Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Paneer Butter Masala

This rich creamy curry is a fave in my house. I made a note of this recipe from Nita Mehta's Paneer book .
Making this is very easy and hardly takes any time.
  • 1 medium sized onion
  • small piece of ginger about 1/4 tsp when grated
  • 1 flake garlic
  • 2 big tomatoes
  • 1/2 block paneer(125 gm)
  • 4-5 cashew kernels crushed to a coarse powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • salt to taste
  • pinch of kasuri methi leaves
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/4 tsp corainder powder
  • pinch of cumin powder
  • 1/2 big capsicum or 1 small capsicum sliced into rings
  • 2 green chillies slit
  • 1 small onion sliced into rings

  • Grind onion ginger garlic to a paste without adding water.
  • Grind the tomatoes to make puree.
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil and fry the onion paste till cooked but not brown.
  • Add the coarse cashew powder,coriander powder,cumin powder,crushed kasuri methi,garam masala powder,red chilli powder and saute for a minute.
  • Add half cup milk and cook till the mixture thickens.
  • Add sugar.
  • Add the tomato puree/paste.If using canned tomato paste add about 2 tsps.
  • Cook till the raw smell disappears and tomato puree is all cooked.Add salt to taste.
  • Now keep this gravy off the heat.
  • In a separate pan heat about 1 tsp butter or just as needed to fry. Add sliced capsicum/green pepper,onion rings and slit green chillies. Once onions and capsicum are cooked add these to the gravy. In the same pan fry half of the paneer cubes till light brown just so that they dont crumble in the gravy.
  • Add the remaining half cubes just as is.
Stir everything gently and keep the gravy on low flame for 10 mins .Now Rich and creamy Paneer Butter Masala is ready to serve .

Friday, January 8, 2010

Pindi Pulihara

Happy new Year to all the readers of my blog!
The recipe I am sharing here today is a classic my mother makes.She usually makes this for any occasions ,picnic,travel and when we have friends over.My mom makes this very often.It is quick and can be made in less than 20 min.To make Pindi Pulihara you need
1 cup ground rice
Wash the rice and let it dry in the sun .Grind to a coarse powder.Alternately even unwashed rice can also be ground to a coarse powder.
1.25 cups water
1 tbsp oil
1 lemon sized tamarind ball
1 fistful of raw peanuts
1 tbsp each Channa Dal and urad Dal
1 tsp brown mustard seeds
¼ tsp cumin seeds
¾ dry red chillies teared to small pieces or whole
4/5 slit fresh green chillies
2/3 sprigs curry leaves
¼ tsp turmeric
Dash of asfoetida or as desired
To make pulihara,first take a wide kadai and add 1.25 cups of water.Bring the water to boil and add 1 tsp oil to this water.Now,slowly rice rava with one one hand to the water and use other hand to constantly sir the rava in the water till you finish all the rava.Then stir one more time and cover.Let it cook.In about 5-10 mins the rava will be ready.Make sure the rava looks grainier and not like paste.If not let cook couple more Min's till it looks grainier.Stir and take off the heat.This cooked rava is called pindi.
Meanwhile ,take the lemon sized tamarind and add hot water to it.When cool extract the pulp and cook it to make it thicker.Add this to the cooked rava.
Now in a small pan,add a table spoon oil and fry the raw peanuts.add these without oil to the cooked rava.In the same oil add the remaining ingredients Channa dal,urad dal.Let the dal become light brown.Now add dry red chillies,mustard,cumin seeds and fry till the dals turn red and mustard starts popping.It is now time to add turmeric,asfoetida,slit green chillies and curry leaves.Stir once and add these to the cooked rava.Add salt to taste and mix all the ingredients.Pindi pulihara is now ready to serve and can be stored up to 2 days in cold weather.

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