Thursday, September 15, 2011

Beetroot Raita / Beetroot Yougurt / Beetogurt with Beetroot Masala Paneer

This colourful post is a celebration of my 2 & 1/2 months of  Smart-Snacks journey, receiving 3 awards   &  a  compliment to all my  41- sorry 42  wonderful fellow friends & each one of you who has visited my space ( one more friend has joined me while I'm writing this post)
This recipe is inspired from Anushruti of" Divine Taste." Being a beet lover when I came across this recipe I knew I had to do it . I have also tried using beetroot in one of my earlier cake recipes & the cake turned out very moist & delicious. ( See Chocolate Beetroot Cake ) . While boiling the beets on one stove I was also making paneer on the adjacent gas stove . So the bright idea struck me.....why not make masala paneer that could be had as a salad and here I go throwing the boiling beet into the curdling milk with a tsp of salt , 1 tsp of cumin powder & 1/2 tsp black pepper powder.  The result is amazing. The most delicious paneer I've ever had. Ofcourse I had to dice & boil another beet for the Yogurt.

So here goes the Raita  recipe :

2 cups of yogurt
1 beet  / finely chopped & boiled in 1/2 cup of water
1 tsp salt
1 tablespoon coconut powder ( u can use fresh coconut also)
1-2 finely chopped green chilli

For Frying :

1/2 tsp oil
2 red whole chilli
1 tsp of mustard seeds
7-8 curry leaves
a Pinch of asafoetida

Whisk  the yogurt to a smooth paste,  add boiled beets , salt, coconut powder & green chili - mix well.

For frying:

 Heat 1/2 tsp oil in a small wok, add mustard seeds & let them splutter, add red chili, curry leaves & asafoetida & add it to the yogurt mix. Refrigerate for 2-3 hrs before serving.,resting the yogurt will also bring a very nice  colour to the yogurt.

For the Masala paneer :( Beetroot Cheese)

1 & 1/2 L of milk ( I used whole milk)
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
Cheese cloth for draining the paneer


Bring the milk to a boil , add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar & stir .  Let the milk curdle & the cheese will seperate from the water. Drain some of the water & add the spices. Drain the mixture into a cheese cloth & press out as much water as possible. Wrap cheese in the cheese cloth & place it in a flattened bowl or plate & refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Cut into slices & serve.

Eat Healthy & Stay Healthy........

Jay From "Tasty Appetite" has shared these 4 awards with me. I am totally floored by the graciousness & warmth of my Fellow friends in every respect. Thankyou Jay & Thankyou all for all your beautiful comments & compliments . 

23rd post & 3 Awards

Hello Fellow Friends,

When I started this blog 2.5 months ago I knew nothing about the blogging world. Although I had been nagging my husband for quiet some time to design a website for me where I could just file all my recipes for my friends & family & for myself - it just never happened. One fine day as I was googling  the internet for some recipe there was this link on the right corner of my screen saying " create your own blog". I hesitantly clicked on it to see what it was.....yes I say I was hesitant coz my computer had crashed a couple of times earlier due to some spam. But anyways I went thru the whole thing & then it seemed to be the longest day of my life as I kept waiting for G to get home & show him my discovery .
G gave me a big nod saying "yes you can do it here & document whatever you like" I spent all of the next day setting up my blog & both of us were pretty amused by the fact that with my limited knowledge of computers I had set up the whole page myself- the credit really goes to Google for giving us the space & the tools to design our kitchens . Thanks Google.

This 2& 1/2 month journey from my kitchen to yours has been so beautiful, I now have 41 friends who take out the time to compliment each of my creations. I am really touched by the overwhelming response. It is your support , your comments & compliments  that keep me going. Every morning as soon as G leaves for work I hop onto my computer to get in touch with each of our kitchens. Thankyou guys for sharing so much & for giving so much.
Also I would like to Thank my husband Gautam ( although thankyou is a very small word for what all he does for me) for sporting me all through , designing, taking pictures & making changes whenever required.
I would like to extend my regards & thanks to Sobha Of" Good Food " who has shared 3 beautiful awards with me. My 23rd post & 3 awards already.......I still cannot believe it.  But moving forward I will be sharing  a very colourful dish with you all today  which is really an expression of my feelings & a big compliment for all the wonderful friends I've made during this journey.
Lots & Lots of Hugs  to you all........