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March 29, 2016

25 Paneer Recipes – Indian Paneer Recipes Collection

 Paneer Recipes
I have never thought that I would make a collection of 25 Paneer Recipes ( Indian Cottage Cheese in English) in my food book. In my family,nobody is a big fan of paneer.Generally Kids love paneer based dishes whereas my daughter Raksha is just the opposite. She hated paneer recipes till she was 6.So paneer makes its appearance very rarely in my kitchen. Even if I make it, I used to try mostly restaurant style paneer gravies as a side dish for roti/Chapathi to make my family eat it without any complaints.Slowly Sendhil started to eat paneer recipes liking its taste & knowing its health benefits. Whereas Raksha began to ask me prepare side dish recipes using paneer by seeing her class mates lunch boxesWinking. Then I started exploring varieties of paneer gravies like Paneer butter masala, Mughlai Paneer kurma, Paneer Makhani, Shahi paneer, No onion no garlic paneer gravies etc , dry paneer recipes/starters like paneer 65, paneer tikka, Chilli paneer, Kadai paneer, kids friendly recipes like Paneer bonda, cutlet, sandwich, Paneer biryani & some sweets recipes with it. And now paneer dishes has become our family favorite. I feel like I have achieved something bigLaughing. Here I have shared a collection of 25 Indian paneer recipes which are super hit among my family members and are easy to make too.I still have a big list to try. I will include them in this list whenever I post it. Lets check out the collection of 25 paneer recipes with step by step pictures.
Check out my Soft Chapathi Recipe, Kulcha, Naan without yeast

25 Indian Paneer Recipes

35 Indian Paneer Recipes A collection of 25 paneer recipes - Gravies, dry starters, snacks & rice varieties
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Paneer Recipes
Serves: Serves 2-3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

  • Paneer
  • Potato
  • Bread
  • Rice
  • Masala powders
  • Whole garam masala
  • Onion
  • Tomato
  • Capsicum
  • Fresh cream
  • Butter/Oil
  • Milk
  • Coconut
  • Salt & water
    Home made Paneer Recipe

    Paneer Makhani   Matar paneer

    White kurma Shahi Paneer

    Mughlai Paneer korma Palak paneer - Restaurant style

    Paneer Phool makhana gravy Bengali chanar dalna

    Paneer Pasanda  Paneer Butter masala

     Paneer ladoo Paneer Kheer

    Paneer sandwich Paneer paratha

    Paneer cutlet Paneer Tikka

    Paneer Biryani Paneer Dosa

    Paneer 65  Aloo Paneer bonda

    Pot biryani with paneer 

    Kadai paneer  Sindhi style Palak Paneer
Choose your favorite & enjoy making these yummy paneer recipes at home ! Don’t forget to share your feedback with me Winking

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March 25, 2016

Paneer Makhani – Paneer Makhanwala Recipe

Paneer Makhani
Paneer Makhani ( Makhani means cream in Hindi) is a rich Punjabi gravy/sabzi made with tomato, onion, Butter and cream.Some people call this as Paneer Makhanwala too. Actually I was thinking Paneer butter masala & Paneer makhani recipes are one and the same as the basic ingredients are similar. But after going through few posts, I came to know there is difference in their cooking procedures. I followed Tarla Dalal’s recipe for this gravy. Its taste was close to the restaurant ones and we loved it with soft chapathi. I packed it for Sendhil & Raksha’s lunch box. This gravy can be made without onion, garlic too because its the butter, cashews & fresh cream that makes magic here. Do try it for Chapathi, Naan or plain kulcha. Tastes yumm. Lets see how to prepare Paneer makhani at home.

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March 23, 2016

Carrot Beans Poriyal Recipe - Curry Recipe

Carrot beans poriyal
This is the first poriyal ( Palya in Kannada, Curry in Hindi, Thoran in Malayalam, Poriyal in Tamil) recipe I learnt from my MIL after marriage. I have been making this poriyal for years but somehow I missed making this post in my blogHappy.Today being HOLI Festival, I din’t have mood to post any recipes but its more than 2 days since I sat in my blog. So I thought of sharing this colorful Poriyal/curry recipe to suit the festivalWinking.Earlier I used to follow my MIL’s method. But nowadays I make this poriyal in a pressure cooker in one go. I make it mostly in busy morning hours using my small 1.5ltr PC. It gets ready in just 10 minutes apart from chopping. Its a very easy & healthy stir fry that can be made with or without coconut and onion. Most of the time I avoid using both of them. So its purely a bachelors style recipe. Its a good side dish for Sambar, Rasam and curd rice. Thanks to my MIL for teaching me this yummy South Indian poriyal recipe. Ok, lets see how to make Carrot beans poriyal for rice.
Check out my other poriyal recipes HERE.

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March 21, 2016

Gujiya Recipe – Holi Recipes

Gujiya recipe
Holi festival is around the corner.When I was looking for Holi special recipes, I found Gujiya is a must to do recipe for this festival. When I browsed for the recipe, I found it was very similar to Sweet samosa/Karanji , Chandrakala and Suryakala sweet recipes. Of course there are some slight variations between each of them. So this time I tried an Authentic North Indian style Gujiya following the recipe shared by Sandhya Soni, a member of Facebook’s Chef at large group.Here is the link. It came out very well. I was very happy & satisfied with the result. Sendhil & Raksha loved it too. So I thought of sharing this wonderful recipe as my contribution to Holi festival recipes. I used khoya/mawa for gujiya filling as mentioned in the original recipe. If you wish to try without khoya, you can replace it with dessicated coconut and powdered nuts.Please refer my Sweet samosa recipe to know its procedure. Try it and share with your friends and relatives on HOLI day !! Have a colorful celebration.Lets see how to make Gujiya recipe with mawa fillingHappy
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March 17, 2016

Mango Sambar Recipe – Raw Mango Recipes

Raw mango sambar
Last year I wanted to start my mango recipes with this yummy raw mango sambar. But I couldn’t. This year at least let this sambar be my first mango recipe as its my most favorite. I learnt this recipe from my MIL. My mom & MIL never fails to make this sambar during mango season.We call it as “Manga sambar” in Tamil. My Mom makes mango sambar along with drumstick. So its more like drumstick mango sambar. Her recipe is Tirunelveli based version. I will try to make a separate post for that. This is my MIL’s version which is very easy to make without any grinding job. Its like my basic onion sambar recipe but there are slight variations in the quantity of tamarind and spices as we use sour raw mango here. Whenever my MIL make this sambar, she reserves 2 big mango pieces for meLove Struck as I love to eat those soft,spicy and juicy cooked mangoes the mostDrooling.When i was making this sambar, all these nostalgic memories were running behind my mind :)..Ok. Lets see how to prepare this yummy raw mango sambar recipe !

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March 15, 2016

Drumstick Masala – Murungakkai Masala Poriyal Recipe

drumstick masala
Usually I make drumstick poricha kuzhambu or sambar( Murungakkai in Tamil, Mulakada in Telugu, Nuggekai in Kannada, Muringakka in Malayalam ) whenever I buy this vegetable. But this time I bought drumstick to try some different recipes with it. When I was browsing, I found this South Indian style drumstick masala curry recipe here. Basically I love fry/poriyal recipes made using whole garam masala. So I tried this recipe for our lunch yesterday along with brinjal kara kuzhambu without any second thought. It came out very well. We loved it a lot and got thumbs up from Sendhil. It was a good side dish for dal rice & curd rice. If you like, you can have it with chapathi too. Do try this masala for a change and share your feedback with meHappy.Lets see how to prepare this yummy drumstick masala for rice.
Murungakkai masala

Drumstick/Murungakkai masala recipe

Drumstick/Murungakkai masala recipe Drumstick/Murungakkai masala recipe for rice
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Side dish for rice
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


  • Drumstick/Murungakkai - 1 no
  • Big onion - 1 no ( chop finely)
  • Garlic cloves - 4 nos (-do-)
  • Tomato - 1 no (-do-)
  • G&G paste - 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Dhania powder - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt & water - as needed
  • Sugar or jaggery – a pinch
To saute
  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
  • Cloves - 2 nos
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
To grind
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
  • Water – as needed

  • Wash & chop the drumstick into finger size pieces. Slit it half way till the center.Grind coconut, fennel seeds to a smooth paste adding required water.In a kadai, heat oil & saute cinnamon, cloves, cumin seeds. Add onions, curry leaves, g&g paste. Saute until its raw smell goes off. Now add the finely chopped tomato pieces and saute until mushy. Add the drumstick pieces now. Mix well.
Drumstick masala
  • Add red chilli powder, dhania powder, turmeric powder and salt.Saute for a minute and add the required water. Cover & cook the drumstick till its done.
Drumstick masala
Drumstick masala
  • After the drumstick is cooked well, add the ground coconut paste and saute until the masala thickens.Switch off the flame and serve hot with rice!!
Drumstick masala
Drumstick masala
Enjoy !

  • Adjust the quantity of red chilli powder & dhania powder as per your taste.
  • If you like to have it as a gravy, add more water and adjust its consistency. I made it thick like a curry/poriyal.

Try this yummy drumstick masala for rice. It tastes yum !! I served it with Brinjal Kara kuzhambu : ))
Murungakkai masala poriyal
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March 12, 2016

Karadaiyan Nombu Pooja Procedure

Karadaiyan nombu procedure

Karadaiyan Nombu/Nonbu is a traditional festival of fasting observed in remembrance of the Satyavan – Savitri legend. As it is an important festival of India, I thought of sharing its pooja procedure/Pooja vidhi and the timings for pooja for beginners. I wanted to keep a record of all our festival celebrations in my blog for my future reference. So I started with this festival. There is a story/Katha behind this festival. I have shared it in detail below. Click this link for nonbu adai recipe ( Sweet adai and salt adai) for neivedyam. A princess, Savitri through her devotion saved her husband, Satyavan, from death. So this festival is also known as Savitri vratam in Tamil / Savitri Vrat in Hindi. On this day, Women observe fasting and pray for the wellness and long life of their husbands. This nonbu/vrat should be done exactly in the time when Tamil month 'Masi' ends and the next month 'Panguni' starts.I have shared the nonbu timings for different parts of world below. Please check it.Fast is observed from the sunrise on the supposed transition day and ends with the Puja.Women break the fast by eating the Karadai (Made of Rice & dal) preparation with unmelted butter by chanting a slokha.
In short, the reason why this fasting is carried out is that “ Savithri fought with yema (the God of Death) to save her husband's (Satyavan) life", the same way the married women should fast on this auspicious day for long life of their husbands. Unmarried woman also observe Karadaiyan Nombu and pray to Goddess to get good men as their husband.Prayers are offered to Gowri Devi and women meditate on Savitiri and wear a yellow thread round their neck as they chant the following slokha/slokam.
Throram Krishhnami subhake saharitham
Dharami aham bharthu
Ayushya Sidhartham supreethabhava sarvadha

The following is the Tamil chant

Urukaadha Venneyum oradaiyam naan nootren
Orukkalum en kanavar ennai vittu pririyadhirukka vendum

"உருகாத வெண்ணெயும் ,ஓர் அடையும் நோற்று உனக்கு நான்  வைத்தேன் ,எந்நாளும் என் கணவர் எனை விட்டு நீங்காத அருள் தருவாய்" என்று  அம்மனை நோக்கி வேண்டி நமஸ்கரிக்கவும்.

which means I offer butter and the rice made out of kaar arisi.Bless me that I live happily with my husband for long.
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