Some days I am literally left with very few vegetables in my pantry, specially on fridays. I purposefully let it be this way. Idea is to use up everything by friday night and cook fresh on saturday morning. I strongly believe nothing should go waste in the kitchen unless it is rotten. I have learnt to prepare something with minimal ingredients whenever situation demands. I am a minimalist, except for my sarees and jewelries. On such a friday, I had 2 carrots, 1/2 each of green and red bell peppers, 1 big onion, few green chillies, 1/4 jar of sweet n sour sauce and a small packet of paneer [Indian Cottage Cheese]. I thought of making good use of them, planned for a light STIR FRIED PANEER. Later I prepared noodles to go with it.
India has a large population of vegetarian people. The Indian restaurants brought various innovations in their recipes so that the veggie lovers are not deprived of experiencing different cuisines. A platter of chilli potato or chilli paneer or roasted cauliflower do give us immense pleasure. Its all about with how much care we cook it and how beautifully we present it. Mom n son have lots of paneer stuffs whenever the daddy of the home is away on a tour. It is not because we are not allowed to but because I prefer to cook something that cater to the tastebuds of all in the family. We respect each other's feelings, space, freedom, taste, likes and dislikes, even of the youngest member of the home.
This dish was very simple to do, and was a time saving one. I never like spending longer periods in the kitchen on evenings.
Paneer : 250 gm
Onion : 1
Bell Peppers [red n green]
Carrot : 1
Green Chilli : 2-3
Minced Garlic : 1tsp
Sweet n Sour Sauce : 1/4 cup
Black Pepper Powder : 1 tsp [coarse]
Salt : As required
Oil : 1 tbsp
Soak the paneer pieces[Indian Cottage Cheese] in hot water for 1 hour. Drain the water.
Cut the bell peppers and onion into cubes. Slit the green chillies. Mince the garlic. Wash all separately.
Heat the oil on a wok.
Add the minced garlic. Fry till fragrant.
Add the onions. Saute till translucent.
Add the carrots and saute for about 2 minutes.
Add the bell peppers and saute at high heat for 1 minute and add the paneer pieces.
Add salt, pepper powder and the sweet n sour sauce.
Stir well for 1-2 minutes.
Serve hot on a bed of noodles, the Indian way of eating noodles.