Achari Paneer Recipe | Your Food

Achari Paneer Recipe

My love for Achaar (Pickle) is probably as old as I can cast my memory. Those were the days when growing up in a middle class house hold, that too in a sleepy city in 80’s, when treating having paneer in a meal used to be an event. To make the daily meal more enticing ‘Pickles’ were the best friend. With time I got exposure to new things, and one such thing was variety of food. But, how could I forget my good old friend pickle? That led me to culinary expedition and I found “Achari Paneer”, which is best of both worlds of Pickle and Paneer.

Achari Paneer is a spicy, tantalising paneer curry liked by many and it got its name owing to the presence of spices which are generally used in making pickles / Achaar.

Prepration time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Serving: 4

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Dry Bhindi Masala Recipe | by Meenu Gupta

Bhindi / Okra Masala

Bhindi Masala (भिन्डी मसाला) or Okra masala  is a delicious and easy to make recipe for all Okra / Ladyfinger lovers. It is really quick and requires basic cooking skills, which means anybody can try their hands on. This recipe is North Indian / Punjabi version and very similar to what you find in a dhaba / roadside eatry or restaurant. This easy recipe has dry texture and is made by shallow frying okra in onion and common curry spices / masala. The detailed step by step pictorial recipe below explains how to make this bhindi masala easily at home. These are best served with chapatties or indian bread.

These are great source of Calcium, Magnesium, and fibre.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serving: 4

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Kala Jamun Recipe | Your Food Fantasy by Meenu Gupta

Kala Jamun

Kala Jaam or Kala Jamun (काला जामुन) is an exotic sweet dish served on special occasions being a scrumptious desert very similar to Gulab Jamun. The difference between gulab jamun and kala jaam is the colour and texture. While gulab jamuns are golden colored balls, kala jamun  have a dark color very close to black (with out loosing any flavour) and have a very distinct texture of grainy from inside and somewhat chewy on the surface. 

Below is the  Kala Jamun pictorial recipe depicted step by step.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serving: 20-22 pieces

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How to make butter naan at home | YourFoodFantasy by Meenu Gupta

Butter Naan – Indian Bread

Butter Naan (बटर नान) is easy to make light and soft indian bread which always make a good pair with rich north indian curries. Normally this is made in tandoor, but can also be made on stove top / gas burner.  

Since normally I have seen people making it in tandoor, I desired to buy a tandoor, but then getting tandoor in house is a big deal especially if you live outside India. However, I did not let it deter my desire for Naan, and tried on tawa and gradually learnt to do it well. My recipe here shares the same tricks that I have learnt experimenting myself.

Though the recipe is for butter naan, but once you can make this, you can do other variants like coriander garlic naan, or stuffed naan.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Resting time: 45-60 minutes (for dough)

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serving: 10 Naan

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Coriander Mint Green Chutney Recipe | Your Food Fantasy by Meenu Gupta

Mint Coriander Green Chutney Recipe

Mint and Coriander Green Chutney also referred as Hari Chutney or Dhaniya Podina Chutney, is a simple Indian Condiment that goes well with anything, be it grilled, fried or as a spread of dip.

It can be easily made with only four key ingredients, namely, Coriander leaves, Fresh Mint, Green Chillies and Lemon. This can be easily stored in refrigerator for good few days. There are many other variants of this same Chutney, but sharing the one that I have learnt from my mother. The idea of adding lemon is to preserve this chutney for longer and giving a tangy taste.

Try it with Samosa, Stuffed Bread Roll, Paneer Puffs, Lamb Chops, Paneer Tikka Paneer Cutlet, Methi Paratha, Chaat, etc.

Preparation time : 10 minutes

Cooking time : NA

Serving : One bottle of 250 ml

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Easy Home made Rasmalai Recipe | by Meenu Gupta

Easy Rasmalai Recipe

Rasmalai is a bengali dish made with spongy cottage cheese balls, and the word ‘Ras’ indicates the juice that oozes out of these cheese balls. Below is the detailed step by step recipe to make Rasmalai at home.

Whenever I make Rasgulla, I invariably make some Rasmalai too 🙂 You can not evade this delicacy once you have had it once, it is so much tempting.

Preparation Time: 30 mins   

Cooking Time: 30  mins

Serving: 20 pieces

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Paneer Puff Patties

When you crave for something crispy on surface and filled with some mouthwatering stuffing you will immediately relate to “Puff Patties” as these are crispy, flaky savoury snack usually relished with a cup of hot tea/coffee in the evening. 

Here is my recipe for making this much loved puffed patty with the filling of paneer, aka Paneer Puff Patties, some call this as Paneer pastry as well.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serving: 6

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Easy Vegetable Pulao

Vegetable Pulao / pulav or Pilaf  (वेजीटेबल पुलाव) is one of the most common rice dish that is made in Indian homes very so often. Being among common dish on the menu for parties or celebrations, it is an easy one pot recipe in which rice are cooked with simple vegetables. As with any recipe, the success lies in how much your guests love it. This recipe of mine has always been popular for about a decade now. 

Preparation time : 30 minutes

Cooking time : 25 minutes

Serving : 6

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Shahi Paneer Recipe

Shahi Paneer (शाही पनीर ) is a delicious North Indian preparation of succulent pieces of Cottage Cheese or Paneer that cooked in rich gravy of onion, tomatoes coupled with few cashews. This is a traditional recipe which has been followed from generations and has been mainstay preparation in Indian cuisine since the time of Mughals. It is simple and quick to make and is ready within 30 minutes, making it a perfect dish, which can impress everyone and anyone.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Serving : 4-5

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How to make Gulab Jamuns at home | Your Food Fantasy

Home made Gulab Jamuns

Gulab Jamun (गुलाब जामुन) is the most popular and loved dessert in India. Best described as an Indian version of a donut immersed in a sweet syrup. Below is the step by step pictorial recipe to make “Gulab Jamun” with Khoya / Mawa / Dried Evaporated Milk.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Serving: 15 pieces

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Coconut Barfi | Nariyal Ke Barfi

Fresh Coconut Burfi / Coconut Fudge or fresh Nariyal burfi is a classic and traditional Indian sweet which is prepared during festivals and special occasions. The taste and the juices that emanate from the fresh coconut give the special richness to this delicacy. Whilst this recipe of mine shows step by step how to make it from fresh milk and fresh coconut, you can use desiccated coconut and condensed milk, to get a similar recipe in less that 10 minutes (see my recipe of Coconut Laddo).

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Serving: 6-7

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Aata Ladoo | Wheat Flour Ladoo

Atta Ladoo  (गेहूं के आटे के लड्डू) or Wheat Flour laddoo is a round sweet ball made of wheat flour and powdered sugar. Its a rich, sweet snack which is commonly made in every house hold in northern part of India specially in the numbing winters.

Prepration Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Serving: 16-18 Ladoo

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Spring Onions Curry |

Spring Onion Curry Recipe

Spring onion curry / Green Onion curry or Hare Pyaz ki Sabji is a simply and easy Indian recipe made from spring onions and potatoes. Spring onions has many health benefits, not only does it reduces the blood cholesterol levels but also reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. The vitamin C in this vegetable also boost the immunity. A spicy vegetarian dish, having the right mix of taste and flavours makes this recipe a great side dish.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 – 20 minutes

Serving: 4

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Stuffed Bread Roll

Potato Stuffed Bread Roll Recipe

Potato Bread roll (आलू ब्रेड रोल) is a wonderful snack recipe which is made using two main everyday use ingredients bread slices and potatoes. Being crunchy from outside and soft from inside, this makes a best option when it comes to having a snack which can be prepared in a jiffy.

Prepration Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Serving: 6 pieces

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Methi Paratha |

Methi paratha recipe | How to make Methi paratha | Fenugreek paratha

Methi / Fenugreek Paratha (मेंथी के परांठे) is a popular name in northern india, specially when it comes about punjabi breakfast option. Fenugreek / Methi lifts up the flavours of any dish when combined with vegetables like potato, cauliflower, peas etc. The aroma that it gives out is absolutely amazing. If you top any curry with dried fenugreek leaves, it adds extra aroma to your dish and make a boring curry to an amazing dish. 

Methi / Fenugreek paratha is made using fresh green fenugreek leaves combined with flour. Fenugreek has numerous health benefits which can help in overall well being. Fenugreek is good for health as it is rich in iron, is good antioxidant and also a good source of dietary fiber. It also has vitamin C, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium, potassium and selenium. It is beneficial to diabetic patients as it  helps to lower down blood sugar level.

It is just one great thing to include in your diet and avail all the benefits of this green wonder. Methi paratha is one good option of using this vegetable and which is liked by all age group.

Prepration time: 20minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Serving: Yields 12 parathas

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How to make instant green chilli pickle |

Instant Green Chilli Pickle

Instant Green Chilli Pickle (हरी मिर्च का अचार) is hot, spicy, tangy and very quick and easy to make. It is a true delight for your taste buds if you love to accompany something spicier with your food. Generally speaking, pickle is one thing that most of the south-asians will crave for to compliment the food. You can eat it will indian bread (Chappati, Thepla, Puri, etc) or make a simple meal exciting when you have only Dal and Rice.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

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Lamb Chops Recipe -

Lamb Chops / Mutton Chops Recipe

When you talk of non-vegetarian starters, one thing that crosses mind is soft, tender Lamb Chops. Quick and easy to cook, lamb chops have tender, juicy meat, which is best served hot. It tastes so scrumptious that, you won’t realise it could be so easy to make it. You can make it in Oven (Oven Lamb Chops), or on Tawa (Flat Pan). I am sharing both the options here. For mutton lovers, you can make Mutton Chops following the same recipe, and you have your favourite chops ready at home.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Marination time: 8 – 10 hours / Overnight (Longer you marinade, better the taste)

Cooking time: 30 – 35 minutes

Serving: 6

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Lauki Kofta / Lauke ke Kofte

Lauki /Doodhi kofta (लौकी के कोफ्ते )or bottle gourd kofta is a commonly made main course curry in northern part of india. The Soft, melt in mouth dumplings made out of lauki dipped in onion tomato based gravy make anybody to drool for them. It contains many vitamins and minerals, such as, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, Vitamin A, C and folate. Ayurveda recommends cooked lauki or bottle gourd for better digestion. It is cooling, calming, diuretic and anti-bilious. This is of course the easiest way to feed lauki / bottle gourd to the person who don’t like to eat normal lauki curry. 

Prepration time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

Serving: 5-6

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Strawberry Jam recipe | by Meenu Guopta

Easy Homemade Strawberry Jam

When you think of ‘Strawberry’ what comes to your mind? The big red and juicy image of Strawberry. There are umpteen things that you can do with Strawberries (apart from eating raw). So this time around when I plucked some fresh strawberries from a farm, I thought of doing something that could last for longer…I decided to make Strawberry Jam. To my own surprise this jam tasted far better than what I used to get from supermarket, and my 4 year old approved the same with both thumbs up. Below is the simple and easy recipe for the same.

Preparation time : 10 minutes

Cooking time: 40 minutes

Serving: Yields around 1.5 kg of jam

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Gemista (Greek Stuffed Tomatoes and peppers with rice)

Just few weeks ago, fortunately (thanks to my loving Husband), I got a chance to explore the most beautiful Greek island Santorini. Famous for its infrastructure, I found that island amazingly beautiful and offered some best option in terms of food. Generally when I go out in Europe, being vegetarian I get less options of having some great food. But this island offered me some great dishes. The most common dish which one can find in every Greek restaurant are Greek salad with feta cheese, Fava and Gemista. I tried all the three and liked Gemista very much. I had that in two different restaurants and its really difficult to decide which one was best as both were superb!

Gemista or Yemista which in Greek means ‘filled with’ is juicy, healthy, bursting with fresh and vibrant colours and flavours, is a traditional recipe for Greek stuffed Bell peppers, tomatoes and other vegetables which can be stuffed and baked until soft and nicely browned. The traditional Greek recipe for Gemista can be either vegetarian or non vegetarian depending upon your choice of food.  

In Vegetarian version Gemista, filling is made with rice, chopped vegetables and baked in a tomato based sauce. It maybe  stuffed with minced meat for their non vegetarian version. There are countless versions of Gemista around Greece and every household has  got its own recipe for it. People in Santorini are so nice and helpful as when I expressed my desire to cook and experiment with food, both the chefs gave me the recipe without any hesitation which were almost similar to one another. Here in this recipe I have followed Greek chef’s advice on core cooking, however have added few tips from my own style of cooking like using less oil and spices. 

Preparation time : 45 minutes

Cooking time : 60 minutes

Serving : 3

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Easy Matar Paneer Recipe

Matar paneer (मटर पनीर) is a popular North Indian (originating in Punjab district) dish prepared with paneer and peas. Paneer (Cottage Cheese) pieces and green peas being cooked in onion-tomato gravy with spices and can be enjoyed with Poori, Naan, paratha or jeera rice. You can also add side dish of Raita and Poppadam to make it a full meal.

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Paneer Bhurji Recipe | by Menenu Gupta

paneer bhurji recipe

How many times it has happened with you that either you do not have nicely shaped / cubes of paneer or you do not elaborate set up (or time) of making ravishing paneer dish?

Paneer bhurji (पनीर भुर्जी) is a delightful and spicy paneer dish which is quick and easy to make with ingredients that you will normally have in your kitchen. Paneer bhurji is made from crumbled paneer simmered in spicy tomato gravy. It tastes great with roti, paratha or even you can have it with a regular toast bread. It also makes a good stuffing for dosa and vegetable frankie / kathi rolls. Normally I make Paneer Bhurji  from my home made paneer, which is left after cutting portions for other paneer dishes.

You can find its few variants, some are dry paneer bhurji, some with gravy, some with or with out onion. The following step by step recipe is for dry version using onion, however by all means it can be made with out onion. It is one side dish that you will find easily on an indian dhaba.

Preparation time : 5 minutes

Cooking time : 15 minutes

Serving : 4

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