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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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Dal Tadka Recipe | Dhaba / Restaurant Style | New Kitchen

Hey Foodies,

Thanks a milli to you.. We’ve made a new kitchen.. Thanks a ton for your love and support.. Keep showering and I’ll bring exciting recipes for you 🙂 Haven’t you checked the pics of our kitchen? How can it be? Aren’t you following us on FacebookGoogle+Twitter??? Go ahead, follow us there and check the pictures.. 🙂

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Ofcourse after boiling some milk and making halwa(following typical rituals :P), I made some Dal Tadka which is in typical Dhaba Style, Well some restaurants(or starred dhabas :P) are also coming with this type of taste..

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With some Naans, Kulchas, Pulav or simple steamed Rice, This is a blessing to have! So, let’s ring on the recipe..


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Dal Tadka Recipe | Dhaba / Restaurant Style | New Kitchen
 
Ingredients
  • Moong Dal / Skinless Green Gram - 3 Tbsp
  • Tuvar Dal / Split Pigeon Pea - 2 Tbsp
  • Chana Dal - Split Bengal Gram - 2 Tbsp
  • Urad Dal / Skinless Black Gram - 1 Tbsp
  • Moong Chikla Dal / Split Green Gram - 1 Tbsp
  • Salt - To Taste
  • Haldi / Turmeric - ½ Tsp
  • Tomatoes [Roughly Pureed] - 4
  • Onions [Chopped Fine] - 3
  • Ghee - 3 Tbsp
  • Cumin Seeds - 1 Tsp
  • Ginger - 1"
  • Garlic - 7-8 Pods
  • Green Chili - 2
  • Dried Red Chili - 3-4
  • Bay Leaf - 2
  • Hing - ¼ Tsp
  • Cardamom - 2-3 {Crushed}
  • Whole Coriander Seeds- 1 Tsp {Crushed}
  • Chili Flakes - ½ Tsp
  • Chopped Coriander - Handful
  • Cumin Powder - 1 Tsp
  • Garam Masala - ½ Tsp
  • Kashimiri Red Chili Powder - 1 Tsp
  • Coriander Powder - 1 Tsp
  • Amchoor Powder - ¾ Tsp
  • Kasoori Methi{roasted and crushed} - ½ Tsp
  • Charcoal - 1 small piece
  • Ghee - ½ Tsp
Instructions
  1. Wash twice and soak the dals in a cup of water for 30 minutes. Pressure Cook the dals with some more water added about ½ cup, salt to taste and ½ tsp haldi for 4 whistles on high, then leave for 2 minutes in medium flame.
  2. Heat up ghee in a pan. Crush up ginger, garlic and chili using a mortar-pestle. Add the cumin seeds to the ghee, once sizzles add the bayleaf, dried red chili, hing, along with the crushed mixture.
  3. Saute for a moment, add the cardamom, crushed coriander seeds, chili flakes. cook for a minute.
  4. Add the onions, ¼ tsp salt and cook till brown. Once starts leaving fat and is brown, add the tomato puree, salt to taste and cook for 10-12 mins or until starts leaving sides and fat.
  5. Once done, add a handful of chopped coriander, cumin powder, garam masala, kashmiri red chili powder, coriander powder, amchoor and kasoori methi. Mix well and cook for another 2-3 mins..
  6. Add the cooked dal, and cook for 3-4 mins.. Make sure the dal is not watery, It should be very thick. Add ½ cup water, mix well and cook for 5 mins.. Switch off the flame.
  7. Heat up a charcoal until fiery red. Place a small stainless steel bowl in the dal and make sure it stays and does not sink, put in the hot charcoal and pour in a few drops of ghee. Quickly cover the pan. This will bring the real dhaba/restaurant taste, the smoky taste. Let this be like for 10 mins.
  8. Take the bowl out, mix the dal and relish!
Notes
You can also add in a tablespoon of overnight soaked rajma/kidney beans with the dals if you wish to.

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Butter Paneer Masala | Dhaba Style Recipe

Hey ya Foodies, Balle Balle ^_^

As you might know, BPM being my one of the firstest dishes and I love experimenting on it..

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Well, I had a BPM from a dhaba which struck me to get onto cooking years back.. So a week back, I thought forget the restaurant style, lets do the karchi-tod cooking..! 😀

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And as usual, it was a hit! So here comes the dhaba version of BPM 🙂

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Butter Paneer Masala | Dhaba Style Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • Tomatoes - 8
  • Paneer - 200 gm
  • Coriander - 2 Tbsp {Chopped}
  • Onions - 3
  • Butter - 3 Tbsp
  • Black Cardamom - 2
  • Green Cardamom - 4
  • Bay Leaf - 2
  • Cumin Seeds - 1 Tsp
  • Dry Red Chili - 2
  • Oil - 2 Tbsp
  • Ginger Garlic Paste - 1½ Tb
  • Salt - To Taste
  • Kashmiri Red Chili Powder - 2 Tbsp
  • Cumin Powder - 1 Tsp
  • Garam Masala - 1 Tsp
  • Kasoori Methi - 1 Tsp
  • Cream - 3 Tbsp
  • Green Chili - 2 (Slit)
  • Papad - 1 Small
Instructions
  1. Puree the tomatoes and mince the onions.
  2. In a pan, add the oil. Once hot, add the cumin seeds, dried red chilies, bay leaf, and open the cardamoms and add them and then add add ginger garlic paste as well. Let them sizzle.
  3. Add the butter, once it melts well add the minced onions and salt. Stir well and cook in medium flame until light golden.
  4. Then add in the tomato pulp. Stir and as it gets a roaring boil cover and cook for about 15 minutes or until it leaves the sides checking every 2-3 minutes to prevent burning.
  5. Add the cumin powder, red chili powder, garam masala and kasoori methi. Crush the kasoori methi in between your hands before adding.
  6. While the spices cook for a minute roast a papad, crush and keep aside.
  7. And, as the spices are cooked add the water depends. I added about 1 cup in total. Followed by chopped coriander and the cubed paneer and cream.
  8. Stir well and cook for about 5 minutes. I like my sabzi a wee bit on the thicker side, if you wish you can make it little thinner by adding more water.
  9. Add the slit chilies and the papad. Stir well and serve hot with tandoori rotis, naans, rice or just dig in with a spoon!
Notes
Feel free to taste and adjust the taste. I usually add some honey on my restaurant style BPM. Here i go with sugar at times.

What you need more? Naans right? Check out the recipe:

Butter paneer masala done, Naan done. Go, GO, Jog straight onto your kitchen and let the delicacies come out 🙂

That’s it for today!

Hope to hear from you soon :)

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