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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Healthy "Kadai Paneer"

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Hiya Folks, howdy? How has the New Year been treating you all? Are you all religiously following the "New Year resolution" list?? I for one, have been busy with work, home and friends...have been running around like a headless chicken. Now I am back with a lovely "vegetarian recipe" that is a family favorite. I tried this recipe from Adukula Vishesham once and have been hooked every since. I just changed the way I cooked this dish while staying true to the base recipe.


Ingredients:
  • 14 Oz/400g Store-bought or Home-made Paneer/Home-Style Cheese/Indian Cottage Cheese
  • 1 Small Red Onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 Large Green Bell Pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 Large Red Bell Pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 Large Carrot, peeled and julienned(cut into matchsticks)
  • 1 Medium Ripe Tomato, pureed
  • 3-4 Green Chilies, poked at several places, with crown intact
  • 1 Tbsp Ginger-Garlic paste
  • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric powder
  • 3/4 Tsp Baking powder
  • 1 Tsp or more of Cracked Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp Dry Fenugreek Leaves/Kasuri Methi
  • Salt to taste
  • Olive Oil for shallow frying
Procedure:
  • Keep all the cut veggies handy.
  • Heat an Iron pan with "very little" oil. Once the Kadai/Pan/Wok gets very hot throw in the julienned carrots. Saute the carrots until the tips are browned, about 2 minutes and remove it to a plate.
  • Add a tsp of oil and saute the cut red and green bell peppers. Saute the peppers at a very high heat until they are browned at the edges. Remove it to a plate.
  • Cut the Paneer into small rectangles and fry it "lightly" in a tsp of oil in a non-stick pan. Do not brown the Paneer. Just shallow fry it about 1-2 minutes per side but it shouldn't be browned or turn firm.
  • To the same Kadai, add the green chili and ginger/garlic paste.
  • Pour the tomato puree, chili powder, coriander powder and salt. Let this mixture cook and turn into a paste.
  • Add the slit onions and fry it until it turns nearly translucent.
  • Sprinkle dry fenugreek leaves.
  • Move back the crisped carrots and peppers to the pan.
  • Add the "lightly fried" paneer pieces.
  • Gently mix the entire contents of the Kadai and turn off the stove in 2-3 minutes.
  • Move it to a serving bowl/serving dish and enjoy it as is or with Roti/Naan or Lemon Rice/Ghee Rice.
Makes 5-6 Servings
A few of my favorite Paneer dishes-
Enjoy!
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9 comments:

  1. Yummy!!!!Love Paneer in any form!!!! With little oil, i can help myself a second serving with little guilt!!! :)

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  2. Yum yum,mouthwatering here, wat a super tempting dish..

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  3. Hey wow this is delicious. I will come back for this again and again.

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  4. Hey wow this is delicious. I will come back for this again and again.

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  5. Super catchy and terrific kadai paneer,inviting.

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  6. wow that looks so Yum CL! Love paneer anything!

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  7. Wow...Love the spread of paneer...Awesome recipe and clicks..

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  8. definiely a cool one CL :).. sure to try it out!!

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