Monday, May 31, 2010

Paneer Butter Masala

I love paneer dishes especially paneer butter masala.Ive tried making various versions of this recipe from different sources.This one is close to the restaurant style though Ive modified the recipe to make it less sinful.
Here goes the recipe


Paneer - 250 gms(cut into squares)

Onion - 2(grated or chopped finely)

Tomatoes  - 3 (blanched by dropping them in boiling water till the skin peels and then pouring cold water over them .Then puree them in a blender)

Ginger garlic paste - 1tsp

Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp

Chili powder - 2 tsp

Cumin powder - 1 tsp

Coriander Powder - 1tsp

Garam masala powder - 1tsp

kasoori methi - 1/4 tsp crushed

Butter - 2 tbsp

Low fat milk - 1/4 cup

Oil - for shallow frying the paneer

Salt to taste


Shallow fry the paneer in oil/ghee.In a pan heat the butter.When melted add the grated onions.Saute till they turn pinkish.

Add the ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell goes off.

Add the turmeric powder,chili powder,cumin powder and coriander powder.Saute for 2 minutes.

Then add the tomato puree,garam masala and fry till the butter oozes out.Add a 1/2cup of water.When it starts boiling  add the fried paneer,required amount of salt.Simmer and close with a lid.Allow it to cook for 5 minutes till the paneer becomes soft.

Then add the milk and kasoori methi and simmer for 2 minutes.

Garnish with coriander leaves.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Eggless Banana Yoghurt Muffins

Recipe Courtesy : Recipezaar

I tweaked the recipe according to my taste.I omitted the egg and added a quarter cup of applesauce instead.I used butter instead of oil.I added extra sugar to satisfy my sweet tooth.I didn't add the cinnamon powder.

Ingredients :

All purpose flour -  2 cups

Sugar - 3/4 cup

Baking Powder - 1 Tbsp

Salt - 1/4 tsp

Vanilla Yogurt - 8 oz(1 cup)

Applesauce - 1/4 cup

Bananas - 2 mashed

Melted Butter - 1/4 cup

Non fat milk - 2 Tbsp

Method :

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and  mix In another bowl, combine yogurt, applesauce, milk, and melted butter
Add contents of wet mixture to dry ingredients and mix- do not over mix.

Stir in bananas (you can also add chopped nuts or other fruits if you want) Place batter in muffin tins.

Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Rajma/Kidney Bean Rasmisa

Rajma Rasmisa is a very nutritious preparation of rajma which goes along very well with rice or chapati.
This is  a recipe of Sanjeev Kapoor.

Rajma/Kidney beans - 1 1/2 cup soaked in water for 8 hours and drained

Onion - 2  medium(grated/finely chopped)

Tomato - 3 pureed

Ginger garlic paste - 1tsp

Chopped coriander leaves - a handful

Bay leaves - 1

Cumin seeds - 1 tsp

Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp

Chili powder - 2 tsp

Coriander Powder - 1 tsp

Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp

Oil - 3 tbsp

Method :

Pressure cook Rajma with 5 cups of water along with salt for 4 whistles.

In a pan heat oil.When hot,add bay leaf and cumin seeds.

Add the chopped onion and saute till they become translucent.Add the ginger garlic paste and fry till raw smell goes off.

Now add turmeric powder and chili powder.Then add the tomato puree and saute till the oil oozes out.

Add the required amount of salt,garam masala,rajma with 1/2 cup of water.Cover with a lid and simmer for 15 minutes.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with rice or chapati.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Very Vanilla Muffins

What would you do if you bought a tub of Vanilla Yogurt by mistake and you don't like flavoured yogurt at all??Bake Vanilla muffins!!I found this recipe in Recipezaar.

This recipe has vanilla yogurt and vanilla essence as the main ingredient.The aroma of the vanilla  filled the  whole house while baking...It was spongy,light and smelled divine..I added extra sugar to the muffins and sprinkled little bit of sugar on top of each muffin.It gave a lovely brown colour to the muffin tops.


All purpose flour - 1 3/4 cup

Sugar - 1/3 cup plus 1 Tbsp for sprinkling on top.

Melted Butter - 1/2 cup

Egg - 1 beaten

Vanilla flavored yogurt - 1 cup(can also use plain yogurt and increase the amount of vanilla essence)

Vanilla essence - 1 Tbsp

Baking Powder - 2 1/2 tsp

Baking Soda-1/4  tsp

Salt - 1/4 tsp


Preheat oven to 400ยบ. Line 12 muffin pan cups with paper liners.

In a large bowl, stir together flour, 1/3 cup of the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a medium bowl, stir together egg, yogurt and vanilla, pour over dry ingredients. Add melted butter and stir just to blend (do not over mix). Quickly spoon batter into paper liners, filling each muffin cup to the top. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tbsp of sugar.

Bake muffins about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove muffins to wire rack and let cool 10-15 minutes before serving.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Idly Fry

This is yet another dish made by my DH.My mom used to make fried idly whenever we refused to eat plain idlis.But she would just fry and saute with idly molagai podi.This recipe is little bit different.

Warning:You will definitely need more idlis than  you used to eat usually, to prepare this dish cuz this tastes sooooo good..When I ate this I was so guilty of my gluttony:)

Idlis  - 6 (completely cooled and cut into cubes)

Onion - 1 finely chopped

Capsicum - 1 diced

Green chillies - 2(slit into two pieces)

Chili powder - 1 tsp

Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp

Idly molagai podi/Gunpowder - 2 tsp

Oil for deep frying the idlis

Oil - 2 tbsp

Salt to taste


Deep fry the idlis.
Deep Fried Idlies..I saved a few pices for the dish:)

In a pan heat oil.When it is hot,add the onions and saute till it is translucent.

Then add the green chillies, capsicum and saute for 2 minutes.Add the chillipowder,turmeric powder, idli molagai podi,required amount of salt.

Now add the fried idli pieces and saute.Sprinkle little bit of water,cover the pan with a lid and cook on a low flame  for 3 minutes.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Oatmeal ,Banana,walnut and raisin Muffins

I have not tried baking anything with oats before.I rarely eat oatmeal for breakfast cuz I don't like the pasty texture until I bought the coach's oats.Unlike other oats this doesn't get pasty but retains the chewy texture and can be cooked in 5 minutes.Since they are steel cut,I cooked them before using them in muffins because I want them to be soft and not teeth breaking.

These muffins were perfect for breakfast.


All purpose flour - 1 cup

Coach's Oats - 1 cup (boiled in 1 cup of milk for 4 minutes and cooled completely)

Brown sugar - 1/2 cup

Baking powder - 1 tsp

Baking soda - 1/2 tsp

Salt - 1/4 tsp

Bananas - 3 mashed

Egg - 1 beaten

Melted Butter - 1/2 c

Walnuts - 1/2 c chopped

Raisin - 1/4 cup

Method :

Preheat the oven to 350 def F.Line the muffin pan with liners.

Sift together,all purpose flour,baking soda,baking powder and salt.In another bowl add the beaten egg,melted butter,cooked oats and brown sugar and mix well.

Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix till they are incorporated.Add the chopped walnuts and raisins.

Fill in the paper liners up to 3/4 Th of the liners.

Bake for about 24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean.

Allow  to cool for 5 minutes in the rack.