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Thursday, 18 August 2011

Paneer Schezwan - simply delicious 'chinese wonder'

Paneer schezwan is a dish of chinese origin. India is a country , which is open to all sorts of chinese preparation. The culinary art of China has been spread widely all over the world due to it's easy yet amazing cooking techniques. Paneer schezwan is commonly available in almost all Chinese restaurants. The popularity of chinese food has been so wide that almost seventy percent of the urban population in India prefer to have chinese dinner once a week. Lets see the amazing preparation of this magic chinese recipe.

Paneer [cottage cheese] ( 350 gms. cubed into smaller chunks),
Spring onions (3-4 pieces grated),
1 cup schezwan sauce,
3 table spoon dark soya sauce,
Corn flour (3 teaspoons , battered in water),
salt as per taste.

For schezwan sauce preparation:
1 cup oil,
1/2 cup chopped ginger,
1/2 cup chopped garlic,
1/2 cup celery (ajmoda),
1/2 cup chopped peppercorns,
1/2 cup chopped spring onions green,
1/2 cup chopped spring onions white,
1 tablespoon vinegar,
1 tablespoon chilli powder,
1 cup chilli sauce.

For the chilly sauce:
7-8 dried whole kashmiri red chillies,
1/4 cup roughly chopped garlic,
1/2 teaspoon powdered cumin seeds,
1/4 cup vinegar,
1 1/2 cup of sugar,
1 1/2 cup of salt,
1/4 cup tomato sauce.

Procedure: The procedure is a step wise procedure which needs to be followed methodically.

For the chilly sauce:
Take all the ingredients- red chillies, garlic, cumin powder, vinegar, sugar , salt in a mix well with the help of a blender. Keep aside. Mix tomato sauce in it.

For the schezwan sauce:
Heat oil in a container. Add all the ingredients-ginger, garlic , pepper corns, celery , spring onions (white and green) , aji no moto , monosodium glutamate, vinegar, chilly powder , chilly sauce ( as per the recipe). Cook in  slow fire for 5-7 minutes. It will emit a typical flavor very similar to a chinese cuisine. Keep aside the prepared schezwan sauce.


Heat oil in a container and add the paneer(cottage cheese) chunks in it. Stir fry slightly and keep aside. Add schezwan sauce , dark soya sauce in it and cook well. Add the already cooked paneer chunks in it . Make a batter of corn flour (with water) and add it with the mixture. The mixture takes nice, glossy texture. Add salt according to taste. Garnish with chopped spring onions.

Remove the prepared dish in a serving bowl and it's ready to romance with your tongue. Schezwan paneer is best served with vegetable fried rice. The schezwan sauce hence prepared can be kept in refrigerated condition for 3 days. It can be reused again. So, say goodbye to expensive restaurants and enjoy this chinese delicacy along with your family/friends. It's good to try out challenges and claim yourself to be an 'all square' and enjoy every moment of your life.

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