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Palak paneer (cottage cheese with spinach)

This is my third recipe on paneer  or cottage cheese.

Paneer or Cottage Cheese is also known as Indian Cheese. It is an important part of Indian cuisines. It is generally made by curding heated milk with lemon juice or vinegar.

      Paneer consist of 4 percent fat and 11 percent protein. So it is a high source of protein. There are many health benefits of paneer. Paneer is very good in taste and there are many varieties of dishes of paneer such as sahi paneer, paneer butter masala, paneer tikka masala , dhania paneer, matar paneer etc. etc.

Palak paneer  or cottage cheese with spinach  is a simple dish of Indian cuisine. It's very easy to prepare and very yummy too. Serve palak paneer with roti (Indian bread). I am using here very less amount of spices and cooked it in a very home style manner.

Ingredients:

• 250 gms of paneer

• A bunch of spinach

• 1 onion chopped

• 1 tomato chopped

• 1/2 cup cream

• 1/3 tbsp whole cumin seeds

• 1/3 tbsp ajwain

• 1/2 tbsp cumin powder

• 1/2 tbsp c…

Assamese hukoti mass (dry fish) recipe with grilled eggplant

Hukoti means ground dry fishes. Dry fishes before grounding dried on smoke over the top of open fire cooking stove by the village people.

In this recipe I am using grilled eggplant.  This recipe is similar to Punjabi baingan ka bharta.  But I am adding an Assamese twist here by adding ground dry fishes (hukoti) .

INGREDIENTS :

• 1 eggplant

• 1 onion chopped

• 1 tomato chopped

• 2-3 tbsp ground dry fishes(hukoti)

• 2-3 green chillies chopped

• 1/3 tbsp turmeric powder

• 1/3 tbsp cumin powder

• 1/3 tbsp coriander powder

• 1/3 tbsp red chilli powder

 • 1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves

• 2 tbsp oil
&
• salt to taste



METHOD :

On a gas cook top roast the eggplant  straight on the burner. Keep turning the eggplant  till all the skin on the eggplant is charred and the inner flesh looks really soft.Let the eggplant become cool itself. Peel off and discard the charred skin. Mash the eggplant. Keep aside. In a pan heat oil. Add chopped onions. Fry till translucent . Add chopped tomatoes.  Fry…

How to cook Sticky Rice in a pressure cooker (without soaking for hours)

sticky rice 
cooked sticky rice 
Sticky rice  is a part of  Assamese cuisine.  Sticky rice is basically used in making different snacks (pithas)  during Bihu festivities. I like to eat sticky rice in breakfast.  Sticky rice is served with milk, cream, yogurt and jaggery. But I like to eat sticky rice with vegetables (Sabji).

Cooking sticky rice is very easy.  I used to cook sticky rice in pressure cooker.  No need to soak for hours. Here is the step by step procedure of making sticky rice.


Ingredients :

• 2 cups of sticky rice

• 2 cups of water

• 1 tbsp cooking oil

METHOD:

Step1 : Take two cups of sticky rice in a large bowl.



Step 2 : Rinse sticky rice under running water.


Step  3 : In a pressure cooker pan  pour the sticky rice.  Add 2 cups of water.


Step 4 : Add 1 tbsp cooking oil.


Step 5 : Close the lid of the cooker. In law heat cook for 1 whistle.


Step 6 : Remove from heat.  Let the cooker open itself.


Step 7 : Now the sticky rice is ready to serve.



Sticky rice served with green…

Fish pulao

Fish pulao is a tasty Indian  recipe which I cooked last sunday.  So today I'm sharing this delicious recipe with you. Serve this recipe in lunch or dinner with raita, pickle or veg salad.

INGREDIENTS:
For rice
• 1 cup basmati rice
•  onion finely chopped
• 15-20 cashew nuts
• 2 green cardamom
• 1 inch cinnamon stick
• 3 cloves
• 4-5 tbsp cooking oil
 • 2 tbsp ghee ( clarified butter )
• Salt -1/3 tbs
• Sugar - 2 tbsp

For fish
• 250 gms fish(any) cut into medium cube sized pieces
•1/2 tbsp turmeric Powder
• 1/2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
• 1 onion chopped
• 1 tomato chopped
• 2 tbsp cream
• 1/3 tbsp cumin powder
• 1/3 tbsp coriander powder
• 1/3 tbsp red chili powder
• 2 to 3 tbsp oil
&
• salt to taste



METHOD:

1. Wash the rice under running water. Drain and keep aside.

2.  Wash the fish pieces under running water. Rub with salt and turmeric.

3. In a pan heat oil. Fry the fish pieces.  Drain and keep aside.

 4. In the remaining oil  add chopped onions, saute  till  light brown, a…

Bread pulao

No one can deny that everyone has two pieces of  bread left in the bread bin which you will throw up in the dustbin next morning. So you can make this delicious  bread  pulao in just a few minutes from those leftover breads.  You can also use leftover cooked veg sabji or leftover cooked meat pieces in this recipe. You can also use leftover vegetables from your refrigerator. You may have two three pieces of beans, carrots, cauliflower or broccoli leftover in the refrigerator.  So let's make a delicious leftover Indian style  bread pulao recipe in a few minutes.


INGREDIENTS:

• 4 pieces bread

• 1/2 cup chopped vegetables ( carrot, french beans,  cabbage, cauliflower etc.)

• 1 small onion chopped

• 1 small tomato chopped

• 2 tbsp tomato sauce

• 1/3 tbsp cumin powder

• 1/3 tbsp coriander powder

• 1/3 tbsp red chilli powder

• 1/3 tbsp garam masala powder

• 2 tbsp cooking oil
&
• salt  to taste


METHOD:

Cut the bread pieces in small cube sized pieces.

In a pan heat oil.  Add chopped …

Green chutney

This green chutney is a speciality of winter season made from fresh coriander leaves and green olives. I like this chutney with pakoras (fritters). But it can also be served with french fries, nuggets and momos.  This chutney is also served as a side dish with any Indian meal.

INFREDIENTS:

• 1 cup chopped coriander leaves

• 2 mature green olives

• 2 green chillies

• 1 small piece of ginger

• salt to taste

METHOD:

In a blender jar take all the ingredients.  Add little water if required.

Blend it in a smooth paste.

Now  the green chutney is ready to serve.

 You can add more chillies if you like . It's taste is little hot little sour. You can add little vinegar if you want to store it for a couple of days. Store it in the refrigerator.  Whenever you want just take out from the refrigerator and serve it.


Prawn with bottle gourd

This is my mother's recipe. This recipe is cooked in Assamese  style. The basic ingredients of this recipe are bottle gourd  and prawn.  My mother gave it an Assamese touch by adding  Khar in it.

Now,  what is khar ?

-  khar is an alkali prepared from sun dried skin of some varieties of banana.  It is prepared by filtering the water from the burn ashes of the skin of the banana. It is preserved in bottles and can be used for months. It sounds bizarre but Assamese people are using khar as a cooking ingredient since time immemorial when salt was not discovered. It is believed that khar cleanses the stomach. So an Assamese meal begin with khar. It is served with rice.

INGREDIENTS :

• 2 cup chopped bottle gourd

• 200 gms prawns

• 1-2 tbsp khar

• 1/2 tbsp punch phoron

• 1/2 tbsp ginger garlic paste

• 1/2 tbsp turmeric powder

• 1/2 tbsp red chilli powder

• 1/3 cup coriander leaves chopped

• 2 tbsp mustard oil
&
• salt  to taste


METHOD:

Clean and wash prawns. Rub with little turmeri…

Dhania paneer

Paneer or Cottage Cheese is also known as Indian Cheese. It is an important part of Indian cuisines. It is generally made by curding heated milk with lemon juice or vinegar.

      Paneer consist of 4 percent fat and 11 percent protein. So it is a high source of protein. There are many health benefits of paneer. Paneer is very good in taste and there are many varieties of dishes of paneer such as sahi paneer, paneer butter masala, paneer tikka masala , palak paneer, matar paneer etc. etc.

Dhania paneer  or cottage cheese with coriander is a simple dish of Indian cuisine. It's very easy to prepare and very yummy too. Serve dhania paneer with roti (Indian bread). I am using here very less amount of spices and cooked it in a very home style manner.

Ingredients:

.• 250 gms of paneer

• 3/4 cup of chopped coriander leaves

• 1 onion chopped

• 2-3 tbsp tomato sauce

• 1/2 cup cream

• 1/2 tbsp turmeric powder

• 1/2 tbsp cumin powder

• 1/2 tbsp coriander powder

• 1/2 tbsp red chilli powder

• 1/…

Dry fish with colocasia leaves

Colocasia is a tropical plant found in entire northeast India.  Its every part is edible.  Its leaves, stems and roots.  But Some may not like it. And some may be allergic to it. There are many varieties of colocasia found in this region. In this recipe  I am using small colocasia  plant's leaves with stems.


There are many varieties of dry  fish  available in the market. Here  in this recipe I am using small dry fish which are dried on smoke over the open fire cooking stove by the village people.


INGREDIENTS:

• A bunch of colocasia leaves with stems

• 2 tbsp lentil

• 10-15 dry fish

• 1/2 tbsp ginger garlic paste

• 1 small onion finely chopped

• 1/2 tbsp turmeric powder

• 1/2 tbsp black pepper

• 2 tbsp oil
&
• salt to taste


METHOD:

Soak dry fishes in warm water for 5 minutes.

Wash colocasia leaves with stems in running water.  Chop roughly.

In a pressure cooker take lentils.  Rinse and add 2 cups of water.  Add colocasia leaves with stems. Close  the lid. In high heat cook for…

Pork with dry bamboo shoots

Pork with dry bamboo shoots is a great recipe that every pork lover should try it at least once in a lifetime. This recipe is so yummy and juicy which I made last week. Try this recipe with steamed rice.

You can also try other Bamboo shoot recipes:
Fish curry with bamboo shoots
Pork with bamboo shoots
Mustard greens stir fry with dry bamboo shoots
Pork with dry bamboo shoots 
📎Course : Main course  📎Cuisine : Indian 🔪Preparation Time : 15 minutes ♨Cooking Time : 30 minutes 🕞Total : 45 minutes
🍴Servings : 2

INGREDIENTS:
500 gms pork cut into pieces4 tbsp dry bamboo shoots1 onion, chopped1 tomato, chopped1/2 tbsp ginger garlic paste1/2 tsp cumin powder1/2 tsp coriander powder1/2 tsp red chilli powder1/2 tsp turmeric powder1/3 cup chopped coriander leaves2 tbsp mustard oilsalt to taste
METHOD:
Wash pork pieces under running water. In a pressure cooker  take pork pieces.  Add 2 cups of water. Close the lid.  In high heat cook for 2 whistles.  Drain and keep aside.In a bowl soak dry bamboo shoo…

Prawn curry

Today I am sharing a simple prawn curry recipe .  It's a very easy and simple recipe that you can make in a very less time.  The ingredients of this recipe are also very simple which  are  easily available in any Indian  kitchen. So without delay let's jump into the recipe.

INGREDIENTS :

• 250 gms prawns

• 1 big onion chopped

•  1 tomato chopped

• 1/2 cup chopped  coriander leaves

• 2 tbsp cream

• 1/2 tbsp turmeric

• 1/2 tbsp  cumin powder

• 1/2 tbsp coriander powder

• 1/2 tbsp red chilli powder

• 1/2 tbsp garam masala powder

• 2 tbsp mustard oil

•1 small piece of cinnamon

• 2 cardamon
&

• salt to taste



METHOD :

Clean and wash prawns. Rub prawns with salt and turmeric powder.

In a blender jar take  chopped onion,  chopped  tomato and chopped  coriander leaves. Blend it in a smooth  paste.

In a pan heat oil. Fry the prawns in that oil.  Keep aside.

In the remaining oil  add cinnamon and cardamon.  When crackling pour the paste from the blender jar. Add turmeric,  cumin powde…