How to Make Paneer at Home

5 Aug

There was a time when I lived next to a dairy that sold really fresh, soft paneer (cottage cheese). Now the only paneer I can lay hands on is the store-bought variety. Fridge life of three weeks says the wrapper, but within three days it starts to feel rubbery and sour.

Homemade paneer has acquired irresistible charm. Pre-packaged paneer will do no more – the taste buds crave the real deal.

Fortunately, this is an easily satiated craving. It is surprisingly easy to make paneer at home.

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Mushroom Fried Rice

1 Aug

Leftover boiled rice gives us plenty of opportunity for reshaping into new avatars, doesn’t it? I had a tempting pack of button mushrooms with me and used it for this mushroom fried rice tonight.

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Aloo Posto: Poppy Seed Spiced Potatoes

28 Jul

Aloo posto is the quintessential Bengali dish – potatoes cooked in poppy seed paste, served with pooris or steamed rice. This delicately flavored curry gets its spice kick from two other trademark Bengali ingredients – mustard oil and panch phoron.

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Channa Masala

26 Jul

A multi-spiced dish with chickpeas, channa masala is a great favorite in north India. This is also a wise dish to have on the menu when you’re cooking Indian for a big gathering – it is easy to prepare in large quantities since there isn’t much chopping or watching over involved.

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Carrot Onion Raita

21 Jul

Carrot onion raita with crunch and a color palette reminiscent of the Indian flag! This cool, tangy accompaniment for Indian meals, with its hint of sweetness, give the perfect balance to spicy Indian gravies.

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Khichdi

20 Jul

Khichdi isn’t exactly the height of culinary sophistication – but sometimes we don’t want culinary sophistication. Hands up all men and women living away from family who, after a series of spice-laden oily meals outdoors or countless packets of instant noodles, crave for simple home-cooked khichdi?

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Onion Tomato Parathas

17 Jul

What can one do with atta, onion, tomatoes, ginger and a pack of kasoori methi? Make stuffed parathas of course.

This filling came to be simply because I was out of other vegetables and it was raining too heavily for me to venture out to the grocer’s and replenish my fridge. Sometimes, necessity and laziness can produce wondrous results. Onion tomato parathas are proof :)

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