Paneer Capsicum

June 1, 2009

My body has regained its size small splendour. Remarkable what a combination of forced sleep deprivation and skipped meals can achieve…

Then an invite arrived for the launch of Iron Maiden’s new boutique hotel in Soho. Champagne? Canapes? Paparazzi? Hallelujiah! Finally, a reason to resurrect the glamour stakes to their original high standards.

I slipped off to the hairdresser. A lovely Spanish gal, who can talk for England. Darling, I said, I have two hours; make me beautiful again.

She set to work with gusto. Clicked her tongue at the disgrace that used to be my lustrous locks. Sat me under an over-sized chrome dryer. Handed over the month’s latest fashion and gossip magazines and said: “You have 40 minutes”.

40 minutes? Forget getting my hair done. I could have slept!

I spent the time bringing myself up to date with the season’s latest fashion trends. Safari. 80s body con. Bright colours. Do they make playsuits for babies?

I came home fabulous, wore a shower cap and cooked Paneer Capsicum, a light and breezy Indian cheese and bell pepper sir fry.

Life is slowly returning back to normal. Or some version of it at least. Just in time for summer.



Feeds 4:

  • 225gm paneer
  • 3 mixed peppers (capsicum / bell peppers)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • Half inch ginger
  • Half tsp chilli powder
  • Half tsp turmeric powder
  • Half tsp garam masala
  • 1 large tomato
  • Handful of fresh coriander
  • 1 tblsp oil
  • Salt to taste



Puree or chop finely the ginger and garlic. Slice the paneer into half-centimetre pieces width-wise and cut the peppers into long strips, discarding the middle.

Heat the oil in a medium wok on high. When it’s hot, stir in the ginger and garlic. As they turn pale brown in a few seconds roughly chop and add the tomato, turmeric and chilli powders.

Fry this for two minutes until the aroma becomes less pungent and then stir in the peppers.

Cook the peppers for five minutes, stirring regularly, until they start going soft. Then mix in the paneer pieces taking care not to break them and half a cup of hot water.

Let this all simmer together for five minutes. Finally, stir in the garam masala, the chopped coriander and add salt to your taste. Serve with warm buttered rotis for maximum pleasure.



10 Responses to “Paneer Capsicum”

  1. Mallika Says:

    June 1st, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Namesake! Good to see you around. Salutations to the little princess >

  2. indosungod Says:

    June 1st, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Getting back to normal? I guess you spoke too soon ;)

  3. Mona Says:

    June 1st, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Mallika, Howz ur lil baby? My kisses to her.
    Paneer Capsicum looks delicious.

  4. Ramya's Mane Adige Says:

    June 1st, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Good to know you are getting back to normal. hugs to the lil one! The sabji looks simple and delicious!

  5. Bharti Says:

    June 1st, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    hehe…sorry sweetie..I don’t agree. I think ‘normal’ gets redefined with kids. UR just in denial. I went thru it too. Love to the little one and glad u had a couple of hours to get rejuvenated. The paneer sounds yummy.

  6. Chanda Says:

    June 2nd, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Your shower cap tip really works!!! I now always wear a shower cap while cooking to save my freshly washed hair :))

  7. a2zvegetariancuisine Says:

    June 2nd, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Lovely picture and a nice recipe.

  8. Jenn AKA The Leftove Says:

    June 3rd, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Hi Mallika! Glad to hear that you are coming back and had a nice reason to get pampered and go out! :) Beautiful dish, as always!

  9. notyet100 Says:

    June 3rd, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    umm lovely recipe,,,cool for summer..:-)good to knw u r comin bck to normal ,,wht hve u named ur daughter,,,??

  10. Sia Says:

    June 4th, 2009 at 4:21 am

    muaah… Welcome bk darling :)

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