Paneer Tava Masala Medley

All my favorite things for this quick 20-minute weekday dinner – cottage cheese, sesame seeds, poppy seeds and curry leaves. One thing that might surprise you is using curry leaves in a paneer dish. But trust me, it goes really well with paneer and all the seeds. And, that’s why I call it a medley.  Here goes the super simple recipe:

Ingredients: Serves 1
1 cup cottage cheese chunks (I get it from an Indian store)
1/3 cup finely chopped white onion
1 cup chopped red vine tomatoes
1/4 tbsp red chili powder
1/8 tbsp turmeric powder
1/4 tbsp garam masala
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp white sesame seeds
1 tsp white poppy seeds
1 tsp chopped curry leaves
1-2 tsp olive oil
Water for consistency

*Heat the pan on a medium flame and put some olive oil.
*Add onions, and curry leaves. Cook until onions turn golden brown. Now add sesame seeds and poppy seeds and saute for a few minutes
*Now add to tomatoes and let it cook for completely. Stir occasionally. You’ll know that tomatoes are cooked when you see the mixture starts leaving oil on the sides.
* Now add cottage cheese, turmeric, chili powder and some salt. Stir till all the spices amalgamate with cottage cheese. Add some water if the mixture is too dry. Cook for 4-5 minutes and turn off the flame.
*Serve hot with flatbreads or like I serve it with dal and steamed rice 🙂 ❤

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Summer Cherry Galette

I had cups of cherries from the farmers market, and after seeing tons of scrumptious pictures of Galettes on my IG feed, my heart was set on it. While California has been so hot, I did not want to spend an extra minute standing in the kitchen and bake. So I decided to go ahead with the store bought pastry sheets than the conventional galette dough. Puff pastry made this cherry galette quick, simple and easy!

Ingredients: Serves 6-8 people

For cherry mix:

2 cups fresh cherries, washed, pitted and cut in halves
1/4 cup sugar, or to taste
2 tbsp flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt

For the puff:

1 puff pastry sheet, rolled into a round shape

For the egg wash: 
1 egg
2 tbsp milk
1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar, for sprinkling


To make an egg wash: 

*In a bowl, whisk egg and milk. Keep it aside.

To make the Galette: 

*Preheat oven to 375F, and line the baking tray with parchment paper.
*In a bowl, combine cherries, sugar, salt, vanilla extract, and flour. Let stand for 10-15 minutes
*Roll the puff pastry into 10 to 12-inch circle.
*Fill the dough with the cherry mix at the center leaving a 2-inch border. Now, fold over edges to cover the cherry mix. Brush pastry crust with egg wash and then sprinkle with brown sugar.
*Bake for 40-45 minutes until the puff pastry is golden brown or the cherry mix bubbles.
*Serve this delectable galette with vanilla ice cream, if desired.

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