Monday 3 September 2012

Paneer Capsi

Incredible, it's almost a month that I last came here! What with meeting in-laws, outlaws, house-hunting and the logistics of shifting, one's own pursuit of happiness shifts. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Had read a poem by Sarojini Naidu as a school-goer long ago. Wherein she urges God to give her joy and sorrow both and the strength to face both with equanimity. Passing through the stages of life, one realizes how fluid life is. And how like it we have to be, to be able to soak in its essence. Quite a realization, that! Gone with the wind, rigidity, favouritism, strong likes/dislikes. Be like the flowing river makes more sense now than it ever did. No, we are not talking about the current state of Yamuna!
                                                                                                  From digging mangsho to embracing paneer, life has indeed been fluid. And then came the awareness that you should include as many colours as possible in your diet. Not just for the aesthetics but also for health. This simple Paneer Capsicum saute scores on both counts, the look and the taste. Great to look, yum to eat is how you may want to describe it to a friend. And fast to cook, goes without saying :) 

Ingredients: (serves 2-3)
1. 150 gms paneer/cottage cheese- cubed
2. 1 medium capsicum/bell pepper- cubed
3. 1 large onion - cubed
4. 1 large tomato- cubed
5. 1- 11/2 tbsp tomato ketchup
6. 1 tsp chilli sauce
7. 1 tsp sugar
81-2 tsp white oil- to cook
9. Salt to taste

1. Heat oil. Saute the onion, capsicum, tomato(in that order) by adding salt.
2. Cover the pan for 3-4 min and cook on sim for veggies to soften a bit.
3. Add the paneer cubes and mix well. 

4. Add sugar & sauces and saute for two min.  

Remove from flame. Serve hot with roti/parantha/naan/pulao.

Chef Speaks: The beauty of this dish is that the veggies are cooked & yet, crunchy. And, they retain their original colour. To accomplish this, saute on medium flame. You don't want browning here! 

                                                                                                                                                                                                 You canNOT go wrong with this dish. Try it today!

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