Thursday, 26 February 2015

How to Cook Brown Rice

brown rice
This is a recipe of long grain brown rice or brown basmati rice. Here I have used Indian style pressure cooker used commonly in Indian households. This is a simple and easy to follow recipe which gets the result you want. Brown rice is much healthier than white rice. It's as good as eating roti. So, if you are fond of eating rice and can't have your plateful for health or diet whatever reason, try this recipe of brown rice for guilt free indulgence.
Recipe of brown rice
1 cup long grain brown rice (brown basmati rice)
2 1/4 cup water
1. Wash rice thoroughly under running water.
2. Soak in water for 1 hour. Drain.
3. Put brown rice and 2 & 1/4 cups of water in a pressure cooker. Let 1 whistle come. Then turn the heat to lowest point.
4. Cook for 15 minutes no matter how many whistles or no whistle comes in cooker.
5. After pressure drops down naturally, open the lid of cooker and your brown rice is ready.

Friday, 20 February 2015

How to Make Paneer

Paneer is nothing but white colored Indian cottage cheese. Usually people buy it from store but it cannot be compared with soft, healthy and hygienic homemade paneer.  Here I have used  cow's milk with 4% fat but 3% milk or single toned milk will also do. Try it and I am sure you will start making your paneer at home from then on. What's more it's economical too.
Recipe of homemade paneer
1 ltr. milk
2 tbsp lemon juice or vinegar
1. Take a heavy bottomed vessel and put milk in it. Bring the milk to boil.
2. Lower heat and add lemon juice or vinegar to milk while stirring the milk.
3. Milk solids will curdle and greenish colored water will separate from them, which is called whey.
4. Line a strainer with muslin cloth or a very thin cotton cloth. Pour whey along with milk solids in it.
5. What you get now is milk solids or chhena. Gather the edges of cloth, tie them and hang from the tap (faucet) for about 20-25 minutes so that all water is removed from chhena.
6. Put this chhena in a plate and keep a heavy object on it (I use my marble chakla) for about 20-25 minutes.
7. Now, remove that object and untie the cloth. You get a block of homemade paneer. You can cut this paneer into pieces and use it for a variety of dishes like matar paneer, shahi paneer and palak paneer.

milk solids curdling      

homemade paneer