Chilly paneer gravy home made this is not a restaurant version. While in the restaurant they had chilly sauce, tomato sauce and soy sauce I have not added any of those ingredients and it’s completely home made version of chilly paneer gravy. Which all my family members like. I prepared this side dish for pulao you can also serve this with roti, naan etc.
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Rich In Protein
According to Bangalore based nutritionist, Dr. Anju Sood, “Cottage cheese is a dense source of protein”. She says, “It depends upon the kind of milk from which the paneer is churned. If it is from full cream milk, it is high on fat too, in addition to being a protein dense food. Other than iron, almost all essential minerals like calcium and magnesium are present in cottage cheese.” 100 grams of cottage cheese contains 11 gm of protein, according to USDA. Cow’s milk contains the highest amount of casein protein among various kinds of milk. Therefore cottage cheese derived out of cow’s milk is one rich source of protein you can load up on. Another highlight of cottage cheese is that it does not require any cooking and can be consumed directly. A cube of raw paneer therefore makes for a powerhouse of protein.
Cottage Cheese Strengthen Bones And Teeth
Cottage cheese is one of the best sources of calcium. Experts say that cottage cheese can fulfil 8% of the daily recommended value. 100 grams of cottage cheese has a whopping 83 grams of protein! Adequate calcium levels ensure healthy bones, teeth, healthy heart muscles and smooth nerve functioning too.
Maintains Blood Sugar Levels
Cottage cheese can help regulate blood sugar levels too. Cottage cheese is packed with magnesium which can not only check the untimely spikes but also ensure better heart health and immune system. The high protein component of paneer also helps slow release of sugar into the blood and prevents abrupt hike and decline in blood sugar levels.
Good For Heart Health
Cottage cheese can do wonders for your heart health too. Paneer contains potassium which has been known to play a key role in fluid balance of body. Your kidneys play a crucial role in managing your blood pressure by controlling the amount of fluid stored in your body. The idea is simple, the more the fluid, the more the pressure. Potassium not only helps regulate the ideal fluid balance but also negate the effects of too much salt. However one has to make sure that the paneer is not too salty. The excess sodium in the cottage cheese can wreak havoc on your heart health. Potassium and sodium both are electrolytes, but potassium does the fluid balancing job without the common side-effects of sodium.
Cottage cheese can also aid digestion. Cottage cheese has decent amount of phosphorous which helps in digestion and excretion. The magnesium present in cottage cheese can also prevent constipation. Magnesium has a laxative effect. Which means it draws water into the stools, making them softer and easier to pass through the intestinal walls.
Rich Source Of Folate
Folate is a B-complex vitamin which is very essential for pregnant women. Folate helps fetal development in expecting mothers. Apart from this, folate plays a crucial part in red blood cells production too.
Boosts Weight Loss
The protein dense cheese can keep you satiated for long and keep the hunger pangs at bay. In addition to being rich in protein, paneer is also a rich source of conjugated linoleic acid. This fatty acid helps increasing the fat burning process in the body.
Chilly paneer gravy
- 250 Gms Paneer
- 2 Tsp Corn flour / சோள மாவு
- 2 Tsp Chilly Powder / மிளகாய் தூள்
- 1 Cup Capsicum
- 5 Tomatoes / தக்காளி 3 for gravy 3 for adding atlast
- 4 Onions / வெங்காயம் 2 for gravy 2 for adding at last
- 1 Inch Ginger / இஞ்சி
- 10-12 Garlic cloved
- 10-12 Red chilly / சிவப்பு மிளகாய்
- Required Salt
- 1-2 Tsp Kashmiri red chilly powder For gravy
- Few Curry leave
- Few Coriander Leaves / கொத்துமல்லி தழை
- In a plate or bowl add 2 tsp corn flour
- Add 2 tsp chilly powder and required salt
- Add water and make fine paste
- Coat the paneer cubes with the masala
- Cut capsicum into square shapes, cut onions into half and cut into X shape and peel each petals. Similarly cut tomatoes into square or rec shapes.
- Soak 10-12 red chilly in hot water.
- In a bowl add chilly and pour hot water.
- In a pan add oil
- Add paneer cubes in batches and fry them. Keep aside.
- In the same pan add 1 inch ginger chopped
- 10-12 garlic cloves
- Add 2 chopped onion and saute well
- Once the onion changes color switch off.
- Cool down completely and add to a mixie jar
- Add soaked red chilly along with water.
- Grind to fine paste. Keep aside.
- In a pan add oil
- Add ground paste
- Add 2 chopped tomatoes for the gravy.
- Add required salt.
- Add chilly powder if needed
- Add square shaped tomatoes now
- Add cut capsicum I got red and yellow.
- Saute well. As the capsicum is thick add some water and cook.
- Sprinkle a little water and allow to boil.
- Once the gravy becomes thickened.
- Add fried paneer and mix gently.
- Chilly paneer gravy is ready to serve.