Thursday, 17 May 2012

Hariyali Masala Cottage Cheese/Paneer..step by step, & New winner of Only Snacks & Starters


Hi all!

Sorry for disappearing suddenly, was not keeping well for a while..
I'm trying to complete my entry for the Magic Mingle #5 hosted by Kalyani, using Cottage Cheese and Mint as the main ingredients.
Ever since Kalyani had announced the theme I had wanted to make the Masala paneer as my kid loves it. While living in Delhi, I would make it a point to buy masala paneer from Gopala. His paneer was extremely soft, flavorful and I used to use it for making sandwiches and tikkas.


Ever since I've moved to my current city, I tend to make Cottage Cheese at home, which turns out much better than available outside, which is quite chewy.For a change instead of making the regular cottage cheese I made the Gopala version of Masala Paneer which turned out very tasty. This paneer is not only flavorful but has greens in it, which makes it healthy too. I have used toned milk to make a low fat cottage cheese as I'm on a strict diet regime, but one is free to make use of  full fat milk for a creamier cottage cheese.


Hariyali Masala Paneer


Serves-3
Preparation Time:5mins
Cooking Time:15mins
Setting Time:30mins

Ingredients

1l toned milk
half lemon's juice mixed with 2tbsp water
salt to taste
1/4tsp crushed black pepper
1tsp roasted cumin
2-3tbsp each chopped cilantro & Mint
1 green chili, finely chopped

Method

Bring the milk to a boil.


Slowly add the diluted lemon juice and let the milk curdle. Diluting the lemon juice, ensure even spreading and curdling.



Remove the whey and collect the cottage cheese in a sieve.

Quickly mix salt, greens, chili and spices. (The pic I took at this step got shaken up as I was working v.fast, will try to add again, later)



Transfer into a cottage cheese mould.



Cover with a lid and put weight on it. Let it stand for half an hour.

Un-mould and cut into cubes.



Sprinkle chaat masala and serve or make a sandwich.  One can also try my Colorful Bell Pepper and Cottage Cheese Cubes, which are not only beautiful but tasty too....


Unfortunately, the Cookbook sent to Fathima was returned back by the courier company saying the address was incorrect, so I've picked another winner by random method which is No. 70, Urad dal laddoos by Hema of Aromatic Cooking.
Hema, congrats, please mail me wihin two days, your correct address in India with a proper landmark, pincode and cell number to cookingoodfood@gmail.com, to ensure that the book gets delivered in time.


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29 comments:

simran said...

Hi I hope you're feeling better now.....the masala paneer is very nice.

Sayantani said...

ahh such a great thing to do. how do you use this? put in curries or just eat on its own with salt and pepper? would make lovely party starter with salty biscuits. definitely gonna make this.
btw what is paneer mold? where can we get that?

Reshmi said...

very nice recipe
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Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious..

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious dear

Nupur said...

That look sooo lovely dear .. I have had heard of Masala Paneer but never have tried it. am sure the tatse must be quite satisfactory...

Pari said...

Dear sayantani,
I've already provided various options of using the paneer in the post, but you can try your own variations. A paneer mould is use for setting the cottage cheese, it comes with a box with two movable discs, one at the base and one on top, it's available in good steel utensil stores.
Btw, where do you get your zaatar from?

Kusum said...

Nice recipe. Paneer in any form is tasty!

Akila said...

Very yummy... Adding masalas make it more flavour

Charu Srivastava said...

MASALA PANEER LUKS SO YUMM...MOUTHWATERING !!

Maayeka said...

Delicious and so creative..looks so delicious and beautiful..

Ramya said...

That is such a unique paneer recipe! Lovely

The Mad Scientist said...

O sorry you are feeling bad. Please get weell soon.

Wow this is delicious. Love the paneer. What is this paneer mould? Can you post a pic of this?

Kavitha said...

Pari, your masala paneer is very inviting :)

Apu said...

Yumm!! I make this kind of spicy cottage cheese at ome too! Delicious.

DivyaGCP said...

Very Interesting recipe..
Delicious and flavorful!!
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Minu said...

Delicious. I have heard of adding spices to paneer. Will have to try it

Priya Yallapantula said...

how nice.

Priya said...

Super flavourful and very unique paneer cubes.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

I make a similar one for my son's sandwich...

Raksha said...

nice one dear. Loved the way u make paneer

Gayathri NG said...

Tastes delicious n really feels appetizing!!

Valarmathi Sanjeev said...

Nice and interesting recipe....

Tina said...

looks delicious..

PrathibhaSreejith said...

tats an awesome paneer prep, would love to try it sometime soon..

Spice up the Curry said...

love it dear, looks delicious

Rosh said...

Wow! that looks so inviting. Absolutely tempted to try it off the comp screen :D

faseela said...

lovely n yummy recipe....

Anonymous said...

wow simply superb... i just love this post!

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