (Indian cottage cheese). Paneer Lababdar is one such dish, it has a decadence of its own! And when paired with some Wholewheat Tava Naan, this combination is truly something to die for!

If you too are fan of such dishes, then do try Reshmi Paneer or Dhabewala Palak Paneer 👌😉..easy peasy, mouthwatering dishes!!

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The texture of Paneer Lababdar is very creamy and soft and that is why it’s very popular in restaurant menus… Indians love their Paneer…and loving this dish comes naturally to everyone. I too have often ordered this at restaurants alongside some Butter Naan or Tandoori Rotis (Indian flat breads). But since the Naan served in restaurant is usually made of Maida (APF), I always make a Wholewheat version at home…without any yeast or baking soda. Completely healthy! It’s soft and stays fresh for a couple of hours without turning chewy!! 💃

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The recipe I have used is very easy and doesn’t require much prepping. I have made it many times…and it always turns out super delicious! You can say, it can make a perfect party meal if you’re having guests…they will fall in love with your cooking skills😁

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Lets start the recipe…

️Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a non stick pan, a blender, measuring cups/ spoons, a rolling board, rolling pin, a pair of kitchen tongs, a small saucepan, a pan for making the naan, a large bowl.

Ingredients for Paneer Lababdar:

For the sauce: 

2 nos tomato chopped

4-5 nos cashew nuts

2″ piece ginger

4-5 pods garlic

2 nos cloves

2 nos green cardamom (choti elaichi)

1/2 cup water

For the main dish: 

200 gms cubed paneer

2 tbsp grated paneer

1 nos onion finely chopped

1 nos bay leaf

1″ cinnamon stick

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp coriander pwd

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1 tsp degi mirch

1/2 tsp Garam masala

salt to taste

1/4 tsp sugar

a pinch of asafoetida

2 tbsp butter (optional)

1 tsp oil

2 tsp fresh cream (I used Amul, you can avoid cream if you wish)

1 tsp kasuri Methi crushed

Method:

For the sauce: 

In a saucepan, add water along with chopped tomatoes, garlic, ginger, cashew nuts, cloves & green cardamom. Bring these to a boil until the tomatoes have cooked and become soft. Add 2-3 tbsp more water if needed to cook them. Once done, cool these and make a fine purée. Set it aside.

For the main dish:

Heat butter and oil in the pan (skip butter if you are calorie conscious, use a little extra oil instead), add the asafoetida, bay leaf and cinnamon stick, sauté them for a minute. Then add chopped onions and cook until it turns golden brown.

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Once it’s golden brown, add the tomato-cashew purée and mix well. Keep cooking these together until the oil separates from the purée. This will take about 7-8 mins. Next add the coriander pwd, cumin pwd, degi mirch & turmeric pwd. Sauté them for about 5 mins. Also add salt, sugar & 1/4 cup water (if required) at this stage. Mix well and cook for another 5 mins on low flame.

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Next, add the cubed paneer & the grated paneer. Stir well but carefully so that the paneer cubes remain intact. Cook for 5 mins. Now, add the crushed kasuri Methi, garam masala & fresh cream. Stir well. That’s it…serve it hot with Wholewheat Tava Naan ☺️👌

Ingredients for Wholewheat Tava Naan:

2+1/2 cup wholewheat flour (gehu ka atta)

water as required to make the dough

salt to taste

1 tsp ghee

4-5 tbsp water for sticking the Naan on the pan

1 tsp kalonji (onion seeds)

some loose wholewheat flour to dust

Method:

In a large bowl, add wholewheat flour and use a little water at a time to make a soft dough. Grease the dough with ghee well and let it rest for 30 mins.

Keep the pan to heat on low flame.

Next, make large balls using the dough (about the size of an orange, I could make 6 such balls), dust the ball with some flour. Using the rolling pin and board, roll this ball in oblong shape and about 5-6 mm thick. Sprinkle some kalonji seeds and press well with the rolling pin. Now, apply some water on the other side of the naan which isn’t covered with kalonji, and put the watered side down on the pan.

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Cook for about 2 mins on medium flame, then using the kitchen tongs, remove from the pan and cook it on open flame on both sides like we cook phulkas/ rotis. Ensure the heat isn’t too high, else the naan will turn dark in colour but remain uncooked within it. That’s it, the naan will be ready in just 3-4 mins. Do the same for the remaining dough. Apply some butter before serving these hot! 👌😬

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Perfect meal is ready! My hubby enjoys this so much😘

Love,

Shreya💞

Adapted from Veg Recipes Of India 

Vegetable Croquettes

Some evenings my hubby craves for snacks with his tea….I say ‘some evenings’ because he usually doesn’t take anything with his evening tea. He loves his tea…so wouldn’t miss that for anything..but munchies aren’t a compulsion 😁 That sure does make life easier for yours truly!! 😜 

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So last evening he texted me saying that he was craving something spicy like Bhajia /Pakodas! I said no way..I am not frying anything…you will get spicy but definitely not fried. We have consumed too many calories in the past couple of weeks… He was okay with that…told me to go ahead and keep it ready. I looked into my fridge & pantry to check what could be made in precisely 50 mins! Lol!

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I am used to keeping some boiled potatoes & beetroot in my fridge…so assemble a quick sandwich usually. But then again, my hubby isn’t fond of sandwiches too….yeah too many restrictions 😫😫 So I decided to add some peas & spices…to make croquettes! Easy-peasy, crunchy Vegetable Croquettes 😉 Non fried…cos they are made in my trusty Aebelskiver / Appe pan!! They taste great…maybe something like a Kolkata Cutlet or even the famous Indian Railway Canteen Cutlets. 

Yield: 7-8 large croquettes.

Equipments: An Aebelskiver /Appe pan, mixing bowl, measuring cups/ spoons, a couple of spoons/ forks, a plate.

Ingredients:

For the croquettes:

1 nos each of potato, beetroot & carrot (boiled & mashed)

1/4 cup boiled green peas (you can add more veggies of your choice like sweet corn, French beans, etc)

1 slice of brown bread (remove the sides)

1/2 tsp red chilly pwd

1/2 tsp ginger paste

1/2 tsp green chilly paste

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1/4 tsp amchur pwd (dry mango pwd)

A pinch of kala namak (Himalayan pink salt)

a pinch of hing (asafoetida)

salt to taste

Method:

Mix all the above ingredients well in a mixing bowl. Avoid lumps & don’t add any water. Set it in the refrigerator for 10-15 mins. The mixture will be easier to handle & shape when slightly cold.

For the outer coating:

1/2 cup rice flour (options given at the end of the post**)

some water

salt to taste

1 cup fine rawa / semolina

1-2 tsp oil to cook

Method:

Make a thick paste using rice flour and little water. Season it with some salt. Not too much though, as the croquettes will have seasonings. Place the semolina in a plate to roll the croquettes.

Heat the Appe pan alongside and add a few drops of oil in each indentation. The pan should nicely heated, if not the croquettes won’t be crunchy.

For assembling:

Take the mixture out of the refrigerator and immediately make 7-8 equal sized balls and set it aside. Coat each ball with the rice flour paste and then roll it in semolina. Place it in an indentation of the Appe pan. Repeat the same steps for the other balls too. Cook on each side for about 3-4 mins to get an even colour & crunch. You can add a few more drops of oil if required. Once done, serve them piping hot with some ketchup or green chutney ☺️

**They are super crunchy as they are coated with rice flour. Although, if you don’t have rice flour, you can use cornflour or APF (Maida) in the same quantity and follow the same steps.

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They turned out perfect…almost oil-free…ideal for kids too! My hubby loved them ….because this is the first time made a non fried version of these Croquettes…😀😀 No one can really know the difference. A must try for all 👌

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

Love,

Shreya💕

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Nutella Filled Mocha Cupcakes !

Nutella Stuffed Mocha Cupcakes

Little did I know that I would fall in love with cooking after I fell for Mr.Polka Puffs! It all happened a little too fast (no complaints there😀)

 

Nutella Stuffed Mocha Cupcakes

But my experience with cooking was very limited when we first got married. I didn’t even know how to make a nice, round, soft Roti/ Fulkas (Indian flatbread)…let alone a proper meal (I know, I was too pampered by mom and my elder sisters) Well , that’s a shame coz every Indian girl is supposed to know that, right? But I didn’t. I had a hard time managing cooking but I was hellbent that wouldn’t hire a cook to help me out, I wanted to do it on my own.

Days turned into weeks and weeks into months!! I had pulled it off!🙌🙌 💃 I managed to make full Indian meal in less than 3months into our marriage…(desserts included 👆) Mr. PP was super happy ! And me??What more could I have asked for?!

Slowly I started to venture into unexplored territories.. Asked my mom for recipes over the phone and bought them to life. I was one happy wife!

But always wanted to bake a cake for Him… So I did. It was a basic cake and He did like it a lot… Said it was perfect for an amateur baker. I smiled , but somewhere inside me I didn’t like the sound of the word ‘amateur ‘.

I decided to perfect it, and boy I did !! 🍰

Nutella Stuffed Mocha Cupcakes

So life brings it to full circle and here I am, the ‘amateur ‘ cook /baker… With my first ever post on PolkaPuffs! It had to be a cake… But I didn’t want to do whole cake with frosting or layers just yet, so thought of sharing my Nutella Filled Mocha Cupcakes! 😋😋😋 This is the recipe which I have been using as the base for almost all my cakes /cup cakes. It’s easy n eggless. With just an addition or two of a couple of ingredients, I end up with a whole new recipe each time!

I thought with Nutella being such a rage (and a personal favourite) why not incorporate the flavours with the slightly bitter flavours of mocha and see if He likes it… Trust me when I say this, you’ll do yourself a favour when you make this! It’s yum with that rich cocoa & coffee & Nutella just melting in your mouth as you bite into it! Okay, so enough said….. Lol. Anyways, here goes the recipe…

Nutella Stuffed Mocha Cupcakes

 

 

Let’s start step by step…

Pre heat the oven @ 180’c.

Line the muffin tray with cupcake / muffin liners.

In a large mixing bowl sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt (if using unsalted butter, I had used Amul butter so skipped it altogether).

In another mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the dry sifted ingredients to the butter and sugar mix, add lemon juice, vanilla extract, mix the coffee powder with the warm water and add that too to the batter. Mix everything well but do not over mix the ingredients as that results in a heavy cake.

Immediately pour 2 tbsp of the batter into the lined muffin tray in each section, add about 1 tbsp of Nutella over it carefully placing it right in the center and then again pour 1 tbsp or so of the batter to cover the Nutella.

Do the same for all the sections. And bake for 12-15 mins @ 160-170’c

Once ready, remove the muffin tray and let it rest for 20-25 mins on the cooling rack before peeling off the liners / frosting / icing them.

Decorate as you please. Keeps well in an airtight jar for 2-3 days.

Nutella Filled Mocha Cupcakes !

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 8-10 cupcakes

Yummy, gooey, moist egg free Nutella filled cupcakes are easy to make and easier to eat!!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup APF (Maida)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp instant coffee powder
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter (you can use Amul Butter, then skip the salt)
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice / vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2  cup Nutella

Instructions

  1. Pre heat the oven @ 180'c.
  2. Line the muffin tray with cupcake / muffin liners.
  3. In a large mixing bowl sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt (if using unsalted butter, I had used Amul butter so skipped it altogether).
  4. In another mixing bowl cream together the butter n sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Add the dry sifted ingredients to the butter and sugar mix, add lemon juice, vanilla extract, mix the coffee powder with the warm water and add that too to the batter.
  6. Mix everything well but do not over mix the ingredients as that results in a heavy cake.
  7. Immediately pour 2tbsp of the batter into the lined muffin tray in each section, add about 1 tbsp of Nutella over it carefully placing it right in the centre and then again pour 1 tbsp or so of the batter to cover the Nutella.
  8. Do the same for all the sections. And bake for 12-15mins @ 160-170'c
  9. Once ready, remove the muffin tray and let it rest for 20-25mins on the cooling rack before peeling off the liners / frosting / icing them.
  10. Decorate as you please. Keeps well in an airtight jar for 2-3 days.
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Hope you will try these and enjoy them as I did ❤️😀

Love,

Shreya ☺️

Nutella Stuffed Mocha Cupcakes

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