Coriander Paneer and Jeera Rice

Thank you dearest Sam @ Tea and Sesame for making my coriander paneer alongside SJ’s @ Cooking With SJ jeera rice dish. I’m really honoured xxx

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Coriander Paneer and Jeera Rice Coriander Paneer and Jeera Rice

This isn’t the first time I’ve made Dimple’s recipe for Coriander Paneer Curry but this time I’m trying it out with a SJ’s Jeera Rice.

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The base sauce for this curry is so simple! All ingredients are blitzed in the blender and cooked through then the paneer then left to simmer and soak up the lovely spices. I added a little yoghurt as I was a little heavy handed with the chilli!

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I  made this rice using the ‘absorption method’ as this is the way I learnt to cook rice. It results in the rice being a little more sticky but that’s the way I like it. The mild fragrance from the spices gives the rice a gorgeous flavour, enough to make you want to eat the rice just on it’s own! It’s my first time cooking rice in this…

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Shine On Award ☆

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My very first award of 2014 is the “Shine On” award and I am so grateful to Jhuls @ The not so creative cookfor the nomination. Just saying the word “Shine!” makes you all warm and happy from the inside! It shows how all our blogs are able to make us shine and how each of us brighten up each others lives on a daily, sometimes hourly basis!

Congratulations to you Jhuls also! I love your blog and thank you for your continued love and support. Your friendship brightens up my day!

So now I am about to reveal seven random facts about me! Ummm lets see, shall we

• I love penny sweets especially fizzy cola bottles

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• To go to my happy place, I remember sitting on a stunning beach in the Algarve, Portugal. Just looking out to the sea

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• My name Dimple is not named after the famous whiskey but is an Asian Indian name that was popular when I was born

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• I love lighting fragranced candles everywhere

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• I can’t go anywhere without my phone now, especially as I keep in touch with
everyone on WordPress and Facebook

• I have to buy a toffee apple if I see one at a stall at a funfair or theme park

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• I have visited Vancouver and Whistler and fell in love with Canada

My Shining award nominees are

Prudy @ Butter, basil and breadcrumbs
Amanda @ What’s cooking?
Lidia @ Oh Lidia!
Diana @ Little bits of nice
Sam @ Tea and sesame
Lauren @ English wife, Indian life
Shruti @ Cooking with SJ

You all are such warm and beautiful people and whenever I read your blog posts I feel can feel such a bright energy which illuminates my life everyday!

If you would like to accept and forward the award on the ‘Shine On’ Award rules are :

1. Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you
2. Acknowledge that blogger on your blog, and link back
3. Share seven random, interesting things about yourself
4. Nominate up to 15 bloggers for the ‘Shine On’ Award, provide a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs

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Shivaay Delights Wishes You A Happy New Year!

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As I look back on 2013, I can surely put my hand on my heart and say it has been one of the best years of my life! Six months ago I had the notion to register onto WordPress and write out my very first post, a roasted vegetable bake with pan fried halloumi

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I am now a fully fledged member of the WordPress family and I have all of you to thank graciously! You have all made me feel so welcome and I feel part of something extremely big and wonderful! To see where my daily recipes and thoughts are reaching around the world gives me continued excitement and joy.

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I have never in my life, felt such a beautiful connection as I do with you all, my friends! so Thank you once again!

I wish you a stunning Happy New Year and hope all your dreams and aspirations come true. Lots of love and light always D x

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Heavenly paneer in every mouthful!

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A special request from my friend Bhavna ~ she asked me a while ago for my mattar paneer recipe and yesterday it happened to be her birthday and I made it in the evening. Shame I couldn’t eat with her but thought of her on her special day.

We’ve come a long way from working together and planning to have lunch together whilst at work in our very small cubby hole of a staff room! We would treat ourselves to burger and chips and chat about lifes little and big things! Those were the days!!! It’s been a while since I’ve seen you my friend but your very much in my thoughts. Hope you enjoy this dish and have many more wonderful birthdays to come, lots of love D xxxx

Also a quick hello to my sister-in-law who had the fantastic idea to grate the paneer in this recipe, thank you! I’m just loving how we learn from one another!

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INGREDIENTS

200g paneer grated
3 cups frozen garden peas
60ml tomato passata/crushed tomato
1 medium onion finely chopped
3 garlic cloves crushed
½ tsp grated fresh ginger
1 green chilli chopped finely
¼ tsp mustard seeds
¼ tsp cumin seeds
Pinch of asafoetida
2 tsp coriander and cumin powder
¼ tsp turmeric powder
⅓ tsp garam masala
¾ tsp salt or more to taste
1 heaped tsp shahi paneer masala
squeeze of fresh lemon juice
½ cup of water
Handful of chopped fresh coriander
1 tbsp sunflower oil

METHOD

• Heat the oil in a large non stick saucepan along with the mustard,cumin seeds and asafoetida. Once the mustard seeds start to pop gently mix in the onion, chilli, garlic and ginger and stir fry on a low heat

• Once the onion starts to brown off pour in the tomato passata and stir well. Add all the dry spices and seasoning and combine well. Cover and simmer on a low heat for 6-8 minutes

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• Carefully place the paneer into the tomato base and mix in gently as not to avoid it mushing

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• Once the paneer starts to cook it will absorb the moisture so pour in water and stir. Cook on a low simmer for a few minutes and then stir in the peas

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• Cover and simmer for a further 10-15 minutes, check seasoning – you may wish to add a little more salt and paneer masala to boost the curry. If it still lacks moisture add a little water too

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• Garnish with fresh coriander and serve with an Indian bread of your choice

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