Friday, May 13, 2011

Women in Power ... Letz celebrate with Matar Paneer

It's the victory of Woman Power and the entire nation is celebrating it in grandeur. And I too included myself in the celebration uninvited and am basking in the glory of these successful women across the globe. No I am not into politics or anything but I am a woman and I don't need any bigger reason than this.

Women are in the limelight everywhere .... be it S.Divyadarshini or Sweta Mohanty who topped the Civil Services Exam or even Mamta Banerjee who created history in West Bengal. The entire media is watching these women like a hawk. And so am I listening to their interviews ....

And do I have the right to judge these women ? Yes I do !! Not that I always judge people but definitely them. They are no ordinary woman like you and me. They will be the ones who would be deciding where my tax money would go and would be responsible for taking my country on the path of progress.Hence answerable to everyone.

Mamta Di is definitely not a new face to the media. I have had heard Mamta Banerjee several times before as she had been in the media for reasons right and wrong. And neither am I a big admirer of her Trinumul Congress or for that matter any political party. So I just over heard the interview of Mamta Di. Didi spoke confidently in her funny Bengali English accent during her interview with Barkha Dutt ( Another woman in power). I heard it and it faded from my memory within hours .... after all she is a politician and it is her profession to make a 'Speech' for her living if I may say so.
Well irrespective of her wrong English and her funny accent she spoke confidently. And that is one thing that I must admire in this woman who is ready to make changes to the crippled West Bengal.

BUT I sat down to listen to Divyadarshini the new face of Indian youth who has been basking in the glory of being the topper of the most prestigious and powerful position of India, the Civil Services. She was on Vinod Dua live on NDTV and I was all ears to her.
I am still unable to ignore the amateurish answers that this 24 year old topper gave. And it is not pardonable as she is no ordinary woman ! When asked 'What does the position of being an IAS officer mean to her .... is it just power and fame or something beyond that', Divyadarshini didn't give any definitive answer and it clearly reflected of her low confidence level .... which is unacceptable !!
She is the role model of thousands now and more importantly she would be taking the reigns of reforming the country and making decisions that's not confined to her.

Is she just another high grade brainless pawn that our politicians would be using for their own benefit.

Not to forget the fact that she doesn't know 'Hindi', which is the official language of India. I hope she is aware that she may have to read documents that will be only available in Hindi !! And there is no excuse to this ...... no matter what one argues. Tamil Nadu in not outside India and if you are in the Indian Civil Services, girl you better start taking Hindi tuition's !!

However I thought of still going ahead and celebrating the victory of these women in my own style, in my kitchen !! And on the menu was Roti and Matar Paneer. Nothing Fancy !!

My best wishes to these ladies, especially Divyadarshini.

May the hand which rocks the cradle rule the world. Amen !

Serves - 2
Preparation Time 30 minutes


Onion - 1/2 cup
Ginger - 1/2 inch
Garlic - 2 cloves
Whole Coriander seeds - 2 tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Red Chili Powder - 1 tsp
Tomato - 2 (small)
Paneer - 1 cup (cubed)
Green Peas - 1/2 cup
Garam Masala Powder - 1/3 tsp
Milk -1/2 cup
Turmeric - 1/3 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil for cooking

Method of Preparation

1. Grind onion, garlic, ginger, cumin and coriander seeds into a paste.
2. Drizzle a pan with little oil and fry the panner till golden brown and keep aside.
3. Heat about 3tbsp of oil in a wok. Add the masala paste and stir fry. Add turmeric powder, red chili powder and salt and saute till it leaves oil from the side and there is no raw masala smell.
4 Add milk to the masala and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
5 Mix the paneer and the green peas and mix well. Add little water to adjust the consistency if required.
6 Add the garam masala on top and let it simmer for a minute before removing from heat.

Serving Tips
Serve warm with any flat bread, pulao, rice.


Suja said...

Delicious and drool worthy curry...perfect meal dear.

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious panner curry lovely presentation

Priya (elaichii) said...

well said about all those women!

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Perfect recipe and beautiful presentation...

Aruna Manikandan said...

mutter paneer looks delicious dear.
gr8 presentation with lovely clicks :)

marifra79 said...

Gran bella presentazione... un abbraccio e buonissima serata

Shanthi said...

Mutter Paneer !!!! mouth watering combined with those thin parata's next time in India I am definetely stopping by :-)

kankana said...

Very beautiful post ! and that matar paneer is a great dish to celebrate the moment :)

SWETALEE said...

The connection between written and spoken language
is far more intimate than most people are taught to believe.
The typical reader actually hears the words internally while reading, as
if they were spoken. The more the words sound like real
conversation—preferably interesting, lively conversation—
the more likely they are to be understood and remembered.
Writing should sound, at least like the remarks
of a clear, congenial speaker n this is precisely the reason why i love your blog.Honestly,i have gone through very few of your recipes!!!!

Hari Chandana said...

Wowwwwwwwwww.. .Amazing presentation dear.. looks very tempting.. thanks for sharing !!
Indian Cuisine

Priya said...

Mutter paneer looks delicious,rich and fabulous..

aipi said...

This is a dish that never gets old ~ timeless classic! Perfectly recreated :)
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Ananda Rajashekar said...

Nice post! kudos to all the women and what nice recipe to celebrate!

An Open Book said...

love the combo..n the pics are gorgeous

Jay said...

gorgeous clicks dear...loved your writeup...keep rocking..

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Kurinji said...

Yummy curry and beautiful presentation. U have nice space and glad to follow u dear!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

I recently discovered a love of paneer and peas are great with it. Lovely recipe and photos!

Satrupa said...

Thank you everybody for leaving your comments.

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