Dec 13, 2008

Paneer Curry

Any dish with paneer is yummy as per my tummy's records. Am a big fan of paneer curries and I make sure to try it out in every place I have a chance to have it. Learnt this method from my mom when I was very new to cooking. Love the way it turns out every time. Never was a chance to turn it wrong. Its good when you know it never goes wrong.

This is what u'll need....

Onions 2 medium
Tomatoes 2 medium
Butter 2 tbspn
Salt to taste
Sugar 1 tspn
Coriander powder 1/4 tspn
Cumin powder 1/4 tspn
Chilli powder 1/4 tspn
Cashews 5 tbspn
Raisins 5 tbspn
Cashew paste 2 tbspn
Heavy cream 1/4 cup

Here is the stir....
  • Chop and grind onions to a very fine paste
  • Heat butter in a pan and add the paste. Keep stirring it until the mixture turns brown and onion loses its raw flavor
  • Add salt, sugar, coriander, cumin powder and chilli powder and stir for a couple of minutes
  • Grind tomatoes to a fine paste and add to the pan
  • Fry this mixture till oil starts separating from the gravy
  • In a separate pan fry cashews, paneer and raisins and add to the gravy
  • Add cashew paste or heavy cream and boil for a couple more mins. Its its ready to be served

Dec 2, 2008

Lemon Rasam

Rasam is usually a part of everyday lunch menu. Tangy, spicy, very light, soup style rasam is had with rice. This one is a little different version without the hassle of making tamarind juice. After having heavy, rich food continuously for 3-4 days we usually take a break by having simple rasam rice with egg bhurji or paruppu thovaiyal. It keeps us tummy feeling light and happy.

This is what u'll need....

Tomatoes 2 medium
Garlic 3 big cloves
Chilli powder 1/2 tspn
Salt to taste
Mustard 1/2 tspn
Pepper powder 1tbspn
Cumin powder 1 tbspn
Water 5-6 cups
Lemon juice 4-5 tbspn
Hing - a pinch
Coriander leaves for garnish

Here is the stir....
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard and let them splutter
  • Chop tomatoes and toss into the pan
  • Spoon in salt and chilli powder and keep frying till the tomatoes are little mushy
  • Add pepper powder, cumin powder, crushed garlic, water
  • Let it cook for about 2 mins
  • Pour lemon juice followed by hing
  • Just  bring the mixture to boil and remove from heat
  • Garnish with coriander leaves

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