Sunday, 19 August 2007

Kadai Paneer and My First Blog awards!!!

I love paneer in any dish. Paneer... the word itself reminds me of all the mouthwatering exotic dishes like Palak Paneer, Paneer Butter Masala, Paneer Burji, Paneer Jalfrizi and finally but not the least Kadai Paneer...
Today I tried to make paneer at home, and was surprised to see that it is very easy and hassel free process... I was excited at the success of my first experiment with homemade paneer...

Homemade Paneer

Homemade Paneer:
  1. Bring 1 and half liter of whole milk to boil, in a heavy bottomed pan, stirring occasionally to ensure that it does not burn or form skin.
  2. When it just starts boiling, add 3 tbsp of fresh lime juice.
  3. The milk solids start curdling, and cheese separates from whey. If the two are not split completely add two more tablespoons of lime juice.
  4. Strain the mixture through a cheese cloth/ muslin cloth.
  5. Place the cheese cloth bundle on a flat surface. Fold the cloth into a nice round shape, and place a heavy object like a clean brick or a big flat bottomed pan filled with water. This will press down the cheese.
  6. Leave it for a hour or two, and then store the block of cheese in refrigerator. This remains fresh for about 1 week.
Kadai Paneer:

Kadai Paneer

Paneer Cubes : 1 cup
Capisicum : 2, diced
Tomatoes : 2, de-seeded and diced
Tomato puree : 1 cup
Onions : 2, pureed
Ginger Garlic paste : 1 Tbsp
Turmeric : 1/4 tsp
Cumin powder : 1 tsp
Coriander powder : 1 tsp
Garam Masala : 1 tsp
Red Chili powder : 2 tsp, adjust acc to taste
Salt, to taste
Fresh cream : 2 Tbsp, optional
Kasoori Methi : 1 tsp
Oil : 3 Tbsp
Water : 100 ml

From Left, Capsicum, Tomato and Paneer

  1. Fry paneer cubes in little oil and keep aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, and add onion paste. Fry till the raw smell disappears.
  3. Add ginger garlic paste and fry for few more mins.
  4. Then add turmeric powder, red chili, cumin and coriander powder. Stir.
  5. Add in tomato puree and salt. Add water. Cover and bring to boil.
  6. Add capsicum and tomato, and cook covered for 5 mins.
  7. Add garam masala, cook till the veggies are done.
  8. Finally add paneer cubes and cook for 5 more mins.
  9. Add kasoori methi and fresh cream.
  10. Serve hot with Rotis or naans.

Kadai Paneer with Rotis

And the Verdict:
J ended up licking his fingers.. so need not say more :)

And Finally The Awards:

The Power of Schmooze Award is for bloggers who “effortlessly weave their way in and out of the blogosphere, leaving friendly trails and smiles, happily making new friends along the way. They don’t limit their visits to only the rich and successful, but spend some time to say hello to new blogs as well. They are the ones who engage others in meaningful conversations, refusing to let it end at a mere hello - all the while fostering a sense of closeness and friendship.“

The Rocking Girl Blogger Award is for bloggers who “are girls or women who blog and who Rock!!!“

I am very glad to say that, we (my blog and me) have been awarded, The Rocking Girl Blogger by Padma of Padma's Kitchen and Archana of Love2EatHate2Cook and a Schoomze Award again by Archana and Laavanya of CookeryCorner !!!!!! Is'nt that nice... it has been only 3 months I have started blogging and receiving these awards, gave me a new inspiration!!!
Thank You Girls!!! And thank you all for all the comments, suggestions and motivation!!!! The main credit goes to my blog readers :)

Now I need to pass on these awards, its OK if you have been already nominated. This is a simple gesture to say that you are loved :)

Cynthia of Tastes Like Home
Viji of Vcusine
SriValli of Cooking 4 All Seasons
Kamini of The Bubbling Cauldron
Meeta of Whats for Lunch Honey
Coffee of The Spice Cafe

Keep up the Spirit and Keep Going girls!!!


bee said...


Coffee said...

Thanks my dear Cinnamon! I am honoured. :D And you truely deserve it as well.... I love your style of presentation and neat photography!!
Which cam do you use btw?

The paneer simply rocks as well! My home made paneer does not stay up so well..... more of a lousy paneer when I follow the exact same way! Must be the milk I guess.

Hima said...

Congratulations!! Love the kadai paneer.

archana said...

Congratulations to you Cinnamon :)The pictures and the paneer are looking fabulous :)Love paneer. Your paneer looks nice even though it is home made :)

Vcuisine said...

Kadai paneer is delicious Cinnamon. As usual your photos are great. Congratualtions for the award and thanks for your gesture too! I appreciate it. Viji

Vidya said...

love the pics :)

akhila said...

Hey Sis! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!! We are very proud of you. Keep it going.

Sireesha said...

Congratulations Cinnamon!!!
Kadai Paneer is mouth watering...Wonderful pictures!!!

Apple said...

Spandyyy..Congratulations dear...Kadai Paneer looks great...Now 'm craving for my favourite paneer butter masala [:(]

SeeC said...

Congrats Cinnamon.
Kadai paneer is very inviting.
Love you pictures.

Tee said...

Your Kadai Paneer looks absolutely tempting! Making paneer at home is so easy and yet I am so lazy at times that I just end up buying readymade from the store :) Next time i will make it at home and try out your recipe...Congrats on the awards! :)

Happy cook said...

Here i can't get paneer, so i am going to make home made paneer like you and make this dish as it lokks yum.

Neelam said...

The Kadai Paneer looks awesome. Lovely Colour.I'm gonna try it.
And congrats for the awards!

Cynthia said...

Hey you schmoozing, rockin, blogger! Congrats on the paneer making and the kadi paneer looks so fantastic.

Cynthia said...

And thank you for thinking of me and the award.

Prajusha said...

Congrats for the award. kadai paneer looks great.

Santhi said...

Hi Cinnamon, first time to your blog...Congrats on the awards and I must say, your pics are simply amazing :-)

Srivalli said...

Congrats deserve them ...and thanks for passing them...I am honoured..

kadai paneer looks so wonderful..


Padma said...

Hey that kadai panner looks awesome and congratulations on the deserving awards, like I said blog age/time doesn't matter in getting the awards,
Good Job!

Padma said...

Hey the spelling for padma's kitchen is wrongly mentioned, can you pls change that...

Cinnamon said...

Bee, Thank You!
Coffee, Ya must be the milk... try using whole milk with more fat content!
Hima, Thank You.
Archana.. Thank You... nothing can beat a homemade one :)
Viji... Thanks and u r welcome !
Vidya, ThankYou!
Akhi, Thanks you so much ra :)
Sirisha, Thanks
Keerths, Thanks ra..I will try posting Paneer Butter masala soon :)
Seec, Thank You
Tee, Thank You.. making everything from scratch gives a sort of satisfaction :)
HappyCook, do try and let me know how it came out!
Neelam, Thank You... and let me know how u liked it.
Cynthia, Thank You Dear!
Prajusha, Shanthi, Thank You Girls :)
Valli, Thank You and it was my pleasure sharing! U deserve them too!
Padma, Thankyou. Iam sorry for the typo mistake.. have changed it!

Sandeepa said...

Congrats !!!!!!!!
That Kadai Paneer looks so yumm

sunita said...

Congrats...great going indeed!!!

Laavanya said...

That's a very rich looking curry. Congrats on the award.

Suma Gandlur said...

Congrats. Love the pics.

Suganya said...

Kadai paneer looks great in glass kadai :). I love how the restaurants serve them in a tiny kadai.

Sharmi said...

congrats on the awards. your Kadai paneer looks very tempting.

sra said...

Cinnamon, congrats on your awards. A question: do you use commercial tomato puree, or your own? I find the commercial variety very sour, just want to know how you solved this problem, if you faced it.

Cinnamon said...

Sra, I use homemade tomato puree.. just blend the tomatoes and sieve the paste..

Mishmash ! said...

Cinnamon, your dishes always look so tempting and has a richness in colour and texture that prompts the reader to hit the kitchen right away and start cooking :)


ramya said...

Congrats for the awards and the khadai paneer is looking great.

Mona said...

Hello Cinnamon, i'm a hyderabadi too, now in Canada, and a new blogger, came thru ur blog while browsing the net, And its interesting. Will keep dropping by and have added u in the blogroll. AND, CONGRATULATIONS FOR THE AWARD :-)

lakshmi said...

your paneer looks so perfect :O - how do you manage to make it so firm? i usually get paneer that's good for like use in dough or in like veggies, but i never get cubes!!

so what do ya think is the secret?

Pooja V said...

Congrats Girl !!
Loved ur kadai paneer!

Namratha said...

Kadai Paneer looks too good! Will surely try your recipe...its different from mine! And congrats on the awards..I'm sure you deserve them:)

Shella said...

Though late - congrats.

Kamini said...

Cinnamon, I am sorry about this really delayed response (one and a half years), but i just figured that you had given me this award. Thanks a ton. Really appreciate it. And congratulations on your award :)>

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Check out this Paneer Cooking Contest. Wish me luck! Hope to see some of your recipes in there too.

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