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Navratri 2015 Spread 4 – Satvik Thali | Corn & Groundnut Sundal Recipe

Hey Foodies,

Today is the Day 4 of Navratri, and the second last spread I’ve built for you guys.. Let’s have a look at what all is on the menu today?

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  • Corn & Groundnut Sundal – (Focus Recipe – Recipe Below)
  • Aloo Sabzi
  • Paneer Bhurji
  • Besan Filled Parathas
  • Pepper Rice
  • Dahi
  • Gulab Jamun
  • Sugarcane Juice

Sounds delicious isn’t it? Corn & Groundnut Sundal is our recipe of the day, so let’s see it –

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Crunchy Groundnuts & Soft & Sweet Corn with the tadka! Perfect match, make it & share your feedback with us. That’s all for today, hope to see you tomorrow 🙂

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Palak Paneer Recipe – Dhaba Style | Indian Main-Course

Hey Foodies,

What’s so great about winters? It’s Fresh Peas, Spinach, Sarson ka Saag, Strawberrys, and more.. So, recently on a trip, We were running out of time for the return so we hopped into a dhaba kind restaurant and quickly said Palak Paneer and naans.. My god, the hunger and how we(Me and Dad) finished the whole plate of Palak Paneer and Naans! And the taste was out-stannddiiinggg! And believe me, I had never liked palak paneer earlier..

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So, as the winters were here, I thought to make some at home, Umm.. It was good but not like, then kept trying other ways.. Sometimes loads of garlic, sometimes extremely acidic, sometimes with some thickener, sometimes.. And went on, Unless i thought to avoid the blanching and make the gravy in one go like make the masala and add spinach and puree.. And breezee, it was awesome, and better than the dhaba 😀 😀 😀

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Look, look at that! If you aren’t a fan of it, I would strongly suggest you to try this recipe.. So good, mouthwatering.. Wish there was a technology which would make food be able to taste from the screen.. 😀

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Palak Paneer Recipe - Dhaba Style | Indian Main-Course
 
Ingredients
  • Palak / Spinach – 3 Bunches (chopped)
  • Paneer – 225g
  • Cream – 2 Tb.
  • Onion – 1 (roughly chopped)
  • Tomato – 1 (roughly chopped)
  • Coriander – ¼ cup
  • Ginger – ½” (grated)
  • Nutmeg / Jaiphal – a pinch (grated)
  • Garlic – 5-6 Cloves (chopped)
  • Green Chili – 1 (chopped)
  • Bayleaf - 2
  • Cumin Seeds – ½ tsp
  • Yogurt – ¼ Cup
  • Oil – 1 Tbsp
  • Cumin Powder – ½ tsp
  • Coriander Powder – ½ tsp
  • Red Chili Powder – ½ tsp
  • Turmeric – ¼ tsp or less
  • Sugar – ¼ tsp or less
  • Salt – to taste
Instructions
  1. Start by heating up a pan, add a tablespoon of oil. To the hot oil, add the cumin seeds. Let them splutter, then add bayleaf, grated ginger, chopped garlic and green chili. Stir well.
  2. Once slightly cooked, add one roughly chopped onion and stir.. Add lil bit of salt and cook till it goes pink. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook till they are mushy.
  3. Switch off the flame and let the pan cool a little bit. Then add in the smooth yogurt and stir well for about a minute. Time for the spices – ¼ tsp turmeric, ½ tsp coriander powder, ½ tsp cumin powder, ½ tsp red chili powder and then grate in some nutmeg.
  4. Start the flame in low, and stir well and cook until starts getting a simmer. If the mixture seems dry 2-3 more tbsp. yogurt can be added. Add the sugar and mix well, then comes in the chopped spinach.
  5. Keep stirring and cook till the volume reduces, and the spinach is slightly wilted. After the volume is reduced, cook for another minute. Switch off the flame, add the coriander mix and make a paste out of it.
  6. Heat up a pan, add the paste and get it to a simmer.. Add more salt if required, also add the 2 tbsp cream. Mix well.
  7. Grate about 25-30 grams of paneer straight in the pan, and chop rest.. Mix well, and Serve Hot! Enjoy 🙂
Notes
Notes:
Paste : Its upto you to make a thick, coarse paste with specks of spinach, and so on or make a silky smooth one.. I personally like the thick paste with specks which hand blender makes well 🙂
Tips on the Green Color : Adding something acidic helps, like curd or lemon.. Curd is in the recipe which gives a good taste and helps. Do not Cover the pan at all, always cook in open pan.
I prefer to just chop the spinach and use.. If you wish, you can blanch the spinach, then chop and then add.. But I prefer this way. If blanching is your thing, you can add a pinch of baking soda in the water.. it will make sure its greener!
½ tsp Slightly Broiled and Hand Crushed Dry Kasoori Methi/Fenugreek can be added in the end.
If you wish, you can fry the paneer. Or add about ½ tsp oil in a pan, add the paneer and kind of shallow fry them then add the paste..
If you want strands of onions in the end result, you can chop 1 more onion into Half Moons and then kind of open them.. Then take ½ tsp oil in a pan and then add the onions cook for a minute then add the puree.. The place I had palak paneer had such onion strands.. Bothways taste amusing!
Video Recipe –

 

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What are you waiting for, try this and enjoy the awesomeness! 🙂 😀

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Once you try this, and you’ll always make it this way and prefer making than ordering cause it gets ready so fast! 🙂 That’s all for today!
Thanks 🙂

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Paneer Tikka Masala – Restaurant Style Recipe / How to cook tikka in Charcoal at home.

Hey,

Paneer Tikka is one of the starters which we relish to the core whether its anytime in the day or year, and its bigger brother Paneer Tikka Masala is a dish we all order..

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Why order from a restaurant, cause it has a subtle flavor and a distinct smokey aroma and taste.. All, that magic is in the charcoal..

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You must have tried PTM someday or the other right? And the recipe called for either grill on a tawa or oven.. It must have came out good, but there was lack of something right? Its smoke/charcoal dear!!! And without the real cooking in charcoal, it can led to a butter-paneer style.. Which is good, but.. So, let’s get to the recipe 😀

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Videofy yourself first 😛

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Paneer Tikka Masala - Restaurant Style Recipe / How to cook tikka in Charcoal at home.
 
Ingredients
  • For Tikka : Paneer - 250g (Chopped in 2"x2" and 2cm thickness)
  • Diced Onions and Bell Peppers - 1 Cup
  • Roasted Gram Flour / Sattu / Besan - 2 Tb
  • Yogurt - ¼ Cup
  • Salt - To Taste
  • Chat Masala - ½ Tsp
  • Lemon Juice - 1 Tsp
  • Garam masala - 1½ Tsp
  • Chopped Ginger - 1½ Tsp
  • Chopped Garlic - 1½ Tsp
  • Cumin Powder - 1½ Tsp
  • Kashmiri Red Chili Powder - 2 Tsp {Or more}
  • Pepper - ½ Tsp
  • Canola Oil - 4 Tbsp
  • Other :Charcoal - 2 Cups
  • Wooden Skewers - 5 {Soaked in water for 30 mins)
  • For Masala / Gravy - Boiled Tomato Puree - From 5 Medium sized
  • Brown Onion Paste - From 3 Large Onions
  • Canola Oil - 5 Tbsp
  • Coriander - ¼ Cup
  • Chilies - 3 {Slit}
  • Salt - To Taste
  • Lemon Juice - 1 Tsp
  • Corn Flour - 1 Tsp (Dissolved in 1 tbsp water)
  • Black Cardamom - 4 {Crush, opened}
  • Coriander Powder - 1 Tsp
  • Black pepper - ¼ Tsp
  • Kashmiri Red Chili Powder - 1½ Tsp
  • Ginger and Garlic - ½ Tsp Each (Minced)
  • Fresh Cream - 1 Tsp
  • Leftover Marinate - As much is left.
  • Artificial Food Color - ⅛ Tsp {Optional}
  • Sugar - ¼ Tsp {Optional}
Instructions
  1. For Tikka : Into a mixing bowl, add all the dry spices and sattu. Mix well. Add yogurt, little at a time till you get a thick paste.
  2. Add in the ginger, garlic, lemon juice. In a small pan add 2 Tb canola oil. Once it starts smoking, switch off the flame and pour in the smoky oil to the marinate. Stir well.
  3. Throw in the onions, peppers and paneer. Get your hands in there and make sure it coats well. Cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for 30 mins(more is better).
  4. Heat up a gas tandoor/baati maker and place in the charcoal. Put the grill rack and cover lighly. Heat up for 15 mins in high flame.
  5. Skewer the marinated paneer and veggies in any order to the wooden skewer and keep in a plate for a moment. Once done, take the skewers and place this inside the tandoor on the grill rack.
  6. Cover and cook for 2-3 mins.
  7. To the leftover marinate, add 2 tbsp oil and brush this to the paneer tikka after 2-3 minutes of cooking. Cover and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  8. Try to turn them over, being extremely careful as it can catch fire. Now cook for another 2-3 minutes uncovered.
  9. Take them out and keep aside. These are so delicious that you cannot stop yourself from eating them.. But, save some for the sabzi 😛
  10. For Masala / Gravy - In a wok, add the canola oil, Once hot add the black cardamoms, once it sizzles, add the ginger garlic and cook till the raw flavor is gone.
  11. Spoon out the brown onion paste and stir well. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Add salt to taste and pour in the boiled tomato paste.
  12. Cook till it starts leaving sides and oil, then add the kashmiri red chili powder, pepper powder, coriander powder. Cook for a minute or two.
  13. Add the red food color(optional), leftover marinate, sugar.. Stir well, and also add half of the corn flour mix, and stir well.. This will make the masala silky, if it does not, add the rest of it. Stir well and cook for a minute or two.
  14. Add a tsp of fresh cream, coriander, green chili, lemon juice, and stir well. Add the paneer tikka and stir gently, Pour in ¼ cup water if its very thick. Cover and cook for 2 minutes and serve HOT!
Notes
Be extremely careful with the charcoal tandoor. It can catch little bit of fire at any time, so be careful. The effort is all worth, the result would be one of the bestest dish!
Alternatively, you can grill the veggies in a tawa/grill tawa/grill modes on microwave/oven at the max temp. For the smokey flavor, you can add a drop of liquid smoke if you wish to. On the other way, you can place some active charcoal on a baking sheet on the lower rack and grill the tikka in middle rack. 🙂
For the boiled tomato puree, I took 5 tomatoes, chopped then boiled in ¼ cup water for 5 minutes, and pureed.
For Brown Onion Paste, Slice, Fry and blend the onions with some water if it does not grind up.

I’m sure, you would go gaga over this, and would just go on licking fingers bowls and spoons 😛 Pair this awesome sabzi with anything, Steam Rice, Roti, Paratha, Naan, anything! 🙂

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Nnnjooyyy 🙂

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