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Indian cuisine is a riot of colours, flavours, and spices. Every state has its own unique culture- ingrained taste bud. And, to many of us staying within familiar tastes is a sacrosanct act. Of course an occasional trip to a speciality restaurant that serves another fare is ok. But, as a matter of routine ...at home...NO!

One of the benefits of being born to parents who dared an interstate marriage (am talking about India of the 70's) was being able to widen a regional taste bud to accept, experiment and, relish eclectic cuisines :-)

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Paneer Tikka Kaatti Rolls

Never imagined I would ever go through a period when the very thought (don't even mention the smell!!) of food would revolt me !!Well, I did... all for a good cause...the stork is on its way to our home. This is also why I haven't been updating this blog for such a loong time. Now you know...

Now that I'm back to 'eating' (dreaming about food takes top priority, however!)I've got back to 'cooking' too. Energy levels are not always at peak so I try to make up one dish options that can provide adequate, wholesome nutrition. The following has been adapted from Tarla Dalal's "Cooking with one teaspoon oil" with very minor tweaks.

Ingredients for Paneer Tikka filling
Paneer (indian cottage cheese) - 1 cup (cut into cubes)
Potato - 1 large (boiled and cubed)
Tomato - 1 large (diced)
Capsicum - 1 (deseeded and diced)

For the marinade
Hung curd - 1 cup (pour thick yoghurt through a muslin cloth, let the liquid part drain away)
Red chilli powder - 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Ginger & garlic paste - 1 teaspoon
Bengal gram flour (besan/chick pea flour/kadalai maavu)- 2 teaspoons
Chaat masala - 1/2 teaspoon
Kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves) - 1 teaspoon
Garam masala - 1/4 teaspoon
Lemon juice - 2 teaspoons
Olive oil - 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste

Mix together the ingredients for the marinade into a smooth batter. Add in the ingredients for the filling and let marinate for atleast an hour. Heat a couple of teaspoons of oil in a pan and add the marinated pieces in. Saute on medium flame for a few minutes. Let cool.

For the roll
Whole wheat flour - 200 gms
Warm milk - 1/4 cup
Salt to taste
Water for kneading

Knead everything into a chappathi (roti/tortilla) kind of dough. Cover and let stay for an hour. Shape into large lemon sized balls and roll (leaven) out into chappathis. Place each chappathi on a hot gridle (flat tava) and cook till light brown spots appear, turn and cook other side. Place a portion of the filling on one side of the chappathi and roll up tightly. If required secure with a tooth pick. Place in a greased baking tray and warm in an oven at 150 degrees for 5 minutes. Alternatively brown the rolls on a hot girdle with a light sprinkling of oil.

Serve hot with green chutney and salad.


Priti said...

Gud to see U back dear...Welcome back :-)...roll looking mouth watering...very nice pic.
Thanks for the wishes ...but I expect your participation in the event too


Happy new year Dershna!
You are killing me with those rolls! Looks so good:)

Suma Rajesh said...

happy new year to u too dershana...those rolls are making me drool...panner is my fav nd no doubt everyone would lov it..

Yasmeen said...

Those are delicious rolls to put together ,love the green chutney on the side.Glad to know you got over the aversion to food.Paneer is good for calcium,hope you are eating lot of eggs too.I used to eat 2 egg omelet every day stuffed with veggies.I posted the recipe here.

Take good care.

DEESHA said...

Hi there, I was really wondering where you were. hope alls well at you end

Uj said...

hey dearie... So good to see you back.. Missed you.. a very nice recipe :) Happy new year to you too :)

Jaishree said...

Hi dershana,
Nice to c u back.Happy New year & Happy Pongal to u & ur family..Rolls
Looks sooo gud N mouth watering..

Usha said...

Hey Dershana, welcome back...Happy New year and Happy Pongal to you...congrats on your good news...have a wonderful 2009 :-)

Bharti said...

Congrats on your wonderful news. You've got me craving kati rolls now.

Prarthna said...

hey , congrats :-) , i was wondering if everything is ok. i also suspected this since you said that you do not have any inclination to eat or cook ..! :)

take care and welcome back ..

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow yummy recipe. Looks tempting...Will try this soon...

Sunshinemom said...

Great to have you back, Dershana! I thought you had decided to go 'Tirupathi Mottai':)he he!! Welcome back and that is great recipe to start with!!

DEESHA said...

wow, these remind me of Bombay Frankie. I just love them

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