Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Paneer Do Pyaza

Do Pyaza(2 onions) is derived from Persian meaning two onions and its basically a South Indian curry. I got this paneer recipe from when I was browsing for some easy to make spicy curries but with paneer. This recipe is simple and so the ingredients. I didnt have to look at this recipe more than once but yet delicious.

No of servings : 4

Ingredients :

  1. Paneer : 1 cup
  2. Onions - 2 big(chopped)
  3. Tomatoes - 1 
  4. Green or Red pepper - 1/2 
  5. Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
  6. Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  7. Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  8. Green chillies - 2
  9. Coriander powder - 1 tsp
  10. Cashwenuts - 10(grinded)
  11. Kasturi Methi 
  12. Seasoning - Cumin seeds
  13. Salt - as needed


  1. Cut paneer into pieces and fry the paneer with oil in low flame till they turn light brown
  2. Heat oil in another pan and add cumin seeds
  3. When it splutters, add chopped onions
  4. Cook onions in a very low flame for 5-7 mts with salt so that its gets cooked thoroughly and dissolves in the curry
  5. Add the ginger garlic paste and green chillies and fry for few mts
  6. Add the turmeric powder, chilli powder and coriander powder. (You can add some water to avoid the powder to avoid getting burned out
  7. Grind the green chillies and tomatoes to a fine paste. Add the grinded paste to the boiling mixture. 
  8. Grind the cashewnuts in a mixer and add it to the mixture. Cashewnuts help in thickening the curry
  9. Rub Kasturi methi leaves on your palm and sprinkle on the mixture. 
  10. Cook the mixture in a medium flame till the raw smell of tomatoes and pepper are gone. 
  11. Add paneer cubes and mix it well.
  12. Curry is ready to serve with rice/roti

Optional : Add big chunks of onions if you like onions and want the crunchy texture

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Rajma Masala

Rajma(a.ka Red Kidney Beans) Masala is a Punjabi dish and a very popular vegetarian curry in India. Though it has its roots in North, Its popularity is mainly due to the high nutrient value. Its a good protein substitute for vegans. It  can also be made gravy or dry and it has only common ingredients

No of servings : 6

  1. Rajma(Red Kidney Beans)  - 2 cups
  2. Onions - 1 (Big, chopped)
  3. Tomatoes - 3(Big, Chopped)
  4. Coriander powder - 1 1/2 tsp
  5. Garam Masala powder - 1/2 tsp
  6. Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
  7. Green chillies - 2 (chopped)
  8. Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp(optional)
  9. Kastoori methi leaves - 1 tsp(optional)
  10. Salt - as needed ( approx 2 tsp)
  11. Seasoning items
    1. Cumin seeds - 1tsp
  1. Cook Rajma in a pressure cooker for 3 whistles with little salt. Rajma is hard at first but once its cooked, it turns very soft. Make sure its half cracked for the masala to get in. 
  2. Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds.
  3. Once it splutters, add the chopped onions.
  4. Add salt to the mixture as it removes the moisture content from onion and helps in cooking fast. 
  5. Add garam masala powder, ginger garlic paste and mix well. 
  6. Now it is the right time to add the chopped tomatoes. Wait for the tomatoes to smash well and become puree. 
  7. Add Coriander powder, Red chilli powder. You can also add the rajma water(the water remains on cooking Rajma in cooker) to avoid the masalas from over cooking or from getting burnt. 
  8. Rub the kastoori methi leaves on your palm and sprinkle on the mixture
  9. Kastoori methi leaves gives you a good flavor to any curry and its a common ingredient in north Indian curries. 
  10. Cover the lid and wait for the mixture to thoroughly cook and you don't see many chunks. This step is very important as we dont want to have many chunks except for Rajma. 
  11. Add Rajma to the mixture and cook in simmer for few mts. 
Rajma masala goes very well with Plain Rice, Roti, Phulka, Chappathi. A very healthy curry . Please try out and let me know your comments.