Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Paneer Makhani

Paneer Makhani

Don't kids just love eating this ,like their favourite dish at a party, and adults  include this dish in their list of entertaining dishes.
Also, we love eating  this dish  but fear from the hassle !! I have a recipe to share with all that will not only eliminate the laboriousness work but also give it that party look and taste.
Just follow these simple easy steps and enjoy home made but party looking dish!!

Paneer Makhani 

4 medium sized red tomatoes pureed or use a 8 oz can of pureed tomatoes
500 gm Paneer (cottage cheese) cut in inch cubes, available in Indian stores
1/4 cup powdered cashews
2 tspn freshly grated ginger
1/4 tspn green chillies chopped finely
Salt to taste
1 tspn red chilli powder
2 tspn butter
2 tspn cooking oil
1 tspn honey
1/4 cup full cream (can also use half-and-half)
2 to 3 cloves,1/4 tsp cumin seeds, 1 inch cinnamon stick,3 to 4 green cardamoms seeded
2 tspn garam masala powder (Indian spice mix)
2 tspn freshly cut coriander leaves for garnish

Paneer Makhani

1.Heat a medium sized pan over low to medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, add oil and then butter.
Next add in cloves,cumin seeds,cinnamon,cardamom seeds. Add ginger and green chillies.
 For seasoning add salt, red chilli powder and stir in cashew powder., allow it to turn slight golden brown for a minute, Next stir in  the tomato puree.Cover and boil over low to medium heat, allowing the curry to sizzle for a few minutes,
2. Add in paneer cubes and continue to cook another  10 minutes. Lower the heat and add in  full cream and garam masala, and honey. Cook for another 5 minutes.Garnish with dried fenugreek leaves (available in Indian store) or garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.
And there you have it , restaurant style creamy and silky smooth paneer makhani. Enjoy hot with Indian bread or rice.
Cottage cheese (Paneer cubed)

Canned Tomato puree and whole spices 

Heat oil add the whole spices

Grind cashews to powder

Add cashew powder to kadai 

Add tomato puree , spices and cream to form gravy

Mix Paneer with the gravy

Allow to cook

Makhani paneer ready

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Pizza Toast

Pizza sauce prepared at home, is my families favourite sauce ,my kids can eat this sauce by itself , without bread :))
 This sauce once prepared ,stores well for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator. Making your life easier with hungry kids!!! Also its prepared with ingredients that you can add more vegetables, like broccoli, carrots to give it a more healthier side.

4  medium size red onions chopped finely
3  cloves of garlic peeled and chopped finely
1  6 oz can of tomato puree/ or 1 cup/ 240 ml chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup ready veggie stock (use vegetarian soup cube)
2 tspn salt
1 tspn black pepper
1 tspn red chilli powder
1 tspn sugar
1 tspn  dried oregano
1/4 tspn carom seeds (available in grocery store)
2 finely chopped  fresh basil leaves
4 tspn olive oil
1 cup  shredded mozzarella cheese

Heat onions in a pan

Add in tomatoes 

Add in cheese

Bake toast in oven

Pizza toast

1. Heat oil in a medium pan. As it heats add in carom seeds,onions, garlic and finely chopped green capsicum and sauté on medium heat for few minutes , as onions turn soft and transparent , add in seasoning salt,red chilli powder,add in veggie stock,allow mixture to sizzle for few minutes, next add in tomato puree. Allow sauce to simmer on medium heat for another 10 minutes.
Check for seasoning ,add oregano and sugar to offset the tart of the tomatoes. Lastly add in finely chopped basil leaves. The ready sauce stores well for about a week refrigerated.
2. To make pizza's roll out store bought pizza dough into 8 inch diameter and lay on a baking sheet. Spread 2 spoonfuls of cooled pizza sauce onto the surface ,add your favourite toppings, sprinkle shredded cheese on top and bake at 375 degrees for approximately 10 to 15 minutes, check to see and remove from oven as  pizza is done and cheese has melted.
Be creative in toppings, but do not overload the surface of the pizza.
Also for easy creations you can bake the pizza using white or brown bread, instead of using pizza dough.My kids love these pizza toast's and they are super easy to make, and quick too once you have the sauce ready.
Other favourite Veggie toppings (optional)
Sliced red onions
Thinly sliced green bell peppers(or red,orange colour)
Jalapenos (chilli peppers)
 shredded cheese
Non veg options
chicken or sausage pizza

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