Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Paneer and Shrimp in Yogurt Sauce

Recipe No: 30
The basis of this recipe is from an Asian Stir Fry book by Linda Doeser. Even though the taste of the original dish was good, it didn’t go well in my house. So being a person, who knows the taste buds of my family, I made some changes, and now whenever I make this, even my little four year old fellow will lick his fingers!!!
Ingredients                                                           Serves 4
  • Paneer…………………………..6oz (If cut into medium sized pieces this will be a heaping one cup)
  • Shrimp………………………….300 grams (mine came around 19 big shrimps)
  • Yogurt…………………………..1/2 cup
  • Tomato Sauce……………….5 Tablespoons
  • Garam Masala powder…1 ½ Teaspoon
  • Red Chilly powder………..1 Teaspoon
  • Coriander powder………..2 Teaspoons
  • Turmeric powder………….1/4 Teaspoon
  • Garlic chopped……………..1 Tablespoon
  • Green Chilly chopped……1 Tablespoon
  • Butter……………………………2 Tablespoons
  • Oil………………………………….2 Tablespoons
  • Cream + Milk…………………2/3 Cup (mix 1/3 cup of both Milk and Heavy cream)
  • Cilantro/Coriander leaves…3-4 Tablespoons chopped
  • Salt as per taste
Method of Preparation
  1. Mix together Yogurt, Tomato sauce, Garam Masala powder, Chilly powder, Coriander powder, Turmeric powder, Garlic, Green Chilly and Salt and keep aside.
  2. Heat Butter and Oil in a deep pan on high heat and fry the Paneer till a very light golden color. Remove them with a slotted spoon on to a plate.
  3. To the rest of the oil in the pan add the shrimp, sprinkle some salt on top and fry for a minute on both sides. If there is no oil please add a little more. Remove with a slotted spoon and keep aside. If needed fry it in batches.
  4. To the rest of the oil in the pan add the yogurt mixture and sauté them well for about 3 minutes.
  5. Add the Paneer and Shrimp back to the yogurt, mix well, close with a lid, reduce the heat to medium and let it finish cooking for 4 -5 minutes.
  6. When it is cooked, add the cream milk mixture and let it boil along the sides.
  7. Add Coriander leaves and serve hot on top of boiled Basmati rice.
Notes: You can use milk only if you desire to make this dish. In fact I used only low fat milk to make this dish and hence a dark color. Instead of Cream you can also use half and half. (The regular half and half that is available in the grocery stores contains 50% heavy cream and 50% milk)
You can fry Paneer in long blocks of 1 cm. thickness in a shallow flat pan and then cut into pieces, that way the oil used can be considerably reduced.
 







Make it, enjoy the deliciousness and
serve it to your family with love...

10 comments:

ragasudha said...

Asha,
Reading ur blog has become a hobby for me...Daily checking what are the new receipes.
I want to check where do we get Oyster Sauce? Today planning to prepare Paneer, Shrimp with Yogurt sauce..will let u know how it turned up.

Raga

Asha said...

Raga, Oyster Sauce is available in most of the grocery stores...Check in the Asian/Thai section.
Albertsons, Vons, and even Valley Produce have them..

Manju said...

Asha,
This looks yummy and seems pretty easy to make. Good one!

I'm going to try this out tonight, but ran out of green chillies. So thinking of substituting with chilli pwdr if I need it more spicy. I will let you know how it goes :D

Manju said...

Asha,

How many people would this serve?

Asha said...

It will serve 3-4 people depending on the appetite....

Manju John said...

Vava & Babby love paneer & shrimp..when it came together in a dish, they devoured it!Simply great recipe!

Meenakshi.P said...

Another yummy recipe.I made this today and we all couldn't stop eating.

Asha said...

Thank you...

Liz said...

Ashaaa.. just done making this one. Tastes great to me. I had not done anything in yogurt sauce till today. Thank you.
(There's a quite a few recipes lined up for trial. Shall post comments as and when I make them.)

Asha said...

Thank you.... Those comments are really inspirational...

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