Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Borrowed Recipes- Punjabi Paneer Makhani and Masala Bhindi

Punjabi Paneer Makhani

Miri from In Vogue at Home, a cousin of mine, and above all a good friend was telling me how she made this Punjabi Paneer Makhani and the pic she posted on her blog convinced me it was indeed a must-try. After exchanging a whole lotta details about the procedure, I decided to go ahead with it. It turned out extremely rich and tasty and even though it just doesn't look anything like what she's put up, I'm still kicked at the fact that Ro and myself loved it.
When i saw the recipe first, it looked long and tedious, but Miri convinced me it wasn't and she was right. I followed the recipe more or less the same way with the following alterations:
  • I didn't have kasuri methi leaves, and so i used a 1/4 tsp Fenugreek powder.
  • Before I added the jeera to the hot ghee/ oil, I also added 2 cardamom pods, 1 bay leaf, 2 cloves and half an inch of a cinnamon stick
  • I also used canned tomato puree and since it was bit tart i added a few tsps of honey instead of sugar and solved the problem.
  • I added a dash of cream which was optional :)
We paired it with Coriander Naan (store bought) and it was a hit. Thanks Miri, this recipe is definitely a keeper.

Masala Bhindi
I also tried out Tarla Dalal's Masala Bhindi and it looked nothing like the pic on the website. It tasted average, and I think it's got to do with the fact that i have no patience when it comes to deep frying. The ingredients and measurements can be found here and the procedure is simple. Marinate the slit bhindi with all the ingredients and fry till nice and crispy. I didn't want to deep fry it, so i sautéed it in about 2 tbsps of oil.

16 comments:

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Both the dishes look yum. Your cousin's blog is actually bursting with plenty of recipes too. Just like yours. :)

Gulmohar said...

Your cousin has a wonderful space :-)
Punjabi makhani looks too good !

Pointblank said...

Jesus Christ! Now u are really venturing out into unknown territory! Great going gal.. U indeed gimme inspiration. Kudos :)

Jessica {The Novice Chef} said...

I just came across your blog and I am so glad I did! This looks fabulous!

Parita said...

Paneer makhani looks simply superb! Rich and festive!

Fimère said...

ça parait très savoureux, une recette qui me plait beaucoup
bonne journée

Tina said...

Rich and creamy paneer...

Silence Sings said...

new to your blog....nice one....following you...

Daisy Blue said...

Masala bhindi looks so tempting as the panner..btw I have an event running in my blog..do check it out ..

s said...

first time here...very nice..looking fwd to hear of more kitchen adventures!

Pete said...

Nice Masala Bindi, I will be cooking some okra for dinner tonight! LOL!

Pete said...

Thks for dropping by my blog too. Added your link to my veganformation blogroll. Cheers!

ambili said...

Di..all this while i kept coming to ur blog cos u ve this penchant for picking up easy-to-cook recipes :) well.i jus hope this aint cumbersome! wud try it some time and let u knw..njoy the wkend!

An Open Book said...

The paneer recipe is not as hard as u think it is if u have all the ingredients..even i had the same thought whn i saw the recipe..
But seriously, i still select the easy way out always, so dont worry about the cumbersome bit:)

miri goes phishing! said...

nish...all thanks to you...i got some new visitors on my blog...thank u so much...i have been meaning to try a masala bhindi recipe...will try this out and let you know...:)

Nisha said...

Lovely Post, Will be back for more great recipes.