Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Chilli Paneer

Paneer is a cheese normally made by adding citric acid or lemon juice to milk to curdle. The curdled mixture is then put in a muslin cloth to get rid of the moisture present in it. It is then compressed by adding a weight on top to give a block shape. Or we can get it processed from supermarket, already made in blocks. Paneer on its own is tasteless and doesn’t have any flavour. But when it is it prepared in specific ways, it is so tasty that you will have an unending craving for it.
My husband loves Paneer; I came to about it from him for the first time! Whenever we go out and spot paneer, he picks one and asks me to make something out it. I have prepared quite few dishes before with paneer, but we were not at all happy with the result. It used to be disappointing at times and I always think I would never prepare a dish that has paneer in it again. But I still keep trying because that’s the way to learn I suppose. Well, I had this block of paneer sitting in the fridge for some weeks and have been approaching its expiry date. So I thought I had to make something out of it that I have never tried before….I started searching for the recipes and finally came up with the Chilli Paneer that I spotted on http://www.pachakam.com/ and thought of giving it a go without much hope. For my surprise, it came out excellent. Here is the recipe that I followed:

Ingredients:
125 gm Paneer
3 tbs Corn flour
1½ tbs Plain flour
2 Green chillies (cut into thin & long strips)
4 large Garlic pods
1 onion, sliced thin
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Vinegar
¼ tsp Sugar
¼ tsp Black pepper
2 tsp Soya sauce
2½ tsp ketchup
1 tbsp Chilly sauce
4 tbs water
Oil for deep frying

Preparation:
1. Make a thin paste of plain flour, corn flour and 1/2 tsp of salt.
2. Cut paneer into small square pieces. Dip them in the paste and fry till they become golden in colour. Don’t brown it, it will become hard and lose the texture.
3. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan and fry green chillies, garlic and onion until the onion and garlic turns soft, but not brown.
4. In a separate small bowl mix salt, sugar, black pepper, chilly sauce, tomato sauce, soya sauce, vinegar and 4 tbsp water. Add it to the pan and cook for half a minute.
5. Add Paneer pieces and mix well. Serve hot as a starter,or side dish.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

hey shabs... i am still trying to figure out who u are... do you have a younger sis shameela who studied in mes? now in qatar?-- fais

Seena said...

adipoli, pinney nalla curry undakkam ketto, like our meat curry.. :)

Shabs.. said...

Oops you know me now fais, u r ryt.She is my sis....but may I know who u r?!!!Havent got any clue yet!!

Superchef said...

delicious to the core!! very yummy!

Divya Vikram said...

They look too too good! Yummy!

Smitha said...

Hey shabs.
Which MES are u guys talking abt?Is it the one in kuttipuram? Let me know.
The paneer looks nice.My friend makes this dish very well.

Varsha Vipins said...

Superb Shabs..loved the look..crisp n fried yum..I have made it once in hurry without frying..But I loved it,as I love paneers in any form..next time ingane try cheythu nokkanam..n i loved thic click as well..:)

Smitha said...

Hey shabs.I did not study there but my mom's place is kuttipuram and we always visit once a year to meet our relativesand grand parents.Our tharavaadu was made into a hostel for MES college. chilappol shabs kandittudaavaam. It's right on the main road near the kuttipuram angaadi.Do u know a show room called Poornima textiles there??

Yasmeen said...

Love this spicy paneer dish:)

Pooja said...

Looks yummy and tempting :) Chilli Paneer is one of my favourites and one veg dish that I cant stop having!

Anonymous said...

shabs...got u there! shameela was a yr junior to me...i chkd ur orkut profile also.. my umma figured out since not many kannurites who studied in model;-).. i guess our dads know each other..

btw, i tried ur chicken moghlai..it turned out good!

yes,smitha, i am talking abt that mes only...u studied there?
==fais

Shabs.. said...

THANK U ALL FOR STOPPING BY AND UR LOVELY COMMENTS...
Fais,I asked sham about u and she told me she knows u....May be our parents know each other.Fais, cud we communicate thru email.I dont want to give too much of personal details in here... My email is shabysajid@hotmail.com.
Smitha dint study there,her mom's place is in kuttippuram
Take care.

Vibaas said...

that looks delicious. I had it at an indo chinese rest. in atlanta and loved it. this looks perfect!

Renuka said...

wow..chilly paneer looks yummy..

laila said...

sounds delicious ... the only thing i would change is reduce the chilli ... i cant take that much ... :-P ... but other than that ... delish .. Laila .. http://lailablogs.com/

Tina said...

sadarana paneer enikishtamilla but this looks thakarpan....

Shabs.. said...

Thx renuka,vibaas,laila n tina for stoping by and taking time to drop lovely comments:)...try it, Im sure u will love it.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Wow yummy and a tempting dish... my first viist here, have blogrolled you, shall come back for more... you can drop by at my cooking blog - http://memoryarchieved.blogspot.com

Pavithra said...

wow this is my fav.. loved the platter.

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