Celebrating Rakshabandhan, the tangy way: Learn how to make achari paneer tikka now!
Raksha Bandhan is a special occasion to celebrate an emotional bonding between a brother and his sister by tying a holy thread around the brothers wrist. This thread which pulsates with sisterly love and sublime sentiments, is called the Rakhi. It means a bond of protection and Raksha Bandhan means that the strong must protect the weak from all that's evil.
But, this does not end here. As the Raksha Bandhan rituals end, the celebrations begin. During this day, it is more like a family union in most of the households. Family members exchange gifts with other well wishers and relatives.
Besides the gifts and warm greetings, how can we forget the tasty dishes and sweets prepared on this day. But, should one really compromise on their health?
Lets celebrate this trivia of Raksha Bandhan just like the true spirit of all other Indian festivals, but with a HEALTHY TWIST !
1. Paneer (cottage cheese) cubes – 1 cup
2. Fennel seeds (saunf) – ½ tsp
3. Mustard seeds ( rai / sarson) – 1/4th tsp
4. Fenugreek (methi) seeds – 1-2
5. Nigella seeds (kalonji) – 1/4th tsp
6. Cumin seeds (jeera) – 1/4th tsp
7. Asafoetida (hing) – 1/4th tsp
8. Thinly sliced onions – ½ small
9. Turmeric powder (haldi) – ½ tsp
10. Chilli powder- ½ tsp
11. Fresh curds (dahi) – 1 tbsp
12. Whole wheat flour – 1 tsp
13. Chopped coriander (dhania) – to garnish
14. Oil – 1/2 tsp
15. Salt – use minimum to taste
Mix the fennel seeds, mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, nigella seeds, cumin seeds and asafetida in a small bowl. Heat the oil and add the seed mixture. When they crackle, add the onion and sauté till it turns translucent. Add the paneer, turmeric, chilli powder, salt and stir for some time. Add the curds, sprinkle the whole wheat flour and mix well. Add the coriander and bring to a boil. Serve hot with rice or rotis.
KHYATI'S HEALTH 'O' METER SAYS:
This yummy achari paneer tikka , marinated with seeds and spices adds a tangy taste to one's palate. Curds and paneer ,high in protein and low in sodium makes it a adds a punch of proteins to this dish. While the presence of whole wheat flour adds a little carbohydrates, the recipe itself maintains a balance between all the nutrients making it our favorite for any occasion and festival.
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