Thursday, January 16, 2014

A Chef’s Special – Paneer

Last Christmas we had new additions to the family, many of whom were vegetarians. So when faced with the daunting task of preparing a veg dish, I had to call on the expert – Executive Chef Conrad. Well he improvised a recipe on the go and it was delicious. 

Here's the recipe:

1 kg Paneer (block)
  • Cut the Paneer into two inch squares and roughly one finger thick. See that you have even number of pieces as you will need to create a sandwich of sorts.
  • Now onto the paste that will come in between the Paneer blocks.

The Paste
1 tbsp Turmeric Powder
1/2 tbsp Chilli Powder
½ tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste
Pinch of Salt
  • In a bowl mix the above ingredients to a coarse paste. Add a little more ginger garlic paste if need be.
  • Now smoothen this mixture between two blocks of paneer, like a sandwich.
  • Keep aside while you work on the chutney.

1 bunch Mint leaves
½ bunch Coriander leaves
2-3 tbsp Curd
2 limes (only juice)
A little salt to balance the flavour
  • Blend the above in a blender to a smooth paste. In case you are having trouble blending the mixture, add a little water.
  • Now add the paneer sandwich blocks to this mixture and let it marinate for an hour.

  • After an hour remove the paneer sandwich blocks and roll them in semolina (rava) coating them evenly. Place onto a hot pan and cook for about 5 mins on each side or until the semolina starts to darken.
  • Place on a kitchen towel to drain out excess oil. Serve hot.
  • You can use the chutney used for marinating, simply transfer it into a bowl. 

And here's the Chef with his little girl supervising the prep.

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