Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Malai Paneer Recipe


Malai paneer is an easy curry mainly cooked with cottage cheese and fresh cream. This is one of the recipes which comes handy when you are in a hurry to pack lunch for your family in the morning. This dish is also so delectable and mild on spices that you can prepare it easily to please your guests and friends. 






Preparation time - 5 minutes
Cooking time - 10 minutes
Serving - 2/3

Ingredients:

Paneer / cottage cheese - 200 gms

Fresh cream/Malai - 1/2 cup (I used low fat amul cream)
1 big onion finely chopped

Ginger (peeled and grated) - 1 tsp
Garlic cloves - 2 (peeled and crushed)
Cumin seeds / Jeera - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Red Chili powder - 1/2 tsp

Corinader powder / Dhaniya powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala - 1 tsp
Cooking oil - 2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Chopped fresh coriander leaves for garnishing

Method:

1) Chop paneer into equal small cubes. Beat the cream with 2 tbsp of water and keep it aside.

2) Heat oil on a non-stick pan and add the cumin seeds and saute for a few seconds. 
3) Add onions and saute till they turn light brown. Add grated ginger and crushed garlic and saute for few seconds)

4) Now add turmeric powder, chili powder, garam masala, coriander powder and mix it well.
5) Lower the flame, add the paneer pieces and saute it gently for few minutes. Let the paneer get coated nicely in spices. 
6) Now add cream and salt and mix it gently. Cook the paneer in cream gravy for 2-3 minutes. 
7) Remove from the flame and transfer the content into a bowl and garnish with fresh coriander leaves.

Serve it hot with some Indian flat bread and raita



Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Eggless Dates Bread / Eggless Bread Recipe


My little boy is very fond of bread and jam. So, I had been thinking of baking a bread at home for a long time. So, finally I baked this bread and it was amazing. Nothing can beat the taste and aroma of a home-baked bread and once you start baking a bread at home, you will never feel like buying a store-bought bread. This bread is soft, delicious and perfect for your morning breakfast. My boy really enjoyed it and when your children are happy, you are happy :)



Recipe adapted from here

Ingredients:

All purpose flour - 2 cups
Instant dry yeast - 1 + 1/2 tsp
Chopped pitted dates - 1/2 cup
Unsalted butter - 2 tbsp
Brown sugar - 2 tbsp
Salt - 3/4 tsp
Hot milk - 1/2 cup
Cooking spray or oil to grease the pan - 1 tsp






Method:

1) Combine dates, butter, brown sugar, salt and hot milk in a bowl.  Stir to dissolve the sugar. Let mixture cool to lukewarm.
2) Add in flour and yeast powder in a mixing bowl and mix it well. make a well in between and pour the lukewarm milk-sugar mixture and start kneading into soft dough.




3) Flour lightly your working board or kitchen platform and knead by hand for about 7-8 minutes. 





4) Transfer the dough onto a greased bowl and cover it. Keep it in a warm place for 1+1/2 to 2 hours. I placed it inside my oven itself.


5) The dough would have risen and doubled by size. Punch the dough down and knead it and shape into a loaf shape and slide into greased loaf pan. Let it sit for 45 minutes so that the dough rises again. 





6) Towards the end of raising time, preheat oven  at 180 degree Celsius.

Bake for 25-30 minutes at the same temperature until golden brown. Let it cool down and transfer onto rack to cool down completely.


Tips: I have used Instant dry yeast. Always test the yeast before. Add 1 tsp yeast in little lukewarm water and 1 tsp sugar and mix it. Leave it aside for 5 minutes. You will see it frothing or bubbles on top if the yeast is active. If it doesn't froth, that means the yeast is not active and you cannot use it.