New Years and … food as usual

I have been so tired with all the traveling back and forth in quick succession, didn’t get a chance to write much. Last week was good and we had a nice new years with friends. I am not really a party-thrower or a party-goer, so this was my first to actually have people come over. Naturally I panicked πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

But the better half was always around for my help, advising and doing things. So all in all it was good. We played a few games until midnight, so much so that we missed the 12 o’clock instant πŸ˜› We only realised about 10 minutes later, that we are already in 2010!!

It was simple and sweet. Just a few very easy food items to munch on. We put together a vegetable platter (carrots, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, celery, olives, etc …), chutney-veggie-sandwiches, 3 layer salsa dip and chips, banana cake and lots of drinks. Of course there were fruits too and a nice big cheese cake πŸ˜€

Later that morning on 1st, we all went to this nice fancy place for brunch and then bowling and then played a loooooong game of monopoly back at home. I never thought it would be so much fun even keeping it so low-key. All in all, good fun!

So coming back to food, this is something I quickly made the other day. I was actually going to make methi paneer only but then there was a half a bunch of spinach lying around, so I just cut it and mix it in too. So this is a hybrid Methi-Palak-Paneer subzee.

By the way I love cooking on a flame. Food cooks so much faster and gives me the India-waala feeling. So making rotis at hubby’s home is way more fun than back here.

Ingredients:

1 big bunch methi – sorted and cleaned (If you dont like the slightly bitter taste of methi dont include any stalks while sorting it)
1/2 bunch spinach – sorted and cleaned – chopped slightly (not very fine)
1 onion
1 tomato
1/2 block of paneer – cut into bite size pieces
1 tblsp cumin-coriander powder
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp cumin seeds
Oil
Salt

Method:
1. Heat oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds. Once they splutter, add the onions.
2. Add the cumin coriander powder, chilli powder, turmeric and let it cook with the onions for a minute.
3. Add the chopped tomato and cook for a minute.
4. Now add the washed and chopped methi and spinach. Do this in small installments because the initial volume of the leaves is too big. Its almost disappointing to see how little the bhaaji becomes eventually πŸ˜›
5. Let the greens cook for about 5 minutes.
6. Add the paneer pieces and mix well. Cover the pan (half-way) and let the greens+paneer cook for another 5-7 minutes.
7. Add salt (and lemon if you wish) and adjust spices.
8. Serve hot with rotis

Happy New Year to all!!! Hoping this new year fulfills all your wishes!

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~ by kharasmithaas on January 5, 2010.

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