Paneer Fry

Paneer Fry

Paneer Fry is a simple one pan recipe made with sweet onions, tangy tomatoes, flavorful herbs, fragrant spices and of course Paneer. Making this easy-peasy recipe does not need a lot of prep and the dish comes together in 25 minutes. Your best bet when you want to make a wholesome quick meal for weekend nights.

About Paneer Fry

This Paneer Fry recipe is one of the ways when you can have a delicious and satisfying meal on your busy, hectic days. It is because all the ingredients are usually available in a home kitchen, wherever you go in India. In addition to the cottage cheese (paneer), there’s onions, tomatoes, green chilies, ginger-garlic paste and other spice powders, which are all very basic.

I have adapted this recipe of Paneer Fry from my recipe of Goan style Mushroom Fry. This stir fry of paneer with other ingredients has flavors and texture, one which is not too oily, spicy or pungent. However, you can add or subtract the spices according to what your taste buds demand on a particular day.

This Paneer Fry also uses a variety of green chilies which are less on heat. But if you want a spicier profile in the dish, go for the green chilies which sit somewhere between medium to high on the Scoville scale. Scoville is the unit to measure the pungency of peppers/chilies and the likes.

My recipe calls for sautéing the ingredients and not actually deep frying the paneer. So while making the recipe, nothing is deep fried. The word “fry” is usually used for sautéed ingredients in the Indian lingo and thus the name of this recipe.

You are even free to use any variety of tofu in this recipe. That’s also a good substitute for paneer. Have Paneer Fry with paratha, roti, chapati or naan. Or use it as a stuffing for rolls, wraps and frankies, the choice is absolutely yours.

Step-by-Step Guide
How to make Paneer Fry

Make Masala Fry

1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a pan. Keep heat to medium-low and add 1.25 cups thinly sliced onions.

2. Mix the onions with the oil and begin to sauté them.

3. Onions take a lot of time to sauté. So, you can add a pinch of salt while cooking them.

4. Stirring often, sauté onions till they start to become light golden. Do not brown the onions.

5. Now, add 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste.

6. Sauté till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.

7. Then, add 3 to 4 slit green chilies.

Tip – Use green chilies which are not very spicy or hot.

8. Mix well and sauté for a minute.

9. Then, add ½ cup diced tomatoes.

10. Mix again and begin to sauté tomatoes. When sautéing tomatoes, if the masala mixture starts sticking to pan, sprinkle some water. Mix again and continue to sauté.

11. Sauté till the tomatoes soften.

12. Keep the heat to its lowest. Now, add the following listed spices:

¼ teaspoon turmeric powder¼ teaspoon black pepper powder½ teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder½ teaspoon coriander powder½ teaspoon cumin powder½ teaspoon garam masala powderYou can add less or more spice powders as per your requirements.

12. Mix very well. If the mixture starts sticking to pan, sprinkle some water.

Make Paneer Fry

13. Season with salt as required. Mix again.

14. Add 200 grams cubed paneer.

15. Mix the paneer cubes with the masala.

16. Switch off the heat and add 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves.

17. Mix again.

18. Serve Paneer Fry with chapati, phulka, paratha, naan or bread.

Expert Tips

An alternative to paneer in this recipe is tofu. Press the tofu first to remove any liquids or moisture from it. You could also pan fry tofu cubes and mix with the cooked onion and tomato fry mixture.Use good quality paneer and make sure it is fresh and not rancid. Homemade paneer works best in this recipe.While sautéing onions, add a pinch of salt in them to fasten the process of cooking. Use green chilies that are not very hot. To make the dish spicier, use the ones that are medium to high on the spice meter.Sprinkle some water on the tomatoes, if they are sticking to the pan while sautéing. Then, mix and continue to sauté.You can add less or more of the red chilli powder, black pepper powder and green chillies as per your requirements.More Easy Paneer Recipes To Try!Easy • 20 minsPaneer RecipesPaneer BhurjiModerate • 50 minsPaneer RecipesPaneer Do Pyaza25 minsPaneer Recipesmalai paneer recipe, easy & quick malai paneer recipe in 20 minutesModerate • 30 minsPaneer RecipesPaneer Khurchan

White (and Off-White) Denim Shorts Destined to Become Seasonal Staples

White (and Off-White) Denim Shorts Destined to Become Seasonal Staples

There’s no question that denim shorts are summer essentials. Whether you prefer cutoffs, distressed pairs or Bermudas, all the silhouettes naturally suit the season. But this year we’re mixing things up. How? By favoring white denim shorts.Thankfully, there are lots to choose from. Just to be clear, “white” also means “off-white.” So anything labeled ecru, ivory, cream and even beige is acceptable. FYI: They all count as neutrals. Which opens up the field a bit. Although it’s important to keep in mind that those white shorts may not look as bright IRL as they do on your screen. The reverse may also be true.Like their classic blue denim cousins, these starker takes come in many forms. If you’re still willing to ride out the Miu Miu-backed micro trend, you can go the short shorts route. Baggy jeans more your (current) style? Pick up more loose-fitting versions.Prices can certainly vary. There actually are a few designer options. Think Valentino and Isabel Marant. Of course, you don’t have to drop designer dollars. You can score some stellar pairs for under $40. That way you can wear a different one every single day of the week.Keep reading to see the coolest white denim shorts of the season. Lisa Says Gah Evan Short in White/Tulips, $118.50 at Lisa Says Gah Zara High Rise Shorts in White, $39.90 at Zara Mango Straight Denim Shorts in White, $45.99 at Mango Diesel Denim Short Shorts, $96 at Farfetch AGOLDE Criss Cross Asymmetric Denim Shorts, $221 at COS Relaxed-Fit Denim Shorts in Off-White, $69 at COS Isabel Marant Naesqui Denim Shorts, $179 at Intermix Reformation High-Rise Denim Shorts, $109 at Farfetch Zara Mom Fit Denim Shorts in Ecru, $35.90 at Zara R13 Marky Drop Shorts, $395 at Shopbop Zara Buttoned Paperbag Baggy Denim Shorts in White, $39.90 at Zara Madewell The Perfect Jean Short in Vintage Canvas Wash, $39.99 at Madewell

Black Channa Sundal (Kondakadalai Sundal)

Black Channa Sundal (Kondakadalai Sundal)

Sundal is primarily a Tamil specialty, which is nothing but a simple, yet sumptuous stir fry. The main ingredient can be varied – from legumes and lentils to even grains. Just like this easy-peasy Kondakadalai Sundal, a.k.a Black Channa Sundal or Kala Chana Sundal made with black chickpeas. Since it is typically also a no onion, no garlic and vegan preparation, it is often made during festivals like Navratri and Ganesh Chaturthi as well.

About Sundal

A traditional dish, Sundal is a preparation of lentils, legumes or grains which is mildly spiced and sautéed. The dish is also sprinkled with a generous helping of freshly grated coconut which boosts the overall flavors.

A classic recipe from the cuisine of Tamil Nadu, sundal is most of the times made with satvik ingredients and is without any onion or garlic in it. This is the reason it is also preferred as an apt snack or side dish during religious festivals. More in Navratri, Bommai Golu or Ganesh Chaturthi festivals in Tamil Nadu.

Sundal is also common as a ‘prasadam’ or ‘naivedya’ during these religious festivals. Apart from being easy to prepare, the dish provides energy, keeps one full and hence is good for the health too.

Apart from the Black Channa Sundal, other variations of this dish that I have shared are:

About Kondakadalai Sundal

The Tamil word ‘kondakadalai’ translates to chickpeas in English and chana in Hindi. Thus, the Tamil name of the dish means a sundal made with chickpeas. Here in this Black Channa Sundal, the cooked black chickpeas are sautéed with spices, chilies, curry leaves and finished with coconut.

Other than the ones that I have listed above plus the Kondakadalai Sundal, sundals can also be made with dried white peas, black eyed peas, moong beans and even peanuts. The method to prepare each sundal is more or less similar. There might be minor changes as the recipe varies.

Cooking Black Chickpeas

For this Kala Chana Sundal, I soaked the dried black chickpeas overnight which made them easier to pressure cook. I usually do this for all my dishes with chickpeas or kidney beans. I soak them for 8 to 9 hours or overnight, and then later cook with water.

Soaking is also beneficial as it reduces the phytic acid from the legumes. The phytates present naturally in beans or chickpeas can cause indigestion. Soaking also ensures that the chickpeas cook perfectly and thus are easily digestible.

There are a few options when you want to cook the black chickpeas. For quicker and faster cooking, either use a stovetop pressure cooker or the Instant Pot. If you have neither than cook the black chickpeas in a pot on the stovetop. But make a note that cooking chickpeas in a pan or pot takes lot of time.

Once you have the black chickpeas cooked and ready, making the dish is a breeze. Then you simply sauté the spices and herbs, add the cooked black channa, sauté for a few more minutes and then finish with some fresh coconut.

Black Channa Sundal tastes good as is. You do not need any side with it. You can have this Kondakadalai Sundal as a guilt-free snack any time of the day or as a healthy accompaniment with your meals.

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Ana de Armas Makes Her ELLE Debut for August 2022

Ana de Armas Makes Her ELLE Debut for August 2022

Nina Garcia continues to remind Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar that ELLE is the title to beat on American newsstands. Covers so far this year featuring Grace Elizabeth, Zoë Kravitz and Precious Lee have been nothing short of amazing. Now for August 2022, the magazine invites forum favorite Ana de Armas to make her debut as an ELLE cover star. Captured by Christian MacDonald with Alex White on styling duties, the actress appears on the cover looking effortless sporting a striped number from Louis Vuitton’s Fall 2022 collection. IMAGE: ELLE.COMThe cover ignited debate on our forums. “Glad they kept it relaxed and didn’t style her as Marilyn Monroe,” appreciated YourMonster.“Finally, this is an instant fave,” raved ivano.“This is so good,” added caioherrero.[ Not a tFS forum member yet? Click here to join! ]“Ana de Armas photographs beautifully (will never forget how well she photographed for Vogue Spain) and this is no exception. The colors here are gorgeous, love the laid-back attitude for August, how clean and direct the cover photograph is, the Louis Vuitton and how the art direction complements the Louis Vuitton look. Zero complaints from me!” proclaimed vogue28.“The cover looks super refreshing,” admired crmsnsnwflks.But not everyone is into it. “Ana looks great, as she always does, but it’s hard to celebrate the fact they didn’t take the obvious Marilyn route when instead they made her wear that hideous Louis Vuitton rugby shirt/dress. Looks juvenile, like an American Eagle ad or something,” KINGofVERSAILLES chimed in.“Perfect for U.S. ELLE if you ask me,” defended WAVES.Are you a fan? Check out Ana’s accompanying cover feature and share your thoughts here.

How Your Towel Is Sabotaging Your Skin

How Your Towel Is Sabotaging Your Skin

Our skin care routines change with the seasons, when skin conditions pop up (hello, face mask-induced acne) or whenever there’s an exciting new Korean beauty launch. One thing that remains constant is that we always use a towel after cleansing. But what if that towel turned out to be bad for our skin?Washcloths are often criticized by skin care experts because they capture dirt and bacteria that can be transferred to skin. Now some beauty gurus are doing away with towels in the name of better skin.As with the majority of beauty trends these days, the no-towel method comes from Korea where it’s common practice for women not to towel-dry their faces. Christine Chang, co-founder of Korean beauty site Glow Recipe, explains that it was one of her mother’s core beauty philosophies.“I still remember her standing at the sink, her face freshly wet from a double cleanse. She would use her fingertips to pat and wick the moisture away until her skin was left slightly damp. She would then move on to her skin care routine, carefully and gently patting in each step.”The big benefit of ditching your towel is that it’s kinder to skin. The rubbing, pulling and friction can irritate freshly cleansed faces. Jessica Jeong, marketing and PR manager for Missha, points out that towels, like almost every other surface we come in contact with, can collect bacteria, which can be redistributed to skin when patting it dry. This can lead to breakouts and irritation. Even towels we think are clean may not be. Chang cautions that a towel hanging within a 6- to 20-foot radius of a toilet could get bacteria transferred to it. Ew.Rachel Winard from Soapwalla, Jeong and Chang all recommend forgoing towels. Instead of letting your face drip dry, they suggest using your hands to “dry” your skin. Chang advises gently patting skin until it’s damp, making sure to tap your neck, too. Those concerned about dripping can do the routine while bending over the sink. It only takes a couple of minutes to do so it doesn’t require a lot of effort.Another reason to do away with your towel is that patting your face dry can help boost your skin care regimen. According to Winard, a slightly damp face is the perfect canvas for beauty products because damp skin receives moisture better. For those who aren’t ready to ditch their towels, Winard suggests only patting your face dry with a soft, 100 percent cotton towel. Then try slowly using the towel less and see if it makes a difference in your complexion.