Tag: Indian Cooking

Indian Mixed Vegetable Korma

Indian Mixed Vegetable Korma

Mixed vegetable curry made with cauliflower, green peas, string beans, potato and carrots, cooked in a freshly made coconut & roasted gram paste with spices and cilantro.

Indian Raita | Simple Onion Raita Recipe

Indian Raita | Simple Onion Raita Recipe

A simple yet delicious accompaniment to biryanis and pulao. This recipe is made with curd, mixed together with raw vegetables such as onion, cucumber, tomatoes, and cilantro.

5 Easy Paneer Recipes | Indian Paneer Curry

5 Easy Paneer Recipes | Indian Paneer Curry

If you are a Paneer lover or someone wanting to try it, this post is for you!

Paneer or Indian cottage cheese is a popular ingredient in north Indian cuisine, used in making appetizers, curries, and parathas. Making fresh paneer at home is pretty easy, but if you don’t want to spend time on it, find yourself a good-quality one at your Indian grocery store.

We eat paneer regularly – almost every week. That is why I prefer buying it. It’s usually 400gm, which is too much for the two of us. Therefore, I usually divide it into two equals and use it on two days. And cooking paneer is easier than it sounds – it literally takes about 3-4 to cook. Alternatively, you can munch (on a small amount) of it without cooking or pan-sear it and use it in salads.

Below are five easy paneer curry recipes that you make for yourself and your family! They are delicious and go well with rotis, chapatis, naan, or flavored rice such as ghee rice, jeera rice, Kashmiri pulao, etc. I hope you like these recipes. Enjoy!

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1. Paneer Burji

An under 15-minutes side dish for chapatis or rotis made with grated paneer sautéed in oil/ghee with onions, tomatoes, spices and herbs.

Easy Paneer Bhurji | Grated Paneer Stir Fry
An under 15-minutes side dish for rotis/chapatis made with grated paneer sautéed in oil with spices, onions, tomatoes and spices.
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2. Palak Paneer

A healthy and delicious side dish made using paneer, spinach and spices.

Palak Paneer
A healthy and delicious side dish made using paneer, spinach and spices.
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3. Paneer Butter Masala

A delicious, mildly spicy paneer side dish made with butter-sautéed paneer, then simmered in a freshly made onion-tomato-spices base until the paneer and the gravy comes together.

Paneer Butter Masala
A delicious, mildly spicy paneer side dish made with butter-sautéed paneer, then simmered in a freshly made onion-tomato-spices base until the paneer and the gravy comes together.
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Paneer Butter Masala

4. Methi Paneer

Delightful paneer curry cooked with fresh fenugreek leaves, in an onion-tomato-ginger-garlic base. Ideal to eat with rotis, chapati and naan.

Methi Paneer
Delightful paneer curry cooked with fresh fenugreek leaves, in an onion-tomato-ginger-garlic base. Ideal to eat with rotis, chapati and naan.
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Methi Paneer

5. Mattar Paneer

A delicious vegetarian curry made with paneer and green peas, simmered in an onion-tomato-spices-butter base. Ideal to eat with rotis, chapatis, naan and flavored rice.

Mattar Paneer
A delicious vegetarian curry made with paneer and green peas, simmered in an onion-tomato-spices-butter base. Ideal to eat with rotis, chapatis, naan and flavored rice.
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Mattar Paneer
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South Indian Sambar with Zucchini

South Indian Sambar with Zucchini

Super delicious South Indian Sambar made with toor dal, zucchini, spices and herbs. Perfect to eat with rice, quinoa, millets or Idly.

Mushroom Masala made with roasted and ground spices

Mushroom Masala made with roasted and ground spices

Button mushrooms, green bell peppers and onions sautéed in oil/ghee, then simmered with tomatoes and fresh homemade spice blend to make a flavorful, semi-dry curry. Perfect to eat with chapatis, rotis, rice or quinoa.

Methi Mattar Pulao using Little Millet

Methi Mattar Pulao using Little Millet

This dish is yet another family favorite! It’s an easy-peasy, healthy one-pot meal essentially made using little millet or Saame (as called in Kannada), fenugreek leaves, green beans, and green peas as the main ingredients. The use of whole spices and methi makes this dish flavorful, and the little millet keeps one fuller for a longer time. 

Furthermore, the best part of this recipe(like most of the one-pot meals) is that you can make it in 20 minutes with a pressure cooker if you have all the ingredients ready. You can use a regular cooking pot or instant pot, instead of a pressure cooker.

Besides little millet, you could use others such as Foxtail millet, Kodo millet and Pearl millet. Consider adding some ghee-fried cashews into the pulao once it’s ready – they add on to the taste. If you are following a vegan diet, skip the ghee and use your choice of oil/plant-based ghee to fry cashews or make the dish. 

I prefer making this dish on days when I feel lazy to cook. So, I would make this for the day, and we would eat for lunch and dinner, both. I hope you do try this. Enjoy!

Check out other one-pot meal recipes here: ONE-POT MEALS

Methi Millet Pulao

Little Millet Pulao Recipe | Methi Mattar Millets Pulao

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Super delicious, healthy one-pot meal using little millet, methi leaves, green beans, and green peas as the main ingredients along with spices, coconut, onion, and tomato.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people

Equipment

  • Pressure cooker
  • Blender

Ingredients
  

For blending

  • 4 tbsp coconut shredded
  • green chilies to taste
  • ½ inch ginger root
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic
  • 8-10 leaves of mint
  • 4 tbsp cilantro chopped

For pressure cooking

  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil or ghee
  • 2 cloves
  • 3 green cardamom
  • ½ inch cinnamon
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 black cardamom
  • A pinch of mace
  • 1 small red onion diced
  • 1 small tomato diced
  • 150 gm green peas frozen or fresh
  • 100 gm green beans chopped into 1/2 inch pieces, frozen or fresh
  • 1 small potato diced
  • 150 gm little millets thoroughly washed
  • 1 cup fenugreek leaves(approximately 200gm) washed and chopped
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp garam masala powder
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 350 ml water
  • salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Blend the below ingredients into a smooth paste by adding water as needed and keep aside until used.
    4 tbsp coconut, green chilies to taste, ½ inch ginger root, 4-5 cloves of garlic, 8-10 leaves of mint, 4 tbsp cilantro
  • Heat oil or ghee in a pressure cooker on medium heat.
    3 tbsp vegetable oil or ghee
  • Add all the whole spices in, sauté until aromatic.
    2 cloves, 3 green cardamom, ½ inch cinnamon, 3 bay leaves, 1 black cardamom, A pinch of mace
  • Add and sauté until translucent.
    1 small red onion
  • Add the ground coconut paste into the cooker, sauté for 2 minutes on low heat.
  • Add and sauté for a minute until you notice oil separating from the masala.
    2 tsp coriander powder, ½ tsp garam masala powder
  • Transfer these into the cooker, and sauté on high heat for 2 minutes.
    150 gm green peas, 100 gm green beans, 1 small potato, 1 cup fenugreek leaves(approximately 200gm), salt to taste
  • Add and combine.
    1 small tomato, 150 gm little millets, 350 ml water
  • Add and allow this mixture to come to a boil on low-medium heat.
    2 tbsp lime juice
  • Taste for salt and adjust if necessary.
  • Close the cooker lid, and cook until 1 whistle on low-medium heat. Turn off and allow the pressure to release naturally.
  • Gently mix and serve warm methi mattar millet pulao with cucumbers on the side or raita. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Add salt and spices according to your taste and preference.
  • Besides the vegetables used, you could include potatoes and soya chunks if you like.
Keyword Healthy meal ideas, Methi, Millets Pulao, Millets Recipe, One pot meals, Pulao, Vegetable Pulao
Aloo Baingan | Eggplant Potato Curry

Aloo Baingan | Eggplant Potato Curry

Eggplant and potatoes sautéed and simmered in onion-tomato-spices base to make a delicious curry, perfect for chapatis or plain rice.

Green Leafy Dal with Spinach and Dill

Green Leafy Dal with Spinach and Dill

Healthy and delicious green leafy dal made using spinach, dill, toor dal and tempered with spices and herbs.

Multigrain Porridge

Multigrain Porridge

Porridge is one of the quickest meals you could serve yourself and your family. It’s easy-to-make, healthy and filling, and perfect to have as a breakfast or brunch along with dry fruits, fresh fruits, or green salad.

Porridge or malt is a popular breakfast in south India, especially in suburban areas. Ragi Ganji or ragi porridge is the most popular type, made using ragi flour and consumed for breakfast. It’s healthy and filling and good to keep you going for a long time. You could use other millet flours to make porridge, like the one in this recipe. I have used organic and homemade multigrain flour, made from around 30 ingredients consisting of different lentils and millets. This porridge is quite filling, so you could have it as a whole meal, probably accompanied with dry fruits or fresh fruits.

Continue reading to know how to make this nutritious and healthy multigrain porridge.


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Prep time: 2-3 minutes
Cook time: 6-7 minutes
Yield: 2 adult servings

Ingredients:

750ml of water
4 full tablespoons of multigrain flour
1 teaspoon of salt
3 tablespoons of yogurt/homeset curd, beaten
2 tablespoons of finely chopped red onion
Chopped green chilies

Procedure:

Pour water into a cooking pot. Add the multigrain flour into it and stir well such that there are no lumps.

Begin to cook this on medium heat while stirring continuously. Continue cooking until the mixture becomes thick and glossy. Turn the heat off and allow the porridge to cool.

Stir in salt and curd. Garnish with chopped onions and green chilies. Enjoy!!

Note:

  • Add salt and spices according to you taste and preference.
  • If you need the sweet version recipe of this multigrain porridge. Click here.
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Radish Sambar

Radish Sambar

Delicious Sambar using red salad radishes, potatoes, tempered with onions, tomatoes, tamarind, spices and herbs.