May 22, 2010

Tawa paneer tikka recipe - Tawa fried paneer tikka

Tawa paneer tikka recipe - This tikka  is a delicious snack which can be served as a starter or as a side dish. Instead of oven this tikka is prepared by shallow frying on tawa, hence it is called as tawa tikka. This is one of my favorite paneer dishes that I would like to prepare often. This snack is crispy from outside and soft from inside. The roasted onion and capsicum  (bell pepper) adds an exotic flavour and taste to the tikka. 

Preparation time - 15 minutes
Cooking time - 15 minutes
Yield - serves 2

  • 6 -7 paneer cubes
  • 1 capsicum
  • 1 onion
  • 4 tsp fresh cream
  • 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds powder
  • a pinch of ajwain / carom seeds
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala
  • 2-3 tsp corn flour
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 4-5 tsp oil
  • Salt to taste
  1. Cut the paneer  into cubes. Wash and remove the stems, rind and seeds of capsicum. Cut it into long strips. Peel the onion, cut into  halves and separate each layer.
  2. Roast capsicums and onions in butter and salt. Keep it aside.
  3. Mix together the cream, ginger-garlic paste, red chili powder, cumin powder, ajwain, garam masala, corn flour and salt and make a smooth paste. Add little water if required.
  4. Combine together the paneer cubes and the above prepared paste. Mix well and keep it aside to marinate for 15 minutes.
  5. Heat a pan on a medium flame. Apply some oil on it.  Place the paneer cubes one by one and cook on a low flame.
  6. Keep flipping the paneer cubes till they turn golden brown on all sides. Remove from the griddle.
  7. Immediately apply butter and sprinkle lemon juice. Serve hot with roasted capsicum and onions.

May 6, 2010

Methi thepla recipe - Methi paratha

methi thepla in serving plate
Methi thepla recipe - is a very popular Indian flat bread prepared with fenugreek leaves and wheat flour. This is traditional Gujarathi thepla is usually served with pickles and yogurt. You can prepare it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is a durable dish which can be carried in the lunch box while travelling. Friends, try out this methi thepla to have a traditional taste of North Indian cuisine.

Preparation time : 20 minutes
Cooking time 20 : minutes
Yield : 5 theplas 
Recipe type : Breakfast, lunch
Cuisine : Indian

  • 1 cup chopped fenugreek leaves / methi leaves
  • 1/4 cup split bengal gram flour / besan
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1½  tsp chilly powder
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds powder
  • 3 tbsp curd / yogurt
  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • 2 tsp ghee / oil 
  • Oil or ghee for shallow frying
  • Salt to taste


1.  Wash and chop the fenugreek leaves. Put the chopped methi leaves into a large plate. Add  all the ingredients except  oil and knead it to a soft dough. Use some yogurt  if required.

2.  Apply oil on the palm of your hand  and knead the dough very well to make it soft and smooth.
mix all ingredient to make dough
2.  Then divide the dough into 5 equal portions  and shape them into small orange sized balls.

3.  Roll one dough ball into wheat flour and place it on a chapathi board. Roll out a thin and round thepla using the rolling pin.
4.  Heat a griddle and shallow fry the thepla till dark brown spot appears  appears from both sides.
shallow fried methi thepla

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