Aloo Paneer

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Everyone love the taste of a no garlic and no onion pure vegetarian dish. So it’s not difficult to make pure veg dishes.

And when non-veg eating people say that the taste is finger-licking you can imagine how it must be tasting in real.

Here is such a no garlic, no onion dish for you all “Aloo Paneer,” a potato and cottage cheese recipe.

Aaloo Paneer

Ingredients

Potatoes – 2-3 large chopped in cubes
Paneer or Cottage Cheese – 1 cup cubesTomato – 2
Bay leaf – 1
Cardamom – 2-3 broken
Cinnamon – 1 inch piece
Cloves – 3
Ginger – 1 inch piece
Green chilli – 1-2
Khuskhus or Poppy seeds – 2 tsp
Melon seeds – 2 tsp
Cumin seed – 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Sugar 1 tsp (optional)
Coriander powder – 1 tsp
Cumin powder – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala powder – 1/4 tsp
Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 tbsp
Oil – 2 -3 tbsp
Ghee or Clarified Butter – 1 tsp optional
Cream or Malai – 2 tsp

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Method

Soak the khuskhus in hot water or microwave for 2 minutes with water.

Soak the melon seeds and keep aside for some time.

Grind both the khuskhus and melon seeds to make a fine paste. Add in green chilli, chopped ginger and chopped tomatoes to the paste. Grind them altogether. Keep aside.

Fry the potatoes and paneer cubes. Keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seed. Let it crackle now add broken cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and bay leaf. Now add the ground masala paste. Fry well.

Add all the spices. Saute and when oil leaves the sides add fried potatoes, salt and sugar. Saute again.

Add cream or malai, mix well. Saute for some more time. When completely dried up add water as much gravy you a want.

Add paneer cubes. Let it boil. Cover and cook on low medium flame till the potatoes done. Add a spoonful ghee and its ready.

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves or green chilli. Serve hot with steamed rice, roti, paratha or poori.

Chakhao Kheer

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Black rice kheer or chakhao kheer is a yummy sweet dish from the Indian state of Manipur.

Black rice is more nutritious than brown rice. Its an excellent source of fiber, amino acid, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants.

In China and some South-East Asian country it is known as “Forbidden Rice” because it was reserved exclusively for the Royals in ancient China.

Got the recipe from my friend Pushpita Vikramjit Ahibam. Tried it for the first time. The taste is awesome. Its colour changes to a lovely purple when cooked. Loved it’s nutty flavour.


Recipe for Chakhao Kheer

Ingredients
Black rice – 4-5 tsp or 2/4 cup
Milk – 4 cup
Sugar – to taste
Dry fruits – 1/2 cup
Green cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp

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Method

Black rice takes longer time to cook so soak the rice overnight. Then pressure cook with water for one whistle, after that cook on low flame for 20 minutes.

Heat milk in a pan. When it starts boiling add the rice. Cook on low flame. Stir in between.

Cook till milk reduces and looks rich and creamy. Add sugar and cook for some more time till sugar melt.

Add dry fruits and cardamom powder.Switch off the gas.

Garnish with dry fruits. Black rice kheer or chakhao kheer is ready.