Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Paneer Tawa Masala (Indian Cottage Cheese Scramble)

Is "Indian cottage cheese" the correct translation of "paneer"? Can paneer be called a truly vegetarian food? According to Wikipedia, it is "lacto-vegetarian" and is more accurately called "curd cheese" or "farmer cheese". Whatever it may be, I love it and make it often, either as a snack or as the main dish to go with roti/chapathi for dinner. This recipe is super quick, delicious, and of course healthy because it's packed with the power of proteins and uses less oil.  It also seemed almost predestined to find its way to my blog and that too today! Why?

Well, for one, I don't think I've ever blogged about a dish the very same day that I've cooked it. So what got me rushing to blog about this no sooner than it was cooked and eaten, you might ask? Well, a string of coincidences, starting with my looking into the refrigerator and realizing there was this packet of paneer that was almost forgotten and deciding to cook it for dinner today. I just thought "why not search through my bookmarked recipes for any paneer recipes" and found this particular recipe on a fellow foodie's blog. While I was scanning through it, my eyes just happened to glance on the side panel and noticed a link that said "Bookmarked Recipe-Every Tuesday Event". And guess what? The event was hosted on her own blog and the last date was today-April 5th! I had no clue about this and for me to chance upon it today itself and because of a recipe I'd bookmarked on that very blog...well, how could the blogger in me resist such a synchronous coincidence :-)....This recipe is from Aipi's mouthwatering blog US Masala and I'm linking it to the event on her blog itself, Bookmarked Recipe-Every Tuesday Event-April 5-Volume 35. (I have made some very minor changes to the original recipe).
I'm also linking this to Christy's Hearth and Soul Tuesday Blog Hop

So now, for a really quick and spicy paneer stir fry, look no further
  1. 200 g paneer, cut into cubes (but I scrambled it up to make it a "bhurji")
  2. 1/4 cup tomato puree
  3. 1 medium size onion, chopped fine
  4. 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
  5. 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  6. A pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  7. 2 teaspoons pav bhaji masala
  8. 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  9. 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  10. 3/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
  11. 1 teaspoon aamchur (dried mango powder) or 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  12. 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves (cilantro)
  13. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • In a nonstick pan or kadai, heat the oil and throw in the cumin seeds and asafoetida. Let both splutter.
  • Now add the onions, turmeric powder and salt and saute for 2 minutes or until the onions turn transparent.
  • Then add the ginger-garlic paste and tomato puree and saute for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Now add the chilli powder and pav bhaji masala powder and stir until the oil separates out as a thin film.
  • Now add the aamchur and garam masala powders and stir for another minute.
  • Tip in the paneer, check for salt, and let it simmer for 1 more minute, mixing everything around well.
  • Garnish with the coriander leaves and serve hot.
You could use this as a filling for wraps with roti, chapathi, tortillas, any bread you can think of!
To make paneer at home is very easy, but if you want easy step-by-step directions, check out this BBC link.
In you live in India and buy paneer readymade, I suggest the brand "Milky Mist", which is softer and tastier than another more popular brand (which I will not name and please note that I'm not getting paid to endorse any brand!!).


Reshmi Mahesh said...

Delicious...I had been thinking of making tawa paneer for long...but never happened ;)...yours tempt me a lot..

Unknown said...

Good one and nice pics :)

divya said...

Wow..that looks super super tempting..nice recipe..

Puja said...

That is a very fabulous coincidence and I am glad it is, as I am happy to see that the recipe worked for you and I really appreciate your feedback and kind words..
Thanks a lot for linking this to bookmark event :)
US Masala

Emreen said...

Nice pic.... Panneer - Ahh... my All time favorite.... So this is another must try !!!


Renee said...

I make paneer bhurji all the time...infact, that's been in my blog drafts for about a month now...with all photos attached.LOL. But yours look realy tempting and the next time I cook paneer, I'll try ur way :)

Katerina said...

Hi dear, I have never tried to make any cheese at home and this is something I have to start considering. I have no idea if we have paneer in Greece but I can search to Indian/Pakistan small stores here. The dish sounds very flavorful to me. Keep in touch and have a great day!

Biny's Recipes said...

Kary dear....i love dat....very nice with rotis or rice

Plateful said...

Hey Karishma, thanks for popping over to my site and sharing your lovely thoughts, really appreciated! Mmm, the paneer masala looks delicious!

Jayanthy Kumaran said...

wat a wonderful selection of recipe...great job karishma..:)
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Rani acharyulu said...

Paneer recipe looks so tempting.Great post.

Michele@FitFoodista said...

Your paneer looks so good and you gave me a really fun idea! I'm always a sucker for any sort of crispy outside and soft inside. How about a cross-culture mix by filling won-ton wrappers with your paneer mix and deep frying?

Thanks for linking to the Hearth and Soul Hop. It's great to "meet" you!

Kankana said...

Paneer is my all time fav and I see that you have done justice to Aipi's recipe :)
As for your question on Momo, if you want them little yelloish, mix one egg yolk in the Maida mix and that's it :) Try this next time and let me know !

Swathi said...

This paneer tawa masala looks awesome. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop.

Sneha Benny said...

I love paneer. This dish is a must try for me .

Only Fish Recipes said...

first time here.....wow...tawa paneer looks just so delicious...wonderful recipe...I would love to recreate it sometimes ! glad to follow ur space...do visit mine whenever u hav time :-)

Ambreen (Simply Sweet n Savory) said...

Looks so good...lovely recipe!
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Unknown said...

Thanks for linking this to my event karishma - please use logo and link my to my site dear - thanks again!

Unknown said...

Thanks so much for linking up to What's On the Menu Wednesday at Dining With Debbie. I hope you will visit often and link up whenever your can. I'm so excited to be learning all of these new dishes from you:) Thanks for taking the mystique out of Indian cuisine for me.

Unknown said...

Nice recipe and step by step pics. Thanks for sharing.Lovely dish!! Looks yummy!
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