Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Hariyali Paneer and a Hundred down!


Although I have slowed down in my posts, I've been aware in the back of my mind that my 100th post is right around the corner. Ever since I posted my previous one, I was in the urge to post my next one right away to celebrate my 100th post. But I've just not been able to get to my blog. My office work, MBA Classes and house-hold routine is keeping me totally occupied. My late night hours nowadays are taken over by my MBA assignments. I'd been also thinking to celebrate this achievement by making a sweet or a cake, but finally decided to just post one of the recipes sitting in my drafts for quite some time.

After 100 posts, I'm pretty sure that there's still a lot of room for improving my blog, but I should also say thats its been a blast and a great ride so far! Every post has given me an opportunity to learn and improve upon something. When I started this blog, I surely didn't expect I will be touching this magic number 100, ever! Thanks to everyone who have sent a comment, complaint, or correction. Keep them coming as I continue with my next 100 posts!

I think we all agree that adding fresh herbs is a quick way to transform an ordinary dish into an extraordinary dish. This is a recipe that I learned recently with fresh corriander and mint leaves. Well, I've already tasted this dish quite a few times, but I learned the recipe just recently. Corriander and Mint combo is one of the most flavorful combos in Indian cooking. I believe wherever this combo happens, the dish is a hit for sure - It can be in Briyani, Chutneys or Chettinad cuisine. When I first happened to taste this paneer dish in a restaurant, I wondered how I missed this beautiful combo with Paneer! I fell for that minty flavor right away. Here is my version of Hariyali Paneer - modified a bit according to my taste.

Ingredients:
  • Paneer cubes - 25 (small sized)
  • Capsicum - 1
  • Corriander leaves - 1 cup (chopped)
  • Mint leaves - 5 or 6
  • Onion - 1 medium
  • Ginger - 1 inch
  • Garlic - 3 cloves
  • G.chillies - 5 (small)
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch
  • Cloves - 3
  • Cardamom - 1
  • Cashews - 5 numbers
  • Kasoori Methi (Crushed) - 1 tsp
  • Cream - 3 tbsps
Procedure:
  • Blend these to a paste - 1/2 onion (chopped), ginger, garlic, g.chillies, corriander leaves, mint leaves, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, cashews. Just add little water to make it to a semi-solid paste.
  • Chop the capsicum to 1 inch cubes.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add the remaining 1/2 onions (chopped) and fry for 2 mins.
  • Add the chopped capsicum and fry for 2 more mins.
  • Add the paste and 2 tbsps of water fry in medium heat for 4 to 5 mins. The raw smell of corriander and mint should not go away. I cover it for 3 mins and then fry for the last 2 mins.
  • Add salt, 1 cup water and let the mixture boil until it reaches almost a thick consistency.
  • Add Kasoori Methi and then Paneer cubes - mix them together and boil for 2 more mins.
  • Finally add cream and stir together. If you want to lighten the spice level, you can add extra cream.
  • Remove from heat and leave it for 30 mins before serving.
Goes best with Naan!

21 comments:

Divya Vikram said...

Congrats on your milestone! I know it is diff to blog while working n studying. I hardly have time to blog these days after my MBA classes have started. Where do u study BTW.

Cham said...

Congrats on ur milestone! Simply worried why u dissapeared without trace... Best wishes :)

Tina said...

Hariyali paneer sounds great and delicious.....

Sharmilee! :) said...

Bookmarked, hve been on hunt for paneer recipes (as I always end up doing butter paneer masala) and urs is perfect, sure to try it out soon!

Soma Pradhan said...

This is a nice and different recipe with paneer. Going to try out soon

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Wow,sounds interesting Sujatha! Should be a nice variation to regular paneer dishes!

Priya said...

Can eat anything everyday with paneer, hariyali paneer makes me hungry, such a droolworthy dish!

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Sounds very tasty ,looks very creamy

Laavanya said...

Congrats on your 100th post :)

I've not tried Hariyali paneer before.. sounds very flavorful.

Akal's Saappadu said...

this is an absolute green creamy delight; the panneer is richly flavoured with the herbs, must have tasted heavenly!! Congratulations for the 100 successful posts, taking equal care of the family, work and studies and the blog, hmmm, great courage!!! enjoy!!!

Sujatha said...

Thank you everyone :) Do let me know if you happen to try it..

Hi Divya, Thanks! Nice to know about a fellow MBA blogger :) I do it in Lake Forest MBA school in Chicago. Where are you doing?

Hi Cham, Thank you so much for your concern.. I am alive :) but just have been slow in blogging.. I saw your note in my previous post too and responded :) Take Care Cham..

Suma Rajesh said...

woo this is sooo good...i love panner and will try this method..

Gita said...

Congrats on your 100th post :)...expecting more of your wonderful creations...this dish is a winner for sure :)

Aruna Manikandan said...

First time here.....

Congrats on ur 100th Post!!!!!
Hariyali Paneer looks very delicious!!

with luv,
ArunaManikandan
http://ensamayalkuripugal.blogspot.com

delhibelle said...

congrats on the century..lovely paneer celebration:)

Usha said...

Congrats on reaching this milestone! Looking forward to many more yum posts from you...the hariyali paneer looks fantastic !

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Shanthi said...

Congratulations on reaching the 100 mark!
Paneer looks delish...

Sujatha said...

Thanks Shanthi! Hope you are doing fine..

anu said...

Hey ..I tried your recipe today and came out perfect. I dint add cream but i just put 1.5 chillies which was quite hot for me...But a very nice recipe

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