Schezwan Paneer

Schezwan paneer.
A lip-smacking Indo Chinese style paneer or cottage cheese dish to make quickly and easily. Its a most favourite paneer dish among my family and friends.
I have made it simple only with cottage cheese, onion, garlic, chilli, vinegar and some sauce. But you can use capsicum, red, yellow bell peppers, baby corn, sweet corn, beans, broccoli or any vegetables of your choice. I have used homemade paneer or cottage cheese. Get the recipe of cottage cheese here.

My paneer hater family members also love this dish 😀. Not only that its a quiet easy and quick to make. You can serve it as a teatime snack or side dish or as sandwich stuffing. Yes it will also great as sandwich stuffing. I am sure there will be no leftover but if you have some leftover Schezwan paneer make sandwiches with it and enjoy 😊

Recipe

Paneer or cottage cheese – 3 cup, cubed

Onion – 2 large, sliced

Garlic – 3 – 4, minced or finely chopped

Green chilli – 1 – 2, chopped

Tomato – 1 large, sliced

Schezwan sauce or chutney – 2 tablespoon

Vinegar – 2 tablespoon

Tomato sauce – 1 – 2 tablespoon

Soya sauce – 2 teaspoon

Chilli sauce – 2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Oil – 3 tablespoon

Method

1. Mix vinegar, Schezwan sauce, tomato sauce, soya sauce and chilli sauce in a bowl and keep aside.

2. Heat oil in a pan or wok. Add garlic, onion and green chilli.

3. When onion becomes translucent add tomato. Saute till tomato becomes mushy.

4. Now add cubed paneer or cottage cheese and salt. Mix well. Add salt carefully because we have to add sauce and all the sauce has salt.

5. Add the mixture of soya, tomato, chilli sauce, schezwan sauce and vinegar. I like my dish with little sweetness so added 2 tablespoon tomato sauce. If you like less sweet first add 1 tablespoon tomato sauce, taste when done and add 1 tablespoon more if require.

6. Mix and saute till paneer or cottage cheese coated well with sauce. Taste and adjust salt and tomato sauce if require.

7. Garnish with scallion or onion green and tomato slices. Serve hot.

Notes
1. You can use capsicum, red, yellow bell pepper, baby corn or any vegetables.
2. Add chilli or chilli sauce according to your taste.

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Carrot Or Gajar Sandesh

Carrot sandesh.
Carrot flavoured sweet with all the goodness of carrot, paneer or cottage cheese and evaporated/dried milk or khoya/mawa.

Sandesh (Bengali: সন্দেশ Shôndesh Hindi: संदेश) is a dessert, originating from the Bengal region in the eastern part of the Indian subcontinent, created with milk and sugar. Some recipes of Sandesh call for the use of chhena or paneer(which is made by curdling the milk and separating the whey from it) instead of milk itself. Some people in the region of Dhaka call it pranahara (literally, heart ‘stealer’) which is a softer kind of sandesh, made with mawa and the essence of curd.

Source – Wikipedia

One more recipe to celebrate world carrot day. I have already shared delicious Gluten free cornmeal carrot cake.

You can get some more carrot recipe links in the above post.

Carrots are often thought of as the ultimate health food. Generations of parents have told their children: “Eat your carrots, they are good for you,” or “Carrots will help you see in the dark.”
Carrots contain vitamin A, antioxidants, and other nutrients. Evidence suggests that eating more antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, can help reduce the risks of cancer and cardiovascular disease. Carrots are also rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
To read more about carrot click here.

Here is a delicious sweet Carrot sandesh. Already shared different flavoured sandesh on this blog.

1. Sugar free date sandesh

2. Sugar free pineapple sandesh

3. Coconut sandesh with date palm jaggery or khajur gur

4. Chocolate sandesh

5. Coconut pomegranate sandesh

6. Paan sandesh or betel leaf sandesh

7. Steamed sandesh with date palm jaggery

8. Mango steamed sandesh

9. Watermelon sandesh

10. Cake sandesh

11. Chocolate coconut sandesh

12. Kesar pista sandesh

13. Mango sandesh

14. Sandesh

15. Steamed sandesh

16. Chocolate stuffed chocolate sandesh

Today I have noticed that I didn’t share carrot flavoured sandesh yet. And its Word Carrot Day today. So after carrot cake here is a delicious carrot flavoured sweet carrot sandesh or gajar sandesh or gajorer sondesh.

Very easy to make and delicious. I have paneer or cottage cheese and khoya/mawa or dried milk ready so quickly made it and everyone enjoyed the heavenly taste.
I have used only 1 teaspoon ghee or clarified butter but if you like you can use 1- 2 teaspoon more ghee or unsalted butter.

Recipe

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup crumbled

Khoya/mawa or dried milk – 3/4 cup

Grated carrot – 1 cup

Milk – 1/2 cup

Sugar – 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon

Ghee/clarified butter or unsalted butter – 1 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Method

1. Grind the grated carrot. Don’t add water. We don’t want smooth paste, just grind to make coarse paste.

2. Blend paneer or cottage cheese, khoya/mawa or dried milk and sugar in your mixer grinder or blender to make smooth. I have used homemade soft paneer. Get the method of making paneer and khoya here.

3. Heat ghee or unsalted butter in a nonstick or heavy bottom pan. I have used only 1 teaspoon but if you want you can use 1 – 2 teaspoon more.

4. Add ground carrot and fry for a minute. Add milk and let it boil.
Reduce the heat and cook on simmer. Keep stirring.

5. When the carrot will be about to dried up add 1 tablespoon sugar. Mix and cook till dried up completely.

6. Add blended paneer, khoya and sugar mixture.

7. Mix and cook on low medium heat. Stir continuously to avoid sticking at the bottom.

8. When the mixture dried up and becomes like a dough, remove from heat.

9. Add cardamom powder and mix well.

10. Transfer the mixture in a plate and let it cool down.

11. Knead the mixture well to make it smooth.

12. Make small balls. I have made 20 balls.

13. Shape the balls with a mould. I have used this mould.

14. But if you don’t have mould then you can spread the mixture in a greased plate. Let it set for 15 – 30 minutes. Cut in your desired shape.

15. Serve in room temperature or keep in refrigerator and serve chilled. You can store it in refrigerator for 6 – 7 days.
Enjoy the heavenly taste.

Note
If you want more carrot flavour add 2 cup grated carrot. Also increase the amount of ghee or unsalted butter.

 

Check out some more carrot recipes shared by my fellow bloggers

Carrot soup by Naina

Carrot cake by Shobha

Carrot orange granita by Archana

Carrot tagine by Melanie

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Italian Flavoured Paneer Bhurji

Italian flavoured paneer bhurji.
A different way to make our very own paneer bhurji. This lip-smacking paneer bhurji can be serve as a side dish or make sandwich stuffing or use as pizza topping.

We normally make paneer bhurji with onion garlic tomato and some Indian spices. But this time made with Italian seasonings.
Well now you can ask that how I get the idea of making this Italian flavoured paneer bhurji. Because this week our 187 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is desi twist suggested by Kalyani Sri who blog at https://www.sizzlingtastebuds.com/?m=1

According to Kalyani “the base idea has to be an Indian dish but not an Indian ingredient’. So I have made our humble paneer bhurji Italian. And loved the taste. Try it, I am sure you will also love the taste.
You can use bell peppers or any vegetable of your choice.

Recipe

Paneer or cottage cheese – 2 cup, crumbled

Onion – 1, finely chopped

Green chilli – 1 – 2, finely chopped

Garlic – 2 – 3 cloves, minced

Green peas – 1/2 cup, boiled or frozen

Sweet corn – 1/2 cup, boiled

Capsicum – 1, cubed

Tomato – 2 medium, cubed

Onion – 1, cubed

Oregano – 2 teaspoon

Dried Basil – 1 teaspoon

Rosemary – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Red chilli flakes – 1 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon

Pizza sauce – 2 tablespoon

Vinegar – 1 tablespoon

Tomato sauce – 1 tablespoon

Olive oil – 2 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Chopped scallion or onion green – 1 tablespoon, optional

Method

1. In a bowl mix pizza sauce, vinegar, tomato sauce, oregano, basil, black pepper powder and red chilli flakes. Also add rosemary if using. Mix well and keep aside.

2. Heat oil in a pan. Add finely chopped onion. Fry till translucent.

3. Add minced garlic and chopped green chilli. Fry till garlic becomes brown.

4. Add cubed onion, tomato, capsicum and salt. Add salt carefully. Sauce has enough salt. Saute for 2 minutes.

5. Add boiled sweet corn and green peas. Mix well.

6. Add crumbled paneer or cottage cheese and mix. I have used homemade paneer or cottage cheese. Get the recipe here.

7. Reduce the heat. Cook on simmer for 4-5 minutes or till it dried up. Stir continuously. Cooking on low heat helps the paneer to absorb the flavour of herbs.

8. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
Add 1/2 tablespoon chopped scallion or onion green if using. Mix and remove from heat.

9. Garnish with remaining 1/2 tablespoon scallion. Serve hot as a side dish with any bread or make sandwich stuffing. Even you can use it as pizza topping.

Notes

1. You can use bell peppers, broccoli, beans or any vegetable of your choice.

2. Any vegetable oil can be used instead of olive oil.

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Komola Bhog Or Orange Flavoured Rasgulla

Komola bhog or orange flavoured rasgulla.
Komola bhog is a popular sweet of Bengal. Just like rasgulla but slightly larger in size and flavoured with orange. These rasgulla are stuffed with pistachio and orange segment. Stuffing and flavour made these rasgulla super yummy.

I have already shared two different flavoured rasgulla here.

Mango rasgulla

Watermelon rasgulla

You may like some more orange recipes here.

1. Kheer komola or orange kheer

2. Chocolate cake with orange crunch and glaze

3. Orange crinkle cookies or nankhatai

4. Eggless orange muffins with chocolate inside

5. Sugar free choco orange mousse with malai or milk topping

Sending this post to 178 #Foodiemonday bloghop harvest harmony theme. My contribution is orange flavoured delicious spongy rasgulla or komola bhog for this festive theme.

Recipe is same as white rasgulla but flavoured with orange and slightly larger in size. I have stuffed this rasgulla with pistachio and little orange segment and added saffron and orange juice in the sugar syrup.

Always use large pan to make rasgulla. Because rasgulla expand in the sugar syrup. If you use less sugar syrup or overcrowded in the pan rasgulla will become flat. Rasgulla need space to retain it’s shape. Here is a picture of flat komola bhog because of wrong size pan.

You can skip orange segment stuffing if you want. Stuff only pistachio or you can stuff the cottage cheese or paneer/chhena balls with small misri/rock candy or ilaichi dana/nakul dana. Or you can make it without stuffing too. I sometimes make it just like white rasgulla with orange flavour and colour.

Recipe

Milk – 1 litre

Lemon juice or vinegar -3 – 4 tablespoon or as require

Sugar – 1 & 1/2 cup

Water – 3 cup

Orange juice – 1 cup

Saffron – a pinch

Orange food colour – 1 – 2 drop, optional

Orange essence – 2 – 3 drop + 2 drops for syrup

Orange segment and chopped pistachio for stuffing

Method

Please read all the tips and tricks to make rasgulla here to make perfect orange flavoured rasgulla or komola bhog.

1. Place a cheesecloth on a strainer.

2. Heat milk in a heavy bottom pan. When it starts to rolling boil remove from heat. Add lemon juice or vinegar.
Add 1 tablespoon at a time. Stir and add 1 tablespoon more or as require to curdle the milk completely.

3. When greenish whey and cottage cheese separates immediately pour into the strainer. If you boil further after curdling your cottage cheese and rasgulla will be hard.

4. Wash the paneer under running water or dip the cheesecloth in a bowl filled with cold water. Wash the cottage cheese well to remove the smell of vinegar or lemon.

5. Squeeze the cloth well to drain all the water from cottage cheese.

6. Remove the cottage cheese on a large dry cloth. Wrap well and put a heavy weight on it for 2 hours.

7. Take out the cottage cheese or paneer on a large plate. Add food colour if using.

8. Mash with your finger tips and heel of your palm. Mash till your palm becomes greasy.

9. Make 5 – 6 small balls. These will become double. If you want large sized komola bhog make 5 balls.

10. Flatten the balls and place little orange segment and pistachio slivers in the middle.
You can omit orange segment if you want.

11. Close the edges and make smooth ball again.

12. There shouldn’t be any crack on the balls.
Press the balls between your fingers and palm tightly to make crack free balls.

13. Make round ball using your both palm. Make all the balls this way.

14. In a large and broad pan heat 1 cup sugar, 3 cup water, saffron and 1 cup orange juice. Pan should be large. In small pan balls may be disfigured.

15. When sugar dissolved and it starts to rolling boil add the cottage cheese balls one by one. Let it boil on full flame from 2 – 3 minutes.

16. Cover and cook on medium high heat for 20 minutes.

17. After 20 minutes switch off the heat. Keep it covered for 2 hours or until completely cool down.

18. You can keep these in refrigerator for 5 – 6 days.
Serve chilled or at room temperature. Try out this komola bhog and enjoy the heavenly taste.

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Kheer Komola Or Orange Kheer / Pudding

Kheer komola or orange kheer or pudding.
Kheer komola is a famous dessert of Bengal. Made with thickened milk and orange segment.
But I have made some changes and very happy with the taste. Mixed cottage cheese or paneer and khoya or dried milk in thickened milk before adding orange segment. Khoya and paneer enhance the taste. Try out this heavenly dessert on this orange season.

You may like some more orange recipes on my blog.

Chocolate cake with orange crunch and glaze

Orange crinkle cookies

Orange muffins with chocolate inside

Orange mousse with malai or milk topping

Frozen cooler

Iced green tea with orange

Papaya orange smoothie

Beetroot orange apple smoothie

Muskmelon orange coconut smoothie

Mixed fruit smoothie

Green smoothie

Sending this post to 176 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is fruits and flowers. This week Priya Iyer who blog at The word through my eyes suggested this theme. Check out her blog for the mouthwatering recipes.

We have to use any fruit or edible flower in our recipe. Interesting isn’t it? Thanks Priya, loved the theme. I am sharing this delicious kheer komola or orange kheer with orange and saffron.

Usually kheer komola made with thickened milk but I have used cottage cheese or paneer and khoya or dried milk in it. Few days ago saw a post from Rita Ghosh. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you can remember her. Rita gave two awesome recipes as guest post on this blog.
Kasundi

Kheer kadam.

In a phone call she mentioned that she used khoya, paneer and milk powder in kheer komola. And for more orange flavour added thickened orange juice at the end. Loved her idea and tried. Taste is really amazing. I have skipped milk powder and orange juice. But used khoya paneer both. But if you want you can use 1/4 to 1/2 cup milk powder. In that case reduce the amount of sugar. Now I will always add these two ingredients in kheer komola or orange pudding. Thanks Rita Ghosh for the recipe idea.

Recipe

Milk – 7 cup

Sugar – 1/2 cup

Orange – 3

Saffron – a pinch

Khoya or dried milk – 1/2 cup

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1/2 cup

Orange zest – 1/2 teaspoon

Saffron – a pinch

Chopped pistachio to garnish

Method

1. Boil the milk in a heavy bottom pan. When it starts to rolling boil, add saffron and reduce the heat.

2. Simmer till the milk changes it’s colour and becomes thick. Stir occasionally.

3. Add sugar and mix well.
Now add mashed khoya or dried milk and mix. Mixture will become thick.

4. Mash the paneer or cottage cheese well to make smooth. Get the khoya and paneer recipes here.

5. Switch off the heat and let the milk cool down.

6. Add mashed paneer or cottage cheese and mix well.

7. Again cook on low heat. Don’t increase the heat. When milk starts to boil remove from heat and keep aside.

8. Peel the oranges. Take out the orange segment by removing outer transparent skin. Remove the seeds.

9. When the milk completely cool down add the orange segments. If you want you can add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder or orange essence or thickened orange juice. See notes for how to add orange juice.

10. Garnish with chopped pistachio. Serve room temperature or keep in refrigerator for 30 minutes and serve chilled.

Notes

1. Cashew nuts, raisins, almond or any dry fruits can be added in it.
2. After adding cottage cheese or paneer don’t increase the heat. Cook on low flame.
3. You can use one more orange if you want.
4. If you want to add orange juice as Rita Ghosh mentioned, cook the orange juice to thickened and add at the end.

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Date Walnut Muffins/ Sugar Free Muffins

Date walnut muffins with whole wheat flour,oats, almond and cottage cheese or paneer.
One more date recipe. Its sugar free, butter free and without refined flour. So perfect for diet conscious people and weight watchers.

You may like some more sugar free date cakes and cupcakes here

1. Sugar free carrot cake

2. Sugar free fruit cake

3. Diet cake

This post is going to be a part of a Facebook group Recipe swap challenge.
We have to recreate a recipe from a fellow blogger’s blog. This month my partner is very talented Poonam Bachhav who blog at Annapurna. Check out her space for delicious recipes. I have selected this recipe from her space.

I have added cottage cheese and almond in the muffins. Here is the recipe of delicious, healthy and guilt free muffins.

Recipe

Whole wheat flour – 1 cup + 1 tablespoon

Oats powder – 1/4 cup

Almond – 1/4 cup

Cottage cheese or paneer – 1/2 cup, crumbled

Date – 40 – 45 pitted

Walnut – 1/2 cup, chopped + to sprinkle

Oil – 1/2 cup

Milk – 1&1/2 cup

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1 teaspoon

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 180° for 15 minutes.

2. Line or grease the muffins or cupcake mould with oil or butter.

3. Add 1 tablespoon flour with chopped walnuts. Mix well to avoid sinking at the bottom. Keep aside.

4. Grind the almond into fine powder.

5. Soak the pitted dates in hot milk for 2 hours.

6. After 2 hours blend the dates into smooth paste. Use the milk of soaked dates for easy blending.

7. Add crumbled cottage cheese or paneer in the blender with date paste. Blend again to make smooth.

8. Sieve whole wheat flour, oats powder, baking powder and baking soda. Mix ground almond with the flour.

9. In a large bowl mix date and cottage cheese mixture and oil. Whisk well.

10. Now add the dry ingredients and mix well. Don’t over beat.

11. Fold in chopped walnuts in the batter.

12. Pour the batter into lined or greased muffin moulds. Fill up to 3/4 .

13. Tap the moulds gently to release the air bubbles and sprinkle finely chopped walnuts over all the muffins.

14. Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 20 – 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Insert a toothpick in the middle of a muffin to check.

15. Let the muffins cool down before serving.
Enjoy the healthy and delicious muffins. Happy baking!

Notes
1. You can use refined flour or any flour instead of whole wheat flour and oats.
2. I like mildly sweet so I have used around 35 – 40 dates. If you like your muffins more sweet add 45 dates.
3. You can add any dry fruits in the batter.
4. Mashed banana or grated apple can be added in the batter.

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Egg Corn Cottage Cheese Baked / Casserole

Egg corn cottage cheese baked or casserole. Easy to make and delicious dish for your dinner or breakfast. I love it in breakfast with crisp toast. I have used homemade soft paneer or cottage cheese but you can use store bought too. Just grate or crumble before using. You can add 1 – 2 more scallions or green onions if you like.

Sending this post to 174 #Foodiemonday bloghop #PotluckRecipes theme. This week Preethi Prasad suggested the theme. Preethi blog at Preethicuisine. Check out her blog for more delicious recipes.

You may like some more egg recipes here.

1. Korean rice or egg fried rice

2. Soya egg shami kabab

3. Chana dal and steamed egg khichdi

4. Egg dal tadka

Recipe is very simple. You can use any vegetables of your choice like bell peppers etc. I have used Italian seasoning, you can use Indian spices, cilantro or chopped coriander leaves, cumin powder etc. If you have leftover, store in refrigerator and microwave before serving.

Recipe

Egg – 3 – 4

Milk – 1/4 cup

Cottage cheese or paneer – 1 cup, crumbled

Sweet corn – 1 cup boiled

Scallion or onion green – 1, finely chopped

Flour – 1/2 cup

Garlic powder – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Chilli flakes – 1/4 teaspoon or to taste

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Italian seasoning – 1 teaspoon

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Salt – 1 teaspoon

Olive oil – 1/4 cup

Method

1. Preheat oven at 200° for 10 minutes.

2. Generously grease a baking pan with butter or oil.

3. Blend cottage cheese or paneer with 1/4 cup milk in a blender to make smooth.

4. Whisk the eggs well. Add oil and blended cottage cheese or paneer mixture. Mix well.

5.Add the flour, mix and make a lump free batter.

6. Add salt, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, chilli flakes and black pepper powder. Mix well.

7. Add corn and chopped scallion or onion green. Make a smooth batter.

8. Add baking powder and mix well.

9. Pour the mixture into the greased baking pan. Tap the pan gently.

10. Sprinkle chopped scallion or onion green cilantro or coriander leaves and red chilli flakes. You can place tomato slices on the top.

11. Bake for 40 – 45 minutes or until eggs set well and top becomes golden brown.

12. Every oven takes different time. So check after 35 minutes.

13. Let it cool down slightly before slicing.

14. Sprinkle little black pepper powder and oregano if require. Serve warm.

Notes
1. You can add oregano Basil or any herb of your choice.
2. If you don’t like garlic then you can skip it. Or if you like garlicky taste then add more garlic powder.
3. Chopped Bell peppers, capsicum green chilli, cilantro or coriander leaves or parsley can be added in the batter.

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