Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Again, another post from my kitchen following the restaurant style food.(Another recent post is restaurant-style-white-color-veg-pulao)My kids hate me most of the times when it comes to eating out. I avoid outside food unless I am out of station or the restaurant is having a very special menu and which I can not prepare at home. But at the end of the day, somehow I put my full effort to learn that dish and start making at home. My husband happy to save his money, I am satisfied that I can feed my family the fully homemade food. In between my kids give a dirty look. Hey, but not always. They love and enjoy each bite I serve.
There is nothing like home food. It is safe, healthy, tasty and cheap. I think I learnt it from my mother to prepare everything at home, When I was a kid, we never had many hotels and they served only our local food like idly, dosa, upma or South Indian meals. It was rare for us to get North Indian dishes in the hotels. I remember we had only two hotels in Dharwad to have North Indian menu. But mom always felt it is costly and we can not have it. I don't know how and where she used to learn, but without oven, she used to bake the cake, cookies. She used to prepare Mughlai dishes also. My father was a great cook too. I always miss his food.
Coming to today's recipe, It is restaurant style Mix Vegetable Kheema Masala. Kheema is my favorite. But as my family don't like it, I do not make non-veg kheema. Last week, when I was struggling to decide what to make for the dinner, it flashed to me to try this recipe. AS usual I browsed few blogs and websites. But was more confused. So I ended up with my own recipe. It may sound similar to other recipes, but it is different and taste is just perfect.
Here you are free to add any vegetable of your your choice. You can omit one or two if you don't have. But Cauliflower is a good vegetable to add. It gives that chicken kheema texture and even the nearly similar taste. And if you add Soya granules. I did not add as I was short of time to soak it and grind.
Coming to the recipe:
Cauliflower - 1 cup, cleaned, washed and grated
Beans - 1/2 cup, cleaned and chopped finely.
Carrot - 1/4 cup, cleaned and finely chopped
Fresh peas or frozen peas -1/2 cup
Paneer -1/2 cup, crumbled. (I prefer using home made, you can use store bought)
Oil - 2 tbsp
Onion - 1 big, finely chopped
Ginger-Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Tomato Puree - 1/2 cup
Green chilly - 2 finely chopped
Red chilly powder - 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Whole spice - 2 clove, 1/2" cinnamon, 1 cardamom and 1 bay leaf
Cashew nuts -8 to 10 soaked in little milk for 15-30 minutes
Fresh cream - 1/4 cup(Again, here I have used directly from the milk. Usually I collect the cream to make into butter)
Kasuri methi - 1 tsp(I make kasuri methi at home which really tastes good and aroma is very good)
Kesar - few strands, soaked in the milk(optional, it gives royal color and the taste. Actually I had kept it but forgot to add)
Fresh Butter to garnish
Fresh coriander - washed and chopped finely to garnish the dish.
- If you have ready tomato puree, use it directly. I blanched the tomatoes and pureed it.
- Boil the fresh peas and keep aside. If using frozen ones, you can use directly.
- Keep Everything ready.
- Heat oil in a thick bottomed kadai.
- Add onions and cook till transparent.
- Add Ginger-Garlic paste and green chilly, saute it.
- Add all the vegetables except Paneer.
- MIx it well and cook it for few minutes or till the raw smell of cauliflower goes off.
- Add tomato puree, mix well. Cook for a minute.
- Add the paneer and mix well.
- Add red chilly powder, turmeric powder and salt.
- Add 1/8 cup of water, and cook it for few minutes.
- Till that, make the cashew paste ready and add it to the curry.
- Now add the fresh cream, kasoori methi and kesar. cook for a minute and garnish with butter and fresh coriander.
Here, I prepared Jeera rice and Dal fry and Naan without yeast and tandoor with papad, onion and lemon. Or you can try Dal Tadka from my old post Full meals.
I laugh at myself and feel proud also to see how I have improved in cooking when I see the old photos from my blog. Now I am much better cook than before. Thanks to you all, this blog world and my family. And of course the almighty super power who has blessed me this great life.
Your comments and guidance will be highly appreciated. Waiting for your responses.