Saturday, July 18, 2009

Paneer Manpasand


250gms Paneer, cubed

Make a smooth paste of the following ingredients
2 medium sized onions
1 inch ginger
5 cloves of garlic

For the flavour:
1tsp of cumin seeds
Salt as per taste
½ tsp of sugar
1tsp of turmeric powder
1 tsp of red chilli powder
1tsp cumin powder
1tsp coriander powder
5 cloves
1 cinnamon stick (finger length ) broken into pieces
1 tomato, chopped finely
3-4 tbs of mustard oil

Make a smooth paste of (Coconut based):
Fresh coconut ¼ cup
Peanuts ¼ cup
1 onion
2 green chilies
Salt as per taste
1tsp of mustard oil
.Heat mustard oil in a pan add cumin seeds, sugar, cloves and cinnamon
.Add the smooth paste of onion, ginger, garlic . Sauté for 2 minutes on high flame
.Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, garam masala powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, salt, the coconut based masala paste, and chopped tomato and sauté for 5minutes on high flame. Stir continuously so that the masala does'nt get burnt.
.Now add water and let it simmer for 5 minutes or till the gravy becomes dry and the oil seperates from the masala paste.
.Add approximately 2 cups of water(adjust more or less accordingly), Add cubed paneer pieces and cook covered for 5-8 minutes .
.Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with rotis.

some changes have been made in the original recipe to suit our taste buds :)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Gojju Avalakki/ Hot-Sweet-Sour spiced Poha

Gojju avalakki/Hot -sweet n sour spiced poha has remained one of my favourite poha preparation ever since I had tasted it at my best friend S's place during my childhood days. I used to think this dish is really difficult to put together, coz it has all the flavours so well balanced, and the poha has just enough amount of moistness to it ;) This heavenly taste was long forgotten until recently I stumbled upon the same dish/recipe at Ramya's blog My joys knew no bound, without wasting much time I just jotted down the recipe and prepared it the very next day for breakfast. S liked it a lot too :) it goes without saying that this recipe will be a treasured one for me :)
Thanks to Ramya.
here's the recipe link from Ramya's blog:

Here is the recipe for reference:
Gojju Alavakki/ Hot-Sweet-Sour spiced Poha

Thick quality beaten rice (Aval/Poha)- 2 cups
Peanuts- fistful
Coconut grated- 2-3 tbsp
Rasam powder- 2-3 tsp (I used MTR)
Tamarind pulp-1-2 tsp( you could add more or less to suit your taste)
Crushed Jaggery- 1-2 tbsp
Fenugreek seeds- 1/2 tsp
Black/White sesame seeds- 2 tsp
Curry leaves- 1 sprig
Mustard seeds-3/4 tsp
Chana dal- 1 tsp
Urad dal- 1 tsp
Red chillies- 2, halved
Oil- 2 tbsp
Asofetida-1/4 tsp
1.Take small amounts of beaten rice and coarsely powder it by pulsing the mixie a couple of times, Make sure you don't powder it finely.
2. Wash the coarse powder once or twice in running water,drain the excess water and keep it aside for a few minutes and allow it to soften.

3.For the Hot-Sour-Sweet tasting Water or Gojju in Kannada:
In a vessel take about a cup of water add rasam powder, Jaggery, salt, asfetida, turmeric powder. Check for the balance of taste. Now this is ready.
4. Put the washed Aval/beaten rice in a wide mouthed vessel and pour in the prepared hot-sour-sweet tasting waster little by little to it. STOP WHEN NECESSARY, DO NOT MAKE THE MIXTURE TOO SOGY. Mix well and allow it to set for sometime.

5.Meanwhile, dry roast the fenugreek seeds and sesame seeds till it gives out nice aroma. cool it well and powder it and set it aside.

6. Make tempering: In a kadhai/wok heat oil and add mustard seeds, chanadal, urad dal,curry leaves, hing, red chillies and peanuts once its done pour it over the poha. Add the fenugreek-sesame powder to the seasoned poha and mix well.

7.Garnish with grated coconut and coriander leaves.