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Chili Paneer( Cottage Cheese):The Indo Chinese Dish

Chili Paneer

Chili Paneer

This is an indo Chinese Dish and can be enjoyed with rumali roti or Vegetable Pulao along with some vegetable salads.I always avoid deep frying the paneer but it comes out pretty well and I never know Chili paneer can be made very easy.Here I marinate the paneer with pinch of salt and ginger-garlic paste and shallow fry this for 2 minutes. I always avoid Ajinamoto in Chinese dishes.

Ingredients :

For The Gravy:

Paneer  – 500 grams
Onion -4  medium size
Green Chilli – 2 piece

Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
Capsicum – 1
Soya sauce – 4 tbsp
Chilli sauce – 1 tsp
Tomato ketchup – 8 tbsp

Corn flour -2 tbsp
Oil – 1 tbsp

For marinating paneer

Ginger Garlic Paste 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

Preparation 

In a bowl mix  ginger garlic paste(1/2 tsp), salt needed.
Let  marinate  paneer for 10 minutes.

After that, shallow fry the paneer for 2 minutes to keep the paneer  soft and mouth melting.Keep it aside.

Cut capsicum and onions into medium sized pieces or squares.

Method
Heat a tbsp of oil in a pan, add onion, capsicum,green chilli and saute for 10 minutes.
Add ginger garlic paste(1/2 tsp) and saute for a few more minutes.

Add capsicum, soya sauce, chilli sauce, tomato ketchup, and fry on high heat, stirring continuously. In a cup mix the cornflour with ½ cup of water .Add The cornflour mix and stir for 2 minutes.

Reduce the heat, add the fried paneer, mix well and cook for a few more minutes till the paneer is well coated with the sauces.

Chili Paneer

Chili Paneer

Nutritional Information:
5 Servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 193.3
Total Fat 7.2 g
Saturated Fat 2.9 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.9 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.2 g
Cholesterol 0.2 mg
Sodium 1,798.4 mg
Potassium 292.7 mg
Total Carbohydrate 25.0 g
Dietary Fiber 2.5 g
Sugars 8.5 g
Protein 10.9 g
Vitamin A 3.3 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 9.7 %
Vitamin C 47.9 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 2.6 %

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Chhanaar Dalna :Paneer-er Dalna :The Gravy of Cottage Cheese with cashew

Chhanaar Dalna /Paneer Gravy

Chhanaar Dalna /Paneer Gravy

We start our count down for Durga Puja Vacation and a lots of fun for 5 days.I am thinking about the Astami Puja and Planing for Pandal hoping (The highlight of Durga Puja is no doubt visiting the many different displays (pandals) of Goddess Durga, each with a unique theme. This activity is often referred to a “pandal hopping”).
One of the beautiful Pandal from my Previous clicks:

Durga Puja Pandal

Durga Puja Pandal

I just love the ambience of Astami Puja from my childhood..The Sound of Dhak and Sankha,The smell of Dunuchi,the Seuli fool(Seuli flower),the Sandhya Arati….You know I just want to feel the Strength of god, the power of Ma Durga..After a whole day fasting for Astami Pujanjali,we plan to have some fruits for lunch and a delicious dinner of  Paneer and Roti with some cucumber Salad.

Here is my recipe of Paneer –er  Dalna( The Gravy of Cottage Cheese with Cashew). Chhanaa is the Bengali word for paneer or cottage cheese and Dalna is the name of the preparation…my extra edition is the cashew paste.The Cashew paste give it thickness and beautiful color !

Ingredients:

250 grams(8 oz) Paneer(cottage cheese) :If you are vegan then you can use almond milk cottage cheese
100 gram (3 oz)Tomato
4 tbsp cashew paste
¼ teaspoon cumin seeds
1 cardamom
A small stick of cinnamon
¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
1 tsp red chilli powder to taste
1 teaspoons cumin powder
½ teaspoon ginger paste
Salt to taste
1 tsp vegetable oil
1 cup water

Method:

At first boil the tomatoes and make a thick sauce by the tomatoes using your mixture grinder.Keep it aside.
Heat the oil .Shallow fry the paneer for 2 minutes in that oil and keep it aside.
Add cumin seed to oil,sauté for 5 minutes.
Add the remaining spices to the pan and sauté for 5 minutes.
Now add the tomato paste and make it thicker .cook for 5 minutes.
When the gravy become thick add the cashew paste.
Add water and paneer.Cover the pan for 10 minites on low flame.
Your Paneer is ready in 25 minutes.
Note:Addition of cashew paste is my own idea..You can just make it without cashew.

Nutritional Information:
5 Servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 112.8
Total Fat 5.0 g
Saturated Fat 1.9 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.6 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.9 g
Cholesterol 6.9 mg
Sodium 508.6 mg
Potassium 114.2 mg
Total Carbohydrate 7.2 g
Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
Sugars 2.4 g
Protein 11.7 g
Vitamin A 2.8 %
Vitamin B-12 6.9 %
Vitamin B-6 3.8 %
Vitamin C 3.5 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 1.8 %


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Low Calorie Gajar ka Halwa :Carrot Pudding : Ayurveda Recipe

Low Calorie Gajar  ka Halwa :Carrot Pudding : Ayurveda Recipe

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This pudding/halwa can easily satisfy your crave for sweets. This weekend I had made this dessert for my family and friends and they loved this low calorie gluten free dessert. This dessert will not come very thick but the taste is amazing as the carrots are rich in fantastic aroma and vitamin A. Oh! You can’t ignore the aroma of cinnamon and cardamom.:)

Durga Puja (Navaratri to Dasera) , the most awaited festival for Bengalis  is knocking at our door .We are  excited about this festive season and I am eager  to share all my experience and recipes  during this time. This dessert and another so many desserts,recipes are part of our festive cousine.

Here is one of my favorite Protima (goddess Idol) from my previous album:

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Ingredients:

4 cups Carrots
4 cups low fat milk
4 tsp Sugar or sugar substitute (like stevia if you are diabetic)
1 tbsp raisin
2 piece cardamom
1 stick cinnamon

Method:

Combine the carrots with the milk and pressure cook for 2 whistles. Add the sugar/sugar substitute , raisin, cinnamon  and cardamom and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, while stirring continuously.

Nutritional Information:
8 Servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 81.4
Total Fat 0.2 g
Saturated Fat 0.1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.1 g
Cholesterol 2.5 mg
Sodium 95.8 mg
Potassium 410.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 15.8 g
Dietary Fiber 1.9 g
Sugars 12.4 g
Protein 4.8 g
Vitamin A 159.0 %
Vitamin B-12 7.8 %
Vitamin B-6 7.1 %
Vitamin C 8.5 %
Vitamin D 12.5 %
Vitamin E 1.8 %


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Healthy Indian recipes : Coconut Besan Barfi

Coconut Besan Barfi

Coconut Besan Barfi

happy Diwali/Dipaboli

happy Diwali/Dipaboli

Hello all , Today is Diwali ( 13 Th November , 2012 ) , I plan to start my healthy food and recipes blog . I have worked for many international health and nutrition projects . So I plan to start my blog with my new ideas about Indian recipes .

Today I have made a delicious dessert especially for Diwali Occasion . This is a very easy to make recipes.My family enjoyed it too ! You can store it in an air tight container.

Ingredients :

1. 3 Cups ( 24 oz ) Gram flour or chickpea flour ( Besan )
2. 2 cups fresh coconut crust
3. 1/4 cup ghee(if you want to make it vegan use almond butter)
4. 1 cup milk(for vagan use almond milk)
5. 1/2 cup Caju ( 50 gm/1.5 oz )
6.3 cups sugar

Preparation :

1. Mix all the ingredients except ghee .
2. Heat the ghee in a non-stick pan and pour the mixture .
3. Stir continuously until mixture get sticky and turn light brown color .
4. Grease a tray and pour the mixture on it
5. Keep the tray for sometime in the fresh air for cooling and keep until it gets hard
6. Cut it in suitable shape and serve
Enjoy !!!

Duration : 40 minutes

Nutritional Information:
24 Servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 184.5
Total Fat 4.8 g
Saturated Fat 3.3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.1 g
Cholesterol 5.2 mg
Sodium 13.0 mg
Potassium 39.6 mg
Total Carbohydrate 33.4 g
Dietary Fiber 1.9 g
Sugars 27.2 g
Protein 3.2 g
Vitamin A 0.8 %
Vitamin B-12 0.6 %
Vitamin B-6 0.4 %
Vitamin C 0.8 %
Vitamin D 1.0 %
Vitamin E 0.3 %