Tuesday, June 16, 2015


Hello everyone 
I know you must be wondering that what type of name is this, south east paneer. Actually we returned from an awesome trip , which rejuvenated my imagination to next level๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ and so to serve something special but easy in dinner, I invented this fusion of south and East Indian flavour in one dish. As panchforan is a mix of whole spices generally used in maximum of Bengali cuisine (east) in different ways and similarly sambhar masala and coconut milk is well known for its wide use in South Indian cuisine(south) . And I used all these spices in my today's dish that's why gave this unique name to it, South East Paneer. 
Sorry for not giving stepwise pictorial recipe as I was not so sure for such an awesome outcome, but promise to update it with stepwise pics too as soon as I try it again.
Recipe is given below, hope you all will like this awesome fusion of south and east.


Serves: 3-4
Time: 25 mins


2 cups cottage cheese (paneer)
3/4 cup mixed colored capsicum, diced
1 medium carrot, diced and boiled
2 medium onions, diced in size of capsicum 
1 medium onion, finely chopped 
2-3 green chillies, slitted
1 1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste 
1/2 tsp panchforan*
1 1/2 tsp sambhar masala
1/4 tsp turmeric powder 
1/4 tsp garam masala 
1/2 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder 
2 tbsp green coriander leaves, finely chopped 
1 cup thick coconut milk
1/2 tsp corn flour(optional)
Salt to taste


Heat oil in a wok, add panchforan and saute till aromatic, nearly 2 mins , then add chopped onions and green chillies. Fry till they get nice golden then add ginger garlic paste, saute for 2 mins and add sambhar masala, turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chili powder and garam masala , saute for 1/2 min then add chopped tomatoes . Fry till it starts leaving edges of the wok and is nicely done. Now add capsicum, onions and boiled carrots, saute for 5 mins . Add coconut milk and let it boil stirring constantly to avoid cuddling. Now add water and salt as per your consistency preference. If you find it little runny the add corn flour diluted in 1/2 cup of water and let it boil. Then simmer for 5 more mins. Now garnish with chopped coriander leaves and done. 

Your yummy easy fusion paneer dish is ready to go with naan, roti and rice. 

If you don't want to add corn flour then use purried tomatoes and onions paste instead of finely chopped ones to get nice thick gravy.

* Panchforan is a mix of five different whole spices i.e. Cumin seeds (jeera) , nigella seeds ( mangrail), carom seeds ( ajwain), fennel seeds (saunf) and mustard seeds mixed in equal quantities. You can also add a sixth ingredient too , fenugreek seeds( methi) , it gives a distinct flavor to your dish.

Hope you all will like this simple yummy dish to try at least once. Your valuable comments and suggestions meant a lot to me so please keep pouring.

Happy cooking....

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