Tuesday, March 19, 2013


It was a Friday evening which calls for relaxation and short cooking for evening. The celebration of Friday was initiated with an idea to have Chinese food at home, which is normally like noodles or a gobi (cauliflower)/ mushroom Manchurian (This is a very famous Chinese recipe, available in most Asian restaurants). I had made my mind to eat anything, but with paneer (Paneer is a Indian cottage cheese). Paneer is not easily available at local stores in a non-Indian country like South Africa (unless you are in Jo’burg). My husband is not a really a good fan of paneer but who says no for a combination of paneer with Mushrooms? I made a combination of Paneer- Mushroon along with very noticeable amount of green bell peppers. Just the soy sauce and Green chilli paste was the addition to bring it to a good Chinese food (Of course with perfect cooking). He just loved it and was a very easy cooking on relaxed Friday evening. I have listed down the ingredients required. Unlike from gobi Manchurian, this is very easy and less time consuming.

Paneer (Indian cottage chese) - 100gms (Cubes)
Mushrooms- 100gms, sliced Ignore warning
Onion-1, sliced into big pieces
Small tomatoes- 4, sliced into half
Green bell pepper- 1, sliced into medium squares
Garlic- 2-3 cloves, sliced
Cilantro (Coriander leaves) and Spring onions- to garnish
Cumin seeds - 3 tb sp.
Salt, pepper powder and oil
Soya sause- 4-5 tb sp.
Red chilli- garlic sause- 6-7 tb sp. for medium spicy and 10 tb for more spicy

Heat oil in a pan, add paneer cubes and fry it for 5 minutes in a medium flame, along with a tb sp. of red chilli sauce and soya sauce. Keep it aside when paneer turns goldenish color.
Again, in a pan add oil, fry cumin seeds, garlic, onions, tomatoes, bell pepper and mushrooms with required amount of salt, soya sauce and red chilli sauce.
Keep stirring until its medium cooked and add paneer to this and allow it for 5 more min.
This can be garnished with cilantro and spring onion.
This can be served for 2 with tomato sauce if required.
Here is the ready Paneer-Mushroom fry.

[Additional vegetables like long green beans, broccoli, red bell peppers and cauliflower can be added]
So what are you planning for this weekend!!!


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