Vegetable – paneer with spinach-coriander rotis…

by Sunita on April 27, 2007

We had this nice lunch last weekend. The paneer was put into some mixed vegetables cooked in a rich sauce of poppy-seeds and cashew nuts. (Although paneer is supposed to be a kind of cheese and is one of the most common Indian types , perhaps it’s the only one that does not melt on cooking).Accompanied with the spinach and coriander rotis and fresh salad, it was a really hearty meal. In fact the leftovers were also eagerly looked forward to be devoured- probably that says it all…another meal gone well.
(go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paneer for more info on paneer)
What’s needed for the paneer dish-

150 gms of paneer, cubed
1C of cashew nuts and 3 tblsp of poppy seeds, soaked in a little water for an hour and grinded to a paste
a handful of french beans, cut into diamonds
1 carrot, cut into sticks
1/2 a red bell pepper, chopped
2 small potatoes, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
3 pods of garlic chopped
salt to taste

For the tempering-

1 tsp cumin seeds
1 bay leaf
1 whole red chilli
3 cloves
2 cardamoms
1 inch stick of cinnamon

Spice powders-

1 tsp turmeric powder
1 and 1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder

Method-

Boil the french beans , carrots and potatoes, strain and keep aside.

Heat 2 tblsp of cooking oil. Add all the ingredients for tempering. When they release their aroma, and the seeds splutter, add the onions and garlic and fry till the onions are translucent, taking care not to burn the garlic.

Add the tomato along with the turmeric and cumin powders and cook till the pieces of tomato are mushy.

Add the boiled vegetables and the chopped bell pepper and stir for a minute. Add the poppy seed-cashew paste with a little water to make the gravy. Add the paneer and simmer for 3-4 minutes. If the gravy thickens too much, lighten with some more water. The dish tastes best when it is neither too runny or too dry.

Add the garam masala powder, stir for a few seconds and remove from heat.
What’s needed for the spinach-coriander rotis-
2 glasses of chappati flour
2 handfuls of spinach leaves and a handful of coriander leaves,made into a paste with very little water
1 tblsp of oil, and some extra for cokking
salt to taste
water for kneading

How to-

Add all the ingredients to the flour except the water and mix well. If at this stage, the dough is too dry and does not bind together, add a little water. The dough should be nice and soft.

Make equal sized balls and roll them one at a time on a well greased surface .

Heat and slightly grease a pan. Add a rolled rolled roti and turn it over after a few seconds. Rub a very little oil on the cooked side, turn and repeat on the other side. When brown spots begin to appear on both sides of the roti, remove from heat. Repeat the same with all the rest.
Last, but not the least, bring together both the above dishes, add an accompaniment of fresh salad, serve hot and enjoy!!!

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Asha April 28, 2007 at 12:17 pm

Excellent looking dishes Sunita.Both of them go together famously.Great job,thank you:))

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2 sunita April 28, 2007 at 6:11 pm

Asha…you’re welcome…btw what happened to the ‘no surfing on weekends’ thing…not that I mind…always love to have you over…

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3 Vcuisine April 29, 2007 at 4:37 am

Excellend and nutritious meal Sunita. Rotis are perfect. Viji

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4 sunita April 29, 2007 at 7:25 am

Hi Viji, thanks…nice to have you over…

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5 Sig April 29, 2007 at 6:16 pm

Beautiful combination Sunita, first when I looked at the dish, I thought it was something like Aviyal (with a coconut and yogurt sauce) :) ! The cashew nut and poppy seed paste sounds very tasty, have never tried that though! But I always learn something new from your recipes :)

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6 sunita April 29, 2007 at 6:27 pm

Hi Sig,usually, this dish does not have vegetables…but I love them…moreover, I find it a bit hard to stick to rules while cooking…it is a rich sauce, and I make it just now and then…

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7 Cynthia April 29, 2007 at 8:05 pm

It is a really good sign when left overs are devoured. A very good sign :)

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8 Richa April 29, 2007 at 10:58 pm

hey, the roti & the subzi both look yummy! and yes the fresh onion salad perks up any meal :)

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9 Reena April 30, 2007 at 7:27 am

sunita, the combo looks great. never tried this way.

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10 sunita April 30, 2007 at 7:46 am

Cynthia…oh! yes…it really is , isn’t it…

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11 sunita April 30, 2007 at 7:47 am

Hi Richa…thanks…yes the salad does add that extra zing…

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12 sunita April 30, 2007 at 7:48 am

Reena…do try it …I’m sure you’ll love it..it’s a nice hearty meal, especially for weekends…

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13 Vini K April 30, 2007 at 8:12 am

Sunita,those rotis look so healthy.Nice curry too!yes,you are right,Paneer is the only cheese that doesn’t melt upon cooking:)good,isn’t it?your coconut cookies look gorgeous too!

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14 sunita April 30, 2007 at 9:22 am

Hi Vini,…thanks… nice to have you over again…hope A is doing well…

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