Sunday, September 28, 2008

Paneer Lababdaar

Perfect spicy Dish with red curry with so soft paneer that it will melt in your mouth :)
Chitra Pal Paneer Lababdaar

· 2 Minced Onions
· 1 cup Tomato Puree
· ½ cup Curd
· 1 teaspoon Red chili powder
· Salt to taste
· 1 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
· 250 gm cubed Paneer / Cottage Cheese
· 2 cardamoms
· Oil / Desi Ghee (Clarified butter)


· In a non stick pan add oil and add Onions.
· When Onions turn golden brown add tomato puree.
· When oil starts leaving sides of pan add curd and all dry spices with 2 cardamoms and Salt.
· Now add cubes of paneer.
· Garnish with Finely chopped green chilies and serve hot with Paranthas/ Chapatti or Naan

-Chitra Ahluwalia Pal

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Citrus Rice Salad

Chitra Pal Citrus Rice Salad

A colorful Citrus recipe..


  • 2 cups cooked long grain rice
  • ½ diced red Onion
  • 3-4 sliced spring onions (green)
  • 5 chopped tomatoes
  • ½ diced English cucumber
  • 2 tsp. chopped cilantro/coriander leaves

  • Juice of 1 Orange
  • Juice of lemon
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • In a large bowl combine cooked rice, onion, green onions, tomato, cucumber and chopped cilantro.
  • In a small bowl whisk together fresh orange juice, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt pepper to taste.
  • Mix well and pour over the rice salad.
  • Toss gently and garnish with chopped cilantro and serve.

-Chitra Ahluwalia Pal

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Chinese Veg Fried Rice

Bored with your chinese takeout, want to make your own fired rice. Here's is the trick:-
This is so easy even your kids can try it when you are working. You can also try making this over your busy weekday.It's ready in 15 minutes.

Chitra Pal Chinese Veg fried Rice 

· 3 cups boil rice
· 4 tsp. of Soy Sauce (low sodium-optional)
· 4 tsp. of Vinegar
· ½ tsp. of Red chili powder
· 1 cup Mix vegetables
· 1 tsp. of Cumin seeds
· 2 tsp. of Oil


· Heat oil in non stick pan and add cumin seeds.
· When seeds splutter add mix vegetables.
· Fry the vegetables just for a very little time and then add red chili powder.
· Then add Boil rice and let them fry for five minutes.
· Now add Soy sauce and Vinegar.
· Garnish with fresh chopped scallions /green onions.


Saturday, September 6, 2008

Shahi Paneer

This rceipe is dedicated my mom in law. She handed over this family recipe to me. I hope i am justfying this. It is yummy you must try this. Your family will ask for more so make sure you make plenty to serve all hungry audiences :)
Chitra Pal Sahi Paneer

· 2 finely chopped Onion
· 1 tsp. minced ginger
· 1 Diced Tomato can
· 3 half hut green chilies
· Salt to taste
· 1 tsp. red chili powder
· 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
· 250 gm. Indian cottage cheese / Paneer
· 1/2 cup Half n Half


· Cut cottage cheese/ paneer in 1 inch cubes and keep it aside.
· Now take a non stick pan and add onion and ginger to it.
· While onions are cooking puree you diced tomatoes in the chopper.
· When onions turn golden brown add tomato puree.
· Now cook the mixture till 5 minutes.
· Add Salt, Red chili powder and Turmeric and green chilies.
· Add half n half and ½ cup water let it simmer for 5-8 minutes.
· After cooking whole mixture/masala now add Paneer to this and let it simmer for 5 more
· Garnish with green chilies.
· Serve not with Naan/Chapatti or Parantha.



What a hot parantha without Raita ? Here is the dish which cools down hot parantha’s in one second. Or you can serve as a dip to children with chips/ nachos.It is yummy with hot tandoori Chicken :)

Chitra Pal Tamatar Pyaz Raita

· 4 cups Curd (non fat, plain yoghurt)
· ¼ finely chopped Onion
· ¼ finely chopped Tomato (without seeds)
· 1 finely chopped green chili
· 2 tsp. finely chopped Cilantro/Coriander/Dhaniya
· Salt to taste
· 1 tsp. dry & crushed mint/pudina
· 1 cup water


Mix all the Ingredients in bowl and let it cool and serve with hot stuffed parantha’s and pickle.

Refreshing Mango Dessert

Perfect Summer dish, refreshing non fat yoghurt dip with any kind of chips or eat it like that or mix with little bit of water or make Mango Lassi or Smoothie or make kulfi for your children. A non fat curd have lots of protein intake.

Chitra Pal Mango Dessert

· 1 cup Mango Pulp
· 1 tsp. Kesar / Zaffran / Saffron soaked in one cup Water
· 4 cups hung Curd (optional:-non fat)
· 4tsp. Sugar

· Mix Mango Pulp and Kesar and kesar water and sugar together.
· Add hung curd
· Serve in individual bowls and enjoy with your family on hot summer day.

-Njoy Chitra