Monday, December 12, 2011

Matar Panner with a Peanut Gravy

Winter, the season of vegetables is back. I love this season because my favorite vegetables is found in the market. :) (Cauliflower, green peas, carrot, red tomatoes etc...) Well I don't like dairy products more except curd. And Panner(cottage cheese) I don't like. But my husband just love it. So, planned to have some thing which will suit we both @ our dinner, combined green peas and cottage cheese with a peanut touch to it. :)

Matar Panner with a Peanut Gravy from my kitchen


1 cup – Green peas (shelled)             

50 gm – Paneer (sliced)

2 no.s – Onion (large chopped)

2 tbsp – Garlic (paste)

2 tbsp – Ginger (paste)

3 no.s – Green Chilli

1 no.s – Red Chilli (dry & its optional )

2 no.s – Tomato (puree)

½ cup – Roasted Peanut

4-5 tsp - Oil

1 tsp – Turmeric Powder

1 tsp – Red Chilli Powder

1&1/2 tsp – Coriander Powder

1&1/2 tsp – Cumin Powder

Salt – for taste

Water – as per requirement of the gravy

Oil – for frying paneer


  1. Heat 2 tsp of vegetable oil in a kadai and put the chopped onion to it.
  2. Cook the onion till its golden brown.
  3. Remove from the kadai, keep it aside and let it cool.
  4. Bring to a paste along with the roasted peanuts once cooled.
  5. In the same kadai put 3 tsp of oil and put the mixture ( garlic paste, ginger paste, green chilli paste and red chilli paste).
  6. Cook till the raw smell goes away.
  7. Now add the freshly prepared tomato puree and cook till the oil leaves.
  8. Now add the green peas, salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and salt.
  9. Mix it properly.
  10. Now add the onion-peanut paste to the peas, adjust the water and cook for 8-10 minutes in a lower flame.
  11. Meanwhile fry the paneer in oil. (just to have a golden color)
  12. After the peas get tender add the paneer and cook for more 2-3 minutes at a lower flame.
  13. Once cooked serve hot with Phulkas, Roti, Nan, Kulcha, etc... :)

from my kitchen

Friday, December 9, 2011

Cake with Cinnamon Streusel Topping

This whole week I attended a Christmas Special Baking classes by Mrs. Usha Narayan.  I am so thank full to her for conducting this classes. Being an amateur cook I'm learning every day from my kitchen :), this quick class helped me to get some tips and tricks to be followed. 

So this cake is one from her classes which I baked (with lil-bit of changes) and it came out so good to be shared :). This cake has three different things to be done, the streusel topping, the filling, and the cake batter itself.

Christmas Delicacy From My Kitchen

(for streusel topping) 

1/2 cup - Oats
1/2 cup - cashew (can be replaced with any nuts)
3/4 cup - Sugar 
2 tsp - Cinnamon Powder
100 gms - Unsalted Butter (ghee can be used instead)
(for filling)

3/4  cup - Brown Sugar
2 tsp - Cocoa Powder

(for cake) 

1&1/2 cup - Castor Sugar 
2 cup - Atta/Maida
2&1/2 tsp - Baking Powder
3/4 cup - Butter (@ room temperature)
3 - eggs
1 tsp - Vanilla Essence
1 cup - Milk
3/4 cup - curd
1 tsp - Unsalted butter/ ghee for greasing


(for toping) 
  • coarsely grind the Oats, Cashew, and Sugar.
  • Melt the butter over a thick bottomed pan.
  • Once the butter melts switch off the flame and add the coarsely powered prepared.
  • Leave it to cool.
(for filling)
  • Mix the brown sugar and cocoa powder in a bowl and keep aside.
NOTE:  If you love more cinnamon can replace coco with I:I ratio is coco and cinnamon.

(for cake)
  • Beat the Butter and Sugar, add a tsp of atta to avoid curdling. 
  • Add eggs one by one and mix it.
  • Add half the dry mixture (atta+baking powder) and bring it together.
  • Now add the rest dry mixture.
  • Slowly add the liquid mixture ( milk+curd+vanilla essence) and mix it.
NOTE: Donot over mix once the flour is inside the batter.

(assembling the cake to bake)
  • Preheat the oven at 220 °C.
  • Grease the baking vessel and pour half the batter into it.
  • Sprinkle the filling mixture into it and flatten it with a knife.
  • Now pour the rest of batter.
  • Sprinkle the topping at the top most layer.
  • Bake it for 65-70 minutes at 180 °C at the lower rack. 

"Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year"

from my kitchen