Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Pahadi Paneer Tikka

"I'd take more hikes & fly more kites, 
I'd stop playing serious & seriously play, 
I would run through more fields & gaze at more stars, 
I'd do more hugging & less tugging :-)
U think if you could? you would do the same?"
Stepping Out Of The Pahadi's into The Hariyali ...(Paneer Tikka)!

1st Marinade- (Grind to a fine paste and keep it aside)
1 Cup fresh green cilantro
2 tsp of fennel seeds(saunf)
5-6 garlic cloves(optional)
1" piece of ginger
3-4 tbsp of lemon juice
salt to taste

2nd Marinade-(Mix all the ingredients and keep it aside)
400gms of Paneer Cubes
1-2 tbsp of gram-flour
2-3 tbsp of Hung Curd
1 tsp of oil
salt to taste

1. Grind together the above mentioned ingredients(1st Marinade) and rub it all over the Paneer cubes. 
2. Refrigerate this Marinade for at least 1/2 an hour.
3. Once the Marination process is done, generously dip and then dunk the Paneer cubes in the rich hung curd mixed with 1-2 tbsp of besan(gramflour) and 1 tbsp mint chutney. Refrigerate this marinated Paneer for at least 45 mins.
4. Gently now, thread the Paneer cubes onto the skewers. 
5. Heat an oven to 180°C or a gas/tandoor on moderate flame.
6. Grill Paneer for 15 minutes.
7. Spoon some drops of oil on the paneer pieces in the oven/tandoor and grill further for another 5 minutes.
8. Serve hot with tomato slices and lemon wedges.

Nariyal-Alu Kachori!! (CoCoNut Kachori)

Howdy People!!! 
Christmas was here n' So was SANTA :D
Christmas is Gone n' So has Santa :(

Christmas always brings back tons n' tons of memories to me n' has always been my Favorite Holiday too!!

Christmas Eve like today's (24th December) are so mean't to kick in that real atmosphere of "Fun n' Celebration"- Unbelievable !! Today, On X'mas eve, I ran out of cookies :(( so fed SANTA some CoConut Kachori's :-) were a lil' too spicy for him (just a hunch, since my box of soft tissues later was missing) )but I think he must have quite liked them, for he took a few for his Adorable Mrs. Santa, The Elves n' Rudolph!

CUT II !! This year we had a Super Duper Christmas! Perfect Crispy Weather to die for-One living in Cincy couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day in December! It was a perfect weather to work in the yard minus the sunburn. An absolutely gorgeous day, where I kept all the windows open all day long and found all the unwanted sounds completely lost in the whistle of air humming, dishes humbly agreed to "sit in the sink" and the floor simply danced to "skip a mop"!!

On that Skippy note, don't skip to jot down this recipe for " CoCoNut Kachoris" 

This is one of the most wanted vegetarian delicacy 
from my Menu  "SizzlingSwirls"(Website Coming Soon). 

Ingredients For the CoConut Kachori filling:
1 cup fresh grated coconut
2 tsp of finely chopped cilantro
3-4 tsp finely chopped green chillies
1-2 tsp of finely chopped cashews 
1 tsp golden raisins
1 tbsp poppy seeds
1 tsp sugar
salty to taste

Next, Roast 1 cup of fresh(Thaw if frozen) grated coconut with a dash of sugar(very little), 3-4 finely chopped green chillies, 1 tsp of finely chopped Cilantro, 2 tsp of khus khus(poppy seeds), dry fruits like golden raisins and cashews, till it is nice and crispy. Tadaa your CoConut Kachori filling is ready!

Ingredients for the CoConut Kachori Cover/Coating:-
Take some(2-3) boiled/grated potatoes.
Add 1/2 a cup of Fresh Bread crumbs and a bit of cornflour (for binding), 
A pinch of salt and knead into a dough

Mash the potatoes and knead into it the bread crumbs and salt. The dough should be wet very soft.
Our CoConut Kachori Filling is All Ready, So we now shape small baskets of the dough in your palm (wet your palm with very little warm water if its too dry) and add the yummylicious flling-about a spoonful in the basket and then collect the edges and seal to get a stuffed ball.
Deep fry these CoConut Kachoris in oil/ghee on medium heat till golden brown!

*** A Useful Tip From My Di To All of YOU :-) "Yummy, one of my favorite Indori chat items.. Try dry plain mashed Potatoes from the box with your grated boiled aloos. And then coat them with finely powdered bread crumbs and fine rawa mixture! No bread at all. I mash the potatoes after grating them put salt and dry potato flakes, it helps get the stickyness out, fill it with coconut dry fruit mixture, make small balls and then coat it well with rawa/ breadcrumbs mixture". 

*** My SIL(Beena) says " in the coating mix along with aloo.. add araroot.. it will turn out smooth"
"Have Fun My Friends n' I'll see you all in a few hours with the recipe for Pahadi Paneer Tikka"