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

Breakfast Challenge Day 07, Egg Mayo Open Toast…..and we are done!

So it’s the end of the self assigned breakfast challenge which I put myself through in an attempt to end this feud that me and my first were going through.

Combatting tears and tantrums over breakfast had me over the edge every single day. At the end of the week though, I realized that my baby is growing up. I need to give him room for decision making. Not just at breakfast but even at day to day choices. The power of choice can be truly empowering in a good constructive way. I suppose I had to go through this exercise to realize that.

Moving on, hopefully him and me can reach midway to make our lives easier.

Here’s what he wanted to end his week with. It’s his absolute favorite item and he can have it for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even a snack!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Egg, soft boiled (3 to 4mins)
  • 1 Tbsp, Mayo
  • Salt to taste
  • Jaggery to taste
  • Mustard powder to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • A slice of multigrain bread
  • Finely chopped spring onion and peppers or choice of topping
  • Drizzle of Olive oil (optional)

Method:

  • Mix everything together and top off warm toast with the egg mayo mix. Garnish with the chopped onions and peppers.

OR

  • Make grilled sandwich with the egg mayo as sandwich stuffing. Either way it’s delicious!

Serve warm.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading through our breakfast challenge.

Thank you for reading!