Cottage Cheese in Tomato Yogurt gravy (Shahi Paneer)
This delicacy is a favorite in my home. It is one unbelievable combination of healthy, tasty and easy to prepare. Served with whole grain flat breads, it is perfect for dinner - wholesome, yet light. Makes a great party pick too!


Ingredients: (serves 2)

fried paneer cubes - 4 oz (about 100g)
tomatoes - 3 large
ginger paste - 1/2 tsp (or 1/2 inch piece of ginger finely chopped)
yogurt - 1/4 cup
milk - 1/2 cup
red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
garam masala - 1/2 tsp
cashewnuts - 2 tbsp (broken)
salt - about a teaspoon (adjust to taste)
clarified butter (ghee) - 1 tsp

Method

Heat ghee. Add cashews and finely chopped tomatoes and green chillies. Cover and fry until tomatoes are soft. Add beaten yogurt and fry for a couple of minutes. Cool and blend to a coarse paste. In a frying pan, take the blended tomato mixture and add salt, chilli powder, ginger paste and garam masala. Boil to a thick gravy. Add milk and paneer cubes. Fry for a couple of minutes and serve.
Cabbage-Cumin fried rice
After a long day at work, I got back home to find the refrigerator almost empty, except for some cabbage. With neither the time nor the energy to cook anything else, this very simple, yet healthy, hearty meal was a godsend.


Ingredients:

basmati rice - 1 cup
cabbage - 1 cup (grated)
cumin seeds - 1 tbsp
oil - 1 tbsp
green chillies - 2 (chopped fine)
turmeric powder - a pinch
cashews - a few
salt - 1 tsp (adjust according to taste)

Method:

Heat oil. Add cumin seeds and cashews. Fry for a minute and add green chillies. Then add washed rice, cabbage, salt and turmeric powder. Stir fry for a couple of minutes. Add 3 cups of water and microwave for 15 minutes or until rice is cooked.
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