As the trend I see these days, the visiting guests at any home are more keen on a varied appetiser spread. With the unwinding chitchat at the weekend, we really need munch ons to accompany. So far as I am concerned, whenever I visit someone's home, I forget all about diet and indulge in eating from cheese to fritters. These days when guests come over, I try to keep the appetisers as healthy as possible keeping in consideration the taste factor. The taste and colour of food matters a lot to me. If the colour does not appeal me, half of my interest to have it is gone.
Last week I had some visiting guests at home. I wished to prepare vegetarian appetisers for them as the main course was predominantly non vegetarian one. To me paneer[Indian Cottage Cheese] is a very good vegetarian option. I love using it in different ways. When I prepare salad for myself, I use paneer instead of feta cheese. I love cheese but too scared to have them. That day I had some pineapple too at home. So the idea of Sweet N Sour Pineapple Paneer popped up. The pineapple and paneer combination did work well. Let us do the very quick and yummy Sweet and Sour Pineapple Paneer together.
Pineapple Cubes : 1big cup
Paneer Cubes : 2 big cups
Red Bell Pepper Cubes : 1/2 medium cup
Green Capsicum Cubes : 1/2 medium cup
Onion Cubes : 1/2 medium cup
Green Chilli : 4-5 slitted
Tomato Chilli Sauce : 1/4 medium cup
Cornflour : 1tsp
Minced Garlic : 1tsp
Minced Ginger : 1/2tsp
Lemon Juice : 3 tbsp
Sugar : 11/2 tsp
Salt : As required
Oil : 3tbsp
Wash the pineapple cubes and marinate with the sugar. Marinate the paneer cubes with salt and lemon juice for an hour. Rub the bell peppers with salt 10 minutes before cooking.
Heat oil in a wok. Temper with minced garlic and ginger. Saute for a minute and add the cubed onions.
As the onions turn translucent, add the bell pepper cubes. Stir at high heat for a minute or two.
Add the paneer cubes, pineapple cubes and slitted green chillies. Stir very carefully for a minute.
Add the chilli tomato sauce and stir to mix well.
Dilute the cornflour in 1/2 small cup water and pour on top of the mix. Fold in well and switch of gas after a minute.
Enjoy with noodles or as an appetiser..... both ways it works well.