Many of my friends have given up non veg food and have turned vegetarian without any regret. Then I wonder are they getting enough protiens from vegetarian sources?
Cottage cheese/ Paneer is a type of cheese that is high in nutritive value. It is rich in calcium.
Today I tried to cook up a southern style Paneer 65 with a zesty chilli / curry leaves flavour. Hope my vegetarian friends will find this recipe interesting.
250 gms Paneer
2 Green chillies
1 finely chopped onion
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
2 sprigs Curry leaves
1 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 tbsp Rice flour
Salt to taste.
2 tbsp curd
1 tbsp fresh cream
1 juice of lemon
2 tbsp oil
1. First cut the paneer into small pieces.
2. Take a mixing bowl, to make the marinade.
3. Add rice flour, curd, cream, ginger garlic, red chili powder, garam masala, and pinch of salt. Mix well and set aside.
4. Mix it gradually add little water if required to make a thick yet flowing batter. The batter should not have lumps.
5.Mix in the paneer cubes so that all the pieces are coated well with the masala and let it sit in the marinade for minimum half an hour.
5. Now heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan The oil should be medium hot.
6. Add curry leaves and slit green chillies and let it splutter. Now add onions and sauté till pinkish.
7. To this add the paneer pieces. Gently mix and see that paneer doesn't stick to bottom.
8. Now add the lime juice.
9. Cook further till all water evaporates.
10. Garnish with corriander leaves and serve hot like a starter or with roti as a main dish.
This same dish can be made with gram flour instead of rice flour
You can also deep fry the cubes instead of sauté.
The paneer can even be toasted in the oven for zero oil usage.
You can avoid onions if you wish.