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Methi Malai Matar Paneer

Uff! I know, just reading that is tiring; au contraire, the dish is really easy and quick to prepare and yumilicious to taste. There are some dishes that you grow up with and some are introduced to you through eating out @ restaurants, friend’s houses etc. But this was a recipe, I was introduced through the blog world and I had never tried or tasted this, till I made it. This is a dish that is super easy to prepare, but will taste as though it is a lot complicated with the methi and malai add distinctly different dimensions to it. A perfect party dish!

1 onion
7-8 green chillies
1/2″ ginger
2 cloves of garlic (optional)
1 Tbsp cashews
1/2″ cinnamon

Grind the above ingredients into a smooth paste.

Saute about a cup of cubed paneer in a tsp of oil, till they are golden on all sides. Keep this aside.

Saute the ground paste in a tsp oil, till the paste is rid of raw onion smell. (If you are really sensitive to raw onion smell, boil the onions in water for about 5 mins before you grind it). Now add

1 cup fresh fenugreek (methi) leaves (1/2 cup if you are using kasoori or dried methi leaves)
1 cup fresh or frozen peas

Cook this well for about 10 mins. Add 1/2 cup cream (or whole fat milk) to this boiling mixture and let it simmer for about 10 mins. That is it.

As I said, this is really easy to prepare and tastes well with rotis or parathas.

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2010 in Cooking, Desi, General

 

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A muffin for every occasion

Muffins are perfect any time of day. They can be eaten as breakfast, little tea time snack or decked up with frosting & fruit for dessert. Especially, when it has chocolate, what’s not to like about it. This is actually a cake recipe, that was quite the rage when Priya first blogged about it. I have baked this as a cup-cake for a friend’s birthday with orange marmalade frosting as well as a plain chocolate cake. Then, I came across the Food Network challenge-winning chocolate cup-cakes. The two recipes were very similar, if not the same. Inspired by Chloe’s recipe, I tweaked Priya’s chocolate cake recipe , to make these gorgeous chocolate muffins. Thank you, Priya & Chloe!  Mags, this is for you! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2010 in Cake & Bake, Cooking

 

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Showcasing my latest acquisitions

This post is long over-due. Shankari of SacramentoSpice, one of my daily fixes, had organized a give away back in May when she completed 4 years of blogging. If you haven’t figured it out already, luck favored me and I was picked winner in this random selection. Yayyyyyy! Thank you, Shankari! CSN stores offered a gift voucher for the lucky winner (me 🙂 ) which can be used in any of their, over 200, online stores. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2010 in General

 

Can anyone resist ice-cream?

“When and how did you start cooking so much?” asked a dear friend, who has known me for a very long time. We were room / house mates in the new city, when we both started our first jobs. We had a full-fledged kitchen in the house, but the kitchen was rarely used – either to boil milk (by us) or when either of our moms were in town. Otherwise, eat out we did, day after day, without making a teeny weeny attempt to prepare our own meals. I can still rattle out the restaurants where we used to be regulars, trying out different dishes each day. Oh yes, we were definitely foodies, not the cooking but the eating kind 🙂

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Posted by on September 19, 2010 in Cooking, General

 

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Pasta Prima who?

8, no! make it 7, years back after I had started working and driving in this new mad world where I had made my home, I wanted to take K for a nice surprise birthday dinner. Conferred with a friend of mine on the cuisine / place / what to wear and what not. That’s what girl friends are there for, aren’t they? Finally decided on an Italian choice, a safe choice if I think about it now, but sounded absolutely fascinating then, as I thought of pasta as an universal dish (still think) and there is a kind that everyone of us loves. Think of the variety – Spaghetti, Penne, Fusilli, Linguine – the list is almost endless.

As the weather is turning south and the air is getting a little nippy, I turn to my kitchen to remind me of summer. Pasta Primavera is one such dish and the fresher the ingredients are, the more refreshing it ends up being. This is such a colorful dish that can be served as one of the entree in your Italian themed dinner or just had as a simple one-pot meal.

Handful of these veggies, cut into 2″ pieces and boil, so that they are cooked but still retain a crunch:
Asparagus
Beans
Bell Pepper
Carrots

Whisk together the following ingredients to prepare the Vinagrette.
2 Tbsp – EVOO
1 Tbsp – White Wine Vinegar
1 tsp – Crushed Red Pepper
1 tsp – Salt
1 tsp – Black Pepper

Boil water and cook a cup of pasta (Penne, Bowtie or Fusilli works best) al-dente. Strain the pasta and mix in the boiled veggies and vinaigrette and give it a good toss. As simple as that!

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2010 in Cooking, Italian

 

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So, let’s try again!

I am back (and oh no, not with a bang, although I would have so loved it) after having survived a move (literally) and the associated internet woes. I don’t have any recipes to share today (remember the “no” bang part?) but I promise to come back with more appetizing ones soon. Just as my blog was brought to life by K today, I decided I should post, today being Ganesh Chaturthi day and all. To auspicious second innings! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2010 in General