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Paneer and Potato Paninis

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It has been quite a while since I posted on this blog..not to say that I have not been cooking πŸ™‚ Except I have taken to Instagram (I admit i got on there to stalk my daughter :-P) and it’s just easier clicking and posting on Instagram…of course the quality of phone pictures are not as great but it’s just easier and not all dishes require a recipe..everyone knows how to make the common dishes and not everything needs a recipe..sometimes a picture just gives you an idea, you drool over it and then you know what you want to make for dinner!!

However today’s dish is born out of innovation in my kitchen..made these super tasty paneer paninis the other day for a friend’s birthday party and they were an instant hit…I have had several asks for a recipe so i just thought maybe i should post πŸ™‚

Crispy and delicious Paneer Paninis

Crispy and delicious Paneer and Potato Paninis

You will need:

1 loaf Sourdough bread (or any panini bread of your choice)
Butter
1/2 cup Green Chutney (Green chutney recipe here)
2 Potatoes – Boiled, peeled and sliced into thick slices
1 large Onion – Chopped fine
Cilantro – Chopped fine

Β For the Paneer Filling:
2 Cups Paneer – Chopped fine or grated
1 Large Bell Pepper (or any colored peppers, i have used yellow and orange sweet peppers here) – Chopped into cubes
1 Large Onion – Chopped fine or into thin slices
1 Large Tomato – Chopped fine
1 Garlic pod – Grated (optional)
Ginger – 1 small piece grated
2 Green chillies – Chopped fine
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp Red Chilli powder or Curry powder
1 tsp Dhaniya powder
1/2 tsp Jeera powder
1/2 tsp Garam Masala

Β Method:
For the Paneer Filling –
1. In a pan, heat 2 tbsp oil. Add the chopped onions and grated garlic and saute until golden brown.
2. Then add the chopped tomatoes and peppers and saute for a few minutes until the tomatoes are slightly mushy.
3. Then add all the dry powder and mix well. At this point add 1/2 tsp butter or ghee and mix well.
4. Add the chopped or grated paneer, salt and mix well. Saute for a few minutes until paneer is cooked and slightly golden brown.
5. Add the chopped green chillies, grated ginger and chopped cilantro and mix well.

Paneer Filling

Paneer Filling

To Assemble the Paninis:
1. Take 1 slice of the sourdough bread.
2. Spread 1 tsp of green chutney and top with the sliced boiled potato slices.

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3. Top with 2 tbsp of paneer filling.

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4. Sprinkle some chopped onions and chopped cilantro.
5. Cover with another slice and grill on a panini press until crisp and well done. Brush the top of the panini with some butter and grill just a few more seconds.
6. Serve hot..

Tasty Paneer Paninis

Tasty Paneer Paninis

Enjoy!

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Dinner and a Movie (s) – Series 3

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This past weekend we had a chance to catch up on two movies. You can tell that we have busy catching up on a bunch of movies πŸ™‚

The first was “Highway” – a 2013/2014 movie starring Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda. We have seen Alia Bhatt’s “Student of the year” which is all glamour and zero storyline (even though my kids love it for all the songs, color and brands!!); However, Highway is the opposite spectrum, totally no glamour kind off movie..a nice storyline where the protagonist i.e Alia Bhatt in the role of Veera is abducted by a notorious gang. Randeep Hooda (I love his intensity!!) in the role of Mahabir Batti is her abductor and is a person with a violent and bitter past because of which he is what he is today – rude and emotionless..the story unfolds in such a way that Veera develops feelings for her abductor and eventually starts to relate to him and refuses to want to go back to her orginal life. The language is authentic Hindi mixed with a lot of Rajasthani and the whole story is kind of “Raw” for a lack of a better word. Worth a watch if you are into some serious stuff.

Highway

Highway

The second movie was a lighter one “Rocket Singh Salesman of the Year” – An older movie we just happened to catch it on Netflix. It was a good movie with plenty of drama, some comedy and a simple storyline. Its the story of Harpreet Singh Bedi, a “not great academically” kind of person, who lands up in a corporate firm that sells/makes computers. There he is ridiculed upon, teased upon and eventually shunned upon by all his colleagues including the boss of the company. The story revolves around how HP (as he is called) builds a company of his own while working there (kind off like on the side πŸ˜‰ ), competing and evetually ends up being a bigger success..Again, good for a Friday evening…

Rocket Singh Salesman of the year

Rocket Singh Salesman of the year

Dinner was a simple North Indian Platter with Roti, Jeera Rice, Dal and a Paneer Capsicum (Bell Pepper) Sabji.

A Simple North Indian Meal

A Simple North Indian Meal

For the Paneer Capsicum Sabji:
This was actually a last minute dish i put together. Gathered up all what i had in my refrigerator to make this.

Paneer Capsicum Sabji

Paneer Capsicum Sabji

You will need:
Paneer – 2 cups; Chopped into cubes
Capsicum or Bell Pepper – 1 large, Wash and chop into cubes (I had only Green bell pepper at home but if you have the red, yellow or orange feel free to use it, it will add more color)
Onions – 2 medium; Peel and Chop into cubes
Ginger grated – 1 tsp
Garlic – 2 pods; Grated (optional)
Tomato – 1 large; Chop into tiny cubes or Puree into a coarse paste
Oil
Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
Chopped cilantro for garnishing

Powders:
Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
Red Chilli Powder or Curry Powder – 1 tsp
Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
Garam MAsala Powder – 1/2 tsp (I used Kitchen King Masala instead of regualr Garam Masala powder)
Amchur or Dry Mango Powder – 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste

Method:
1. In a pan heat the oil. Add the cumin seeds.
2. Add the chopped onions, grated ginger and garlic and saute until light golden brown.
3. Add the tomato puree or chopped tomato. Saute. Add a pinch of salt and suate until tomatoes are mushy.
4. Add all the powders and mix well.
5. Add the chopped bell pepper/capsicum and mix well. Ensure that the bell pepper does not cook for more than 2 minutes so it remains crunchy.
6. Add the paneer cubes and mix well until all the masala is coated into the paneer.
7. Top with chopped cilantro and serve hot.

For the Dal:
This is a favorite dal recipe of mine. One I learnt from my hostel friends in college. I’ve made it over the years and i just love the way the Whole Masoor lentil bursts with flavor in every bite.

Masoor Dal

Masoor Dal

You will need:
Whole Masoor Dal/Lentil – 1 cup; Wash and pressure cook in a pressure coooker with a pinch of turmeric for 3 to 4 whistles.
Onions – 1 medium; Peel and Chop into cubes
Garlic – 2 pods; Grated
Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
Dry Red Chilli – 1
Hing (Asafoetida) – a pinch
Ghee – 1 tbsp for Seasoning

Powders:
Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
Red Chilli Powder or Curry Powder – 1 tsp
Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
Amchur or Dry Mango Powder – 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste

Method:
1. In a pan heat the ghee. Add the cumin seeds, hing and dry red chilli.
2. Add the chopped onions and garlic and saute until light golden brown.
3. Add all the powders and mix well.
4. Add the cooked dal, 1 cup of water and allow to simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes. Add more water if the dal is too thick.
5. Serve hot with rice or roti.

Hope you enjoyed my post and my simple North Indian Platter πŸ™‚

A North Indian Platter

A North Indian Platter

I am on a family vacation for the next 10 days! I am super excited to be seeing my nephews..Will catch up with all of you after I am back with some exciting posts! Have a great week ahead everyone πŸ™‚