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Homemade Malai Paneer | Indian Cottage Cheese Recipe

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

Indians and Malai Paneer go hand in hand! As many Indians are pure vegetarians, they consume large quantities of milk based products and Paneer tops the list 🙂 So, I thought I must share an easy recipe to make Homemade Malai Paneer / Indian Cottage Cheese at home and it’s better than store bought ones!! 

I must confess, I’m a paneer lover! If it’s Homemade Malai Paneer, then even better! I can have every other day and sometimes, I do…LOL! It’s one of the easiest things to cook if you have some Paneer sitting ready in your refrigerator. All one needs to do is make a luscious gravy base like the one of Reshmi Paneer. It goes so well with some Masala Puris or even with my favorite Wholewheat Tawa Naan bread 🙂

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

My hubby too enjoys paneer and likes his Laccha Parathas with some Paneer Bhurji for breakfast. And I have to agree with him, it’s healthy and very filling. A typical North-Indian start to our day.

But many times, when paneer is store bought, it’s very chewy and particularly sour. It has a very sticky exterior texture, almost slimy in many cases. Such quality can put anyone off paneer. Such a texture can be because of many factors, one – the paneer isn’t fresh and has been packaged for many days, two- the paneer is adulterated and has cornflour and other such ingredients, this results in slimy exterior of the paneer. This can very disgusting and the flavour is always compromised.

But what is more important is that it can be made very easily at home. Most of us feel it’ll be a very time consuming  procedure and could be too tedious! I can assure you, it’s none of that! All I can say is that we need sometime in hand and patience….yes, please be very patient while making fresh paneer.

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You can see the pictures here, it’s a rustic homemade slab of cottage cheese which is absolutely soft, melt in the mouth and just feels very creamy as the name suggests. But, it was not always that i knew the exact method to make this beauty, i referred to many recipes to understand the secret behind that creamy texture like we buy from the stores. It’s Cream – yes, our very own Amul cream or any cream 🙂 I’m sure many may know about it but for me it was a revelation because so many websites don’t mention any cream in the recipe and their end results look very creamy and perfect! So, now even you guys are in on the secret …LOL! Plus a few very important points which I’ve learnt from my Mom.

Let’s follow this step by step method for a better understanding..

1. Heat milk in a large pan, let it come to a gentle boil.

2. Then add the cream and mix well but with a gentle hand.

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3. Then add the lemon juice. Mix well and reduce the flame to sim.

4. In about 4-5 minutes, the milk fats will begin separating from the whey. Turn off the flame at this stage.

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

5. In the meanwhile, keep a muslin cloth or a cheese cloth draped over a large bowl, pour the split milk through the muslin/ cheese cloth and immediately squeeze out as much whey as you can.

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

6. Dip the squeezed milk fats in the cloth in a bowl filled with water and ice cubes for 2 minutes.

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

7. Place a heavy utensil on top of the cheese cloth and keep it that way for about 1-2 hours. This will ensure that all the water is weighed out of the paneer.

8. Once the paneer is set, use it as needed. To store it, keep the paneer wrapped in a damp cloth and refrigerated.

9.The paneer will stay fresh for up to 3-5 days if stored correctly.

That’s your paneer. This recipe is easy to follow and needs no major equipment.

Homemade Malai Paneer | Indian Cottage Cheese Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 450 grams approximately

Creamy, melt in the mouth soft paneer is everyone’s favorite and here’s an absolutely easy, no-fail recipe for your own Homemade Malai Paneer!!

Ingredients

  • 1.5 liters full fat milk (buffalo milk)
  • 200 ml fresh cream (I used Amul Cream)
  • juice of 2-3 lemons
  • 20-25 ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Heat milk in a large pan, let it come to a gentle boil.
  2. Then add the cream and mix well but with a gentle hand.
  3. Then add the lemon juice.
  4. Mix well and reduce the flame to sim.
  5. In about 4-5 minutes, the milk fats will begin separating from the whey.
  6. Turn off the flame at this stage.
  7. In the meanwhile, keep a muslin cloth or a cheese cloth draped over a large bowl, pour the split milk through the muslin/ cheese cloth and immediately squeeze out as much whey as you can. 
  8. Dip the squeezed milk fats in the cloth in a bowl filled with water and ice cubes for 2 minutes. 
  9. Place a heavy utensil on top of the cheese cloth and keep it that way for about 1-2 hours.
  10. This will ensure that all the water is weighed out of the paneer.
  11. Once the paneer is set, use it as needed.
  12. To store it, keep the paneer wrapped in a damp cloth and refrigerated.
  13. The paneer will stay fresh for upto 3-5 days if stored correctly.
  14. Refer to notes below.

Notes

Please follow all the steps correctly. Do not over cook the milk once it has split. Pour into the cheese cloth immediately else the paneer will turn chewy. Always store the paneer wrapped in a damp cloth and cover it from all sides. The cream is added to improve texture and taste. Since we are adding cream, it will take a little extra lemon to split the milk so add more of it if necessary.

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Do try this one out, you’ll stop buying paneer from the stores!!

Love,

Shreya

Adapted from You Tube – Sanjeev Kapoor’s recipe.

Garlic Cheese Smashed Potatoes | GF meals in 30 minutes

You guys know I love potatoes….I do! I may not share too many recipes with potatoes in them, but the Lord above knows my love for these spuds….and my love for them is shared by my hubby!! Talk about marriages being made in heaven…..for us, it’s more like a spud-farm 🤣🤣🤣😂

Breakfast to dinner, I can live on them. Start your day with some scrumptious Aloo ke Parathe (potato stuffed Indian flatbreads). These are are absolutely awesome and very mildly spiced to start your day with these parathe and you will full almost up to lunch time…I serve them with some home made yogurt, some mango pickle and a lot of butter on top of these….the butter melts all over these piping hot beauties 😍…Mmmmm!

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Not looking for something so heavy early in the morning….then you can try my super-yum….brilliant beyond brilliant Baked Potato Wedges 😉 We, the spud-lovers are particularly partial to it and can never share it…hence we make ourselves two whole trays of them, beauties……one for him and one for yours truly 😜

Next, if your looking something Indian…curry style for a proper supper, just go with the Aloo Dum, pair it with some Pooris (fried flatbreads) or Laccha Paratha or even some rice, a quick home style salad (sliced red onions + chopped tomatoes + chopped cucumber + salt + a bit of lime juice) on the side and just step into the food coma …..it’s that good 😍  For something a bit less spicy…look out for my Rassedaar Aloo (potatoes and tomatoes simmered in a thin gravy with little spices),  just a few easy ingredients and it’s ready in under 30 minutes?

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You must also try my Aloo Ki Kachori if you love a good North Indian fare 😉 It’s easy to put together and works well for brunches!

Anyways…..that’s a whole lotta potatoes recipes for you guys…not to mention that I’ve not even included a few  here…they are all there in the blog archives ➡️➡️ …go, look them up!

So…about these crisp, gorgeous looking smashed potatoes…well, I have been meaning to share this recipe for a while…I have many other variations for these, but the one which I’ve here today, is like the best way to have potatoes 😍😍 they are just everything one looks for in a side dish … a bit of spice from the chilli flakes (or, you could use smoked paprika), that comforting warmth from the garlic, a bit smokiness as I’ve used smoked sea salt (you could always use regular salt or even plain sea salt)…..spicy becaaaaaause…I’ve added my favourite spice mix in the whole wide world….yeah! Peri Peri spice powder and that last bit off oozing good in the form of Mexican blend cheese  😋 Yes please!!!

Let’s see how can we get you to make these babies….

Take 2 cups of water in a pressure cooker, add a pinch of regular salt to it along with washed baby potatoes. Cook them for about 10 minutes or one whistle is good enough. We need to soften them but not turn them into a watery mush!

Pre-heat the oven @200’c.

Once cooked, drain the water and let the potatoes cool down a bit. Then, grease the baking tray with about a tbsp of oil. Roll the boiled potatoes in the oil on the tray. Spread out the potatoes and use a fork to smash them a bit.

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Now, drizzle some more of the remaining oil over the smashed potatoes. Sprinkle sea salt, garlic powder, peri peri spice mix, chilli flakes and the cheese and some oil if you like.

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Bake these at 200’c for 12-15 mins or until the cheese bubbles and the top of these potatoes turns a bit crisp using both the upper and the lower heating rods/ elements.

Garnish with some chopped coriander and sprinkle some more cheese if you like 😉 Serve these piping hot with some drinks or just as it is!

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They will melt in your mouth😋😋😋😋 so tempting…and so easy to put together!

Garlic Cheese Smashed Potatoes | GF meals in 30 minutes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: serves 2

Cheesy! Garlicky! Spicy!! If you like potatoes and a bit of spice in your spuds, then you have to make these Gluten-free Smashed Potatoes today!

Ingredients

  • 300 gms baby potatoes
  • sea salt to taste
  • 1 tsp peri peri spice mix (store bought)
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder (use fresh minced garlic if you don't have garlic powder)
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1/4 cup Mexican cheese mix (store bought, easily available in any supermarket or hyper stores)
  • some fresh green coriander to garnish

Instructions

  1. Take 2 cups of water in a pressure cooker, add a pinch of regular salt to it along with washed baby potatoes.
  2. Cook them for about 10 minutes or one whistle is good enough. We need to soften them but not turn them into a watery mush!
  3. Once cooked, drain the water and let the potatoes cool down a bit.
  4. Pre-heat the oven @200'c.
  5. Then, grease the baking tray with about a tbsp of oil.
  6. Roll the boiled potatoes in the oil on the tray.
  7. Spread out the potatoes and use a fork to smash them a bit.
  8. Now, drizzle some more of the remaining oil over the smashed potatoes. Sprinkle sea salt, garlic powder, peri peri spice mix, chilli flakes and the cheese and some oil if you like.
  9. Bake these at 200'c for 12-15 mins or until the cheese bubbles and the top of these potatoes turns a bit crisp using both the upper and the lower heating rods/ elements.
  10. Garnish with some chopped coriander and sprinkle some more cheese if you like.
  11. Serve these piping hot with some drinks or just as it is!

Notes

Serve these piping hot - simple reason, it will not taste very good once it cools down. Play around with spices of your choice and come up with whole new recipes of your own.

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Shreya💕

Spicy Arrabbiata Sauce – Glutenfree and Vegan

It’s always better to have a go to pasta sauce recipe…this one here, happens to be mine😊 Especially during these hot summers days….when cooking up a storm isn’t exactly someone’s dream…having this ready in the refrigerator or the freezer can be a lifesaver! 😄

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There are days when I go through the entire ritual of sautéing some exotic veggies like some American sweet corn, broccoli, some snow peas and a bit of bell pepper along with some crushed garlic to go with my pasta…and then are days when all I want to do is dump the sauce with some boiled pasta and give it a quick stir and I serve it without any fancy-shmancy garnishing…just a bit of grated cheese and I am all sorted🤗

And hence, happens my quick macaroni with some spicy, vegan-Glutenfree arrabbiata sauce! Just like that….and obviously it’s one of my favourite meals👌🏼😍

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This sauce can also be used for topping up your bruschetta along with some slices of olives or just some crumbled feta cheese…..some capers, if like little bursts of salty..briny flavours….see..I have given you some ideas for your next girls’ night in…or if you’re a dude reading this here…make a bruschetta platter for your buddies as you watch the latest season of IPL ’17….or impress a lady friend with your sauve kitchen moves😉

I use this sauce for my chip-n-dip platters on movie nights with my fella…it’s healthy and definitely delicious! Follow this easy recipe for some healthy Wholewheat crackers to go with this sauce.

**Coming to how you would go about storing this sauce. I make a slightly larger batch and refrigerate it and it stays fresh for almost 10-12 days. I don’t add salt while this sauce especially when the purpose is to store it. To freeze, simply cool the sauce and pack them in small ziplock pouches and freeze them. The freezer sauce needs to be thawed at room temperature for about an hour before using it. Always remember to season it using the stored sauce. When making the sauce for immediate consumption, then do add salt as per taste.

Now, on to the recipe….

Yield: serves 2-3 persons

Equipment: a heavy bottomed saucepan, measuring cups/ spoons, a ladle, hand blender.

Ingredients:

3 cups blanched and roughly chopped tomatoes (choose ripe tomatoes)

3/4 cup finely chopped onions

salt to taste (I used sea salt)

freshly cracked black pepper to taste

4 tbsp olive oil

3-4 cloves of garlic, crushed

a few fresh basil leaves (or use dried)

2 tsp chilli flakes

1 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp dried rosemary

some warm water if needed to correct the consistency

Method:

Heat oil in the pan, once it is hot enough, add crushed garlic and onions. Sweat these until the onions turn translucent and the garlic turns a bit golden. Then go in the roughly chopped chopped blanched tomatoes.

Keep the flame on low, season with salt, chilli flakes, cracked black pepper, rosemary and oregano. Keep stirring these together for a few minutes to ensure the flavours blend well. Add some warm water at this stage to correct the consistency (I added about 3/4 cup), mix well and cover with a lid and let the sauce cook for about 10 mins on low flame.

Open the lid after 10 minutes, the sauce should be done by now. Turn off the flame, let the sauce cool off a bit. Then using a hand blender, blend the sauce as much as you prefer. I like my sauce a bit chunky so I don’t go overboard with the blending.

If you are making a pasta dish immediately, just add this entire sauce to about 2 cups of boiled macaroni or penne and give them a good toss. Garnish with some finely chopped fresh basil leaves and some grated cheese!

**scroll above to read about how to store this sauce.

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Do try this sauce soon…you know what? This even works as a great pizza sauce😉😉

Love,

Shreya💖

Spicy Arrabbiata Sauce Glutenfree and Vegan

 

Glutenfree Strawberry Crumble

Remember how I told you guys that I was almost literally rolling in strawberries when I shared my No Pectin 3 Ingredient Mixed Berries Jam recipe sometime last week….well this is another proof that I was actually more than rolling 😂😂 🍓🍓 still have so many more…I have frozen some and the rest I keep chomping on as I keep going about my chores!

They are sweet and so so refreshing… I can’t really put it into words..and while I am hooked to them berries, my hubby loves his muskmelons! Eating seasonal I guess! Besides, the temperatures have soared in the last few days and it’s only the first week of March 😩 …. I think we will live on Watermelon Green Tea Coolers and some Kiwi Agua Frescas or a sorbet on second thoughts ☺️ Well, I don’t mind that in all honesty!

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Anyways, so when I am not having these beauties as they are or freezing them…I think of healthier and more delicious ways to have them as desserts. So, I came across something online which so good and had just 140 calories per serving! My hubby would love it! He likes his strawberries cooked or stewed…rather than as a fruit. But sadly, the recipe called for All Purpose Flour 😑😑….. Thinking about replacing it gave me an idea to make it Glutenfree! Simple ingredients and so easy to make….I couldn’t stop grinning 😉

You can use APF if you like that, but I have replaced it with Cornflour or Cornstarch. You won’t even know the difference in flavour! This recipe also includes oats and nut flours (if you are allergic, please avoid them).

So, shall we make ourselves some Glutenfree Strawberry Crumble?!…..

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: ramekins or individual cupcake tin moulds, measuring cup/ spoons, cooling rack, baking tray, 2 small mixing bowls.

Ingredients:

1 cup roughly chopped strawberries (frozen or fresh)

1 tbsp cornstarch/ corn flour

1-2 tbsp sugar (use more or less as per your taste)

1 tbsp cold and cubed unsalted butter

3-4 drops vanilla extract/ essence

a pinch of salt

4 tbsp rolled oats (powdered in a blender, basically oat flour)

3 tbsp almond flour

a few whole strawberries and some fresh mint leaves to garnish

Method:

Preheat the oven @180’c

Use some oil to grease the ramekins/ individual cupcake tins.

In a small mixing bowl, add chopped strawberries with vanilla extract. Mix well. Divide equally  into the two greased ramekins/ tins.

In another mixing bowl, add corn flour/ cornstarch along with the sugar. Mix well. Divide equally onto the portioned strawberries. Mix them once in the ramekin itself.

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In the same mixing bowl, add almond flour, salt, cubed butter and oats flour. Rub these together with the tips of your finger until they resemble bread crumb like texture.

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Divide this topping equally over the two strawberry filled ramekins/ tins.

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Bake at 180’c for about 25-27 mins or until the strawberries start bubbling up and the top crust looks crisp. Mine were done in 20 mins. Every oven does work differently so keep an eye after 20 mins of baking.

Once done, remove from the oven and place on the cooling rack for a few minutes. We enjoyed them warm as they were, but if you wish, serve these with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!! Bliss😍😍😍

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Please note:

~I have used glass ramekins meant for baking at higher temperatures. You can use regular white porcelain ones too or just use a single cake tin and bake the whole thing as a large serving and then later divide into 2-3 portions as per your choice. The taste and the method shall remain the same.

~You can serve this cold too. Once baked and cooled, this can stay in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Just ensure you’re covering it well with some aluminium foil.

~follow the same recipe with raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, etc. as well.

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Love,

Shreya 💝

Adapted from Diethood.com

Kothmir Wadi | Kothambir Wadi – Maharashtrian Delicacy

I am a proper Mumbai (Bombay) girl…born, raised, educated, worked and then married in Mumbai….when I say home, I always mean Mumbai❤….and saying that obviously means I love…just lurrvvvveeee my Mumbaiya (meaning typical) street food and snacks! The hubby and I visit every happening joint, cafe …etc, etc around our city but having some of the most delicious street food is something we can never give up!

Mumbai isn’t only about Wada Pav and Bombay Pav Bhaji in terms of authentic Maharashtrian snacks. If you have ever been to Maharashtra (any part of the state), you’d be familiar with Kothambir Wadi or Kothmir Wadi (spiced, coriander and chickpea flour nuggets). Kothmir or Kothambir literally means fresh coriander leaves in Marathi and Wadi translates to nuggets. Such an easy language… I am almost too proud that I can speak it rather well…(well, I do make grammatical errors here and there but I never quit speaking the language!) 😃

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The flavours are fresh and very earthy, green chillies and ginger along with other spices and ingredients make these Wadis lip smacking. Although, these are available in most local shops that sell Wada Pav or bhajias (batter fried onion or potato fritters), I always wanted to make them at home too. I probably wouldn’t have if my hubby wasn’t so crazy about them…

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So I looked up a few recipes and found one which was easy and sounded a whole lot like what we usually got from outside…and they turn out quite good and crisp! I have been making there for over 2 years now…and a glass of hot lemon tea is all that I need to polish these off!

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Besides, making them is no big task either….it takes less than 15 mins of prepping and just another 30 minutes of cooking! Glutenfree (uses chick pea flour along with rice flour) and vegan (has no clarified butter or yogurt), one can easily include them in their special diets without any fuss. Serve them with a dip if choice or have them on it’s own…delish!

Let’s begin….

Yield: 16 small Wadis (nuggets) using a square baking tin of 5″X 5″

Equipment: a mixing bowl, a whisk, measuring cups/ spoons, a pressure cooker/ large pot, a small metal plate, a frying pan, baking tin or any vessel to use for steaming the Wadis (nuggets), a sharp knife, a pair of tong.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup sifted chick-pea flour (besan) 

2 tbsp sifted rice flour (chawal ka atta)

salt to taste

water as needed

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 tsp red chilli powder

a pinch of hing (asafoetida)

2 tsp chopped green chillies

1 tsp ginger paste

1 tsp toasted white sesame seeds

1 tsp lemon juice

1/2 cup finely chopped fresh coriander leaves

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 tbsp flavour less oil (like canola or sunflower)

To pan fry: (optional, have it steamed if you wish to avoid pan frying. Also, deep frying is yet another option but I tend to avoid deep frying)

4 tbsp oil

Method:

In a mixing bowl, add the sifted flours. Season with salt. Add hing at this point. Whisk well and add little water to make a thick batter. Add the ginger paste, lemon juice, chillies, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, oil, toasted sesame seeds and chopped coriander leaves, whisk again. Add the baking soda and mix gently (don’t whisk). Grease the baking tin with some oil. Pour the batter into the greased tin and set it aside.

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Heat about 2 cups of water in a large pot or pressure cooker. Keep a metal plate at the bottom of the pot/ cooker to use as a  seperator.

Once the water starts boiling a bit, place the tin with the batter inside the pot/ cooker on the separator plate. Cover with a lid if you are using a pot. In case you are using a pressure cooker, remove the weight (whistle) off the lid and then secure the lid on the pressure cooker.

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Cook on low flame for about 15-18 mins. Then turn off the flame  and open the lid carefully. Remove the tin from the pot/ pressure cooker and using a sharp knife check if the batter has cooked, to do that, simply insert the knife in the centre of the tin, if it comes out clean, the batter has cooked (just aswe do for any cake).

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Let this cool down completely. Once it has cooled, run the knife on all four sides of the tin and gently unmould it on a chopping board. Using the same sharp knife, cut it into squares. Keep them aside.

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This is what it looks like post steaming. Have them just as it is..or pan fry.

To pan fry:

Heat 4 tbsp oil in a frying pan, place the squakes in the pan once the oil is hot, keep turning them around and let them crisp up on all sides. Once done, remove on absorbent kitchen paper. Serve them hot with a dip if your choice!

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They keep fresh for a few hours although I have never tried to store them for very long. These make for a great party snack or even as a side dish to go with your meals!

Love,

Shreya💖

Adapted from Nisha Madhulika

Dum Paneer Kali Mirch – restaurant style

Paneer? Haven’t done that in a while now, have we!? Restaurant Style…under 30 mins? Ring a bell? Yeah…..my Reshmi Paneer is one such dish that fits every bill 😉 Tastes great, easy to make and loved by all!! 

I love paneer (Indian cottage cheese) and often make it at home from scratch using full fat milk (it is very easy) but I stick to  making Paneer only and only when I am out of veggies and need to get my meals ready in a jiffy! Or if I have some guests and I have planned 2-3 main dishes, Paneer is always one of them.

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So when I was out of veggies a few days ago, I made some fresh paneer and decided to make Dum Paneer Kali Mirch (juicy, succulent pieces of cottage cheese cooked with assorted spices, fresh yogurt and black peppercorns). Sounds good? Well, it’s much better than good….it tasted just like the ones we get at Restaurants and the spices were all well balanced.

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What I love about this dish is the depth of flavour that the crushed black peppercorns give and at the same time the yogurt ensures a luscious creamy gravy to mop up with some crisp and flaky Laccha Paratha 🤗 …however the Paratha that you see in the picture just above has approximately 24 layers… yeah…I do that sometimes..it was so good with the Dum Paneer Kali Mirch! Just add a salad or some raita…and you have a complete for yourself.

If you are wondering what is ‘Dum‘, it is nothing but a process of slow cooking by covering the pot/pan with some aluminium foil or a dough of Wholewheat around the lid so that no steam escapes from the pot/ pan and all the flavours are locked into the dish.

I am planning to make some Paneer Tawa Masala and pair that with these parathas soon…I’ll probably do a 36 layered one this time around👌🏼

Lets get cooking…

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a pan, measuring cups/ spoons, a ladle, blender.

Ingredients:

W200 gms fresh paneer

1 nos. large onion

a pinch of sugar

5 tbsp oil

2 nos. black cardamom

1″ stick cinnamon

a pinch of asafoetida (hing)

1 tbsp ginger- garlic paste

1 tsp green chilli paste

1 tsp freshly crushed peppercorns

salt to taste

1/2 tsp red chilli powder

1 tsp coriander powder

3/4 tsp cumin powder

1/2 tsp Garam Masala

5 tbsp thick fresh yogurt

2 tbsp fresh cream (I used Amul)

Chopped coriander leaves to garnish as needed

Method:

Cut the paneer in cubes and set it aside.

Slice the onions roughly. Heat oil in the pan. Once it is hot, add the sliced onions with a pinch of sugar and fry them until they turn golden brown but not burnt.

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Remove the onions from the oil and let them cool completely. Once they have cooled down, blend them in a blender until  smooth.

Now, in the same pan which we had used to fry the onions, there is still enough oil. Heat it again, add the cardamom and the cinnamon stick. Let them splatter for a minute. Then add the hing and the onion paste. Cook the onion paste for 3-4 mins. Then add the green chilli paste and ginger-garlic paste. Cook until the raw smell goes away. Then season with salt, add red chilli powder, crushed black peppercorns, coriander powder, cumin powder and Garam Masala. Mix well and cook for 5-6 mins. You can add some water if the spices mixture is sticking to the pan.

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Next, add the cubed paneer and the yogurt. Mix well and be careful not to break the paneer. Keep stirring gently and cook them uncovered for 5 mins. Then add the fresh cream and some more water to correct the consistency.

Put a lid and seal with some aluminium foil on all sides. Turn the flame on low and let this cook on ‘Dum’ for about 15-20 mins. Once done, remove the foil, open the lid and garnish with some chopped coriander and serve hot with parathas or Phulkas.😊

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Are you drooling yet!? 😋

Love,

Shreya💝

Adapted from NDTV

Mexican Vegetable Soup | Vegan and Glutenfree

So…here we are in 2017 and this bright, colourful soup was destined to be the first post of the year😁….why ‘was’?? Because this was made sometime during the last couple of days of the year gone by…..it was our healthy and light meal before binged in the name of making merry!!

Anyhooooo….so how have the first few days of the new year been treating you!? Honestly, I feel no different. The dates have changed no doubt, but that is where I think it ends. I am not one who makes resolutions and stuff….it’s been that way all my life. Do you? Have any of you actually seen your resolution through the year and then made notes about it later? I’d love to know! I mean, many break their resolutions the very next morning of making them….seems like such a waste..moot point, no?!

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So coming to this soup….it’s as healthy as healthy gets..no cornflour or APF or any ingredient to thicken the broth. It has a ton of veggies…like literally! Plenty of spices and the tang….that’s just perfect!!

Obviously you could add a bit of meat like sliced sausages or some boiled eggs. I was thinking maybe some seafood, like prawns or even squids! The possibilities are endless…. but I keep this one as veg…always. It’s one of our favourite go-to soups to do at home. It’s the quickest too, you’ll see!

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Everyone has a favourite soup….this is my current favourite, has been for sometime now. I usually even like Manchow soup…a personal favourite or some Thai Noodle soup, I’d probably share that recipe here too sometime….could make for a ideal summer lunch! ☺️

Anyways….let’s first learn to make us some healthy Mexican Vegetable Soup….

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a heavy bottomed pan, measuring cups/ spoons, a ladle.

Ingredients:

2 tbsp oil

5-6 cloves of garlic

1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper

1/4 cup finely chopped yellow bell pepper

1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper

1/4 cup finely chopped carrots

1/4 cup sweet corn

1/4 cup finely chopped French beans

1/2 cup finely chopped red onion

3 nos. large ripe tomatoes

salt & pepper to taste

3/4 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp red chilli powder

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp peri peri spice mix (store bought)

2 cups water

3 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves

juice of half a lemon

nacho chips to serve on the side (optional)

Method:

Heat oil in the pan, add crushed garlic and chopped onions. Sweat the onions for about 2-3 minutes. Then add the chopped bell peppers, carrots, beans, sweet corn. Stir well and season with salt & pepper. Cook the veggies for about 5-6 mins.

Then add the oregano, cumin powder, red chilli powder and the peri peri spice mix. Stir well, add tomatoes. Cook these together for another 5-6 mins or until the tomatoes turns soft and mushy. Add water (I add about 2 cups, you can add more or less).

Let the soup come to a boil, takes about 12-13 mins. Once the consistency is right, add chopped coriander and lemon juice. Serve the soup piping hot with some nacho chips.

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Such a filling meal….I’d say do try it once.

Love,

Shreya 💝

Adapted from cooking classy

 

Vrat ke Pakode | Phalhari Pakode ki recipe | Glutenfree Fritters

I am a Northern Indian and having spent many winters up there, I love everything that the winters have to offer in terms of the local fresh produce! I particularly enjoy roasted or sautéed Singhara (water chestnut or water caltrop). The flavour is very earthy and not many spices are needed to enhance it further 🙂 They are commonly seen in green or brown colour…I’ve heard about the pink ones but haven’t come across any yet. Although, the green ones do have a light pinkish hue around the skin. I wish I had a few fresh ones at hand to show it’s beauty! 

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So, as I was saying…it’s available up North…usually you will find local vendors selling these on small stalls. These Singharas or water chestnuts are usually roasted on coal embers and are sold hot. The earthiness (‘sondhapan’ in Hindi) is something that grows on you and you will want to enjoy them even more! Usually paired with the evening tea, they make for a toothsome snacking option.

Since it’s a fruit, it can be enjoyed during the Vrat (fasting) season in Navratri or Mahashivratri. It can be enjoyed raw,boiled or sautéed or even roasted as I mentioned above wth some Vrat ka namak.

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The Singhara is dried and powdered to make Glutenfree flour which too can be used for recipes during Vrat (fasting). It’s full nutritional properties and almost no fats!

So, today I am going to be sharing my favorite Vrat (fasting) dish, Vrat ke Pakode! Anyone who knows me well, know that’s I am not too fond of sweets…(Yes!! My blog archives tell a different story…but that’s courtesy my hubby😘😂). This is my Mom’s recipe…and I freak out over them. So much so, I refuse to share any when these are on the menu. Luckily enough, my hubby has become fond of them so he wants a share even though he isn’t fasting….so obviously I make a large batch!!

Let’s see how…

Yield: serves 1

Equipment: a large wok, a mixing bowl, measuring cups/ spoons, a slotted spoon, kitchen paper.

2 nos. large potatoes

1/4 cup Singhara ka atta (water chestnut flour or any other Glutenfree flour like buckwheat or finger millet but I always use water chestnut flour)

vrat ka namak (or regular salt) to taste

1 tsp grated ginger

1 tsp chopped green chillies

1/4 tsp black pepper powder

1/4 tsp degi mirch (optional, use it for the colour)

2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves and some extra to garnish

water as needed

oil to fry

Method:

Peel the potatoes, wash and pat dry them.

Then cut the potatoes into small cubes. Set them aside.

In a mixing bowl, add the cubed potatoes, degi mirch, black pepper pwd, chopped green chillies, chopped coriander leaves and grated ginger.

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Mix these well. Add the Singhara flour/ atta. Mix well again. Do not add salt right now. (If you do, the mixture will leave a lot of water and the fritters/ pakode won’t be crisp). 

Heat oil in the wok. Once it’s hot enough, reduce the flame to medium.

Now season the mixture with salt and add a little water to it and mix well. Do not let the this mixture rest, drop spoonfuls of it into hot oil and fry them evenly until golden and crisp on all sides. Remove from the oil and place them on absorbent kitchen paper to get rid of any excess oil.

That’s it, serve them piping hot with tea and some Phalhari chutney. 

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Also try my Roasted Phool Makhane (spiced foxnuts), click here for recipe...makes for a great fat free snacking option as you fast!

Love,

Shreya💝

Moong Dal ka Halwa

I welcomed Ganpati Bappa with a simple and delicious Moong Dal ka Halwa. Yes, no Modaks at my place because I am not good at shaping them. So, I offer him goodies which I am good at making myself😊 ….maybe next year I will get a cute little Modak mould/ maker and then use that to shape them well! So much to learn 😀  

We do not actually bring a Ganesh Idol home every year but we do decorate our home with garlands of fresh marigolds and lots of roses…bright ‘diyas‘ adorn our Pooja Ghar and I do cook a special meal for my favourite Lord!

This year the menu consisted of Phalhari Kadhai Paneer, Masala Puris, Vrat ki Chutney for Dahi Wade as we don’t include onion and garlic in our meals on auspicious days…and of course, the moong dal ka halwa..:)

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My hubby likes the halwa to be slightly grainy and moist..hence the quantity of ghee is obviously more…one can adjust that while making it. Also, I only prefer pistachios with this halwa, feel free to add almonds or walnuts…anything you like! As always, this is easy and turns delicious👌 Simply mouthwatering…I had to really resist hard until we had offered the bhog to the Lord before we could gorge on some😂

Let’s make some…

Yield: serves 3-4

Equipment: a heavy bottomed non-stick pan (I use non-stick, it’s easier to work with it), measuring cups/ spoons, a small pan.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup split yellow lentils (dhuli moong dal)

8-9 tbsp ghee

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup water

1/4 tsp cardamom pwd (elaichi pwd)

Slivered pistachio to garnish as needed

Method:

Rinse and soak the lentils (dal) in lukewarm water for 2-3 hours (I always use lukewarm water here as it ensured that the lentils are soaked well in less time).

Once the lentils have soaked well, strain them. Blend them in a mixer without adding any water until smooth (I leave them a bit grainy as I mentioned above too). Set it aside.

Heat ghee in the pan, once it melted, add the blended lentil paste and keep stirring on low flame for 15-20 mins. Do not cease stirring as the lentil paste will burn or colour unevenly. After 15-20 mins, the ghee will seperate from the lentils and the lentil paste will be a bit crumbly and golden in colour. Turn off the flame and set this aside.

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Now, heat water and sugar in a small pan. Melt the sugar in the water, add cardamom powder and stir well. Turn off the flame. (We are not making a sugar syrup with a thread consistency, we are just melting the sugar here, that should take 3-5 mins)

Now, add the sugar syrup to the cooked lentils and turn on the flame, keep it on low. Keep stirring it and let it come to a gentle boil. Cover with a lid and let the sugar syrup reduce and cook for 5-7 mins with the lentils. Open the lid, check the consistency and cook further if it’s still watery, else, add 1 tbsp of ghee and turn off the flame.

Garnish with nuts of your choice or just pistachios like I have done here, best served warm. Or create a fusion by add a scoop of ice cream to the bowl!

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Happiness doesn’t come without calories 😉

Love,

Shreya💖

Mathura ke Pede

The famous Mathura ke Pede recreated in my kitchen! They are much easier to make than it looks😁 Just a little bit of elbow grease and you’re almost there…almost!! 😜

I say almost, because I was tired and then stopped the ‘bhunoing‘ process (sautéing the ingredients) as my arm hurt so bad after stirring the Khova/ Mawa (milk solids) for almost 30 mins! Yes ….that doesn’t sound like much but you got to do it to know how much I wanted to throw the spatula and run out of the kitchen!! 😂😂 Who ever said I was known for my patience!?! Haven’t you seen my recipes….I usually share ridiculously easy ones!

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As always, my hubby wanted something sweet but Indian! I said ok…let me make some Khoya Pedas, and he said no! Something else…I ventured….instant Doodh Pedas!!? LOL! He was like…”lady, something different…Pedas will do but a different variety!!”  😳🤔🤔🤔🤔 then I thought of Mathura Ke Pede…sounds exotic and makes it look a whole lot different from any other Peda that I usually make at home!

The hubby doesn’t need to know that it’s basically the same thing, just the cooking process differs! 🤗😜😜 And obviously, the flavour is more intense and really delicious! A little patience in ensuring how well the Khoya cooks out is very important…my Mom was worried that I’d either burn the Khoya or under cook it and ruin her recipe…..but I managed to get the colour almost right!!! Yay!

Yield: 10-12 medium sized Pedas

Equipment: a heavy bottomed wok, measuring cups/ spoons, a couple of plates, a spatula.

Ingredients:

200 gms Khoya (I used store bought)

1 cup castor sugar + extra to coat the Pedas (adjust the sugar as per your taste)

1/4 tsp cardamom pwd (optional)

milk & ghee as needed

Method:

Take grated Khoya in the wok and cook on low flame. Keep stirring it continuously until the khoya begins to melt.

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Add 1 teaspoon of ghee at this stage and some milk, about 2 teaspoons. Keep stirring continuously so that the Khoya gets an even colour and doesn’t burn at the bottom.

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It took me almost 25-30 mins to reach this stage (pic below). I added another two teaspoons of milk because the Khoya looked dry. Add milk as per the texture. Always cook on low flame else the Khoya will colour unevenly.

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Turn off the flame (I didn’t cook it any further to make it a little more brown, my arms were hurting too much after stirring constantly). Add cardamom pwd and mix well. Let this mixture cool down for just 5-6 mins and add the castor sugar. And mix with your hands to incorporate the sugar.

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(TIP: Don’t let the mixture cool off too much before adding the sugar as the sugar won’t melt properly. But in case the khoya has become too cold and the sugar isn’t melting properly, you can cook the khoya & sugar mixture for 3-4 mins on low flame and immediately take it out of the pan and mix well).

Once the mixture is ready, grease your palms with some ghee and make Pedas of any shape (I kept them rustic) and roll them in some castor sugar. And set them aside. These can be stored for more than a week even without refrigeration as they have been cooked so well. That’s it!

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Don’t they look yum! I insist….you must make these, too easy and super delish!

Love,

Shreya💖

Slightly adapted from here.

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