Monday, October 27, 2014

Makkai, mushroom , panner Malai

Makkai, mushroom, paneer Malai
200 gms sliced mushrooms
200 gms panner chopped
200 gms boiled corn
1 cup sliced onions
1 tbsp chopped ginger
1 tbsp chopped garlic
2 chopped chillies
2 tbsp oil
1 bay leaf
2 crushed cloves
2 small stocks cinnamon
1 tsp cummin seeds
400 ml tomato purée
50 ml cream
1 tsp dhaniya powder
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/3 tsp haldi
1 tsp kitchen king masala pwd
1 tbsp roasted kasuri methi
1/2 tsp degi mirch powder
Coriander leaves for topping
Heat oil and add jeera and whole spices and let them color.
Add sliced onions and sauté till brown.
Add ginger, garlic and chopped chillies and let them get golden.
Add all the dry spices and cook few secs.
Add the tomato purée and cook well.
Add roasted kasuri methi and cream. Cook well.
Add all the vegs and paneer and cover to cook.
Let it reduce to the desired consistency. 
Top with dhaniya chopped and rumali rotis, delicious !!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Malai paneer

Malai paneer
My kids like most love paneer. But I dislike that however hard I try to keep under weight , it still manages to break apart a bit. Then I saw an idea on FB one thing led  to the other I ended up with the most amazing paneer. Soft yet firm and very good texture. Sharing this with you all. Now I am surely not buying paneer from store here which I always suspect is old with expiry date labels changed. I tried two ways and one is firmer than the other, the 2nd is like the store bought. I am sure they do the same. Sharing both. It's economical and pure. Do try.
Recipe no 1
1 lt milk.. I used 1.5% fat, you can use any
200 ml cream
1 tbsp vinegar
Heat milk and cream and bring to a boil. 
Add vinegar and let the milk split.
Strain in a cheese cloth and wash well. 
Squeeze we'll hang for 10 mins.
Now mash paneer well till its light and fluffy and comes together... About 5 mins.
Make it into a square and in a greased plate put this mixture.
Steam for about 5-8 mins.
Cool , cut into pieces and put in warm water till later use. 
Enjoy soft spongy paneer.
Recipe no 2
1lt milk
200 ml cream
1 tbsp vinegar
3-4 tbsp cornstarch 
Follow the same steps as recipe no 1 till hanging.
To mashed paneer add cornstarch and mash well.
Shape into rolls or a big chunk and steam for 5-8 mins. Cool.
Put into warm water and use as required.
This recipe looks and feels just like store bought paneer. Firm to touch yet very soft.
Enjoy home made panner ... Safe and economical.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Pumpkin Raita

These days pumpkin is in season and I am finding every reason to use them in my kitchen. This raita is really delicious , very colourful and refreshing.
500 ml thick curd
200 gms boiled and crushed pumpkin
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp chana daal
1 tbsp urad daal
few curry leaves
pinch of hing
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp chilli powder
Salt to taste
Beat curd , salt with pumpkin and adjust consistency with water.
Heat oil and add hing, mustard seeds and let them crackle.
Add daals and curry leaves, and let them color.
Add chilli powder and and let it colour.
Pour in the curd and mix well.
Refrigerate before serving with biryaani or food of your choice.

Pizza crackers

These are an absolute hit with kids. A great snack for those inbetween times or  while travels. Easy to make and very healthy.
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup flour
1/2 cup suji
1/2 cup grated cheese
1/4 cup hot oil
1 tbsp baking powder
4 tbsp thick tomato paste/ ketchup
1 tbsp spicy pizza spice
salt to taste
Mix both flours together with hot oil.
Add rest of the ingredients and add warm water to make a stiff dough.
Rest for 15 mins.
Knead again slightly.
Roll into thick round.
Cut into squares , pierce with fork and put on a baking sheet.
Bake in a preheated oven at 200 deg C till golden brown.
Cool and enjoy with salsa or just like that.

Pumpkin and nut sweet fingers

I often try and make baked snack as they are healthy and light and one can make them according to the need and tastes. This is one yummy recipe.
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup suji
100 gms pumpkin boiled and mashed
50 ml oil
4 tbsp butter
10 gms baking powder
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup almonds crushed
Mix all the dry ingredients.
Add oil and butter and mix well to get crumbly mixture.
Add pumpkin and mash well.
Add orange juice and make a firm dough.
Keep in fridge for about an hour or so.
Roll into a 5 mm thick round and cut into fingers.
Put on a baking sheet and bake at 200 deg C till golden brown.
Cool and serve the crunchy treat.

Vegetable Vegetable puffs with mushrooms and Kale leaves

Vegetable puffs with mushrooms and Kale leaves

Often I have kids asking for a little something or guests coming down for a surprize visit.This comes as a quick 15 mins snack that keeps most people happy and asking for more.
1 sheet of puff pastry/phyllo sheet
4 chopped mushrooms
1/2 chopped bell peppers
1/2 bowl frozen or cooked Kale leaves/spinach
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp pizza spice/ Italian mix
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp tomato paste/ketchup
Salt to taste
Grated cheese as required
Cut sheet into small squares about 3"x3"
Heat oil and add chopped vegetables and saute.
Add spices, tomato ketch up /paste and salt and cook till water dries up.
Put a tbsp each on the squares and top with cheese.
Fold opposite ends and seal.
Bake at 180deg C till golden.
Enjoy hot from the oven.