Friday, September 11, 2020

Roasted Paneer and Veggies

  This has been my regular food from the time I have started tracking my calories and trying to eat healthy ... Quick to make and makes a healthy stomach filling snack..


Paneer - 50 gms

Onion - 1 medium

Tomato - 1 medium

Cauliflower - 1 cup

Salt to taste

Chilli powder - 1 tsp

Italian Mixed herbs - 1/4 tsp

Oil - 1 tsp


Cook the cauliflower in water for five minutes till it is cooked well.

Meanwhile chop onion and tomato in chunks. Remove the centre pulp of tomato or else everything turns out soggy.

Chop paneer into pieces.

Heat oil in a pan. Add onion, tomato, paneer and cauliflower together into it.

Shallow fry them till they turn out crisp and golden.

Add salt, chilli powder and mixed herbs and mix well.

Toast them well so that the spices are well coated.

Remove from flame and enjoy with little bit of ketchup or green chutney.

Enjoy Cooking!!

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Shallow fried Sweet Potatoes

    Make a regular meal more interesting with this simple recipe. It tastes best when accompanied with rasam rice.


Sweet potatoes - 2

Salt to taste

Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp

Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp

Chilli powder - 1 tsp

Channa dal - 1 tsp

Urad dal - 1 tsp

Asafoetida - 1 pinch

Oil - 1 tbsp


Wash the sweet potatoes properly and pressure cook them for two whistles in the cooker.

Now chop them in thick slices.

Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds. Once they splutter, add Channa dal and urad dal and fry. Now add turmeric and asafoetida. 

Add the sweet potato slices and shallow fry them till they are crisp and golden.

Now add salt and chilli powder and mix well so that they are nicely coated.

Serve hot with rice and sambar..

Enjoy Cooking!!!

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Dal Tadka

 The last one in the quick north Indian meal series... Dal Tadka... No meal is complete without the dal... Here I have a simple and quick Dal recipe which tastes best with any mildly flavoured rice..


Tur dal - 1 cup

Onion - 1 medium size

Tomato - 1 medium size

Green chillies- 3 to 4

Garlic - 4 pods

Garam masala - 1/2 tsp

Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp

Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp

Chilli powder - 1 tsp

Turmeric - 1/2 tsp

Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp

Curry leaves - 5 to 10

Oil - 1 tbsp

Ghee - 1/2 tsp

Salt to taste

Coriander for garnishing


Wash the dal properly and soak it for 15 to 20mins.

Now cook it in the cooker with 3 to 4 whistles. Add a little turmeric to the dal before cooking.

Now heat ghee and oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds. Once they splutter, add curry leaves and fry for a minute. Now add the rest of turmeric and chilli powder.

Chop garlic, onion and tomato.

Next add garlic and onions and fry for a minute till onions turn translucent.

Now add chillies and fry for two minutes. Now add tomato and fry till tomato turns mushy.

Now add the dal to it.. Add little water and allow it to cook well on medium flame for five minutes.

Now add garam masala, cumin and coriander powder and mix. Let it cook for two more minutes and take off from flame...

Garnish with coriander and serve hot..

Enjoy Cooking!!!

Kadhai Paneer

      In continuation to my previous blogpost about Zaffrani Pulao (making a simple North Indian lunch), here is the next recipe that is a great combination with the Pulao. Kadhai Paneer can be made as a low calorie dish or you can also make it very rich. So here is my version of Kadhai Paneer...


Paneer (cubes) - 1 cup

Onion - 1(cut in chunks)

Garlic - 2 pods

Ginger - 1/2" piece

Tomato - 2 (1 cut in chuncks and another made paste)

Capsicum - 1/2 (cut in chunks)

Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp

Turmeric - 1/2 tsp

Chilli powder - 1 tsp

Kasoori methi - 2 tsp

Oil - 2 tsp

Salt to taste


Heat oil in a pan. Add chopped garlic , ginger and onion. Saute for a minute.

Now add capsicum. Fry for a minute. Then add paneer and tomato. Mix well and let it cook on low flame. Once the tomatoes are little soft, add tomato paste to it and mix.

Add little water around 1/4 cup and mix. Let it cook for 5 mins till it thickens.

Now add garam masala, turmeric, chilli powder and salt and mix.

Finally add kasoori methi crushing it inbetween hands.

Cook for two minutes and then serve hot with Zaffrani Pulao or Phulka.

Enjoy Cooking!!!