Thursday, July 19, 2007

Paneer Chettinad

Chettinad cuisine is one of the spiciest, oiliest and most aromatic in India. The name Chettinad cuisine comes from the fact that it is prepared by Chettiars – a community known for their extravagant lifestyles in southern Tamil Nadu. Pepper, chilly, garlic and ginger are some of the key ingredients, which are used by our chefs in Chettinad preparations. And since most of the masalas are home-made, they give a distinctive taste to the dishes. If you have a taste for the hot and spicy, this is the cuisine made for your palate!

Preparationa time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins
Serves : 6

200gm of paneer cut into big squares. Pierce the paneer with fork or knife
3 tbsp cornflour
2 tbsp maida
1 tbsp besan
1 tbsp chilli powder
1/2 cup mint leaves
1/4 cup corainder leaves
8-10 green chillies finely chopped
2 tbsp jaljeera powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
salt to taste
1 tbsp curd
Pinch of tandoori color or orange food color
1 lime ka juice
4 tbsp of water
oil for deep frying

For the Garnish:
1/2 cup onions
salt to taste
1 tsp red chilli powder
few drops of lime juice
1 tsp oil


1. In paneer, add all the ingredients. Mix well with hands.
2. Marinade for 1/2 - 1 hour.
3. Shallow fry it in the tava with little oil or deep fry it in a kadai till it becomes crisp.

For the Garnish
a. Cut the onions into thin slices round.
b. Take oil in the pan add onions and fry it for few minutes till translucent.
c. Remove from pan and add lime juice, red chilli powder, pinch of tandoori color or orange color and salt to tste. Mix well
d. Place it on the side of the plate and place the paneer chettinad in the middle.


Srivalli said...

wow...that looks so yummy...paneer is my all time fav...will surely try this...thanks


Padma said...

hey Athika, I was trying to post a comment yest night the moment I saw your new post, but somehow it got diappeared....guess you were editing the recipe ;)

This is a very nice way of doing veggi chettinad and ur step by step instructions with pictures looks nice and easy to make. Surely will try it out.

Athika said...

Hi Srivalli, Thanks for your comment. Paneer is my favourite too. This is one of the ingredient with which you can never go wrong with.

Hii padma, I posted this receipe y'day night, I was trying to edit some pictures. There was a problem in posting my pictures. I guess because of that it got disappered.
Sorry for that. Thanks