Curry under 20 Minutes | Paneer Bhurji


I do not have a new story or a new experience to share this minute when I am drafting this post of Paneer Bhurji. All that I know is , it is simple and can be done in less than 20 minutes..This sabji / curry came into existence since I had half opened packets of paneer from our weekend cooking and it had to be used in a day before it makes its way to the bin. Oh my !! Can you imagine wasting Paneer.. Not at all.  Bhurji is a timeless classic. A vegetarian take to Egg Bhurji !





 I whipped the ingredients up and made it for my lunch pairing them up with phulka's. You could roll them up inside a roti and enjoy it like a kati roll. The husband toasted the bread and sandwitched the filling between his slices. Fill some inside a  chapathi dough and make a paratha. A countless way to serve them . Enjoy the bhurji, through my eyes.





PANEER BHURJI


Prep Time: 10 minutes | Total Time 20 Minutes | Serves 4
INGREDIENTS:

250g Indian Cottage Cheese | Paneer
85g | 1 No’s  Red Onion
100g | 1 No’s Green Pepper
75g | 1 No’s Tomato
1 Tsp Grated Ginger
¼ Tsp Turmeric Powder
½ Tsp Chilli Powder
½ Tsp Garam Masala
¾ Tsp Salt ( Adjust it to your taste)
2 No’s Green Chillies  ( Optional)
1 Tsp Oil
½ Tsp Cumin Seeds
1 Tsp Coriander Leaves
A squeeze of lemon juice ( Optional)

DIRECTIONS:
  • Chop the onions, green pepper, tomato, green chillies finely.
  • Crumble the paneer with your fingers. Alternatively put cubes of paneer in your blender to get them finely shredded.
  • Heat oil a non-stick pan, drop in cumin seeds. Once they begin to crackle, add in onions, green chillies (optional – use it if you like it spicy) and ginger. Fry them until transparent. Pop in green pepper and sauté only for a minute or so. We need to retain the crunchiness right till we gobble the bhurji. Add the chopped tomatoes along with the spices. Cook for about 2-3 minutes roughly in low flame, as you seed the tomatoes melt down.
  • Add Paneer and the required amount of salt to the rest of the dish. Barely cook for 1½ to 2 Minutes and turn off the flame. Garnish with coriander leaves and a dash of lemon juice.

NOTES:
 I love the addition of Green Pepper to my paneer dishes and it brings an excellent crunch to it. We just need to ensure, not to overcook the green pepper and the curry overall. It will change the texture.

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Baking | Peanut Butter Cookies - Its smooth Peanut Butter !



I see a little twinke, a little sparke in her eyes !! The sky is dark and clear , cold and frosty as it should be in November . Boom !! Hears ZZZ ! As the curtain is gently slided , you see colorful sparks in the sky . Curiously looking , My little pumpkin S starts to run all around the house and in excitement. Dada lifts her , strokes her back, sliding her soft locks off her face and tells her its Patas ( fireworks in tamil) . She slowly grasped her newly learned word.


Ever after that whenever she heard a Boom , Bang , Bong her eyes keenly look for the loud chromatic display in the dark sky. Just as the guy fawkes day celebration went past , here in UK , we had an exemplary fireworks display in a local park. Sitting up, cosily in our bedroom, sungged in our fleece jumpers and heater s on , we witnessed a 30 minutes picturesque prismatic exhibit . An extra hug , An extra kiss and more cuddles is what we got for this grandeur celebration . The kids in the neighbour hood were already woeing as this beauty they were all witnessing was drawing to closure..


How I wish , our little kids get to be a part of the traditional Diwali celebration like we used in our childood. They would barely crave nor get high stungon hearing a #Boom # Bang !!
As parents, sometimes we feel , we are depriving our lil ones of their culture and heritage sitting afar.. Something definitely needs to be done to bridge this gap... we want them to experience, a typical celebration like we all did since childhood. A stride that needs some hard work and a lot of thinking before the next celebration , next year !


This recipe of Peanut Butter Cookies comes from my favourite book the hummingbird bakery cookbook, and the logic for making them has got nothing to do with Diwali or with celebration mood . Lol . But this is here, because of my new essential kitchen gadget, my hand mixer. I have been using my muscle power and a simple whisk in the last 6 months of my baking . Coming to the recipe, the must ingredient was crunchy peanut butter  and I have used a Skipp Smooth Peanut Butter. Kids at home do not relish any abnormal texture on their tongue, so things got be smooth :) The instructions also called for a portion of light brown sugar but I have just used some caster sugar. Its not in my dictionary to go buy ingredients to make a delight. Everythings has to be home, reachable !!My personal mantra is to make things with readily available ingredients. SO invention it is !!



PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES


Prep Time: 10 minutes
Freezing Time : 1 hour+
Baking Time : 14 minutes each batch
Yields: 25-28 cookies

INGREDIENTS:

170g Plain Flour
200g Caster Sugar
112g Unsalted Butter
1 Large Egg
120g Smooth Peanut Butter
1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence
1 ¼ tsp Bicarbonate Soda
40g Dark Chocolate ,roughly chopped

DIRECTIONS:
  • Whisk the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy using a handheld electric mixer. Add the egg, beating it well, scrapping the sides until it’s all clean.  Reduce the speed to low and beat in vanilla extract, peanut butter until well incorporated.
  •  Stir in the flour, bicarbonate of soda and mix until smooth dough is formed. Mix the chocolate into the dough until evenly mixed. Roll the dough into a log, wrap it in a cling film and chill it for an hour+ until firm.
  • Preheat the fan assisted oven to 170 F, gas mark 3. Line 4 baking trays with a greaseproof sheets
  • Get the dough log from the fridge and cut them into equal pieces. Arrange 6 equal amount of the cookie dough on the prepared baking tray. Make sure to space the cookies apart , allowing the cookies to spread whilst baking. Bake in the preheated oven for 14 minutes until the edges start to turn golden brown. Leave the cookies to cool in the tray for another 10 minutes, before turning them out on a wire rack to cool completely.
  • The cookies turned out to be soft and crunchy!
NOTES:

The recipe did not call for chilling the dough. Since I have had disasters with the dough going really flat and not getting the desired result, I have chilled the dough.
You could cut the cookie dough log into equal sizes and place them as it is, or roll them in the middle of your palm and place them on the prepared tray.
Incase you have missed reading all my banausic scribbling, there are few replacements I have done to the orginal recipe in the book. I have used Smooth Peanut Butter instead of Crunchy Peanut Butter and only used caster sugar instead of a combination of light brown sugar and caster sugar as in the book.





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Food Event | Dream Non Dairy Icecream


Last week, I received an invite to attend a Dairyfree Icecream Pop up event from Dreams !!. They specialise in Dairyfree Icecreams .Yes you heard it right. An icecream thats dairy free.  For those living a lactose free, non dairy lifestyle, Dreams products are the perfect alternative.
The event was held at The Housekeeping Institute in London. Shweta from Merry Tummy and self  had an awesome experience slathering over different flavors of ice cream, chitchatting and offcourse snapshot time. When two girly bloggers meet, we gossip over an ice cream , over a coffee , some window shopping in streets of London , eagerly waiting for the Christmas lights to turn on and what not. A perfect girls day out too.



 There were 4 varieties, available for tasting - Velvety Vanilla ,Salted Caramel, Praline Crunch and Mint Chocolate Chip. These ice creams  didnt taste any different from our regular icecreams , except there was no fancy color with each flavour and thats because of the almonds. Velvety Vanilla is like an everyday icecream , can be had for breakfast too.. because of the goodness of almonds and fewer calories , almost 30%.
Mint Chocolate chip is a perfect after dinner icecream.. Praline Crunch did impress me much but Salted Caramel blew me off in flavors .. I totally loved it !!


Forget the bland imitations, Dream really delivers on taste and indulgence with a glorious rich , creamy based texture  based on almond recipe . For more information about the Dream Brand, visit http://www.mydairyfreedream.com

All the varieties of ice creams are gluten free and suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Dream Ice cream is available exclusively at Waitrose, costing £4.99.

 The Dream's Team

Thank you Dream and Havasww for giving me the opportunity to explore the new Ice cream.All the opinion expressed are my own and are under no influence.

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Baking | My favourite Brownies



A very Happy Diwali to all my readers, friends and family ! Well this post was intended to be posted before Diwali and it didnt make it to my space for various reasons. We travelled to Brussels and Amsterdam the day after Diwali. Our first long trip in a year and half. It was all hullabaloo in the process of packing and putting things away for the 5 day trip and our excitement of meeting our friends after two years. So much of chit chatting , non stop bantering ,insane gigling and a lot of antics is what happens when friends catch up after years.


Aah look , talking of the fabulous trip, I am going astray from the brownie bake and Diwali . We had a come together for Diwali ,something that we have been doing over the past 6 years, a week before the festival of lights. I wanted to carry the Brownies to treat the little ones and my grown-up friends.. In my previous post about the Orange Marmalade Cake, there was a mention about this brownies. I reiterate again, there was a lot of self thrust that I had planned for self all in a day.


Baking , Pictures and above all treating my food porn friends of all age group from 5 to 45 !These brownies were a star for the evening and a purpose well served . A happy ending to a wearisome Day!


I am calling these brownies my favorite and I have a reason behind it. With no fancy gadget , no patience to wait for the butter to come to room temperature and more , I just wanted some recipe that called for melting the butter, chocolate and all together in a pot and then mixing the flour and blah!!! This recipe did exactly what i wanted . I started my wild goose chase for an hour or soo , everywhere and whereever I felt the ingredients called for melting the butter and chocolate , I was game. Hardly could I boil down to one recipe where I have all the available ingredients in my pantry . Finally my chase was over and I came across my favourite recipe for Brownie at Smitten Kitchen!!A blog that requires no introduction. Every bakers bible and bakopedia. My inspiration for the first click on this page is from a blog thingwemake.


These brownies are absolutely fuzz free, chocolat' y , bitter sweet and everything that you are looking for in a brownie.. An absolute winner for an under one hour product . The recipe specially called for unsweetened chocolate, but I have just used dark chocolate with 85% cocoa.Guess we have talked a lot about it and lets head to the recipe head- straight .


MY FAVOURITE BROWNIES


Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Baking Time : 25-30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Yields: 25 squares

INGREDIENTS:
85gm Plain Flour
85gm Dark Chocolate, roughly chopped
115 gm Unsalted Butter
265gm Granulated Sugar
2 Large eggs
1 tsp Vanilla Essence

DIRECTIONS:
  • Preheat the fan assisted oven to 350 F, gas mark 4. Line a 9” Baking pan with a parchment paper, extending it all the way up. This will help us to pull the paper out of the pan once the brownie cools down. 
  •    Prepare a double boiler, by placing a small sauce pan/ bowl over a pan of hot water. Fill the bottom pan with 1” of water and allow it to boil. Reduce to simmer. Break the chocolate pieces into small equal pieces and add them along with the butter to the small sauce pan that sits on the pan of water. Stir them until they melt. This process will only take a couple of minutes.  If you are looking to understand how to handle chocolates, read my post on Homemade Chocolates
  •  Whisk the egg, one at a time, followed by sugar and vanilla essence. Stir in the flour with a wooden spoon, mixing the batter well. Spread the batter into the prepared pan and bake it for 25-30 Minutes. My brownie came out batter-clean, when I inserted the skewer at 25 minutes.
  • Allow them to cool down. Cut the brownie bake into size that suits you. I got 25 bite sized brownie pieces .
 

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