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Saurabh Kumar's - Click a Food (aka Bachelor Cooking)

Everybody in my family, that is my mother, my father, my grandfather, my tauji, my mausi etc. have a knack for cooking. They just love cooking and experimenting with food....so why not I give it a shot too? :) Here I try to jot down my cooking experiences, a la bachelor style!

Oh, and by the way, all snaps have been taken by me, and not lifted from the web! :)
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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Paneer-Zeera Rice

Today was one of those days when you return late from your office, and realize that you need to cook yourself a dinner, only to be enlightened a few minutes later by the fact that you are short on raw materials. Just perfect!

Being exhausted I was not in a mood for some elaborate cooking. For a moment I pondered if some biscuits and instant soup would save my day, but the rats jumping in my stomach started a procession hence adding to my hunger pang. After a bit of rattling of my brain and my kitchen I found rice and some cottage cheese (paneer) in stock. A quick trip to my nearby market got my some curd and I was ready and armoured to prepare paneer-zeera rice. Here how:


  1. Rice about 1 cup
  2. 150 grams of paneer
  3. 150 grams of curd
  4. Cumin seeds(zeera) – about 1 teaspoon
  5. Green peas
  6. Salt
  7. Refined oil

  1. Wash rice and soak it in water fro about 10 minutes
  2. Cut paneer in small cubes and deep-fry slightly to make them a bit dark in colour
  3. Take out the paneer from oil and sprinkle some salt on it
  4. Now put some jeera in the oil and let it heat till it changes colour to brownish-pinkish
  5. At this time, drain the rice water and put the rice in oil and stir to give the rice a nice coat of oil
  6. Now add the water to a level above rice, and salt to taste
  7. You may add a bit of some readymade vegetable spice for some extra zing and aroma
  8. Add in the paneer and peas, and cover the utensil for about 5 minutes
  9. Check if the rice is done, else put back the lid
  10. Have with cold curd, or some pulses
My experiment with this dish went off quite well, and I hope you get yours too. So do let me know what your attempt resulted in :)

[I forgot to take snaps, but will try to take some soon]


At 3:47 AM, November 10, 2005, Anonymous salmon said...

Hello waveking
And G'day from Downunder. I was hunting around the web for stuff on salmon when I came across Paneer-Zeera Rice. It's just amazing what these searches turn up. I'm not sure I'm finding what I need, but I'm having a lot of fun. Have a great day!

At 8:57 AM, November 14, 2005, Anonymous how to cook cabbage said...

I was searching for articles on artichokes when I came across Paneer-Zeera Rice, which is a bit weird really. I've enjoyed the experience but I'm not at all sure I've found what I'm looking for :0)

Just thought I'd say hello.


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