Say Paneeeeeeeer !!!!……..oops, i mean Cheeeeeeeese 😉
Very few Indians one may find who does not say ‘yes’ to paneer or cottage cheese. It is a must in a vegetarian house- hold. But can’t get judgemental about vegetarians, it is very much loved by the non- vegetarians too. And ofcourse, there’s a Chinese variety of it too…Tofu 🙂
This is my second post to The Novice Gardener Fiesta Friday and i am very excited to meet so many people here.
My thank you to the hosts Elaine@ http://foodbod.wordpress.com/ and Juliana@ http://foodieonboard.wordpress.com/ Selma@ http://selmastable.wordpress.com/, Hilda@ http://alongthegrapevine.wordpress.com and Indu@ http://indusinternationalkitchen.wordpress.com/
Since this is a vegetarian preparation, two people came to my mind, Elaine and Sonal@ http://simplyvegetarian777.wordpress.com/Both of them create awesomely vegetarian food. 🙂
I have never seen a humble root, yam, look exotic !!! Juliana you are a genius 🙂
Dimple@ http://shivaaydelights.wordpress.com/ is not a cook, but a awesome creator of lip -smacking delights 🙂
Shailja@ http://shailjatomar.wordpress.com/ her blog named Sweet & Savoury, totally describes the person 🙂
So, i am motivated and inspired by these lovely people and made this cheesy, creamy tomatoi delight 😀
Here’s how i went about it…..
250 grams – cottage cheese
1/4 tsp – cumin seeds
1/4 tsp – carom seeds
1 tsp – dried fenugreek leaves/ kasuri methi
1 1/2 tsp – kashmiri red chili powder
1 tsp – coriander powder
1/2 tsp – cumin powder
1/2 tsp – tumeric powder
1 tsp – finely chopped green chili
1/2 tsp – white sesame seeds
1 cup – milk
1 1/2 cup- pureed tomato
1/2 tsp – garam masala
1 tbsp – cream
1/2 cup – onion paste
1 tsp – garlic paste
1 tsp – ginger paste
1 tsp – finely chopped fresh coriander/ cilantro (optional)
salt to taste
vegetable oil – as required
Cube the cottage cheese and stir fry in 1 tsp of oil. Keep aside.
Roast the sesame and keep aside to cool.
Heat 1 tbsp oil in pan and temper with cumin and carom seeds. Add the fenugreek, chopped chili, garlic and ginger paste. Now add the onion paste and fry to a golden color. Add the tomato puree and cook till oil released.
Cool this mix and then grind to a fine paste along with the roasted sesame.
Heat 1 tsp oil in the same pan and pour the ground paste. Add the cumin, coriander, tumeric and red chili powder. Pour in the milk and adjust the salt. Once the gravy comes to boil, add the cottage cheese cubes and cook for 4 -5 mins. Add more milk for more gravy, if needed.
Pour in the cream and check for salt. Take it off the flame and garnish with cilantro.
Serve hot with naan, chapati or parantha 🙂
Don’t go on the Cafe Coffee Day cup and saucer 😉 It had been lying gift wrapped for the last few years 😀 It has now justified it’s presence in my house- hold 😛
Happy cooking !!
Cheers !! 😀