Tomato Paneer – A low fat paneer recipe that is worth every calorie!

A milky concoction of cottage cheese chunks, tomato puree, a pinch of sugar and mild spices, all tossed together in olive oil.

Took this recipe from NDTV Cooks. It is one good recipe!! Sadly there are no measurements in this one.

Key Ingredients: Cottage CheeseOlive OilCumin SeedsStar AniseGingerGarlicCapsicumTomato PureeSaltSugarGaram MasalaCoriander LeavesMilk

”  In a pan add olive oil, zeera, star anise, ginger-garlic paste.

Add the diced capsicum. Saute for 1 minute. (You can saute it for longer in case you do not like your capsicum too crunchy.)

Add tomato puree. Add salt, garam masala and sugar. Cook till it leaves oil on the sides.
Add milk. Mix well. Add the paneer cubes. Let it cook for 2 minutes on low flame. Do not over cook the milk as it can curdle.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve.

Note: Paneer cubes can be grilled on a non-stick tawa till light brown before adding to the base. You can also add a split green chilli to increase the heat of the dish in step number 3. ”

Let me not forget to mention, “No Onion”! Suitable for Jain friends and people who are fasting on a religious day. You may avoid garlic and this might still taste great.



Tomato Paneer


Sweet Stuff – Gajar Ka Halwa

Let us jump to the method directly. The reason is that for this dish, the quantity of the ingredients is subjective. You have to set your own measurements.


Rinse, peel and then grate the carrots, either with a hand held grater or in a food processor.

In a kadai (bowl-shaped frying pan), add all of the grated carrots.

Pour milk in it.

Stir the grated carrots and milk and keep the kadai on the stove top.

Cook this mixture on a low to medium flame. The milk will froth and start reducing slowly and slowly.

Keep on stirring this halwa mixture often. keep scraping the sides of the kadai to remove the evaporated milk solids. add the milk solids to the cooking mixture.

The mixture should reduce by 75% and then you add the ghee/clarified butter. some milk will be there when you add the ghee. 

Next add the sugar.

Add the cardamom powder.

Stir and continue to simmer on a low flame till the mixture starts to thicken and reduce more. stir at intervals.

When the halwa has reduced much and you see a little milk – like that of a pudding consistency. then add the cashews, saffron and golden raisins.

Continue to stir and simmer till the whole mixture becomes dry. the milk should evaporate completely and you will see fine milk solids in the halwa. remember to scrape the milk solids stuck at the sides of the kadai or pan and add them to the halwa. some moisture is also fine in the halwa.

Garlic Vegetable Soup

I always used to wonder how they make Knorr soups so delicious. I was sure it is some kind of unhealthy taste maker. There is also a lot of cornflour in these soups. I also thought that I can never make anything equivalent to it at home. Until I found this recipe. This can beat any Knorr or Maggi soup.


  • 1 cup finely chopped mixed vegetables
  • 2 tsp finely chopped garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 2 tbsp quick cooking rolled oats
  • 1 tsp oil (optional)
  • salt and black pepper (kalimirch) powder to taste
  • Water (enough to cook vegetables and still have some water content left)
  • 1/2 tsp Chaat Masala

Coriander for garnish


  • Heat the oil in a pan, add the onions and garlic and sauté till the onions are translucent.
  • Add the vegetables and sauté for a few minutes.
  • Add 2 cups of water and salt and pepper. Allow it to come to a boil and simmer till the vegetables are tender.
  • Add the oats and simmer for another 5 minutes.
  • Serve hot garnished with the coriander.

You can also cook this in Microwave oven. Mix all the ingredients mentioned and put it in the microwave oven. Keep on low heat and keep checking that it doesn’t overflow.

Best recipe for people who are on diet.