Hello everyone! As usual, i am making an eleventh hour appearnace for the A-Z event :). Z to me signifies a lot more than just the culmination of this wonderful potluck that has been going on at Nupur's place as a weekly tradition.....it signifies hopes and expectations of many more "Zaaykedaar (flavorful)" get togethers in the days to come :). So here's to one of my favorite events :).
Today, i just pair up the crunchy zucchinis with soft paneer to make one of my favorite dishes.
Its simple and its quick! The dish takes inspiration from the traditional pairing of bottle gourd (Al) and paneer (Chaman) in Kashmiri cuisine (paging Anita!). But the preparation style, in this case, is very different.
So here it is:
- 4 zucchinis (chopped into semi-lunar shape)
- 1 cup fresh paneer
- 1/4 tsp. jeera (cumin)
- 2 bunches spring onion (chopped)
- 1 small Roma tomato (optional, i added it for color)
- 1/2 tsp. amchoor/ squeeze of 1/2 lemon (if you like it tangy)
- Turmeric and red chilli powder (to taste)
- Salt to taste
- 1 tbsp. oil
Chop the zucchinis in semi-lunar shape (for variation, try 2" long pieces) and set aside. In a pan, heat oil and splutter the cumin. Fry the chopped spring onions and add the paneer and stir till the paneer is toasted a bit (if you are using fried/grilled paneer cubes, then proceed to the next step). Add the zucchinis and stir fry them on high heat till a lil' crisp. Now stir in the tomatoes, add the turmeric, red chilli powder, amchoor and salt.
Stir, reduce the flame and cover to cook till done when the raw vegetable smell goes). Serve hot with chapatis and dahi, or as a side dish with rice and daal. It tastes quite good as a sandwich stuffing too.
Variations: Instead of jeera, use any other seeds like coriander or kalonji/nigella or fresh methi leaves as a flavoring agent.
More fun with zucchinis here and here.