Monday, 14 November 2016


It happened so last week that the daddy thing went on a short trip, the mumma - son duo had a fulfilling dinner with their favourite Paneer [Indian Cottage Cheese] ..... that definitely does not mean the daddy of the house has any problem with whats cooking in the kitchen.... I so much wished that he peeped into the kitchen once in a while .... but then that will be so much in contradiction with what he says.... No Rule is the only Rule in this House. If I say there has to be certain rules set for the teen,  he says he will learn from his mistakes..... I want my son to be happy in life..... No wonder many years back, some of us, his friends would bump into his home more often.... which was a kind of 'thandi haoa ka jhoka' .... space for freedom and fun.... a relief from our military moms whose 'don't' list seemed so long for us.... Coming back to present... he only urges his lady not to feed him so much 'ghaspus'.... greens. That is where the lady needs to assert a bit.

The new neighbourhood we shifted a month ago also has an Indian minimart nearby and I really do not have to travel 5-6 km always to get Indian stuffs .... that makes me happy.... It is there I found this new brand of paneer which proved to be a good deal. Now I am not really so sincere  that I will prepare my own paneer always. I enjoy my long outdoor walks, chitchat with friends in the same neighbourhood, girls get-together, family get-together, sometimes weekend fiesta with family, when do I cook.... Besides all these, getting lost in Bollywood fantasies is too much of a favourite..... Living with two overtly practical men, I have to balance. Done with all these, I do cook a bit. So the other day I got this small packet of paneer and prepared it fresh. It was 8pm already, hence I wished something simple and hassle free. You will see I did the curry with minimal spices. The use of cashew nut paste made it thick, creamy and mildly sweet. The marination of paneer with spices and lemon juice made it flavourful and tastier. Let us prepare this Gravied Spicy Paneer together.

Paneer : 250gm
Cashew nut : 7-8
Ginger Paste : 1tsp
Onion Paste : 1tbsp
Chilli Powder : 1tsp
Turmeric Powder : 1tsp
Coriander Powder : 1tsp
Cumin Powder : 1tsp
Lemon Juice : 2tbsp
Salt : As Required
Milk : 1/2small cup
Cumin Seed : 1/4tsp
Bayleaf : 1
Oil : 4tbsp

Marinate the paneer with cumin powder, coriander powder, little chilli powder, little salt and the lemon juice. Keep aside for 15-20 minutes.

Prepare a paste with the cashew nuts adding little milk.

Heat oil in a wok. Discard the marinade and lightly fry the marinated paneer pieces in batches. Keep aside.

Temper oil with cumin seeds and a bayleaf. Add the onion paste and fry for 2 minutes. Add the ginger paste and fry for 2 minutes.

To it add the cashew nut paste. Stir for a minute and add rest of the chilli powder, turmeric powder and required amount of salt. Stir well. Add half small cup of water.

As the gravy comes to boil, add 1/2 small cup milk and let boil covered for 3-4 minutes. Open cover and add the spicy, fried paneer pieces. Let cook for a minute.

Its done. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve hot with rice or chapati.