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Homemade Paneer (cottage cheese)

Homemade Paneer or cottage is healthy and yummy!prepare at home n enjoyy !!
INGREDIENTS: 1.5 liter milk1 cup curd
HOW TO MAKE Bring the milk to a rolling boil (make sure you are right there to avoid spill overs!).Add 1 cup of curd and give it a good mix.Now simmer for another 2 minutes and let the whey separate well.Switch off the flame and let it cool a bit.Now take a cheese cloth or a thin cotton cloth and transfer the whey on to it.Be sure to cool off to a normal temperature before squeezing the excess water.Now keep the cheese cloth on a strainer and keep some heavy weight on it so that all excess water will be removed . Leave for about 2 hours . Now take the paneer and refrigerate for about 1 hour .Once the paneer is a bit hard, cut them into cubes and they are ready to be used in curries or can be stored about 15 to 20 days in refrigerator. Note:Lemon juice or curd can be used instead of curd.But I seem to like the one with curd method.


Great to have  just as a soup or with rice, coriander-jeera rasam is simple to prepare and very tasty !
INGREDIENTS 1.5 tsp Coriander seeds1.5 tsp Jeera seeds2 tbsp Grated coconut, fresh/frozen2 to 3 Dry red chillies, low spiced3 to 4 peppercorns2-3 strands Coriander leaves1/2 tsp Tamarind paste1/2 tsp Jaggery(optional)1 tsp Ghee/Clarified butter or vegetable oil can be used.1/2 tsp Mustard seedsA pinch of hing7 to 8 Curry leavesSalt to taste
HOW TO MAKE Grind together coconut, coriander seeds, jeera, cilantro and red chillies with a cup of water.Take a container.Add about 2-3 cups of water and dilute the ground mixture.Bring to boil on stove. Add tamarind paste, jaggery and boil for another 4-5 mins.Now tadka with mustard seeds, hing and curry leaves. Serve hot with rice and enjoy!
Preparation Time: 15 minutes


This can be prepared within minutes if you have batter ready! Still faster if you have ready idlis!
INGREDIENTS: Idlis - 3 to 4Chutney pudi - 2 Tsp(I used MTR chutney powder)Oil or ghee -2 TspMustard seeds - 1/2 Tsp
HOW TO MAKE: Take a kadai.Add in the oil and let it heat.Add in the mustard seeds and let it sputter  a bit.Now add in the cut idli pieces and let it fry for about a minute.Now sprinkle the chutney powder available in your pantry and mix well.Let it fry for about a minute on medium flame.Switch off the flame and serve while hot!
Preparation Time: 5 minutes