Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Healthy Palak Paneer : The Spinach Recipe

Hi All,
Today's blog post is about my favorite recipe. Its is my favorite because...
1) Its very easy to prepare.
2) Its very healthy (as the title suggests) - no spices at all.
3) I love fresh cottage cheese (Paneer) a lot. I dont like the frozen or fried paneer cubes.
4) The same recipe can be easily converted into a soup with only two alterations.

Spinach leaves

So lets begin. 

-Spinach                     : roughly chopped 2-3 cups full
-Onions                      : 2 medium size
-Green peas                : 100 gms
-Oil                           : 1 teaspoon
-Fresh Cottage Cheese : 150-200 grams
-Sugar and salt to taste

You can change the quantity of the ingredients as per your taste.

Pre Cooking Prep:

-Soak the Spinach leaves in salt water for 20-30 minutes to get rid of mud and impurities. Drain the leaves and then chop them roughly. 
-Wash and large dice cottage cheese.
-Large dice onions.

Large diced onions

1) Boil or pressure cook chopped Spinach leaves + diced Onions + green Peas (S O P) till its wilted.

Boiled till wilted

2) Drain the S O P and don't throw away the stock. We will use it later.
3) Cool the S O P and blend it to a paste/puree. While blending use the stock (not all of it, but as per the consistency you desire).  
4) In a wok heat oil. And then add this S O P puree. 

Simmering pureed Spinach+Onions+Peas

5) Let the puree simmer and cook it well. Add a pinch of sugar, let it simmer some more and then add salt as per your taste. Simmer it again. 
6) If you feel the gravy has become too thick you can add the remaining stock (again as per the required consistency) and simmer it or bring the mixture to a boil.  
7) Add some cubes of fresh cottage cheese.


Serve it HOT...

-For a change: Instead of adding cubed cottage cheese, add loose/fragmented cottage cheese. The gravy tastes yummy this way too. Fragmented cottage cheese tends to thicken the gravy. 

-The soup can be made in the same way with two alteration which are:
 1)Just don't add any cottage cheese in the end. 
 2)Add lots of stock after the puree has simmered well. Bring the simmered puree + stock to a bubbling boil. Serve it hot.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

His to Her : How I Wore It

As promised I am posting the How I Wore for THIS DIY . This DIY was special and surprisingly so was the photo shoot. I enjoyed a lot posing for this post (which is a first: photo sessions are full of drama usually).

The attached white part (seen in the pic above) comes from this (below) t-shirt.

And accessories worn...

The Owl pendant... every girl owns one (I guess)

Jaipuri bangles gifted by Mom

Gifted by Mona (elder sister+best friend)

 DIY FlipFlops 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


Hello All,
Today, 2nd of April, is AUTISM AWARENESS DAY. 
Please click on the link below and read Aditi's blog post :

This is an impromptu post. I read Aditi's post in the morning and I was so moved by Sayuri's story that
I wished to share it with you all.
If you care then do share the information with your loved ones. 

Monday, April 1, 2013

His to Her...

Today's DIY is a bit special. Till now you all have seen only my clothes being restructured and restyled. But in t0day's post I will show you how your Dad's/Boyfriend's/Husband's/Brother's (D/B/H/B) t-shirt can be yours FOREVER.
Only few simple steps to follow. 

1) Compare lengths.
All you need to do is place your t-shirt on D/B/H/B's t-shirt. This way you will be able to ascertain how much fabric has to be chopped. 

2) The sleeves...
I wanted a nice 2" plus fold, hence had to consider those inches while cutting the sleeve. 
Rather than folding the ends of the sleeve inside, I did the opposite and hand stitched it. 
If all this is gibberish then follow the pictures. 

Usually the end of the sleeves is stitched like this...

I did this...

On my t-shirt it looks like this...

The best part of t-shirt is its material. It doesn't fray at the ends. So you have a choice, either to leave it stitch free or sew the ends. I left the ends of the sleeve unstitched.

After getting the ideal lengths of the t-shirt and its sleeves, I started off with detailing. Since I wanted a nice breezy t-shirt for summer I didn't bother tucking and altering it at the waist. 

 I gave button detail to the neckline and sleeves.

 At the end of the t-shirt I attached another t-shirts bottom. 
Again see the pictures below.

AND after all the changes it looks like this...

And how I wore it???

No...actually wait for the next post :P

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