Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Paneer Sandwich

I am mostly a bread eater during mornings. Toasted sandwich is very easy to make and tasty as hell.

I make this sandwich with home made paneer but you can make use of the market brought version.

The taste is very light as if you are eating cheese sandwich. Its a hit with my DH.

You can do other version like applying green coriander chutney and then putting the paneer mixture and then toasting it.

If you do not have an electric toaster, simply grill the sandwich with little oil/ghee on the pan. Keep pressing the bread so they shut close.

How to make paneer - I am sure most of you know this, so this is a quick over view. I use curd to make paneer as then it turns out to be softer.

If the curd is sour then you just need 1- 2 tbspn for 1 liter of milk. But if curd is not sour then use 1 bowl of curd. More the curd softer is the paneer.

To make paneer all you have to do is

1. Boil milk.

2. Once it comes to a boil add the curd.

3. Boil till the whey and the solid gets separated and then strain.


1. Mashed paneer 1 bowl.

2. Half onion finely chopped.

3. Green chilies finely chopped (according to taste).

4. Salt and black pepper according to taste.

5. Finely chopped coriander leaves.


1. Mix all the above ingredients nicely.

2. Arrange between 2 breads and grill.

3. Your sandwich is ready.

The onion will get cooked in steamed and will give the crunchy and slightly sweet taste.

I make the mixture at night so that in morning I just need to stuff and grill the sandwich (no one likes to cut onions early in the morning). You can keep the mixture for 3 days in the fridge.


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Starchless Rice

Throughout my life I have been a rice eater. The first thing that I had to hear when starting dieting was to give up rice. It used to make me sad and miserable. I could never associate satisfaction without rice.

I got introduced to this version of rice when I was in class 12th, once I went for lunch at a punjabi friend house. The lunch was typical Rajma rice. The amazing thing was the rice felt so fluffy and light. It was then she told me that they cook rice in lot of water and then drain the starch.

After so many years when I was trying to reduce weight and not give up rice while doing so, I kind of remembered that day. But usually people just drain the starch once, I went ahead and drained it 3 times at least. Sometimes I do it 4 times.

It tastes like rice and I can enjoy it guilt free. It does not mean I over do my intake, I need to be moderate here. As I cook for 2 people I cook 2 fist of rice.

If you have not read the Rule of fist then read it here Mighty Rule of Fist

The rice really swells more then the pressure cooked or the steamed version.

It is time consuming no doubt but it is worth a try. Usually I keep it on gas while doing rest of my kitchen work.

Remember as the starch gets drained so does the nutrients, its great for adults who are trying to lose weight but NOT for kids. Compensate the nutrients lost with veggies and salad. I eat only this kind of rice.

Below are the steps to prepare this rice.

1. Take 2 fist rice in a pot and fill lots of water. Keep enough space for the water to boil.

2. Once the white froth starts coming up and water starts boiling , drain the water.

3. Again fill with the pot with water and keep it to boil.

4. You will see that the grains have started expanding. Again when the water boils and the white stuffs comes up drain.

5. Repeat the process 3 to 4 times.

Bon Apetite!!!