Indian cuisine - The Healthy and Tasty way to Life

Indian cuisine has been around for at least 2500-3000 years and it has changed much over the years. The use of many different herbs and spices make each dish quite unique. Each different region in India is known for it's wide selection of different recipes and Indian cooking styles and tastes. Though about one third of the population is strictly vegetarian, there are many different dishes that include chicken, lamb and goat meat. In India though the cow is thought of as a sacred animal therefore you will not find many recipes including beef. Food is such an important part of Indian culture as in most cultures, and plays an important role in the family life and in festival celebrations. There is also usually a dessert served as well.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Paneer Tikka

Cottage cheese and capsicum marinated in tandoori spices. This is a complete microwave dish.

2 cups panir, diced(cottage cheese)
1/2 cup red capsicums, chopped
1/2 cup thick curds
1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon dried fenugreek leaves(kasuri methi)
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
2 tablespoons chopped coriander
1 teaspoon chat masala
1 tablespoon oil

Combine the curds,ginger-garlic paste, chilli powder, kasuri methi, garam masala, coriander, oil and salt and mix well to prepare a marinade.
Add the paneer and capsicum and keep aside for 15-25 minutes.
Arrange the marinated paneer and capsicum pieces in a shallow glass dish and microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes.
Serve hot,sprinkled with chaat masala.