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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Paneer and Bellpepper Stir-Fry

These days I get less and less time to cook with my 1-year old (oh time flies, can't believe he is already 1), so usually I want to make something quick, which looks and taste great. This subji is perfect example for that. The paneer and bell peppers are usually cooked together in a sauce pan but bell peppers lose their color and crunch in some cases. I cooked these a little differently to not lose color and crunch. First, I cooked bell peppers in microwave and soak them into cold water. Then, I stir-fried them in Wok with paneer on high heat. This dish takes less than 15 minutes to cook. It works its wonders on the eyes and on test buds.


  • 1 cup Paneer, bite size pices
  • 1-1/2 cup Red, Green, and Yellow Bellpeppers. bite size pieces
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil, plus half tsp extra
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Paste
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Punjabi Garam Masala
  • 1/2 tsp Amchur Powder
  • Pinch Of Sugar
  • Lemon Juice
  • Salt to taste


1. In microwave safe bowl, mix bell peppers with little salt and water. Microwave for 2-3 minutes. Drain remaining water. After that soak them into cold water for a minute and drain well.

2. In the mean time, Mix half tsp oil, salt, garlic paste, cumin powder, turmeric, red chili powder, garam masala, amchur, and sugar.

3. Add paneer pieces and bellpeppers to the above mix and rub the mixer all over paneer and bell pepper.

4. Heat oil in Wok and stir fry for 2-3 minutes on medium high heat or until paneer is golden.

5. Squeeze some lemon juice on top and serve hot.



1. Please do not overcook in the Wok because paneer will be rubbery and chewy and bell peppers will lose their color and crunch.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Garlic Dal

This is my DH's favorite dish to make when he is in the kitchen, which usually happens after very very long intervals :)). Because it is very simple yet tasty dal. This dal is heaven for garlic lovers. Your whole house will fill with aroma of garlic tadka. Recently when we came back from vacation, my DH made this as a surprise for me. Have this daal with rice or have it as a soup it's perfect light meal for you.


  • 1 cup Toor/Tuvar Dal (Arhal Dal)
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 2-3 Whole Dry Red Chilli
  • 5-6 Curry Leaves
  • Salt to taste

-- For Tadka

6-8 Garlic Cloves, chopped
3 tbsp Olive Oil
1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds


1. Pressure cook toor dal with 2 cups of water.

2. Whisk the cooked dal until well blended.

3. In sauce pan, pour dal with turmeric, Asafoetida, cumin powder, dried red chilli, curry leaves, and salt.

4. Mix well and bring it to boil.

5. Heat oil along with chopped garlic, when they turn light brown. Turn off the heat and add cumin seeds.

6. Give Tadka to the dal and serve piping hot.

This is my entry to Priti's His Cooking Event.