Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Paneer + Lassi!

After yummy guacamole + mexican casserole night I watched cooking channel all day. I was going to order from bricklane, but decided that I should venture out at least once during the day, so I went to the store to pick up ingredients I would need to make Mango Lassi and Matar Paneer.

And the star of the show! Paneer. From whole foods. I didn't have time to go to curry hill to buy my groceries. You can make paneer from scratch, but I haven't done this since like 2004.

Fry away!
Frying the paneer. You can skip this step if you want to be healthier.

Browning the onions, garlic and ginger

Once the onions are browned, I threw in some diced tomatoes, the frozen peas, and garam masala

Simmering away


As if I couldn't get enough mango from my prior week...of course, back for more!

Adding some ground cardamom

Sweet and creamy and refreshing mango lassi!!

Matar Paneer, loosely adapted from Nigella Lawson (she measures in US metrics) and various recipes from Bawarchi (measures in foreign metrics and I don't know how to measure grams)

  • Enough oil to lightly fry the paneer (should you choose to do so). Otherwise, enough oil to sautee the onions, garlic and ginger
  • 8 ounces of paneer, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 an onion, thinly diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Sliver of ginger - thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala (yikes - I don't know where to get this if your mom doesn't give you some. Whole Foods?)
  • 1 package frozen peas
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • Handful of cilantro, chopped
Start by frying the paneer. Once all cubes are golden brown, let the "dry" on a plate covered with a paper towel.

Remove most of the oil, leaving just enough to sauté the ginger/garlic/onion. Once those are browned, add the tomatoes and peas. Let those all simmer till the peas are defrosted and warm. Top with paneer and chopped cilantro and mix to blend all. HOM NOM NOM

Mango Lassi adapted from Bal Arneson

  • 1 whole mango, diced, the works, etc
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • ice cubes
  • ground cardamom, to top the drink
  • Sugar or agave nectar, if you want it
Blend mango, yogurt, ice cubes, and sugar in a blender. Pour into a glass, top with cardamom. HOM NOM NOM!


Neelam Patel Shah said...

this looks awesome Jyoti!

Jane said...

OMG you have a matar paneer recipe!?! Guess that's what I need to try next off your blog ;-)