Chinese cuisine has always been my kind of soul food.
Huan Ying is Chinese for welcome and that is what I find the indo chinese version of this food to be. Nothing like a hot soup, some wonderfully aromatic manchurian balls in garlic gravy, and simple yet soulful fried rice at the end of a hot and humid day in May.
So with these welcoming thoughts in mind and also becoz i had to do something about the unused paneer that was staring at me balefully, I set about making some Chilly paneer with bell peppers and green chillies!!
Hubby(R for convenience henceforth) hates anything that is even remotely green among vegetables (spinach,bottlegourd,ridged gourd,capsicum etc) so I had to use innovation and those frighteningly expensive bell peppers(Red and Yellow) instead.
This great dish was ready in less that 20 minutes as I had the vegetables diced and ready in stored and refrigerated food safe containers that I keep handy by the dozen.
It was gulped, slurped and over within a remarkably short time and I am beaming. R did not even ask me what it was but said that I should make such food more often. So I will pop this surprise ingredient (capsicum) at him when he is in a good mood.
So here goes:
2 cups big paneer cubes
3 spring onions (finely Chopped)
2 big capsicums (green/Red/yellow peppers) sliced vertically
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp green chillies
1 tsp garlic
1/4 tsp white pepper
1/4 tsp Ajinomoto
1 1/2 tsp soya sauce
1 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves
1 cup hot water
3 tbsp oil
1 level table-spoon corn flour
Deep fry paneer pieces to a light brown color. If you are planning on making the dish later, place them in some warm water to retain their softness. Else you will have to chew rubber :-).
Heat the oil in a kadai or wok and add onion, garlic, ginger chillies. Stir fry till light brown in color. Add capsicum and stir fry for 2 min till you get that wonderful aroma of cooked capsicum in the air
Add ajinomoto and soya sauce. Cook for 1 min.
Add hot water, pepper and salt. Bring to a rolling boil and add paneer.
To add that touch of indianness add chopped coriander to garnish and have with fried rice or soft-boiled noodles.
My digital camera is still not working so I am unable to add any visuals as of now. Hope to add some once I am equipped 😦
So sip, chew, slurp and gulp all of you 🙂