Friday, February 18, 2011

Mattar Paneer

This is the FIRST ever paneer recipe that we have prepared at home...Paneer was not even in our minds these many years...But the time has come now..As everyone knows, paneer is a very good source of calcium and protein but it is loaded with lots and lots of fat. So its very good for growing people and pregnant, lactating mothers. You can increase the nutritional value of paneer by preparing the same at home using non fat milk...Turn to this recipe if you want to increase your kids calcium intake especially when milk is not their favorite.

No of servings : 6-7

  1. Paneer - 1 cup
  2. Peas - 1 cup
  3. Green chillies - 2
  4. Cashew nuts - 10
  5. Onion - 1(small)
  6. Tomatoes - 2 - 2 1/2
  7. Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
  8. Coriander powder - 1 tsp
  9. Cumin powder - 1 tsp
  10. Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  11. Red chilli powder - 1/4 tsp
  12. Methi powder - 1 tsp
  13. Masala ingredients - bay leaf, clove, cardamom, cinnamon
  14. Seasoning items - Cumin seeds
  15. Salt - as needed
  1. Heat oil in a pan and fry cashew nuts
  2. Add ginger garlic paste and green chillies. 
  3. Add onions, salt and turmeric powder and fry for just a few mts and add tomatoes. You dont have to wait till the onions gives you a shine. but adding the salt at this point is good
  4. Wait for the tomatoes to smash and grind the mixture in blender
  5. Heat oil in a pan and add seasoning items and masala ingredients
  6. Add the grinded mixture and add cumin powder, coriander powder
  7. Add methi leaves, peas and paneer. You can smell the flavor of methi instantly...Yes its the methi leaves that gives you the flavor of paneer recipes at restaurants
  8. Heat for 15-20 mts in the simmer
  9. Garnish with coriander leaves
Taste this delicious paneer with chappathi/roti...

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Can you think of any noodles that can be made in 2-4 mts...All our minds will start think about Maggie/Top Ramen noodles on hearing 2 mts...But in reality, everyone knows that maggie also takes more than 2 mts...But idiyappam, the simple south indian food can be made in exactly2-3 mts..and with simple ingredients..But it comes only at the cost of having the maker..very surprised to see a wiki info for this tasty food(
No of people/serving - 3

  1. Rice flour - 2 cups
  2. Water
  3. Oil
  4. Salt

And that is it...lets go to method

  1. Boil water in a pan and add 1/2-1 tsp of salt according to your taste..(little salt is sufficient enough)
  2. Add 1 tbsp of olive oil to the boiling water
  3. When the water gets to boil., pour it to the rice flour slowly
  4. Knead the flour and make it to a soft dough like we make of chappathi
  5. Put it in idiyappam maker and spread it on idli plate.
  6. Boil it in cooker for 4-5 mts..let it cool
  7. Sprinkle coconut flakes to add flavor

This is one dish which you can make it to yummy/salty according to your taste buds...It goes very well with sugar/vegetable kuruma...