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April 13, 2020

Quick Dishes-2

It’s time for all members in the family to try their hands in the kitchen. From simple salads and snacks to giving new twists to old dishes, each one can add a new dimension to mealtime with their own personal touch. Here are recipes sent in by some readers:

Paneer Chilly Dry

(Sent by: Dr Ankit Mudgal)


For marinating

  • 1tbsp corn flour 
  • Salt,  to taste  
  • 1 pinch turmeric powder 
  • 1 pinch chat masala 
  • 100gm paneer cubes

For sauteing

  • 2tbsp oil
  • 1tbsp minced garlic
  • 1tbsp minced ginger 
  • 3-4 green chillies – slit
  • 2 medium sized onion – chopped
  • 1 green capsicum – chopped
  • 1 tsp tomato sauce
  • 1tsp red chilli sauce 
  • 1tsp soya sauce 
  • 1tsp vinegar 
  • Salt, to taste
  • ½tsp black pepper powder
  • ½ cup water 
  • 1tsp corn flour mixed with a little water
  • ½tsp red chilli powder 
  • 1tbsp chopped spring onion


In a bowl, add corn flour, salt, chat masala with a little water, mix well and coat paneer cubes Set aside for 10 minutes. In a wok, heat oil for deep frying and deep fry the paneer cubes until they turn crisp and golden in colour. Set aside. Then, in a wok, heat 2tbsp oil, add garlic and ginger, and saute until raw smell disappears. Add slit green chillies and saute for few seconds. Add chopped onions, capsicum, and cook, keeping them crunchy. Add tomato sauce, red chilli sauce, soya sauce, vinegar, salt as per taste,  black pepper powder, and mix well. Add corn flour starch, fried paneer cubes, and saute well. Add red chilli powder mixed well with some water. Toss the chilli paneer delicately and saute for about two minutes. Add chopped spring onions, saute for a minute and serve.

Orange biscuit basket

(Sent by: Sandhya Vora)


  • One packet Nabil Snackit biscuits
    2tsp orange juice
    2tsp olive oil
    1 cup chopped/grated carrot, apple, grapes, cucumber, boiled sweet corn and pomegranate seeds
    Chilli flakes
    Chat masala

For plating

  • Orange skins (halves like cups), apple slices

In a bowl, add all mixed fruits and vegetables, chilli flakes, oregano, chat masala, pepper and salt. Add a few drops of olive oil and orange juice and mix well. Add the Snackit biscuits and fill the orange skin cups with the mixture. Garnish with apple slices.

Green Peas Masala

(Sent by: Mubarak Mahaboob)


  • 200 gm dried green peas
  • 1tsp ginger paste
  • 1tsp garlic paste
  • 2 onions
  • 1 tomato
  • 3 green chillies
  • Few sprigs of fresh coriander
  • ½tsp red chili power 
  • A pinch of garam masala 
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2tbsp oil


Soak green peas overnight. Pressure cook soaked green peas with enough water to cover, turmeric powder and salt in a pressure cooker, over medium flame. After 4-5 whistles, turn off the flame and let the pressure come down naturally. Drain the excess water from boiled green peas and set aside. Grind onion, tomato, ginger, garlic, and green chillies together in a food processor into a paste. Heat 2tbsp oil in a pan over medium flame. Add the ground paste and cook on medium flame until oil starts to separate – around 4-5 minutes. Stir in between to prevent sticking. Add red chili powder and garam masala. Mix well and sauté for a minute. Add boiled green peas, preserved drained water of boiled green peas and  mix it well. Cook until gravy thickens. Serve hot, garnished with chopped coriander leaves.

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