Of Snowfalls, Awards and Spicy & Tangy Paneer Bhurjis...

Lady Winter sure caught us by surprise! It is fashionable to be late in a party, seasonal or otherwise. But so late? Just when we were congratulating ourselves on having missed the worst of the winter chill, she arrived in full splendour. 

Every year she arrives soon after fall, but this time she decided to make us wait. We waited and waited...spent an almost warm Christmas and an exceptionally mild January (heck this season Kolkata had chillier days than London!). We were feeling smug on having given winter a miss. There were signs of an early spring everywhere-- sprouting daffodil bulbs, spring collections out in shops, people wearing light jackets. Spring and love was in the air.

Then last Saturday evening it started snowing. Silently, big flakes started covering trees, roofs, roads, gardens, anything and everything.  Weather reports said it was the heaviest snowfall in the last 15 years. Londoners were happy to have had at least one snowfall and that too so conveniently over the weekend. Sunday saw happy families playing with the snow. We thought that was the end of it. But there was more to come, yesterday evening it snowed again. So today we woke up to a partially white world. Spring seems like a distant dream, trudging through the snow, while shivering in the cold seems to be the order of the day. 

For this Bengali, steaming cups of green tea and visions of warm, sun kissed  tropical homeland are chief sources of sustenance. And a comment by a dear friend in my page. Sudha of Wit, wok & wisdom wrote to say that she has awarded me 'Liebster Blog Award'. What an award, I sit up, this is a lovely and unexpected surprise! My first blog award and I flush with joy! I feel like a kid who has been given a free run of a candy store. Wait there is more to this. I, in turn can give this award to 5 other bloggers. How nice is that. I started this blog on the 13th of January and it is not even a month and here I am receiving awards and giving them as well! 

But before I move onto the awards, I want to talk about Sudha's blog. It is a space in which Sudha jots down her recipes and also her thoughts. If you, like me, is fond of a good story then you will have to check out her blog. This lady knows how to spin magic with her words. I do not know if it is permissible in the world of food blogs, but often I am chuckling so hard or nodding my head in agreement about what Sudha had written that I almost forget to check out her recipes. Almost but not quite, if you know what I mean! 

Now about the award, copying the information from Sudha's blog.

"Leibster" means dearest in German and as with any award, there is bit of a ceremony involved.These are the rules if you accept the award:
  • Copy and paste the award on your blog. Link back to the blogger who gave you the award.
  • Pick your five favorite blogs with less than 200 followers who deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog to let them know they have received the award.
  • Hope that the five blogs chosen will keep spreading the love and pass it on to five more blogs.

Now my turn to give this award to five food bloggers. In the small time I have been here, I have made so many new friends that I am feeling pretty overwhelmed. Still giving this to eight (following Sudha's tradition) lovely ladies who cook up magic and extended the warmth of their friendship to me.

So the names, in no particular order: are:

Sadaf Afshan of My Culinary Adventures
Poonam Borkar of Kande Pohe
Khusi of A Girl's Diary
Jaya of Spice and Curry
La of Food Slice
Sobha of Good Food
Poorna of Presented by P

I have shared this on my Facebook page as well since the friends who follow me on Facebook are different from the Blogger ones. The link is here.

Enjoy the award ladies and keep cooking!

Now you did not think I would finish this post without posting a recipe, did you? 

I have a special recipe for you. It is a recipe for paneer bhurji, but completely different from the standard ones. Like I mentioned before yesterday evening it was snowing and I felt like having something chatpata (spicy and tangy). Yet I was feeling really lazy and did not want to leave the book I was reading. Somehow hunger pangs took me to the kitchen. Found some paneer (Indian cheese) in the fridge, decided to make it, since it cooks really quickly.

Ingredients for making spicy and tangy paneer bhurji:
200 gms paneer/cottage cheese grated
One medium onion, cut into four and finely chopped
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
2 green chillies, chopped
1/2 tea spoon of mustard seeds
1/2 tea spoon of cumin seeds
Whole garam masala-- 2 cloves, 2 green cardamoms, 1 inch cinnamon stick, 2 bay leaves
1 tea spoon of ginger and garlic paste each
1 tea spoon of turmeric powder
2 table spoons of mango powder
1 tea spoon of coriander powder
1 table spoon of sugar
About 4 table spoon of milk
Salt to taste
2 table spoons of oil
Chopped coriander leaves and crushed peanuts for garnishing

Cooking Know How:
After the oil heats in a pan, add the cumin and mustard seeds, the whole garam masalas slightly crushed, then add the onions, fry till light brown. Once onions have nicely browned, add the ginger and garlic paste, fry for 3 to 4 mins, then add the masalas. After the masalas are fried and oil starts to separate, add the paneer, green chillies and the tomatoes. Mix everything and cook for a couple of minutes before adding the milk. Cook till the milk evaporates or a slight gravy is left. Add the salt according to taste.

Remove from heat and sprinkle with some crushed peanuts and coriander leaves. You paneer is ready to eat. Mango powder gives it a tangy taste, which is balanced by the sugar and the chillies give the necessary heat. The peanuts add a crunch to the dish. It takes about 15 mins to get this dinner together.

 I served the paneer with some naans I bought from a store (usually I do not buy these, they have too much sodium in them) but yesterday I just did not want to make the effort.
Also served a simple winter salad of radishes and tomatoes. These baby radishes are my new find this winter and I am loving them.


  1. Dear Suchi,
    That was a fabulous shout-out!!Thanks so much for getting this up so fast and passing it on - will surely check out the lovely blogs that you've selected:)Also,thank you so much for writing about me and my blog - you actually had me gushing and blushing all at the same time =) Nothing sweeter than to know that someone likes to read what I write so much!Paneer Bhurji looks lip-smacking dear.And do enjoy the snow!

  2. Awesome ....first time in your space...n i loved it absolutely..following ur space.....do visit mine in ur free time :-)

    Valentine Week

  3. A very wonderful pick! You deserve it, such an amazing blog! Have a wonderful weekend =)

  4. A different kind of burji. And I love the thought of adding the crushed groundnuts.

  5. loved the write up suchi :).. yup! i almost did think, that u would close the post without a recipe :D.. love paneer bhurji :)

  6. Wonderful dish, adding peanuts to it is new, will try out next time..

  7. Congrats on ur award and very glad that u thought about me :) Thanks dear..!!
    Paneer burji sounds very interesting and delicious..

    Join me for the Just "4" Fun event :)

  8. First time in ur space n I loved it absolutely....excellent write up.....n a delicious tangy paneer bhurji recipe....loved it....following ur space..do visit mine sometime!


  9. Thanks a lot for the award Suchi. I will surely post it on my blog and pass it on as soon as I return from my vacation in US/Mexico.

  10. Ooh Thankyou Suchi Didi! Here I am to collect the award. Now HOW do I get it??

  11. These paneer dish looks very yumyyyyy

  12. thnx Suchi :)
    the bhurji looks spicy.....a lovely treat

  13. congrats on the award
    paneer curry looks wonderful
    following your lovely site
    nice to meet you :)
    regards torviewtoronto and createwithmom

  14. Such a lovely dish to share with us! And congratulations on your Liebster award!!!

    PS...we are having snow today, too, after an unusually warm winter so far :)

  15. Thanks a ton dear for such a lovely award..i am so honored to receive this award..will post it soon on my blog..and your paneer bhurji looks awesome!! :)
    Kande Pohe

  16. Congrats on ur award dear... The tangy paneer bhurji looks yummmmm... Nice combo for naans

  17. Congrats on ur well deserved award Suchi!!! And thank u for dropping by my space & letting me know of ur fabulous blog!! U have such delish & mouthwatering recipes here :)
    Keep rocking!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  18. Congrats on your award arr onek thanks amake emon sundor gift deor jonno! I am touched!
    Once again tomar panner bhurji is just awesome and what I love is the add of peanuts.
    Keep rocking bondhu!
    Bhalo theko arr emni bhabaye mone rekho!

  19. Thanks guys for al your lovely comments :-)

  20. Congrats...Paneer bhurji pic makes me to drool :)

  21. Beautiful post & Congrats on your award.......glad to folllow you.

  22. Oh, wow! congrats on the Award, Suchi.. "tomar blog khoob bhaalo aache!"

    Check out my recent recipe post - Fool Proof Chicken fry

  23. I love all the spices... It looks divine!

  24. 1st time in your space...n i just loved it .......do visit mine in ur free time :-)
    congrats on award dera........

  25. Congrats for the award and thanks for thinking about me...and love paneer bhurji..amra south-west London e achi Suchi..hugs and smiles

  26. Ohh yes dear, I have!Just hope its not become too clumsy though!I have this penchant for changing my blog's look once in a while but keep dreading that the earlier one was better till I hear comforting words - honest ones of course;) Thanks a bunch for your wishes honey - sorry to hear about the post - never mind though, you can always salvage one when you have you hubby nearer,so keep plotting from now on...ha ha ha!

  27. I know! The weather has gone cuckoo these days! :D

    Congrats on the award, so deserving :)

  28. Suchi, thanks so much for thinking of me. I 've been too busy to get up a new post lately.. hopefully will be able to do this soon.

  29. Wonderful post on spicy food...good anty.


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