Monday, September 24, 2012

Back after good times - Aloo phoolkopi diye chanar dalna

So I have been away for long but I was not away from good food. I am just back from a fabulous holiday in Delhi, fully pampered by my sister and sis-in-law.The amount of food i consumed its not funny and to top it got some really cool goodies along - some gifts ,some i bought. I did a lot of food shopping , braving the afternoon heat , loitering around Khan Market , picking up baking stuffs from SDH, crockeries from Good Earth...I had a great great time. I have come back with a lot of enthusiasm and fervour to cook more good food and also take up baking a bit more seriously! But today I decided to do make something traditional and cooked up " Aloo phoolkopi diye chanar dalna"  - thats cottage cheese curry with potatoes and cauliflower. Extermely simple but very delicious.Btw also wanted to share a good news that my blog has already had a little more than 1000 hits ...1042 to be precise!!!!!!

Ingredients :     

Paneer - 200 gms

Cauliflower florets - 1 cup parboiled

Potatoes diced - 1 cup  parboiled

Paanchphoron - 1 tsp

Bayleaves - 2 nos

Jeera paste - 2 tbsp

Ginger paste - 1 tbsp

Red chilli powder - 1 tsp

Turmeric - 1 tsp

Salt - to taste

Sugar - a pinch

Garam masala paste ( elaichi and dalcini ) - 1 tsp

Green chillies - for garnish

Ghee - 1tbsp

Refined oil - for frying around 2 tbsp


In a pan add some oil , fry the paneer cubes, cauliflower florets and the potatoes till light brown in colour.

In the same oil , splutter the paanchphoron seeds and bay leaves. Next tip in the cauliflower and potatoes. Add turmeric, ginger paste, jeera paste, salt and sugar.
Fry the masala well adding some water so that it doesnt burn.  

Once the masala is fried well, add water to adjust the consistency of the gravy. This is usually a light gravy. Add the paneer cubes and let it simmer in the gravy for 5 mins.

To finish add the garam masala paste, green chillies and a dollop of ghee on top.

Serve with steaming hot rice.      

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