Friday, 26 October 2007


Sometimes I land up with nothing special to cook and a few mismatched ingredients. Then I try and 'create' a dish and whenever the children ask me whats for lunch I say, "experiment" :) They've learnt to trust that word because, thank the Lord, it has almost always turned out good. Here's what I made yesterday. I had:

3 potatoes
1 cup shredded cabbage
1 packet of Panir (not the conventional cheese, rather the Asian variety, found in special shops)
1 cup blended tomatoes
4 chicken drumsticks
some tamarind juice

... to that I added..

1/2 tsp red chilli
1/2 tsp salt (because panir is salty)
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 crushed garlic
1/2 tsp ginger powder
14/ tsp cinnamon powder

... and this is what I did..

- I took the meat off the drumsticks and tossed them into the pan with some oil and the ginger garlic and let it saute
- cubed the potatoes and fried them
- cubed the panir and fried the pieces too

- when you fry the panir, careful! it will swell to almost double!

- poured the tomatoes over the chicken, added all the spices plus tamarind juice and let cook
- tossed in the cabbage, half a glass water, and covered it.
- about 15 mins later the cabbage was fully cooked and almost like gravy
- turned in the potatoes and the panir, gave some more water so it doesn't burn and let all simmer covered for a further 20 mins
- the result was a tasty, slightly dry curry, spicy and yet simple..

Some important points:
You can leave out the tamarind if u dont want it but it really adds a slight different touch. Instead of panir, you can add boiled eggs right at the end, but it wont taste the same. Will try and note down how to make panir at home one of these days.
Eat this dish with parathas or thin pita...