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So I tried my recipe of Rasmalai with sugar free and guess what it turned out great. I could not make out difference at all. And I used fat free chenna (paneer) and fat free milk instead of malai (Heavy cream/ Half and half). Trust me, any diabetics out there you can happily have this on your special occassions. This sweet is a combination of Diary and protein (paneer). Here is the recipe:
6 cups Fat free milk
2 tbsp Vinegar
For Sugar Syrup:
2 cups Water
2 cups Sugar Free
3 cups Fat Free Milk
1/4 cup Sugar Free
1/4 tsp Cardamom powder(Elaichi)
1/4 tsp Saffron
1. Heat 6 cups of milk in a heavy bottomed pan and when it comes to a boil, switch off the stove and add the vinegar. Keep stirring gently until the milk curdles. Drain the water and run the chenna (The curdled thing is called chenna) under running water until the vinegar smell is gone.
2. Make a smooth dough of the chenna, you may use some all purpose flour to enable you to make into small balls.
3. In the mean time heat make sugar syrup with water and sugar free. Let it boil for a while and then drop the chenna balls in to the syrup. Let them cook in the water for 10 to 15 minutes. You will see the balls double in size.
4. When you start making sugar syrup at the same time, in a seperate pan heat the milk and let it boil until it becomes half its quantity. Add crushed saffron and cardamom powder and let it boil for further few more minutes.
5. Now add sugar to the milk, stir, and drop the cooked chenna balls into the milk sauce. Switch off the stove and let the pan still be on the stove. Once it cools a bit, switch them in to a serving bowl and keep them inside the regrigerator to further cool them. Serve them chill. Garnish with some sliced almonds or pistachios. Enjoy.
I cannot have a sweet by itself I need something hot aside. So, I made Paneer Chettinad that goes well with Whole wheat Chapathis. I got the recipe for this dish from my brother's colleague. I followed the same recipe, the only addition I made was adding saffron. Here is the recipe:
1 Big Onion
1 Big Tomato
3 Small green chillies (You may reduce adjust it as per your spice level)
4 to 5 curry leaves chopped
3 tbsp Cashew nuts
1 tbsp Poppy seeds (ghasaghasalu)
1" piece Cinnamon (dalchini)
4 Cloves (lavangalu)
1/2 tsp dry Coconut powder
1/2 tsp Coriander seeds
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
2 long dry Red chillies
a pinch of Saffron
1 tbsp Ginger Garlic paste
1 tbsp chopped Cilantro(coriander leaves)
1/3 cup cubed Fat free Paneer
Salt as per taste
I made paneer couple of days ago with fat free milk and I have them in my refrigerator in the freezer section.
1. Soak cashews and poppy seeds in hot water for 20 to 30 minutes. Dry roast the cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, corander, cumin, coconut powder and red chillies. Add the saffron to the roasted ingredients.
2. Spray some cooking oil (nonstick cooking spray) in the same pan and fry paneer until it turns golden brown. Drop them into some hot water, this allows the paneer to be soft. This idea was given to me by my brother which works.
3. In the same pan, spray some more oil and add the chopped onion, green chillies, curry leaves, sprinkle a little salt, mix well, cover and cook until onion becomes transluscent. In the mean time, grind the roasted ingredients, add ginger garlic paste and grind further more. Add the soaked Cashews and poppy seeds and grind them into a smooth paste.
4. Add the paste to the onions, add some water and cook until the oil leaves the gravy. Well, there is not much of oil I added to this dish, but still you will see the little oil that I added on top. And also cashews has some amount of fat in it.
5. Add the chopped tomato, salt, cover and cook until the tomato is cooked. Now add the paneer, coriander leaves and cook for 5 more minutes.
Squeeze a lime and serve with chapathis with some slices of onion. I did not have much patience to decorate it so I had as it is. It tasted excellent. Thanks Devi for sharing such a wonderful recipe.
Since they are low in fat and calorie they go to my own event WYF - Diet Food. This is also my contribution to Sunita of Sunita's World for her event Think Spice -Think Saffron.
PS: Today is the last day to send in your entries for my event WYF - Diet Food. I will be posting my round up on Monday. So if anyone missed to post for the event, may send in their entries by Sunday. Love to see some more delicious entries. Keep them coming.