Saturday, June 30, 2007

Baingan aur Paneer ki sabzi (Aubergine with Paneer)

I am chugging along in recipe and cooking-land in my skoro-skoro (local african word for an old about-to-break-down-any-minute car!) when a flash hits me in the eye, and I adjust my rear-view mirror to see a sparkling, fast moving object approaching from behind. "It's a beamer", I say to myself, as it approaches and wooshes by, overtaking me and dissapearing upfront.

Heee heee, that was the best way I could think of telling how Adt (a dear dear friend of mine) has evolved as a foodie. She's become an amazing cook, and has an amazing collection of recipe books and I am becoming a big big fan of her recipes!! This time, she's especially cooked for my blog a baingan dish for the JFI event. Baingan and paneer, a very unusual combination and totally yummy too. She adapted the recipe from the book, The Higher Taste.

what you need

- 1 large eggplant (cut in 2cm cubes)
- 200gms paneer (also cut into 2 cm cubes)
- ghee for deep frying (can use oil too)
- 1/2 tsp fresh minced ginger
- 1/2 tsp fresh minced green chilli
- 3/4 cup tomato puree
- 1 1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
- 1/4 tsp turmeric- pinch of hing (asafoetida)
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1/2 tsp garam masala
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- salt to taste

1. In a wok/kadai, heat the ghee/oil to medium hot temperature. Deep fry first all the paneer, then the aubergine. Drain paneer and aubergine cubes on kitchen paper. Save the rest of the ghee for future use.

2. In a large frying pan, heat about 3-4 tbsp of ghee over high heat for 30 seconds (the ghee kept after frying can be used here). Stir in mustard seeds, chilli, ginger and hing. When mustard seeds start popping and people in the next room are coughing from the chillies :) add the tomato puree. Cook for another couple of minutes and add the rest of the spices. Stir to saute everything togethor.

3. Now add the aubergine and fold everything togethor. Simmer uncovered for 8 minutes. Lastly add paneer cubes and fold gently, cover and cook for another 2 minutes. Serve hot with roti or rice. Serves 4

Thanks Adt for this great recipe! I am sending it over to Sangeeta of Ghar ka khaana, as she is hosting this month's JFI and she has chosen aubergine as the ingredient of the month. JFI - is where we celebrate ingredients one by one and is conceived by Indira of mahanandi.

I feel the combination of aubergine and paneer is unique and punjabi enough to send to the RCI-regional cuisines (Punjab) event where different regional cuisines of india are celebrated every month. It was conceived by Lakshmi of Veggie Cuisine and hosted this month by lovely Richa of As Dear As Salt.


Suganya said...

No onion and garlic.. Gr8!

bee said...

wow, this is cool. now tell me what veggie i can use instead of the brinjal. i've run out of watermelon rind. lol.

musical said...

Lovely one, Dumela. and this is my favorite, especially with home grown green eggplants :).simple, no fuss recipe. Thanks to Adt and you.

Have a great weekend,

Richa said...

hmm, paneer, sure am ready for that anytime :) such a nice & simple recipe! thanks!

Vini K said...

Never tried eggplant with paneer,Dumela.Looks nice.Will try this as it looks very simple too.:)

Cynthia said...

I'm hungry right now and watching this dish is not helping the situation! (lol)

Dumela said...

suganya - yes no onion and garlic... its from the 'higher taste' book and i guess the omissions make it the simple recipe it is!

bee - haaa use more paneer :) heee

musical - thanks... i never easten green brinjals :(

richa - welcome!

vini k - do that and lemme know how it turned out!

cynthia - wish i cud call u over for a meal....

Priyanka said...

First time on your blog. You have some unique tasty recipes here.

Rachna said...

priyanka - thank u, welcome!!