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:
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 !
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
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
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.
Amount Per Serving
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 %