Thursday, April 30, 2009

Paneer Matar Aloo (Cottage cheese with peas and potato)

This dish can be simplified by using frozen vegetables in place of fresh vegetables.

  • ½ cup cottage cheese cubes
  • ½ cup green peas
  • ½ cup potato cubes
  • 6-7 curry leaves (optional)
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • 2 chopped green chilies
  • ½ cup tomato chunks
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp cooking oil

  • Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in curry leaves, onion, green chilies and cook until tender.
  • Add potatoes and cook covered for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add peas and fry for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add tomato chunks, red chili powder, turmeric powder and salt.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Do not add extra water. Let them cook in their own juice.
  • Add cottage cheese cubes and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Mix lemon juice and garam masala.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro leaves and serve hot with Dal, Raita, Chutney and paratha.

Do You Know:

Potatoes are often broadly classified as high on the glycemic index (GI) and so are often excluded from the diets of individuals trying to follow a “low GI” eating regimen.
In fact, the GI of potatoes can vary considerably depending on type (such as red, russet, white, or Prince Edward), origin (where it was grown), preparation methods (i.e., cooking method, whether it is eaten hot or cold, whether it is mashed or cubed or consumed whole, etc), and with what it is consumed (i.e., the addition of various high fat or high protein toppings) (Fernandes et al. 2006).

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