Lockdown Saviour 2.0: Home Style Palak Paneer

Another lockdown recipe which doubles up for two meals if cooked in a sufficient quantity is Palak paneer.

One can pair it as a subzi with phulkas or mix it with rice turning it into a palak paneer rice dish. It’s easy to make and quite satiating.

Ingredients:

  • Paneer 300gms
  • Palak two medium sized bunches
  • Onions, 2
  • Tomatoes, 2
  • A tbsp. Of filtered groundnut or any cooking oil

For the masala:

  • Whole masalas:
  • Few cloves
  • Few peppercorns
  • A couple of small bay leaves (tejapatta)
  • Jeera
  • A few cardamom pods
  • A piece of cinnamon
  • Cashew, soaked – 6 to 7
  • Ginger, Garlic and Green chilli pounded to a coarse paste
  • Ground/powdered masalas:
  • Dhaniya powder
  • Amchur powder (dry mango powder)
  • Kasuri methi
  • Hing
  • Ground mustard powder (a tiny amount)
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar to taste

Method:

  • Cut paneer into cubes and set it aside
  • Keep aside a large-ish piece to grate into the dish once done
  • Blanch the spinach and set it aside
  • Temper all the Dry whole masalas viz. Jeera, Bay leaves, cardamom etc. and then add the ginger, garlic and green chilli paste
  • Add the soaked cashews and sauté for a minute
  • Add the onions and tomatoes and sauté for a few more minutes
  • Add salt and sugar to taste
  • Add the powdered masalas viz. Dhaniya powder, hing, Amchur and sauté the mix until cooked and mushy, this should take a few more minutes
  • Set it aside
  • In a mixer pop in the cooked masala with the blanched spinach with some water and purée it
  • To a hot wok or kadhai transfer the puréed palak masala and add the cubes paneer
  • Check on the salt and sugar
  • Serve with diced onions and a wedge of lime
  • Enjoy with hot phulkas or rice

Soft and Super easy wholewheat banana pancakes

Wholewheat banana pancake.
Soft with light crisp skin. Delicious!

I’ve never made good wholewheat pancakes but today was a good day!

Breakfast was by special request from the kids and I didn’t want to defer their request like I do when it comes to pancakes.

Ingredients:
• 1 ripe banana
• 3 eggs
• Approx. 2 to 2 1/2 cups of wholewheat flour (I am an instinctive cook so I don’t follow strict measurements)
• Water to adjust consistency of the batter
• Some sugar
• Cinnamon powder
• Vanilla extract
• The smallest, tiny pinch of fruit salt

Method:
• Blitz everything in a blender (and this I think was the key to the perfect batter)
• Make a runny batter to the desired consistency
• Heat pan
• Simmer a dollop of butter and pour the pancake batter with a ladle. Flip when it’s starts to brown.

Serve drizzled with honey, peanut butter, berries anything you please.

We accompanied ours with some fried eggs on toast.