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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Laccha Paratha and Saag Paneer

The 'Saag' making started with a funny incident at the Indian store....There were a few different greens and I didn't know the names of all.The store owner told me the name of this green(which I don't remember now) in his language.I asked him what all can you make with this green and he told a few dishes.He saw I still wasn't 'sold'....then he said to me.."Just buy it....why are you thinking....it's a Green vegetable....It won't harm you for sure' and then you don't have to worry about calories either'!!!
I bought the bunch:)

Saag Recipe

1 bunch greens chopped(Spinach/ Mustard/ any other)
1 cup cubed paneer
1/2 onion chopped
2 clove garlic minced
1/2 cup heavy cream/whole milk
1/4 cup yogurt
2tsp corn flour
1/2tsp Garam masala powder
1/2tsp Shah jeera
1/2tsp red chili powder

1) Chop the greens and pressure cook. Coarse Puree/ mash them up.
2) Heat 2tsp oil, saute jeera, onions and garlic,Add the cooked greens, milk and some water.
3) Fry the paneer cubes till golden or leave them as is.
4) Add the rest of the spices,salt sugar and yogurt to the saag.Add paneer cubes and let it simmer for few minutes.

Laccha Paratha

 I had heard about this unique technique of rolling the dough for Laccha Paratha and wanted to try it out myself.
The dough is first rolled out in a circle, then pleated like a paper fan, then rolled like a snail, pressed and then rolled out again. The result is a unique circular layered texture to the parathas!!!

1)I used regular chapati dough to make these. I applied some oil+flour on the inside to get the texture.Ideally you should apply oil/ghee liberally to get more layered texture......but I skimped on it.

2) After all the dough balls were done rolling this way..I let them sit for some time and then rolled them out into parathas.

3) Baked them on hot tava with some oil  and served them with the Saag Paneer!