Friday, August 17, 2007

Matar Paneer ( green peas with Roasted cottage cheese)

Presenting here my verison(= jhatpat , quick ot make ,easy to cook :)) ) of "Matar Paneer" . I have always been a great fan of this dish , and i used to make it from the ready to cook masala when i was in India , just as i made it here . This is first time I made it from scratch at home,and to my surprise it turned out to be exactly as I expected it to be. Not only taste but the color of home made also matches perfectly with the one made using readymade masala for Matar Paneer

1 medium sized tomato, roughly chopped
2 medium sized onion, peeled and chopped
1 inch cube of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 cups shelled fresh or defrosted frozen peas
250 gms Paneer (Cottage cheese)
1/2 tsp Red chilli powder
1 tbsp. coriander seeds
2-3 Green chillies
1/4 tsp turmeric Powder,
½ tsp asofoetida ( Hing) ,
1/2 tsp of garam Masala,
Salt to taste
1-2 tbl olive oil


Peel Onions and ginger. Put the chopped Onion, Tomato, Coriander seeds, Green chillies and ginger into a blender or food processor along with 1/3 cup water and blend until you have a smooth paste. Leave paste in the blender container.

Place Paneer cubes on hot tawa(flat pan ) and roast it from all the sides carefully until brown. ( this is my slight variation from frying Paneer, which makes this dish even less oily and more healthy )

Heat oil in a Pan, when little hot add hing to it and then put in the contents of the blender it carefully. Stirring constantly, for about 5-6 minutes, or until paste turns a golden color. Add the turmeric powder and stir til it mix well with the material, cook this until it turn thick gravy like and add grean peas to it . Add red chilli powder, garam masala & salt, mix well .

Then add roasted paneer cubes and mix it well with gravy , on low flame , cover it and let it cook for 3-4 minutes or until peas are cooked, stirring occasionally . Delicious matar paneer is ready to serve.

As i havent been much on blogs these days , i am not aware of the events going on , will soon take a peek on all your blog and see if i can participate in any of the events soon.

As Asha asked, my exprience of migrating to here from India , is something for which I think ,I can write a big book , though somtimes I feel not much
difference at all, funny me , ha ha ha !!!
soon(!) , i will collect it to present something nicely here about that , atleast i believe that experience is worth sharing here with all my blog buddies.. :)
so stay tuned and i will be back with some recipes too .... ! :D

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Happy Independence day...

Wishing all our friends and bloggers here a very Happy Independence Day... !

With a tight salute for all the heroes who fought for our freedom . Let's try keeping them alive in our memories and pass it on to next generations so that they can value the price of freedom for our nation- Matrubhumi.

I have something very musical to share with you all... ,was so pleased when i found this, feels like making my soul relaxed in the eternal voice of soothing music and music master playing in their own masti. i think it is the right time to share this will you all music lovers... :)
Many Thanks to all our Sangeet Ustad and A R Rehman for composing them together in a great way.

By any chance if you forgot the real meaning of this great poem by Rabindranath Tagore ( Nobel prize winner for Literature) here it is .

well, I will be back on blog this week with my recipes, so till then stay tuned and enjoy :) .
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