Blogging Marathon# 39 – Indian States: Day 9
Dish: Bajre ki Roti & Paneer Do Pyaza
Haryana is a state in North India. It came into existence on 1 November 1966 as a newly created state carved out of Punjab state on the basis of language. Haryana is a leading contributor to the country’s production of foodgrain and milk. Agriculture is the leading occupation for the residents of the state.
Cuisine: Haryana’s cuisine is very similar to that of Punjab, since it was a part of Punjab. With the availability of milk in abundance, milk products like paneer and ghee are used extensively in cooking. Wheat, jowar (millet) are also widely used.
Staple Food: Wheat, Jowar, Barley, Gram etc.
Specialties: Kadhi, Besan masala roti, Bathua raita, Methi gajar, lassi.
Bajre ki Roti: Recipe adapted from Sanjeev Kapoor’s site:
Bajre ki Roti
- Combine all the ingredients for the dough, mix well. Add water slowly and form a smooth, pliable dough. Knead well into a ball, cover with damp towel and set aside for 30 minutes.
- Roll out the dough into 6″ discs.
- Heat a griddle on medium heat. Cook the rotis until brown spots form on both sides. Brush with ghee and serve hot.
Paneer Do Pyaza: Recipe adapted from Jeyashri’s Kitchen.
Paneer Do Pyaza
- Heat 1tbsp oil in a pan, add cumin seeds and once the seeds start to splutter, add the finely chopped onions. Cook until the onions start turning lightly browned around the edges. Add the ginger+garlic paste and cook for 1 minute.
- Add turmeric, red chili powder, ground cumin and coriander, garam masala and salt. Mix well and cook for 1~2 minutes.
- Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute. Add ½cup of water and bring the mixture to a simmer.
- Now add the cubed onions and paneer cubes. Add ½cup more water and simmer the curry until onions are crisp tender, about 3~4 minutes.
- Add crushed kasoori methi and almond paste, mix well and remove from the heat. Serve with rotis.
Meethi Lassi: To wash down the rotis and the curry, I made this delicious sweet buttermilk from Preeti @ Simply Tadka’s site. Preeti is from Haryana and she says this is a drink that is commonly made in her home state.
- Blend all the ingredients until smoth and slushy. Pour into tall glass and enjoy immediately.