Paneer Pepper Masala

I’m going to cut to the chase today..its a Paneer Pepper Masala that I have to share today. My mom made it on our recent trip home( Kochi). What do I say..It was lovely…as are most of my moms dishes…

Paneer Pepper Masala

Paneer Pepper Masala

Ingredients
Paneer( Cottage cheese) -200 gms, cubed. fried in oil and marinated in 1/4 cup curds for 10 min.
Cashew Paste – tbsp
Spinach Cooked and Ground to a paste -1/4 cup
Raw coriander and Mint Paste- 2 tbsp
Yellow or Green Capsicum – 1 chopped
Ginger paste – 1 tsp
Garlic paste – 1 tsp
Green Chillies – 2 chopped
Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
Coriander powder – 1 tsp
Freshly ground pepper – 1 tsp
Garam masala powder – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
Tomato puree – 1/2 cup
Onion – 2 chopped
Fresh cream – 2 tbsp
Lemon juice – 1 tsp
Oil- 2 tbsp

Method
Heat oil. Add onion , ginger and garlic paste. Fry well.

Add the tomato puree and green chillies and cook for a while.

Add all the dry powders, salt with the marinated paneer, spinach paste, coriander mint paste, cashew paste and half a cup of water.

Cook till it is ready ( 5 minutes)

Add crushed pepper powder, lemon juice and cream.

Serve hot with rotis or rice.

Rasmalai – ICC

Question : I can eat bucketfuls of this, and yet ask for more…name it!

No….Anything is technically not the right answer..

But Rasmalai is.

I love these milky desserts and thoroughly enjoyed making them for Srivallis ICC.

So here goes a detailed fool proof way to make these Bengali sweets

Ingredients:

Milk – 3 litres (2 litres for making paneer and 1 litre for making Rasa/Milk syrup.)
Vinegar- 3 tbsps
Water-5 cup’s
Sugar- 16 tbsp (8 for Sugar Syrup and 8 for Rasa/Milk Syrup)
Saffron- 8 pieces
Pista-10 finely chopped
Maida flour- 1 tsp
Cardamon-2 (crushed)

Method:


I. Preparation of Whey Water
II. Preparation of Paneer
III. Preparation of Sugar Syrup
IV. Preparation of Milk Syrup/Rasa

Now comes the process in detail..

I. Preparation of Whey Water:

Boil Two Litres of milk and let it cool. Refrigerate the milk for 12 hours. The next day or after 12 hours, remove the thick layer of skin/ paal adai/meegada formed over the milk. Now boil the milk, when the milk boils, add vinegar. wait for a minute or two. the paneer will start floating on top and the whey water will stay on the bottom of the vessel. Now with a muslin or a cotton cloth, filter the paneer and pour 2 cups of water on it, to remove the sourness of vinegar and then tie it well and let it hang on for one hour, till the whey water drops out.

What to do with the Whey Water?

Let the whey water get soured. that is leave it for a time of 1 week to get soured. after that pour it into a bottle and refrigerate it. this soured whey water will be good for one year of time. when you want to make paneer, you can use this whey water instead of vinegar/lemon juice.
(or)
Whey water can be used to prepare chapathi or Roti, which makes them super soft.

II. Preparation of Paneer:
This is an important step.
As we have tied and hanged the paneer in muslin cloth to let out the whey water, wait for atleast an hour and squeeze them very well. well. remove from the cloth and shift to a broad vessel. Now just prepare the paneer, as we knead the dough for chapathi/roti, in the same way knead the paneer, for 5 minutes atleast, till you feel it dont have much moisture content in it. now add a spoon(not more) of maida flour to the paneer and make it as small small ball’s remember the balls will become double in size after putting it and boiling it in sugar syrup. so make a medium size paneer ball’s. with 2 litres of milk you can prepare 12 or 13 paneer ball’s.
You may even use this to make Rasgullas.

III. Preparation of Sugar Syrup:
In a wide-bottomed pressure cooker, add two cups of water and eight table spoons of sugar. let it boil. Now when it boils, add the paneer ball’s one by one on to it. dont afraid of the ball’s getting broken. if you have kneaded the paneer well, it wont get broked. let it get pressure cooked for 10 minutes in slow flame or for 2 whistles.
Now let the steam get out and open the cooker and see the double-sized paneer ball’s. slightly press all the paneer balls to emit the excess sugar syrup.

IV. Preparation of Milk Syrup/Rasa:
Even before you start to prepare the sugar syrup start making milk syrup/rasa side by side. Have one litre of milk in a wide bottomed vessel and let it boil and get reduced into half of the quantity.This might take awhile. Now add eight table spoons of sugar and mix well. add saffron and crushed cardamon to it and mix well. put the paneer ball’s into the rasa/milk syrup. cool it down and refrigerate it.
Serve with chopped pistachios on top.


The recipe was from Lavis blog.

Delicious Party Salad

Dinner parties are a regular part of the Navy Way of Life. We invite and get invited to NUMEROUS such parties, and since Goa is a rather small base its almost always the same group of people you meet at every party.
Although this has helped forge some great friendships ; most parties CAN and DO get BORING BORING BORING. Just imagine having to discuss how much the maid gets paid at 3 parties in a row!!!!

So it was an understandably refreshing change when we had friends from out of town visiting us. Since we were in any case cooking for 4, I added 2 more families to the list and it was only after all the invites were sent out that I realized that we had 20 people in all !!

The menu was the regular fare- a chicken curry and a Paneer curry and a cauliflower bake which my cook made. I made a Palak Kofta(I shall post the recipe later..It was really good) and the Apple Cake with Ice cream( which ALWAYS earns me praises and gushes and oooh’s and aaah’s and wows!!!

I also decided to try out this wonderful salad that I found on Aparna’s blog. She in turn adapted the recipe from here. Aparna is a fellow Palakkad-ite and a fellow Goa-dweller whose fantastic blog I often turn to for delicious vegetarian fare. Try this colourful scrumptious absolutely delicious salad..It will earn you praises…..

Ingredients:

125 gm paneer
1 ½ tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp vinegar
1 ½ tbsp honey
1 tbsp water
½ tsp garlic paste
80 gm uncooked penne or anyother chunky pasta
1 medium sized red bell pepper, chopped into fairly big cubes
1 medium sized yellow bell pepper chopped into fairly big cubes
1 medium carrots, sliced
2 medium tomatoes, deseeded and chopped
8 green bean, cut into ½” pieces
1/2 cup frozen sweet corn

Dressing:
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tbsp lemon juice
½ tsp red pepper flakes
½ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp dried basil

Mix up all these to make a dressing.

Method:
Cut the paneer/tofu into 1/2-inch cubes, and dab using paper towels to remove excess moisture.

Mix the soy sauce, vinegar, honey, water and the garlic paste. Marinate the paneer in this mixture for at least an hour or even overnight. Keep tossing the paneer so it gets all marinated.

Place the paneer on a greased tray and bake at 200C for about 12minutes or till the paneer cubes start to brown at the edges.

In the meanwhile boil water with a pinch of salt.Throw in the beans, carrots and sweet corn and blanch for about 2 minutes.Drain but keep the water.
Now in the same water cook the pasta.Be careful not to over cook. Drain.
Add to the blanched veggies and also add the paneer and bell peppers and tomatoes. Pour in the dressing and season with salt and pepper.Mix well and serve at room temperature…or chilled if you prefer it that way. YUMMMMY!!!!

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