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Paneer Makhanwala

Posted: April 20, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Curries, Dinner, Indian Food
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Paneer Makhanwala is a dish from Mughlai cuisine. Mughlai cuisine consists of the dishes which were prepared in the kitchen of Mughal Emperors. These dishes are very exotic, rich in flavor and spices. Also, in the preparation of most of mughlai dishes, milk and cream is used to enhance the richness of the dish. This cuisine is very popular in northern part of India though you can eat most of mughlai dishes these days in every restaurant. But the best place to enjoy mughlai food is Delhi which specializes in the preparation of this cuisine.

Paneer is a fresh cheese common in south asian cuisine  and makhan is referred to cream used in the dish. Hence the name Paneer Makhanwala. It is also called Shahi Paneer, reference to the royalty which use to enjoy this dish. It is best served with indian bread called Naan.

Paneer Makhanwala

Paneer Makhanwala

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups paneer, cut in cubes
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 2 green chillies, devined and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoon tandoori paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 3 tablespoon heavy cream
  • salt to taste
  • 2-3 dry bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • chopped cilantro leaves for garnish
Paneer Makhanwala

Paneer Makhanwala

Method:

  • Heat 1/2 teaspoon of oil in a pan , add onions, chillies, garlic, ginger with a pinch of salt. Cook until onions are softened. Cool down the mixture and transfer this to the blender jar and blend it into a fine paste.
  • In the same pan, add rest of the oil and butter, then add bay leaves followed by onion paste. Cook until it turns light brown in color.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, tandoori paste, salt and cook until the oil separates from the masala about 7-10 minutes.
  • Add little bit of water for desired consistency, cover the pan and cook for another 3-4 minutes on low heat.
  • Add cream to the sauce and mix everything well. In the end add paneer cubes to the sauce and gently stir to mix everything well. If you are using store-bought paneer, put in hot boiling water for 10-15 minutes, so that it gets little soft.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro leaves and serve!
Paneer Makhanwala

Paneer Makhanwala

Focaccia is a flat oven baked Italian bread which is seasoned with olive oil, herbs and other ingredients of your choice. It looks similar to pizza but called Focaccia. The inside texture is soft, and light to touch where as the outside is crispy and golden brown.Since it’s baked at high temperature which gives a crunchy golden brown bottom.You can use focaccia bread dough as pizza dough too or can be used a sandwich breads.

Onion and Cherry Tomato Focaccia

Onion and Cherry Tomato Focaccia

This is the first time I have made bread from the scratch, although I’m not of a yeast-bread baking expert yet but this time this really turned out great and gorgeous looking.

Also, making bread requires a lot of patience and time which is really worth it at the end. Hence don’t try to rush this recipe, give plenty of time to rise. You may have to plan ahead if you are going to bake this bread as it requires at least 2 hours to rise properly. At this stage, it’s good to let it rise for as long as you can. The puffier it gets the more soft it bakes up. Since I am a person who will check every minute or so, to see whether the yeast is working or not, so what I do is I go out for shopping or to the park with my son in this way my dough gets plenty of time to rise without any disturbance and peeking… :-)

Onion and Cherry Tomato Focaccia

Onion and Cherry Tomato Focaccia

Ingredients:

  • 2  1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 teaspoon dry yeast
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoon warm water

For topping:

  • 1/4 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in halves
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed and  minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red chilli flakes
  • 5-6 fresh basil leaves, cut in long strips

Directions:

  • To make the dough, mix honey and yeast in luke warm water and let it sit for several minutes, until it begins to bubble, that means yeast is working its charm here and you are going to be successful in making a gorgeous focaccia bread.
  • Stir together the yeast mixture, salt and flour and mix everything well. Knead by hand for 5-7 minutes, or until the dough forms into a smooth round, still soft and a bit sticky. Coat a big bowl with the tablespoon of olive oil, drop in the dough, and coat with oil all over. Seal the bowl with plastic wrap, and let it rise in a warm place until doubled, about an hour.
  • While the dough is rising, toss together the sliced onion, cherry tomato halves, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, salt, red pepper flakes and keep it aside to marinate.
  • Brush a Cookie sheet with olive oil and keep it aside.
  • Punch down the dough on a floured surface, roll out  dough into a rectangle,  press the same on oiled brushed baking sheet.
  • Brush olive oil over the rectangle shaped dough and set it aside until it gets fluffy, for about 1 hour.
  • Make dimples on the dough with your thumb and top with grated mozzarella cheese, marinated onions, fill the dimples with cherry tomatoes halves and drizzle the rest of marinated oil on top of it.
  • Bake at 425 until golden, about 20 minutes. Garnish with thinly Julienne basil leaves. And enjoy your slices!!
Onions and Cherry Tomato Focaccia

Onions and Cherry Tomato Focaccia

Fried rice is popular dish in Asian cuisine especially in Chinese food. It is made with steamed white rice/brown rice, stir fried in wok with some meats, eggs and veggies of your choice. There are many varieties of fried rice, with its own specific list of ingredients.

Fried rice is also the most common food sold in Chinese takeout. You can make fried rice with left over rice and jazz up a quick, easy and satisfying meal anytime. Couple of days ago, I was thinking to make something with the left over Rotisserie chicken which was sitting in my fridge. And this is the first dish came to my mind. Also I had some veggies to add to the rice…so, this dish perfectly fits in my menu and hence I made this for our dinner that night.

This dish hardly takes up anytime to prepare, if you assemble, chop and cut everything in advance.  I didn’t have any left over cold rice, so I have used freshly cooked rice and the outcome was amazingly delicious. When I was done cooking, hubby came out from study room to enquire what I am cooking which is so fragrant and delicious smelling…and yes, he was on perfect timing for DINNER!

Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken Fried Rice

Ingredients

  • 1  1/4 cup basmati rice
  • 1  cup cooked chicken, cut into thin strips
  • 1/4 cup orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup frozen green peas, thawed
  • 1 medium-sized carrot, peeled and cut in small pieces
  • 1/4 cup cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed and chopped
  • 4 green(spring) onions, thinly sliced
  • 6-7 florets of broccoli, cut in small florets
  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • pinch of turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 eggs, scrambled
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • salt to taste

For Sauce:

  • 2 teaspoon garlic chili sauce/paste
  • 2  1/2 teaspoon dark soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoon stir fry sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3-4 dashes of hot sauce
Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken Fried Rice

Directions:

  • To cook the rice, add water double the amount of rice, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes. Once done, uncovered the rice and let the rice cool down completely and then fluff it with a fork.
  • Mix everything under sauces and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil over high heat in large frying pan or wok and add the white part of green onions, garlic and stir-fry for 1 to 2 minutes or until onion has softened. Add carrots, peas, broccoli, salt to taste and stir fry these veggies on high heat. Add very little of salt, just to season the veggies.
  • Add turmeric powder, mixed sauces, roasted cumin powder and stir well with the veggies. Throw in the bell pepper, cabbage and cook for 1 minutes or so.
  • Add the cooked rice, chicken meat. Stir well and cook over medium high heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add scrambled eggs, cilantro leaves, chopped green onions and mix well.
  • Remove from heat, garnish with some thinly sliced onions to serve!
Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken Fried Rice