Saturday, September 18, 2010

Creamy Cottage Cheese Curry with Cilantro Pilaf


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Cilantro is one of my favourite herbs n I love to add it to almost most of my dishes as it gives a intense tasty flavor. Cilantro is also know as dhania(hindi) or coriander in India and an all time favourite in Indian households.

The creamy cottage cheese curry is prepared with a base of curd n milk for its creaminess and blended with a rich flavor of cilantro n cardamom. When I saw this cottage cheese recipe on Paris blog, I was immediately hooked to prepare it. And another aromatic dish cilantro pilaf recently shared by Sayantani, this rice is infused with the flavor of cilantro n indian spices with some veggies. I was really tempted to try both these cilantro based dishes.

Thanks to Sayantani n Pari for sharing these wonderful dishes which are very easy to prepare n a superb combination.


Paneer Dhania (Cottage Cheese with Cilantro)


Ingredients
  • 1 cup diced paneer
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup curd
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 tbsp garlic ginger paste
  • 3 chopped green chillies
  • 2 tbsp (ghee) clarified butter
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 tsp corn flour
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper powder
  • salt to taste
Cooking Procedure


Heat butter in a pan, add cardamom powder n stir for 30 sec, now add ginger

garlic
paste n fry till light golden brown, now add onions n green chillies n fry till onion is translucent.



Now add the cottage cheese n fry gently for a min.Then add salt,black pepper,cilantro leaves stir for 2 more min. Now mix the curd with corn flour (this will prevent the curd to break apart) n pour this mixture into the pan n mix nicely. Now add milk, let it boil for a few min on low flame. You paneer dhania is ready.



Garnish with cilantro n serve with rice or roti.

Cilantro Vegetable Pulao


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Ingredients:
  • 1 cup rice
  • 2-3 cup diced vegetables ( carrot, potato, cauliflower, beans, green peas )
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • 3/4 diced tomato
  • 1/2 inch ginger
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 3-4 green chilli
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp ghee ( clarified butter )
  • 1/2 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cardamom
  • salt to taste

Cooking Procedure

Soak rice with 1.5 cup water for 20 min then cook it in a pressure cooker with the addition of 1/2 tsp oil in the water. ( Tip: Adding oil helps to make the rice less sticky n separate). If it is a rice cooker use 2.5 cup water. And keep aside.

Make a nice paste of cilantro, tomatos, ginger, garlic n green chilli with min water n keep aside.

Heat oil n butter in a pan n add cinnamon stick,cardamom n black pepper n fry for a min. Add onions n fry till it become translucent. Add the above grinded paste to this n fry for another 2-3 min. Now add all the veggies to it n stir nicely to blend all the ingredients. Cover n cook in medium flame till the veggies become soft.


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Now add the cooked rice to the veggies and stir nicely and let it be on flame for 2 more min. Serve hot with the curry or raitha.

I am posting this paneer dhani and pulao to








And the cilantro vegetable pilaf to Akila "Festive Rice"

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Tags : cilantro , dhani , paneer , cottage cheese , vegetable pilaf, paneer curry , vegetable pulao

59 comments:

sinfullyspicy said...

wow Satya....way to go!
Both dishes look lovely and sooo tempting!

Smitha said...

good combo meal...i will take paneer any time!!

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

This one is in my bookmarked recipes' list, It has come out beautifully !!!

Neha said...

both look so perfect..good one satya...






Dr.Sameena Prathap
said...

Hi Satya,

amazing recipe again form you dear!

Dr.Sameena@

www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com
www.lovelypriyanka.blogspot.com

Satrupa said...

Luv the combo dear .....

Cheers n Happy Cooking,
Satrups

http://satrupa-foodforthought.blogspot.com

jais said...

wow nice recipe

Pari said...

Thanks for trying my recipe again dear. I have missed sayantani's this post, the rice sounds very flavourful.
FOODELICIOUS

chitra said...

Shall try for Sunday lunch..

chaitrali pathak said...

both dishes look lovely and yummy yum...lovely entry...thankx dear....only thing is I didnt get the mail....if u can pls send me again...pls.

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

wow..bful n yum dishes satya....yum

Umm Mymoonah said...

That's really very creamy curry and yummy pulav

Santosh Bangar said...

awsome fentastic fabulous or i do not knoe more words to explian pic are very live nice recipe of paneer

kitchen queen said...

droolworthy and yummilicious combo.

Leena said...

Lovely combo,both dishes sounds wonderful together...

Priya (elaichii) said...

Creamy paneer dhania and a perfect rice to go with it! yumm O!

PriyaVaasu said...

Delicious Combo!!!! Pilaf looks very inviting!!!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Mouthwatering Combo dear.Very creamy stuff. Your ideas are superb as always.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

PALATABLE said...

Great combo, looks really yum dear..

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Uma said...

lovely combo..

Kairali sisters said...

both curry and rice looks delicious..

Mary said...

Both of these dishes look wonderfully inviting. As it happens I love cilantro and your pilaf is something I really must try. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

kitchen flavours said...

The creamy curry looks delicious and perfect with the rice. I love cilantro too! Thanks for sharing!

NIDHYA said...

Looks creamy and a great combo. Cilantro is my fav too. Fabulous.

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Jay said...

Lipsmacking combo...love to try now Satya...you make awesome dishes..Am droooooooling here...

Tasty Appetite

Sayantani said...

thank you for trying this recipe Satya. love the curry too. a great sides to this pulao.

Torviewtoronto said...

lovely combination thank you for sending
check it out
http://torviewtoronto.blogspot.com/2010/09/festive-rice-event.html

aipi said...

I love cilantro too..You have used it beautifully in two absolutely fab looking dishes..lovely combo !!

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Adelina said...

what a great marriage of dishes! Must Try!

Arti said...

Looks great... Yes dhania is such am indispensable part of the Indian kitchen!
Very tasty and healthy...
Have a great day Satya:)

Joanne said...

I'm a serious cilantro lover myself so I know I would absolutely adore this! Thanks SO MUCH for sharing!

Nandini said...

The meal is very lovely and nice! So tasty! Slurrp!

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kothiyavunu.com said...

Both looks so fab! making me droooooooll

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Satya
Very nice dish, both.. i think, I shall give a try with the Pulao..it is different.
I liked your comment at the Ghugni blog. Ya these things bring back lot of memories.
In my time, Dahi BaDa was served as it is ( read my blog on dahi Bada , not the recipe but the intro)
Few days back my younger brother visited Orissa...and on his way to Athgarh from Bhubaneswar, he stopped on Naraj barrage and had for the 1st time the combo dahi bada ( with bit of ghugni, alu-dum, seu, ganthia etc)..he was amazed.
Must eat this combo.
Have a nice sunday

Akila said...

thats a perfect combo dear.... love it...

http://akilaskitchen.blogspot.com

Sushma Mallya said...

Loved both these dishes, looks yum satya...

Prathima Rao said...

Both look so delicious!

sweetartichoke said...

Both dishes look delicious and tasty! I am a cilantro fan, too! Could add it in any dish!!

Ananda Rajashekar said...

Oh heavenly plate, super Delicious pulav and creamy curry....I loved loved coriander as well....in Indian cooking i can't be with them :)

Aparna said...

Wowww really awesome awesome.. i luv bothh..!!!

R. Ramesh said...

nanri snegidiye..aiyo..nanba virku feminine gender yarum solla materngirango..heheh

Sadhana said...

mmmmmmmmmmm....yummy!!! Can feel the taste.....

Babli said...

Lovely and delicious dishes. I liked the combo and your wonderful presentation.

Fathima said...

Perfectly creamy curry with pulao!

Priya said...

Droolworthy curry and yummy pilaf...beautiful combo Satya..

Jiboombaa said...

Yummy cilantro Pulao with a tasty paneer gravy. Nice to know, one of those few gravies without tomatoes, rich and creamy.

Jagruti જાગૃતિ said...

wow..wow..wow..what a treat! yummy and tasty dishes!

Silence Sings said...

Lovely dish..loved the way presented both the dishes...

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Love the simplicity of the recipe.Nice combo too,makes me feel hungry!

~Lisa~ said...

I've never had this dish before! Sounds creamy and delicious. I also love cilantro. Great dish (=

girlichef said...

I love the sound of the cottage cheese made with those delicious flavors...and paired with the rice- what a delicious plate you have! Thanks so much for sharing it w/ the hearth'nsoul hop this week =)

Magic of Spice said...

What a fantastic dish...I love everything here :)

Butterpoweredbike said...

Yes, please, I'd like a plate full of these two dishes :) Thanks for linking with Hearth n' Soul this week.

Christy said...

I am learning about so many new flavor combinations - I love cottage cheese, this recipe sounds so flavorful (I am glad you mentioned why the corn flour- I was curious!) thanks for linking to hearth'nsoul!

a moderate life said...

Hi Satya! Thanks again for linking to the hearth n soul hop! I just learned how to make home made paneer and I adore anything in a cream sauce, so again you have inspired me with a recipe to try! That rice pilaf with cilantro looks delicious too. Alex@amoderatelife

Melodie said...

Your flavour combinations are great. This looks so good to me. Sorry I am so late in commenting this week, but belated thanks for linking at Vegetarian Foodie Fridays!

Sum said...

Simple and rich side dish... Lovely combination....

lecker and yummy recipes said...

Many many Congratulations Sathya for winning the Festive Rice event :)

Supriya Nair said...

Absolutely yummy...love the creaminess of the cottage cheese curry..and the pilaf rocks...

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