Thursday, June 19, 2014

Spicy Hara Bhara Paneer Kababs - Spicy Paneer Kababs - Perfect for Summer Barbecues

Spicy Hara Bhara Paneer Kababs 

The wait is over and summer vacations are officially on. When I dreamt of summer vacations I envisioned  schedule free days, no mad rush in the morning, no carpools and picks up to worry about kind of summer,was I in for a surprise or what ? summer vacations are turning out to be more stressful than imagined for the lack of routine. My childhood summers were spent carefree, the day school ended was the last time we looked at our books, off we were to grandparents home for close to two months. What followed was sheer fun, playing with cousins, sleeping on the terrace  under the open sky counting stars and looking for constellations, listening to uncles and grandmom's stories, eating mangoes to hearts content and just living a life of child. I so wish my kids experienced the same. The reality of today's summer is very brutal especially for kids in US as they get to higher grades. Summers for kids here especially in Bayarea is about taking courses in Math, computer sciences, etc.. to get to advance placements. The rush and the rat race for kids is really sad, sometimes I wonder what are we teaching kids when they can't think and act independent and enjoy some downtime and may be do nothing for a change.
Anyways planning to take sometime off work and spend time with kids and visit few places before the end of summer. Last weekend we celebrated Father's day barbecue at a dear friends home, and my soul sister made Paneer kakab's for BBQ and boy were they delicious. I brought home some leftovers and had to share the recipe with my dear readers so here goes the recipe for Hara Bhara Paneer Kabab's
Ingredients this makes for  marinate for about 10~12 kabab's


1/2 cup Cilantro
1/2 cup Mint
1/2 cup Green chilies
1 cup Yogurt
1/4 cup Cream ( Optional, makes vegetable and meat tender)
1 tbsp of Pepper
1 tbsp of Red Chili powder
1 tbsp of Garam Masala
1 tbsp of fresh ginger & garlic paste
1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice
and salt according to taste
Paneer cubed about 2 inches
grape tomatoes
Green, Yellow and Red peppers
Sweet green chilies
1 onion cut into thick big chunks

1. Grind green chilies, corriander and mint into a fine paste
2. Take yogurt in a bowl and add the above mixture and all the dry ingredients
3. Mix well till all the ingredients are well mixed
4. Now prick Paneer, pepper and chilies with a fork, this allows for the marinate to seep in and absorb the flavors
5. Add tomatoes and toss till all the vegetables are well coated
6. Transfer the contents into a ziploc bag and allow to marinate for atleast 2~3 hours, the longer the better.
7. I used mini skewers for today recipe, remove contents from the ziploc and stack paneer, tomatoe, peppers, onions and chilies in your desired order.
8. I use my trusted Cuisinart grill to sear, few minutes on all the sides and wallah delicious Kababs are ready to be savored.
Since its the season of Asparagus, got few tender ones from the farmers market and grilled the same. Just sprinkle some sea salt ,pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice and you can't stop at one.
Any one looking to buy an indoor grill/griddle I recommend Cuisinart  griddler, makes for one excellent grill without the hassle of clean up and did I mention its very portable.

So here is hoping for a relaxing summer and wishing all of you the same. Hope you unwind and relax with friends and family grilling and just plain doing nothing :) 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Protein Rich Super Healthy - Spinach, Mint, Cilantro, Avocado & Paneer Parata

Spinach, Mint, Cilantro, Avocado & Paneer Parata 

Tried out this new recipe today and I had to post it on the blog. It's been quite hectic at home and work, I cannot wait for summer vacations to start.
Farmers market are abundant with fresh produce. Picked up Avocado's, baby spinach and fresh cilantro last week.

Ingredients makes for about 10 parata's
2 cups of washed spinach
1 cup cilantro/coriander
1 ripe Avocado cut into cubes
1/2 cup fresh mint
1 green chili
2 cups grated paneer
2~3 cups of whole wheat flour
2 tbsp of garam masala
2 tbsp of flax seed (optional)
pinch of chaat masala
tbsp of tumeric optional
tbsp of cumin seeds
salt according to taste
1. Wash all the greens and pat dry
2. Chop all greens and chili finely in a food processor, remove from the food processor and grated paneer and  mashed Avocado and mix well.
3. Now add all the dry ingredients
 5. Add flour and mix well. Spinach and Avocado leaves a lot of water so there might be no need to add any more, but if the consistency of the dough is not soft add water and adjust accordingly.
6. Take a small portion of the dough, roll into a ball and flatten using a rolling pin.
7. Heads up, this can be messy if the consistency of the dough is not right. Add flour if you see the roti sticking to the rolling pin.
8. Warm both side of the roti/parata on a tava/pan, add a little oil to crisp the edges.
9. Remove from heat and serve hot with Raita/pickle and a dollop of butter

 Healthy dinner/lunch option. Parata's come out extremely soft and best when eaten piping hot
Have a good rest of the week everyone.

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