ABC Curry/ Almond Beetroot Cottage Cheese Curry

Almond beetroot cottage cheese or paneer curry. Or you can call it ABC curry. A spicy flavorful rich creamy gravy with marinated and lightly fried paneer and almonds with all the goodness of beetroot. Full of aroma and mouthwatering taste.

Lightly fried marinated paneer and rich creamy and aromatic gravy made this curry absolutely delicious. You can serve it as a party side dish. Already shared some more curries with paneer on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Tomato corn peas paneer kadhi

2. Paneer in mustard gravy

3. Gobhi palak paneer

4. Chhanar dalna

5. Kathal paneer kofta curry

6. Schezwan paneer

7. Italian flavoured paneer bhurji

8. Methi paneer kofta in palak gravy

9. Paneer capsicum stir fry

10. Paneer kala chana kofta curry

11. Mint paneer kofta

12. Hariyali paneer makhani masala

13. Shahi paneer

14. Aloo paneer

Monday again and this week’s #246 Foodiemonday bloghop theme is P For Paneer suggested by me. So we all bloghop members are sharing different paneer or cottage cheese recipes this week. Check out what my fellow bloggers are sharing for this theme.

I have used soaked and peeled almonds in the curry, you can use cashews instead. Or you can also make it without nuts. Don’t skip the marination step. Marinated paneer will give a wonderful taste to the curry.

Recipe

Paneer or cottage cheese – 2 & 1/2 cup, cubed

Yogurt – 1 tablespoon

Lemon juice – 1/2 teaspoon

Ginger garlic paste – 2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon + 1 teaspoon

Black pepper – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 + 1/4 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Almond – 2 tablespoon

Beetroot – 1, grated or finely chopped

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Onion – 1 medium, sliced

Garlic – 3 – 4 cloves, chopped

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, chopped

Green chilli – 1 – 2 or to taste, chopped

Tomato – 2 medium, chopped

Green peas – 1/2 cup

Green cardamom – 3

Cinnamon – 1/2 inch piece

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Oil – 2 tablespoon + 2 teaspoon

Water – 2 cup

Method

1. Marinate the paneer or cottage cheese cubes with 1 tablespoon yogurt, salt, 2 teaspoon ginger garlic paste, 1 teaspoon cumin powder, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper powder, 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder. Mix well, cover and keep aside for 15 – 30 minutes. I have used homemade paneer, get the recipe here.

2. Soak the almonds in hot water for 15 minutes. Peel when cool.

3. Grind the grated or finely chopped beetroot. You can add 1 – 2 teaspoon water for easy grinding.

4. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add green cardamom, cinnamon, sliced onion, chopped ginger and garlic. Saute till onion becomes brown. Add chopped tomatoes. Saute till tomatoes becomes mushy. Let it cool down. Grind the onion tomato mixture when cool. Make a smooth paste.

5. Heat 2 teaspoon oil in a pan. Spread the marinated paneer. Shallow fry for a minute.

6. Turn the paneer pieces upside down and saute for 1 minute more. Paneer should be lightly fried. Don’t make brown. Transfer the paneer pieces into a plate.

7. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add ground beetroot. Saute till moisture evaporates and beetroot paste dried up. You can add little more oil if require.

8. Add onion tomato paste and green peas. Mix well. Add salt, 1 teaspoon cumin powder, 1 teaspoon coriander powder, 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder, 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder and Kashmiri red chilli powder. Saute till oil leaves the sides.

9. Now add paneer or cottage cheese cubes,peeled almond and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Mix well. Saute for 1 – 2 minute.

10. Add water and let it boil. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cover and cook on low heat for 10-12 minutes or till green peas becomes soft.

11. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Remove from heat. Garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Serve with roti, paratha, naan, puri, pulao, fried rice or any bread.

Notes

1. Use green chilli according to your taste. Add more if you want your curry spicy.

2. Cashew nuts can be used instead of almonds. Or you can skip both.

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Mango Kalakand 

Mango kalakand.

Kalakand with the flavour of mango. A sweet flavoured juicy fruit.  Mango not only loved for its taste it also has immense health benefits .

 

Mangoes are well known as the king of all fruits. They fight cancer, alkalize the body, aid in weight loss, regulate diabetes, help digestion, clean your skin, and make the perfect snack.

 

Kalakand is very popular, traditional and delicious sweet made out of solidified milk, paneer/cottage cheese and sugar. Just like barfi but soft and grainy in texture.

 

This week we are celebrating 50th anniversary of #Foodiemonday #bloghop. So my bloggers friends decided to make some traditional sweet this time.

My contribution is this super easy and delicious mango kalakand.

You need only few ingredients to make it.


 

Recipe 


Paneer/cottage cheese – 1 cup crumbled

 

Khoya or reduced milk – 1/2 cup

 

Mango – 1

 

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

 

Sugar – 1/3 cup or to taste

 

Pistachios for garnishing

 
Ghee or clarified butter to grease the plate

 
Method 


Peel and remove the seed of the mango. Chop and grind to a smooth paste.

 

 

Heat a pan and add the mango paste. When it starts to boil add the sugar. Stir continuously.

 

 

When the mango sugar mixture becomes thick add the fresh crumbled paneer/cottage cheese and reduced milk or khoya. Stir and cook until the mixture thickened and leaves the sides. Texture should be grainy.

 

 

Taste and adjust the sugar if require. Add cardamom powder. I love the aroma of cardamom with mango. So I have used 1 teaspoon. You can use 1/2 teaspoon, taste and add more if require.

 

 

Mix well and switch off the flame.

Grease a plate with little ghee or clarified butter. Pour the mixture over it. Spread and level the mixture with a spoon or your palm.

Garnish with chopped pistachios. Let it cool down.

Cut in square and serve.

Mango Sandesh

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Aam Sondesh or mango sandesh
I have already posted some sandesh recipes. Sandesh or Sondesh is a famous sweet of Bengal, made of Paneer/chhena or cottage cheese. Its can be made with different flavours.
This time I have made it everyone’s favourite fruit mango.

“The king of the fruits,” mango fruit is one of the most popular, nutritionally rich fruits with unique flavor, fragrance, taste, and heath promoting qualities, making it number one among new functional foods, often labeled as “super fruits.”

Very easy to make. Only few ingredients with mango makes a delicious sweet.
You need only cottage cheese, reduced milk, mango pulp, sugar and little cardamom powder.

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Recipe

Paneer/chhena or cottage cheese  – 1 cup crumbled

Reduced milk or khoya  – 1/2 cup
Sugar  – 1/3 cup

Mango – 1, pureed

Cardamom powder  – 1/4 teaspoon optional

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Method

Combine cottage cheese or paneer, reduced milk, sugar and mango pulp.

I have used homemade khoya or reduced milk. To make reduced milk or khoya cook the milk on low flame. Stir continuously and scrape the sides. Cook till the milk becomes thick and almost dry.

Now grind the Cottage cheese, reduced milk, mango pulp and sugar mixture.
Make a smooth paste.

Heat a heavy bottom pan. Pour the mixture in it. Cook on low medium heat. Stir continuously.

Cook until the mixture becomes a dough like consistency. And leaves the sides. Switch off the flame. Add cardamom powder and mix well.

When it still little warm knead with your finger tips. Knead nicely to make it more smooth.

Now make small balls and give them shape in moulds.
If you don’t have sandesh mould make round balls with your palm then flatten it. Make them round or square. Make the shape of your choice.

Serve fresh or store in refrigerator for later use. You can store in refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Enjoy…….

Bhapa/Steamed Sandesh

 

 

 

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Its my son’s birthday today. He is in his college hostel so waiting for his holiday to celebrate the day. May God bless him with all the happiness and success.

On this special day presenting a delicious sweet dish. No, not  cake. Its a all time favourite traditional sweet dish of Bengal.

Mouthwatering but very easy to make. Bhapa sandesh or steamed sandesh. Its orange flavoured bhapa sandesh.

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Recipe

Paneer/cottage cheese or chhena of 2 liters milk

Sugar – 6 tablespoon

Orange juice – 5 teaspoon

Orange zest – 1/4 teaspoon

Orange segment and 1 teaspoon sugar for sprinkle

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Method

In a bowl mix paneer and sugar nicely till soft and smooth. If you like you can add little more sugar. Taste after mixing before adding more.

You can grind or blend it too. Add orange juice and orange zest mix properly. Knead it nicely until soft and smooth.

Take a steel container and grease it with ghee/clarified butter. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon sugar and pieces of orange segment.

Add the paneer mixture and cover with lid. If you don’t have with lid container take a steel bowl and cover tightly with aluminum foil.

In a pressure cooker add 1 cup water and place the container in it. Cover the cooker lid but don’t put the weight over the vent pipe. Cook it for 20 minutes on medium flame.

Take the container out, turn it on a plate. Leave it to cool at room temperature and then refrigerate it for an hour.

Slice and enjoy the heavenly taste.

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