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Paneer Burji using Homemade Paneer

In last couple of weeks there were 2 instances where milk got spoilt. In the first case I made butter milk out of it. But then next week again when milk was spoilt, I had a good stock of buttermilk since we were sick n did not consume buttermilk regularly! There was about half ltr of milk and looking at the work I had, decided to throw it with heavy heart. But did not do it immediately.

After sometime when I returned to kitchen got this idea of preparing paneer from this milk. I went through couple of blogs, which spoke about making paneer from scratch. Since I was already halfway through the process and the milk was warm, took a thin cloth and strained the milk. Discarded all the water. Poured some cold water on it to remove any traces of milk that might have remained. Tied it and hung/rested for about 2hr for any water to come out. After that when I opened the knot n transfered to a bowl n refrigerared for a day. I was still in doubt about using this. Next day I could see crumbled texture and was very happy. Decided to use it in paneer burji the following morning n results were very satisfying.

Hone made Paneer

Finally I am happy for not wasting food and making best use of it n discovering something new(only to myself). If you want to know how I made burji here is the recipe.

Ingredients required:

  1. Onion – 1
  2. Tomato- 1
  3. Capsicum- 1
  4. Coriander leaves – few
  5. Green chilly- 2
  6. Oil – 3tsp
  7. Cumin- 1/4tsp
  8. Chilly powder- 1tsp
  9. Salt to taste
  10. Garam masala- 1tsp
  11. Turmeric powder- 1/2tsp
Paneer Burji

Method of preparation-

  • Firstly chop onion, tomato, capsicum into small pieces. I have taken all of them big sized ones. If you want you can use more or less
  • Also chop green chilly n coriander leaves into tiny pieces
  • Take a pan, add oil, jeera. Once spluttered add onion and fry till golden brown.
  • Next add tomatoes n continue to fry. Once tomatoes turn mushy add salt, garam masala n chilly powder, turmeric powder.
  • Fry for few min. Then add capsicum, cover n cook for 5min.
  • Once done add crumbled paneer and coriander leaves. Cook for 2min.
  • Serve with roti, dosa or rice.
Paneer burji served with chapati
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Kooka Sagle

Kooka Sagle

Kooka or Koorka or Sambrani(kannada) or chinese potato is a root vegetable available widely in winter. Sanekal kooka is a famous variety which has high demand. Although it is available for short duration we can store it for months. The process of deskinning this veggie is bit tedious job. Traditional way is to put it in a gunny bag and smash it to remove parts of skin. Then remaining skin can be removed using hands or by rubbing to the same gunny bag. The hand becomes brown and rough after this work so many dont like venturing into this 🙂 We also use the peeler used for peeling potato skin. This vegetable is very much loved. Used in ghashi, upkari or sagle, saung etc.

Ingredients required –

  1. Grated coconut – 1/2
  2. Red chilly – 7-8
  3. Tamarind – lemon size
  4. Coriander seeds – 1tsp
  5. Oil – 2tsp
  6. Mustard seeds – 1tsp
  7. Curry leaves – 1strand
  8. Kooka/ Chinese potato – 500grms
  9. Salt to taste

Method of preparation –

  • First peel and clean the kooka and cut it into 2,4 or 6 pieces depending on the size. Better to have big pieces.
  • Take the coconut, fried red chilly, tamarind and coriander seeds(no need to roast) and prepare a fine masala paste.
  • Take a pan and prepare tampering of oil, mustard and curry leaves.
  • Add the cut kooka to this and mix well. Add water and cook till it becomes soft. Time may vary depending on variety.
  • Now add the masala and little water from cleaning mixie and salt to taste.
  • Mix, cover and cook till raw smell of masala goes.

Below are the items on the plate –
🍽 Boiled rice
🍽 Daat daalitoy with a topping of curd
🍽 Mango pickle
🍽 Pappodu(papad)
🍽 Happolu(spicy papad)
🍽 Kooka sagle