Thursday, September 15, 2011

Paneer-stuffed cabbage rolls

This is a Nita Mehta recipe, which I made ages ago, and never got a chance to post it. This is from a book that a dear friend, Sherly gifted to me when I was shifting from Delhi to Bangalore. Memories!
The recipe is a bit different from the original one, but it is tasty nevertheless!

Here's the recipe-

From left- cabbage rolls, veg au gratin, corn bread
For filling-
1 packet paneer crushed
1 onion chopped
1/4 bunch spring onions chopped (roughly 1/2 cup)
1 cup cooked rice
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsp cumin
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 head fresh cabbage
Salt to taste

For sauce:
1 cup chopped onions
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 cup chopped tomatoes / can use puree
1 tsp cumin
1 cup water
2 tbsp oil / butter
Salt and Pepper to taste

Remove the larger leaves from the top of the cabbage, remove the veins if they are thick. Clean them and micro them for a couple of mins so they are soft and half cooked. Keep aside.

Prepare the filling-
In a wok, heat butter, add cumin and onions (both onions), cook. Add the ginger garlic paste, salt and rice. Cook for a couple of mins. Add paneer, combine well. Cook for another couple of mins and remove from fire. Let cool.

Now prepare the sauce-
Heat the butter, add the cumin and let splutter. Add onions and saute till they brown. Add ginger garlic, salt, tomatoes and fry. Now add water, salt and pepper. Cook till the tomatoes are done and you get a thick sort of sauce.  This would take around 10-12 mins. Turn off flame and keep aside.

Prepare the rolls-
Spread a cabbage leaf , place 1 large tbsp of filling, fold sides, and roll. To hold the rolls in place, you can insert toothpicks or thread. Toothpicks are easier. Make all rolls till the filling is all used up.

Prepare to bake-
In a baking dish, place the rolls side by side. Pour over the sauce. Add the cheese cubes on top. Bake at 180 deg for 20 mins till the cheese melts and begins to brown. Serve with rice or pasta.

I feel this recipe makes for a good Friday dinner, hence sending it to- What's for Friday Dinner!


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