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LEHSUNI PANEER / लहसुनी पनीर (Garlicky Cottage Cheese Curry) – GF

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Paneer is to vegetarians what eggs are to non vegetarians – a quick, easy, simple ingredient that can be turned into so many variety of dishes. In north India, if you are expecting a vegetarian at your house for a meal, paneer will invariably find its way to the menu (even more so, if it happens to be a Punjabi household). Paneer is a vegetarian delicacy of sorts. And its versatility makes it an easy ingredient to work with. You can turn it into tikka or bhurjee or kofta curry and even a cheesecake – it will never fail you. Use it with some spices and herbs to make filling for your jaffles or stuffed flatbread and there you have an excellent breakfast dish to be polished off with pickle and chai! You can find a post I had done during my initial blogging years on how to make paneer at home. The process is simple and you can use it for so many recipes or have it on its own with some sprinkle of chaat masala.

This recipe may seem to be using a lot of garlic but when it pairs with other ingredients, it mellow downs (you’ve got to trust me on that). The key here is not to compromise on the usage of tomatoes. I usually chop the tomatoes and blitz them in a grinder. For this recipe, I could obtain about one third cup tomato puree (without adding water) from one medium sized tomato. Also, do not hold yourself back from using milk. It helps bring a balance to the sourness of tomatoes, tones down the garlic and mellows the heat of chillies. This curry gets ready in under 15 minutes, what more can you ask for 😀

2 – 3 tbsp Oil

½ tsp Cumin Seeds

½ tsp Mustard Seeds

2 small Onions (thickly sliced)

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4 fat cloves Garlic (grated) {approximately 1 tbsp}

1 medium Tomato

1/3 C Milk

300 grams Paneer, (cubed)

½ tsp Turmeric Powder

½ – ¾ tsp Chili Powder (adjust to taste)

2 tsp Coriander Powder

½ tsp Garam Masala

Salt to taste

2 whole Green Chilies

Fresh Coriander to garnish

This curry takes no time to cook. So be ready with all ingredients.

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Wash, chop and blitz the tomato in a grinder. You should have at least 1/3 cup or more of tomato puree. Keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan and add cumin and mustard seeds. As soon as they begin to crackle, add onions and fry them on medium heat till they turn translucent and just begin to turn golden.

Now add grated garlic and fry till the garlic changes color to golden and becomes aromatic. Add the tomatoes and along with the spices and salt.

Keep stirring the contents on medium heat till the masala begins to leave oil on the sides. Now add milk and lower the heat.

Split chilies in 3 or 4 pieces and throw them in the curry. Add the paneer and stir it in. Add more milk if required at this stage. (I do not like my curry loose and rather prefer the masala coating the paneer pieces well. Suit youself)

Cook for a minute and the curry is ready. (you do not need to cook the paneer much else it will turn rubbery)

Stir in some freshly coriander to the curry and garnish the rest before serving. Remove the contents in a serving bowl and serve with roti, paratha or naan. YUM!

Note: I have added split whole green chilies coz I just wanted some grassy flavors of the chili added to the curry. Feel free to add them chopped in case you wish to add some more heat to the curry.

Note: Also, you can tinker with the amount of ingredients you wish to use.

Serves 4 (as side dish)

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GUR KA PARANTHA / गुड़ का परांठा (Jaggery Flatbread)

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HAPPY MAKAR SANKRANTI EVERYONE

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“Let food be your medicine” is an excellent piece of advice, one that we all should abide by. Winters truly are the times for indulgence and when one is able to indulge in foods that not just please your taste buds but also do you good by protecting you against cold, cough and flu, you know you are in a win win situation. Gur ka parantha is one of those dishes. I was introduced to gur ka parantha by my late Nani (maternal grandmother). As kids we used to religiously visit her during every summer vacation but as we grew older, the pressures of high school and college ensured that we spent lesser and lesser time with her. So once during my college winter break I decided to visit her for a short time. She always had this thing in her mind whenever any of her grand kids visited her, that they should not fall sick or injure themselves while on their holiday with her. She would always feel that we kids should go back to our homes safe and sound, just as we had arrived. And it so happened that I managed to catch a nasty cold on that visit to her. She was all worked up and instead of taking me to the doctor, made gur ka parantha for me. She fed me with the parantha twice that day. The gur was so helpful in arresting the cold that the next day I had no runny or stuffy nose. I was amazed at the healing quality of gur. She had simply used the grated jaggery for using as a filling for the flatbread. I have tried to amp the health value and enhance the taste of her recipe by adding spices and nuts to it. You can swap nuts with sesame seeds if you are allergic to nuts.

Gur is made and used extensively across north India during winter season. Swap it with sugar in your Kheer or Cake or Chutney. I developed taste of jaggery pretty late in life but once I did, there has been no looking back.

For Dough

1½ C Aata (Whole Meal/ Wheat Flour) plus extra for rolling

1 tsp Turmeric Powder

1 tsp Ghee or Oil

½ C plus a few tbsp Water

For Filling

½ C grated Gur (Jaggery)

½ C Shredded Dry Coconut (Khopa)

1/3 C slivered Almonds (or you can crush the almonds and use them)

1 tsp Cardamom Powder

2 tsp Fennel Seeds

2 tbsp Chhuhara / Dried Dates (optional) finely chopped

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In a plate or thali, mix turmeric with flour. Add the oil and mix with hands. Now using water, a little at a time, make medium soft dough. Keep it aside for 20 minutes.

Gently mix together the grated jaggery, almonds, cardamom powder, fennel seeds and chhuhara using a fork or spoon. (do not use hands to mix as the warmth of hands will melt jaggery and the mixture will be turn lumpy)

Make six equal sized balls of the dough and keep aside. Place the tawa or griddle on heat.

Using a rolling pin and flour, roll one ball to four inch size disc. Scoop in the filling and bring the edges together. Seal the edges and flatten it over the dough. Dust it in flour and roll it again, using a little flour to prevent it from sticking. Roll to six inch size disc/ parantha.

Transfer the parantha to the tawa and cook on medium heat. Flip the parantha once the top begins to change colour. Flip again when you see the parantha rising at places or when the bottom begins to turn light brown in colour. Apply oil and flip to fry it. Keep rotating the parantha to prevent it from burning. Remove from heat and apply ghee. Serve hot.

Roll and cook the rest of the balls in the similar fashion and serve hot.

Note: Once you are handling the parantha on heat, be very careful as the melting hot jaggery is capable of giving a nasty burn.

Note: Feel free to alter the amount of ingredients to suit your taste.

Yield: 6 Parathas

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MEETHA DALIYA / मीठा दलिया (Pepped up Broken Wheat Porridge)

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(I am going to disappear from the blog for a few weeks but I shall be active on my Instagram account)

This is a re-post of my previous post on broken wheat porridge that I had uploaded during my very first year of blogging and it happens to be one of the very initial posts. Daliya or broken wheat is very popular ingredient in Punjab. It is served in both savory and sweet forms. The savory one is served as a khichdi for lunch or dinner along with a variety of chutneys, pickles, drizzle of ghee and crisp cracking poppadum. While, the sweet one is usually consumed as a porridge for breakfast. At my mum’s house it was mostly served hot with no toppings of any sort. Perhaps a few chopped almonds were added but nothing more than that. I prefer having it cold or at least at room temperature garnished with fruits and nuts and a drizzle of honey. Makes it way better than plain porridge and not to forget prettier and healthier too! The best thing about this porridge is that you can make it the previous night and in the morning, if you find the consistency getting too thick, add a few teaspoons of milk and you are good to go. The consistency should be almost similar to oats porridge although the thickness is more of a personal choice. This porridge is a nice break from the regular oats porridge and I have found that most children like it better than eating oats.

The humble porridge taking on a different avatar for Hopscotch, the online store selling baby and kids brands from around the world, but not in the traditional sense. Every day, the store launches new limited-time boutiques. Members receive a daily email revealing the latest boutiques. You can find more details here. Hopscotch has introduced a new feature at their Facebook & Instagram account where along with their merchandise, they also share recipes for their readers and patrons every month provided by yours truly. So keeping this post short, I will lead you straight to the recipe

½ cup broken wheat or daliya/ dalia (I used the smaller grains)

2 cups water

350 ml milk

1 tsp fennel seeds

Sugar to taste OR drizzle with honey

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For Topping:

Apples

Papaya

Banana

Mango

Strawberries

Nuts of your choice

Seeds of your choice

Dried Cranberries, etc

In a pan, roast the broken wheat till it becomes golden brown.

Add water and fennel seeds to it and cook till it softens. Add milk and let the contents come to a boil. Simmer on medium low flame till milk and broken wheat are well assimilated and start to thicken just a little bit.

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Switch off the heat. Stir in the sugar. Allow the contents to cool or serve warm with fruits of your choice. If you intend to have the porridge with fruits, ensure that it is not hot, else one, they will taste horrible and two, they will release water and turn mushy.

Note: I have never cooked broken wheat in an open pan. Rather to hasten the process of cooking, I have always used a pressure cooker. Cook till the broken wheat has turned soft. If you use a pressure cooker, ensure that you cook it on the lowest possible heat.

Note: I like the porridge slightly thick so I cook it for a little more duration than normal along with milk. Also, I love to load it with fruits and nuts.

Note: You can prepare and refrigerate the porridge a day before and serve it cold the next morning.

Note: For some extra flavor feel free to add a pinch of cinnamon powder or cardamom powder.

Note: Feel free to chop the fruits and mix them into the daliya. I have displayed them garnished over the daliya for aesthetic purpose only.

Serves – 4

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