Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Shahi Paneer, Paalak Paneer , Kheer - Haryana Speciality

BM # 39
Day : 9
State : Haryana

Today is the 9th day of this Marathon and we are cooking from Haryana. Haryana,
the north Indian state was carved out of the state of Punjab in 1966. Primarily an agrarian state,this land, is covered with lush greenery, and known for its wheat and milk production .

With Haryana being one of the wealthiest states in India and rich in cattle population, the Haryana cuisine is rich and includes a lot of dairy products and since Hinduism is prominent here, the cuisine is also predominantly vegetarian.

Ghee and butter are liberally used in most preparations. Spices such as ginger, garlic, red chilli powder, black pepper, cumin seeds, and garam masala are widely used.

Since the Haryanvis use lot of milk products here are three recipes which are very popular there.These recipes have not been taken from anywhere, in fact Gurgaon in  Haryana is another layer of Delhi for me. Most of my friends live there and these are the popular dishes cooked in their homes.

Shahi Paneer
7 cashew nuts
7 tomatoes
1/2 pod garlic
1 tsp kasoori methi
1 tsp red chilly powder
1/4 tsp garam masala
500 gms cottage cheese
1 cup fresh cream
Salt to taste
Make a paste of garlic.
Purée the cashews and tomatoes.
Heat oil.
Add the garlic paste, let it become pink.
Add kasoori methi.
Immediately add the tomato cashew paste.
As soon as it leaves oil, add the spices and cream.
Add the cubed paneer.

Paalak Paneer
500 gms spinach, very finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp ginger garlic , chopped
2-3 green chillies, finely chopped
4-5 tomatoes, puréed
1 tbsp kasoori methi
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
2 tb sp grated cheese
1 tsp kitchen king spice
200 gms fresh herbed cottage cheese, cubed
50 gms cottage cheese , grated
Salt to taste
Wash the spinach and finely chop it.
Heat oil, add onion, ginger garlic paste, sauté.
As soon as it turns pink, add the spinach, and cook till all the moisture is absorbed.
Add tomato purée , the spices,grated cheese, grated cottage cheese.
Cook till dry.
Add kasoori methi and cubed cottage cheese.
Cook on slow fire for 5 minutes.
Serve hot with a dollop of butter or cream.

Tandoori Roti

2 cups wheat four
salt to taste
Seine the flour and salt, and bind a soft dough.
Cover and let rest for half an hour.
Divide into four balls.
Dust a ball with dry flour and roll into a disc about 6''.
Apply butter and sprinkle some flour.
Cut the disc into strips.
Roll the strips into a big ball.
Flatten the ball and roll it back into a disc of the same size.
Heat a girdle.
Apply water on the top layer of the disc and place it on the girdle.
The water side has to be on the girdle.
Let cook for a few minutes.
Lift up the girdle and turn it upside down on the flame.
Keep rotating the girdle for even roasting.
Remove the roti and roast further with the help of tongs.
Serve hot with a dollop of butter..

Chena Murki Kheer
500 ml full fat milk
sugar to taste
10 pieces chenna murki

Sugar to taste
Almond, pistachios, finely chopped
Boil milk and reduce it to half.
Make small pieces from chenna murki and add to this milk.
Add sugar, cardamon powder, almonds and pistachios.
Cook for a few more minutes.
Serve chilled.

This Shahi Paneer is one of the easiest and rich paneer dish that one can make, so is this paalak paneer.The tandoori roti are usually made in a clay oven, but making them on a gridle and and yet tasting like the baked rotis, they taste absolutely divine with some butter.The Chenna Murki is a Bengali sweet, where paneer cubes are dipped in a sugar syrup and tossed till well coated and form a crust.This is one sweet that we all are very fond of.The kheer is a usual fare with Haryana food, and since it is Panner which is coated I decide to make this kheer.So it is Paneer, Paneer and yet Paneer from Haryana.

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  1. Such a delicious spread this the shahi paneer you said you have made more than two times already?..will surely make all these soon sometimes..

    1. Yes Valli this the Shahi Paneer I was talking is a quick recipe and totally exotic..never fails!!

    2. Then I am going to make it..:)

  2. wow! shahi paneer and palak paneer! yumm.. both my fav.

  3. Wonderful presentation all dishes specially Chenna kheer ....

  4. delightful platter.. love every item on it. .. a doubt on the tandoori roti. Do we heat the tawa and then turn it upside down and place the rotis on the underside of the tawa which is now upturned? Water is on the top or bottom of the tawa?

    1. Jayanthi..its simple..
      heat the tawa.
      apply water on one side of the roti.
      place it on the tawa, with the water side down, this will help it to stick to the tawa.
      cook for a while and now..
      pick up your tawa along with the roti and roast the roti, moving the tawa in rotation.
      sometimes the roti does not stick and falls apart on making the tawa upside down, no issues, roast it with a pair of tongs..keep the flame low to get crisp and crunchy ones.
      hope I am clear.

  5. That paneer kheer is just simply out of the world, paneer in any form is my favourite, wonderful spread there, tandoori roti is just killing me.

  6. Your paneer platter is amazing! Loved each and every dish in this one. And esp the palak paneer. Got to try your way. The description of the kheer is really making me crave for that dessert now Vaihali.

  7. Wow, it is paneer mania today, at ribbonstopastas! Love the spread of paneer dishes. I like the way you skewered the chilies.

  8. wow !!! soo many variations and especially loved the way you presented the green chillies ! soo cute !

  9. Wow, such a delightful platter of paneer. Didn't know about paneer murkhi. Did you make it at home? Looks fantastic..

    1. Gayathri, paneer murki is a bengali sweet which is very popular in Haryana, it is made from paneer..but I got it from the sweet shop.Now perhaps will try doing it at home.

  10. Beautiful! Love the combination of the dishes you have selected. Chena Murki kheer is very interesting, the ingredients sound yummy! I have paneer and all the ingredients for Shahi paneer. I am going to try that.

  11. OMG Vaishali. My mouth is watering just looking at the pics. All the dishes sound amazing. Love the clicks especially the chilies on bamboo skewers -- soooooo cute.
    BTW I'm going to repeat Gayathri's question: so paneer murkhi is a Bengali sweet? how does it look?

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    2. it looks like a paneer cube and tastes like a rasgulla...will surely update with the pics!

  12. how i wish , i had a home near yours...this is such a great spread and especially the chenna murki kheer, i cant wait to try it

  13. Wonderful looking thali...chena murkhi kheer sounds inviting and interesting.

  14. The paneer thali is awesome! Love the presentation of the chillies on the skewers. The Shahi paneer version sounds very easy and flavorful too.

  15. that tandoori roti with the butter...mmmm and the whole spread looks fab!!!1

  16. Can I come over? I also wish you had done the Ranjit shahi paneer too! I will love to taste all thesew Vaishali> I am glad i=I am sitting in a corner with the laptop annd no one can see the screen on second thought why not make it tomorrow. Sunday hai bhai. If I am stuck will ring you as usual.

  17. Such a fabulous and rich spread. Must try your version of shahi paneer

  18. Lovely spread again. That tandoori roti making style is interesting. BTW Vaishali, I think there is a typo for griddle. :)

  19. Omg am speechless but I have to say this paneer thali looks fabulous and all the paneer dish is just tempting me badly di :)


  20. Lots of great looking dishes here! I can't keep up with all the dishes I want to make...there's always so many good ones :)
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  21. Simply awesome and delicious looking Wonderfully prepared.

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