Now coming back to the recipe, let me start with Aloo Paneer'96. This is Mallika Badrinath's recipe. Not much changes made to the original one. I have no idea why that 96 attached to the name.
Onions - 3 nos
Tomatoes - 2 nos
Paneer made from 1 ltr milk
Potatoes - 1/4 kg
Dhaniya pwdr - 2tbspn
Red chilli pwdr- 1 tspn
Salt to taste
Sugar - 1 tspn
Pav bhaji masala - 1/2 tspn (can use garam masala as in original)
oil for frying
tomato ketchup - 3 tblspn
dhania pwdr - 1 1/2 tspn
jeera pwdr - 1/2 tspn
salt - 1/2 tspn
black pepper powder - 1/2 tspn
Cut onions and tomatoes finely.
Peel off the skin from potatoes and cut it length wise as for finger chips. Slice paneer also lengthwise
Mix all the ingredients under marinade and add paneer and potato pieces to it.Keep it aside for half an hour.
Removes the peices alone and keep under hot grill with little butter on top till it turns brown.I did not have the option of grill, so took to the tawa method. It came out very well.
Heat oil in a kadai and fry onions till crisp.
Add dhania powder, chilli powder, pav bhaji masala (or any masala u like ).
Stir for a minute and add tomatoes. Cook till it turns pulpy. Add salt and little sugar.
Stir in the left over marinade and cook for few minutes.
Add grilled potatoes and paneer pieces. Mix gently. Remove from fire.
Basmati rice -1 cup
Ginger paste- 1/2 tspn
Slit green chilly- 3 nos
Jeera - 2 tspn
Ghee/Oil - 2 tblspn
Onion - 1 no (Optional)
Wash and soak the rice in 2 cups of water for 15 minutes.
Take a microwave safe bowl, Add oil and MW for 30 seconds.
Add jeera and MW for another 30 seconds.
Stir in ginger paste, slit green chillies and MW for 30 seconds.
Chop the onion lengthwise and add to the bowl. MW for 1 or 2 minutes till it is sauted.
Add the soaked rice along with water and add salt as required.
Stir once and MW for 15 minutes.
Mix the rice using a fork at every 5 minutes interval. During the last 5 minutes, you can adjust the timings, depending on your MW and the variety of rice used.
Garnish with coriander and fried cashews if you to make it rich.
Thanks Srivalli, for making me try cooking rice in MW. This is my first attempt. I had doubts if I should try when I was cooking for guests. But I was happy with the result.This is going to Srivalli's monthly MW event. Current month's theme is Rice.
Curd rice is always welcome when we have had some spicy dishes as part of the meal.