There are a lot of types of food that I feel very comfortable making….Indian food is not one of those genres. I am just very unfamiliar with it and have never had the occasion to try my hand at it. Until now!! My mom recently moved up to the Bay Area which means she is much closer to me. We have been having a lot of fun getting together for Mother Daughter activities each week. One week we signed up for an Indian Cooking class. It was comical to watch two Southern women in a very Indian kitchen. Not only could I not pronounce the dishes, I couldn’t even pronounce the ingredients! I stumbled through & shockingly came out with a delicious, high protein, healthy Indian dinner. I want to share the recipe for my favorite dish of the night:
Please excuse the photography, the photos were snapped on my cell phone while in class!
- 1 pound package of paneer
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 5-6 cloves of fresh minced garlic
- 1 1/2 cup of diced onions
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 2 tablespoons of coriander powder
- 1 tablespoon of cumin powder
- 1 teaspoon of paprika
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric
- 2 Tablespoons of Curry powder
- 2 medium tomatoes, diced
- 4 oz of tomato sauce
- 1/4 cup of oil + 2-3 tablespoons of oil for pan frying
- 1 cup of frozen peas
- 1/2 teaspoon of garam masala
- 1/4 cup of fresh diced cilantro
- 2 cups of water
- Heat up 2-3 tablespoons of oil in a pan.
- Cut fresh paneer into small cubes.
- Pan fry paneer in hot oil.
- Remove paneer with a slotted spoon and set aside on a tray lined with paper towels.
- Heat 1/4 cup oil in a sauce pan.
- Add cumin seeds, garlic, ginger and onions and cook for 4-5 minutes on medium heat.
- Add salt, coriander, cumin, paprika, turmeric, and curry.
- Stir in fresh tomato and tomato sauce.
- Add in peas, fried paneer and the water. Be sure to stir well.
- Bring to a boil and cook for 10-15 minutes.
- Serve and garnish with garam masala and fresh coriander.
- Can be served with rice, roti and raita.
Where to try it:
If you are not up for trying to make your own paneer, I recommend heading out and ordering it at your local Indian restaurant. If you are in the San Francisco area, then I recommend stopping by Dosa. After hearing about Dosa for years, I finally made it there and it was worth the hype! There are two locations for you to choose from. Both are delicious! They have an incredible Paneer & Peas Dosa. Its not as humongous as some of the other dosas, but it is seriously delicious.
The interior is really pretty. How gorgeous are these chandeliers? This location right on Valencia was perfect for walking around and looking in shops afterwards. If you are in San Mateo, check out Curry Up Now. Does anyone have any good Indian restaurant recommendations from your area?
Speaking of India, one of my dear friends from Texas just got married and moved to India! I am so excited for her and her husband as they move into this next stage of their lives. I will be sharing another Indian recipe and checking back in with them in a few months to see how they are settling into this exciting adventure, but in the meantime I want to share their sweet engagement story.
“Will picked me up the morning of October 17 to take me to brunch. While he and I were at brunch, my mom and Mrs. Wilshusen decorated Wynne Chapel with three huge beautiful flower arrangements and candles. After brunch, the plan was to meet my parents for lunch, so we went up to the church to meet my dad (who works at Highland Park Presbyterian Church). My dad was “running late” and asked me to take Will on a quick tour of HPPC while he finished up on some work.
When we first entered the chapel and I saw the flowers, I assumed they were just left over from a wedding or funeral that had taken place in the chapel. When we got to the front of Wynne Chapel, I saw the first 3 pews on either side of the aisle had note cards spread out across them. Will had written 60 one word encouragements that described me… And that’s when I finally realized what was happening!!! Will told me he loved me for the first time, got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him. After that, Will washed my feet as symbol of how he wants to serve and love me the way that Christ loves the church.
After he proposed, we went to lunch with our parents in Dallas and then to the Arboretum. The next day we drove to Waco and there some dear friends threw us a lovely engagement party.”