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PANEER CHATPATA

August 30, 2011 1:55 pm 0 comments

Paneer chatpata is an exceptionally delectable vegetarian dish and an all time favorite dish to most of the adults and kids. This is basically a dish from the north Indian cuisine made with home made paneer which is shallow fried and marinated in yoghurt along with combination of spices and cooked in a yummy onion and tomato gravy.

Paneer chatpata is simple and easy to cook dish and has ingredients like mango pickle, shahi paneer masala and kasuri methi added into it to enhance the flavors and taste making it a spicy and tangy paneer to it. Paneer is generally marinated in spicy yoghurt gravy which is commonly used in making chaat and curry.

There are many variations of cooking the paneer which can be marinated paneer cooked in tandoor, threaded on bamboo skewers (Paneer Tikka) and cooked on hot charcoal or baked in the oven. Baked paneer will be smoked over a bed of onions in a sizzler which is a nice smoky flavor. Paneer Amritsari is another popular dish liked by many for its flavors and taste. We also have recipes like paneer butter masala, kadai paneer, chilli paneer etc which are fantastic dishes that can be served as side dish with chapatti, roti, naan or rice.

Paneer chatpata is a deep fried side dish that can also be served as snack or appetizer which can be eaten on its own too or goes exceptionally well with any Indian flat breads or plain rice or flavored rice. Paneer chatpata is no extraordinary dish, made with simple ingredients and is spicy, tangy and crispy that makes changes in the spice part to suit your taste. Kasuri methi combined in onion and tomato gravy results is magical and makes the gravy taste unique, rich and a royal vegetable delight for all special occasions.

Paneer is wonderful fresh cheese common in South Asian cuisine and originates in India. It is popularly cooked in northern parts of India and is generally called as Chhena. It is an unaged, acid-set, non-melting farmer cheese or curd cheese made by curdling heated milk with lemon juice or other food acid. Paneer is completely a lacto vegetarian and providing one of the sources of protein for vegetarians. Dating back to Ancient India, paneer remains the most common type of cheese used in traditional South Asian cuisines. The use of paneer is more common in Nepal, India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh due to the prominence of milk in their cuisine. It is very popular when wrapped in dough and deep-fried or served with either spinach (palak paneer) or peas (mattar paneer).

To prepare this attractive and appetizing Paneer chatpata, firstly cut the paneer in suitable size and marinate them with salt, turmeric and pinch of chili powder for about 10 minutes and shallow fry them in oil (vegetable oil recommended) until they turn golden in color. Remove and keep the fried paneer cubes to cool.

Heat little oil in a kadai or pan and when it gets oil add in the chopped onions and tomatoes and fry well until golden in color. Add salt to taste, sugar, red chili powder, crush and add the mango pickle and shahi paneer masala. Add yoghurt and cook it on gentle flame for 5 minutes and add in the kasuri methi, butter mix and again cook for about 1 minute. Add the paneer now and bring it to a boil and now turn off the flame and add the tadka by adding a little mustard oil in a pan and adding some dry red chillies and add it in the curry. Serve this hot with naan, roti, chapatti, paratha, fried rice or jeera rice.

Do try this yummy and mouth watering recipe and for trying it, click on the below link for detailed recipe:

http://www.vahrehvah.com/Paneer+Chatpata:7398

Paneer or Indian cheese is prepared in the simplest method having many health benefits. Indian cheese is a treasure of nutrition which is easy to digest and can be used in a number of preparations and is used in most Indian homes. Paneer is used in preparing several sweets, savories, and in gravies of dishes too.

Paneer is a rich storehouse of calcium and helps in building strong teeth and bones. Paneer has the health benefit of preventing osteoporosis, which is a curse of old age and when eaten in moderation could help reduce weight. It is good to note that many people who wish to lose weight take to including Indian cheese or paneer in their daily diet.

Paneer is a good source of protein and it reduces cancer risk. It also gives the health benefits of reducing the development of insulin resistance syndrome. Hence it is all about tackling the problem of insulin dependent diabetes. There are various ways in which Paneer can be used and most people would enjoy the taste and flavor as per their choice.

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