Chomp And Cheers: Paneer Tikka Masala & Ummali

Monsoons are here! Bezad Dadachanji brings to you special monsoon dishes… in an innovative avtar.

Paneer Tikka Masala

Paneer Tikka copy200 gms Paneer (cottage cheese) cubed; 3 Large Onions; 3 Large Tomatoes; 1/2 medium Green Capsicum; 1/2 cup Hung yogurt; 1/2 cup Fresh cream; 1 inch piece Ginger cut into juliennes; 2 Green Chillies Slit; 3 tsp. Mustard Oil; 1/4 tsp. Turmeric powder; 1 1/2 tsp. Garam masala powder; 1 tsp. Coriander powder; 1 1/2 tsp. Lemon juice; 2 to 3 tsp. Oil; Salt To Taste; 1 tsp. Dried fenugreek leaves (kasoori methi); 2 tsp. Ginger Garlic Paste; 1 tsp. Cumin Seeds; 1/2 cup Cashewnut paste; Fresh Coriander finely chopped for garnishing ; Satay Sticks – 3 to 4

In a bowl take yogurt, one tsp. red chilli powder, salt, one-fourth teaspoon dried fenugreek leaves, one tbsp ginger garlic paste, one tbsp lime juice, half teaspoon garam masala powder and two table spoons of mustard oil. Whisk well and keep aside. Cut paneer into cubes, cut onion into one inch pieces and separate the layers, cut one tomato into half, remove the pulp and cut into cubes. Add the cut capsicum, onions and tomatoes to the yogurt mixture. Mix well. Add paneer cubes and mix gently. Keep aside to marinate for atleast half hour. In a pan heat two tablespoons of oil. Add cumin seeds and 2 finely chopped onions to the pan. Cook for seven to eight minutes or till onions start browning. Skewer Pieces of onion, tomato, capsicum and paneer on the satay sticks. Add one tablespoon ginger garlic paste to onions. Sauté for a minute. Add two finely chopped tomatoes and cook for five minutes. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a grill pan, place the paneer skewers on it and cook for two minutes on each side. To the onion tomato masala, add one teaspoon chilli powder, one tablespoon coriander powder, half teaspoon garam masala powder, one-fourth teaspoon turmeric powder and salt. Mix well. Add ginger juliennes, slit green chillies and cashewnut paste to the pan. Mix well. Add half cup water and mix well. Add fresh cream and mix. Add the skewered veggies to the masala. Add half teaspoon garam masala powder, one-fourth teaspoon kasoori methi and remaining lime juice. Mix. Garnish with chopped coriander and serve hot.

Cheers With Ummali

Traditional Egyptian dessert made with khari biscuits, milk, condensed milk, fresh cream and mixed nuts.

Ummali copyIngredients:
2 cups Milk; 250 grams readymade Puff Pastry; 1 cup Condensed milk; ½ cup Fresh cream; 2 inches Cinnamon; 2 tsp. Pistachios chopped; 2 tsp Walnuts chopped; 2 tsp. Cashewnuts chopped

Preheat oven to 180°C. Pour milk, condensed milk, cream and cinnamon in a non-stick pan. Mix well and heat the mixture thoroughly. Break puff pastry into small pieces and put into a bowl. Add half the chopped nuts. Spread the puff pastry-nuts mixture in a glass baking dish. Pour the milk mixture on top. Place the dish in the preheated oven and bake for twenty to twenty-five minutes. Bring the dish out of the oven, add the remaining chopped nuts. Place the dish back in the oven and bake for three to four minutes more. Remove from oven and cool. Serve.

Tip – You can substitute khari biscuits with readymade croissants.

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