I stumbled on this recipe by accident, but I finally discovered the magic secret to making Shahi Panneer just like in the best restaurants, gravy and all. Try it and you’re guaranteed to love it!
- Onions – 1, cut.
- Tomatoes – 2-3, cut.
- Cardamom – 4-5 pods, powdered.
- Cloves – 4-5.
- Cinnamon – 1 piece.
- Bay leaves – 1.
- Cashew nuts – a few pieces.
- Raisins – 8-10.
- Panneer – 16-20 cuboids (or diced).
- Cream – About 2 cups.
- Tomato Puree – 1 cup.
- Garlic – 4-5 cloves, minced.
- Green chili – 1, cut.
- Coriander leaves – a few, cut.
All ingredients added.
- In some ghee, fry the cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaves, cashews, raisins, garlic and chili.
- To this, add the onions and fry till translucent.
- Add the tomatoes and heat till they’re cooked.
- Next, add the tomato puree, followed by the cream to form a gravy.
- Let the gravy simmer for a while, then add the panneer.
- Finally, garnish with coriander leaves.
Cuppa is a coffee place that serves coffees from around the world as well as sandwiches and pastries. These include Cappuccino, Mocha, Espresso and Latte and Veg Burger, Fries, Thai Sandwich, Oriental Sandwich and Spicy Indian Sandwich.
We tried the Thai Sandwich and Veg Burger along with fries. The Thai Sandwich tasted more Indian than Thai, though the fries were good. The chocolate cake that we had for dessert was very good!
Cappuccino, Thai Sandwich and Veg Burger.
One thing with these coffee places (as opposed to the traditional Indian coffee places) is that their Cappuccinos and Lattes can cost upwards of Rs. 60 as against Rs.12 – 15 for your regular filter coffee at a traditional Indian place. If you’re in the mood for Cappuccino, then go for it, but be warned of the cost; else you could skip it for a cup of plain old filter coffee for a fourth of the cost.
Overall, not a bad place. The Cuppa that we visited was on the Outer Ring Road in J.P. Nagar, Bangalore.
The Mango and Jackfruit Mela (Fair) was held in Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, Bangalore, India, in the month of June, 2013. There were a number of vendors selling several varieties of mangoes.
These included Alphonso, Dashehari, Malgoa, Amrapali, Mallika, Raspuri, Sendhura, Banganapally, Kesar, Thothapuri, Sugar Baby and Neelam.
Most of the stalls stated that the mangoes were organically grown and were carbide-free.
There was a stall selling a colorful collection of pickles and Gulkhand (गुलखंड, made from rose petals).
The Sugar Baby is a tiny mango that is very sweet but with lots of fiber.
There was also a stall selling jackfruit.
Sugar Babies (left).
Malgoa, Sindoora, Raspuri, Sugar Baby, Banganapally, Alphonso, Thothapuri and Neelam varieties.
I was under the impression that the Gulmohr was indigenous to India, but in fact is found to grow throughout the world. It is apparently native to Madagascar.
In the Caribbean, its seeds are used to make the musical instrument known as the Maracas.
Here are some pictures of Gulmohrs that I shot in different parts of the world, separated by several thousand miles (the camera is an old, but brilliant Olympus C-3030Z).
Gulmohr, Islamorada, Florida Keys, USA, 2003.
Small Gulmohr, Kailua-Kona, the Big Island, Hawaii, USA, 2003.
Gulmohr, Mahe, Seychelles, Indian Ocean, 2006.
Gulmohr, Cayman Islands, the Caribbean, 2008.