Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Mashed broccoli & cottage cheese/Broccoli-paneer burji

I love broccoli where as my family prefers to avoid it. Hence I try to hide this vegetable. One trick that always work for me is to mix it with the vegetable that they absolutely love. I tweaked the Paneer Burji recipe by adding loads of my favorite spices. This gets done very fast & is a great side dish for phulkas or plain paratha (whole wheat Indian bread).

Bland paneer & broccoli becomes very flavorful with this spice powder & tastes great.The spice powder mentioned below comes handy while preparing many dishes.



Ingredients:
Paneer/Indian cottage cheese: 1.5 cups, grated
Broccoli: 2 cups, shred
Green peas: a fistfsul, fresh or frozen (optional)
Oil: 1 tbsp
Garlic: 2 pods, minced
Onion: 1, med sized, finely chopped
Cumin seeds: 1/2 tsp
Kalonji/Nigella: 1/2 tsp
Red chili powder: 1/2 tsp, optional
Spice powder: 1 tbsp, refer below for the ingredients.
Salt: According to taste
Lemon juice: 1/2 tsp, optional.
Coriander leaves: 1 tbsp, finely chopped

For spice powder:
Fennel seeds: 1 tsp
Coriander seeds: 1 tsp
Cumin seeds: 1/2 tsp
Red chili powder: 1 tsp
Garam masala: 1 tsp
Amchur powder: a big pinch

Method: 
Spice powder:
Dry roast the fennel seeds, cumin seeds & coriander seeds. Allow them to cool. Make a fine powder of the dry roasted seeds. Scoop out the powder & mix the garam masala, red chili powder, amchur powder. Store this powder in a air-tight container. You could use this spice powder to make several types of stir-fry/sabzi or curry.

For burji:
  • Wash the broccoli. Drain it in a kitchen towel & shred/grate the broccoli.
  • Grate or mash the paneer. 
  • Heat oil in a broad wok/pan. When oil is hot, add cumin seeds. When seeds turn golden brown, add kalonji. Saute for 10secs. Throw in the garlic & saute till garlic turn golden. 
  • Add the onion & saute till the onions sweat (around 2-3 mins).
  • Add the shred broccoli, green peas to the oil & saute for 2-3mins.
  • Add the paneer, salt, spice powder, extra red chili powder & mix well. 
  • Cook the mixture on a medium flame for 5-7mins. Turn off the heat.
  • Add lemon juice, coriander leaves & mix.
  • Serve it hot with a bread of your choice.

Notes:
The measurement mentioned for broccoli & paneer in this recipe is completely your choice. Adjust according to what you have at hand.