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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Paneer Makhanwala

  1. Ingredients:
  • 1 cup paneer (about 10-12 pieces)
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1 medium onion-chopped as finely as possible
  • 2 medium fresh tomatoes-finely chopped
  • 1/2 packet-250 gms tomato puree (if using both, u can decide the proportion)
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 " piece of ginger (opt.), peeled
  • 1/2 tsp jeera
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tsp  choley or pav bhaji masala
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp salt (to your taste)
  • chopped fresh coriander to garnish(opt.)
  1. Method:
  • Put oil in a pan. Add jeera and cover. When it changes colour, add onion. Mix well. Increase the heat little bit and let it cook till just changes colour....being careful that it doesn't burn! so, stir occasionally
  • While the onion is getting cooked, finely chop or grate the garlic and ginger 
  • When the onion gets slightly coloured, on a LOW HEAT , add the garlic + ginger add the grated onion garlic and stir, cook for a bit. You will smell the aromas of garlic/ginger.
  • Add the  choley masala and stir.
  • Then add the tomatoes , cover and let it cook for a few minutes.
  • At this stage you can add steamed vegetables or just capsicums , salt to taste, mix well.
  • Add some cream. Cook covered for further 4-5 minutes.
  • Garnish with coriander.
  • If you find the curry sour(depending on the flavor of the tomatoes), u can add extra  cream.
  • If the gravy is too thick, u can add little water.
  • For that extra bit of nourishment,  you can grind some ground almonds or cashews and add at the stage before adding the masalas .

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Eat at home or eat out?

Eating out vs. eating at home

Everytime I have been to a restaurant to eat, no matter how good the food is, I've always come home with the feeling that I can cook better than that or I definitely do cook better than that.
One reason I enjoy watching cooking programs on tele .....they never show anyone washing up!!!!!!

Sometimes we are so tired that the last thing we feel like doing is cooking and ending up with a pile of vessels to wash. So it's logically justified to order a take away pizza or any food for that matter from the comfort of your couch !!!!!!!!

Despite the convenience, in reality, eating out or ordering take aways is never going to be the healthy option.

It is very easy to prepare a meal which will need minimum ingredients and still be tasty and healthy and will require least washing up.

Just be brave and adventurous enough to start.

This blog is my effort to simplify recipes and focus on minimum ingredients, tweaking recipes so they need least time in the kitchen .

Please feel free to request recipes and I will do my best to post a version that will cater to a quick satisfying meal .