Friday, August 20, 2010

Methi Malai Paneer !!

Preparation Time:- 10 mins
Cooking Time:- 15-20 mins

 Serves 2-3 People

250 gm Paneer
1-2 tbsp kasoori methi (dry fenugreek leaves) 
4 tbsp Malai or heavy whipping cream 
1/2 cup cashew paste 
1 tsp powdered white pepper 
1 tsp butter 
1/2 tsp cumin seeds  
1/2 cup milk 
1/3 cup water (optional)
salt to taste

1. Heat some butter in a wide bottom pan. 
2. Add cumin seeds and let it crackle.
3. Now add kasoori methi( crushed by hand) and saute for a minute.(I have also used fresh methi leaves,but  one can avoid using it)
4. Add  cashew paste and stir.

5. Add malai/whipping cream and stir well.
6. Add salt and white pepper.
7. Add milk and water, let it boil for a minute, later simmer it for another 3-4 minutes
8. Now remove from heat.
9. Before serving add cubed paneer (pre-soaked in Luke warm water).
10. Garnish with little cream

Serve hot with roti/naan/rice

Bharli Bhendi !! (Stuffed Okra)

Preparation Time:- 10-15 min approx
Cooking Time:- 20-25 min

Serves:-  2-3 People

Ingredients For Stuffing:-
4-5 tsp roasted and powdered peanuts
3 tsp coriander pwd
3 tsp cumin pwd
2 1/2 tsp amchoor pwd
a pinch of red chilli pwd
1 tsp grated jaggery (optional)
1/2 tsp garam masala (optional)

1-2 tsp of roasted and powdered coconut (optional)
1 sliced onion
1 lb i.e. approx 18-22 Okra (Bhendi)

For Tempering:-
3-4 crushed garlic
2-3 green chillies
4-5 curry leaves

Method :-
1. Wash and pat dry the bhendi. 
2. Cut of the ends and then make a vertical slit (length-wise) to make space for the stuffing.
3. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan. Add the chopped onion, fry till it turns transparent. 

4. Add all the spices and mix well. Remove from heat and transfer to a plate. 
5. Add salt if required. 
6. Now stuff this filling into the bhendis. 
7. Heat oil in a frying pan, place these stuffed bhendis in oil and fry them on low heat till they are cooked nice and crisp golden in color.
8. You can temper this dish with crushed garlic, a few green chillies(slit) and curry leaves.

Serve hot with roti or rice. Makes an awesome side dish too.