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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.


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


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Goan Pulao

Goa – I am not sure about you, but the mere name conjures up images of blue sea, clear sky, pristine beaches and everything exotic. When I heard about Goan Pulao from a dear friend of mine, needless to say, I was thinking of everything exotic – exotic spices, flavors, what not. Exotic, rich flavors in this dish makes it stand true to its name but surprisingly these flavors come together to make a very simple, satisfying dish.

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Posted by on March 7, 2010 in Cooking, Desi


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Afternoon With Strangers err… Foodies

How do you prepare for a lunch and an afternoon with strangers in person but you know them virtually? Will it be a quick luncheon for may be couple of hours with tall promises that we will keep in touch and meet regularly, but heart-in-heart you know that in all probability you will never meet them again? Well, these were some of the questions / thoughts that I was pondering on the morning of 16th February 2008, the day when the Bay Area Food bloggers decided to meet and eat, as said by The Cooker. In fact, what to cook was the easy part for me, thanks to Shankari – the organizer of the meet who sadly couldn’t make it. Well there was just one very simple rule for this event (similar to the very many blog events :)); the dish should be selected from one of the fellow Bay Area blogger.

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Posted by on February 21, 2008 in Cooking, Desi


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Salad or Chaat?

Like most desis, I love chaat – the quintessential street food in India. Street food (or fast food, for that matter) is seldom healthy, although always mouth-watering. When I chanced upon Raaga’s Kala chana chaat, the recipe was definitely healthy and sounded yummy, too.

I adapted the recipe based on the vegetables and spices that was available at hand, like

  • adding peas and corn (I love it for the crunch)
  • adding boiled potatoes and a pinch of chaat masala a la aloo-channa chaat
  • omitting the onions (I can’t handle raw-onions)

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Posted by on January 4, 2008 in Cooking, Desi


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Thengai Mangai Pattani Sundal

The first thing that comes to mind when I hear “Thengai Mangai Pattani Sundal” (Coconut Raw-mango Green-peas sundal), as a Madras-born (yes I still refuse to call it Chennai :)), is Marina Beach. The sine quo non of any Madras visit, Marina Beach never fails to bring up a smile on my face. Early morning joggers, kids playing cricket, friends hanging out, couples trying to catch some private moments and of course, small-time vendors trying to sell an assorted range of items from milagai bajji to toy watches – Marina is always buzzling with activity or should I say, drama? If you visit Marina in the evening, you will see hoards of vendors selling this sundal, masala kadalai (spiced groundnuts), oil-dripping milagai(chilli) bajji in paper packs (pottalam, for those who know tamil).
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Posted by on August 15, 2007 in Cooking


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