Spiced cottage cheese stir fry

1 This is a simple quick fix containing vegetables from fridge and some left over cottage cheese/paneer, better way of putting it, clearing the chiller. The spiced part is applicable only for the cheese, the main add-ons along with the vegetables contain only some chilly sauce which is mildly spiced and for a crisp I added a handful of cashews. The end product will be semi dry, with juicy cottage cheese and perfectly done vegetables with mild flavor of ginger garlic and chilly and a sweet tinge of honey. This recipe is good to go with any rice or plain noodles.

Gather these:

  • fresh cottage cheese cubed   – 200 grams
  • cauliflower florets, semi cooked – 1/2 of one flower
  • carrot, sliced length wise  – 1
  • red and yellow peppers sliced length wise – 1/2 each
  • thin beans halved – 10 -20
  • scallions – a bunch
  • garlic cloves – 5 to 6 chopped finely
  • green chilly sauce – 1 tablespoon
  • red chilly sauce  – 1 tablespoon
  • honey – 1 tablespoon
  • lemon juice – 1 tablespoon
  • cashews or pine nuts – 1/2 cup
  • salt and pepper – according to requirement
  • olive oil -2 to 3 tablespoons

for the marinade:

  • red chilly powder/paprika – 1 tablespoon
  • ground cumin   – 1 teaspoon
  • pepper – 1 teaspoon
  • ground ginger – 1 teaspoon
  • sugar  – 1 teaspoon

Start with:

  • mix the marinade and rub it over the cubed cottage cheese, keep them covered for around 20 minutes.
  • In a pan, add some oil and fry the cheese for around 3 to 4 minutes, along with turning them occasionally over a medium flame.
  • Wipe the pan clean and add remaining oil. Cook the garlic and scallions for around 2 minutes.
  • Now add the peppers, saute them, followed by carrots and cauliflower and beans, toss them for around 6 minutes so that it gets completely cooked.
  • Add salt and pepper according to your taste, followed by cottage cheese.
  • Pour the sauces mentioned above and toss them well, for around two minutes, don’t let them stick to the pan.
  • Add the cashews, lemon juice and honey, heat through and turn off the flame immediately.
  • Want to add more flavor? Add mushrooms, replace cottage cheese with tofu, replace normal oil with garlic oil and use lots of seasoning.

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