Sunday, 25 September 2016

Paneer-Green peas Pulav - Lunch box series recipe #7

Since my little one had declared he do not want Poha and Upma in his lunch box, as two of my sure options are gone now, I am always trying out varieties of rice. My criteria for a dish to qualify for his lunch box are simple - it should be manageable for him to eat independently, should be easy and quick to make, tomato/onion should not be there is visible form :), should be healthy, and should be a sure one..i.e. I need to be sure the box will come empty..
Well so with all these conditions, this Paneer-Green peas Pulav is our favorite one, not only for lunch box, but otherwise also whenever I have paneer at hand. 
Try this in your kids box and see the smiling faces back with empty boxes..
I am giving portions for a small size lunch box, you can scale it up as per need.

Ingredients:
1. 1/2 cup Basmati or Regular rice, cooked (grains should be separate as much possible and not sticky)
2.  1 medium tomato
3.  1/4 inch piece of ginger
4.  2 small garlic cloves
5.  3 tbsp paneer pieces, cut into small cubes. Can take more as per liking
6.  2 tbsp fresh green peas
7.  1/2 tbsp Pav Bhaji masala
8. Salt to taste
9.  2 tbsp oil
10. 1/4 tsp jeera
11. Pinch of sugar


Preparation:
1. Chop tomato, ginger and garlic into small pieces
2. Grind it all into smooth puree
3. On a tava, shallow fry paneer pieces and keep aside
4. Heat oil in a pan, add jeera and add green peas. Saute it for a min.
5. Add the tomato-ginger-garlic puree prepared and cook it till it starts realizing oil
6. Add pav bhaji masala, salt and sugar. Mix well. Add fried paneer pieces.
7. Add cooked rice and mix all together. Cover and cook for 2-3 mins

Yummy Paneer-green peas Pulav is ready go in the boxes(or directly to hungry tummies)!!

Optionally garnish with chopped fresh coriander.


Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Talniche Modak - Fried Modak

Ganpati festival is here and we all know Bappa's favorite is Modak. Many varieties of traditional and fusion Modaks are made these days. Though all time favorite is this fried or तळणीचे Modak.
Happy that I am able to post this recipe just in time..Try it and do let me know how it turns out...



Ingredients:
1. 1 cup maida
2. 1/4 cup milk
3. 1/4 cup water
4. 1/2 cup sugar
5. 1/2 cup desiccated coconut/ coconut powder
6. Pinch of salt
7. 2 tbsp kishmish
8. Oil for frying

Preparation:
1. Heat milk to just lukewarm. Do not boil. Add 2 tbsp sugar and mix well so that sugar dissolves. Add water to milk and sugar mix and keep aside
2. Add maida in a bowl. Add salt and mix well.
3. Heat 2 tbsp oil and add hot oil to maida. With help of a spoon, mix well.
Rub the oil and maida together with hands such that the mix resembles breadcrumbs.
4. Now slowly add milk-sugar-water mix to knead tight dough.
5. Cover and keep the dough for resting for 15-20 mins.
6. To make filling, powder the remaining sugar using grinder. Add coconut powder to powdered sugar. Add kishmish and mix together. Keep aside.
7. Now roll maida dough into thin chapati. Cut into 4 poories using round cutter or a lid.
8. Add a tbsp of coconut filling to each poori and give a shape of modak.
9. Make remaining modak same way.
10. Heat oil in kadhai and as its.completely hot fry 2-3 modak at a time on low flame strring as needed.
Fry on low flame only to ensure modak don't turn soft after frying.
Drain on absorbent paper.
Your fried Modak Prasad is ready!





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