August 31, 2011

Paneer / Cottage Cheese Crescents | For Blog Hop Wednesdays | Step by Step Recipe

These lovely crescents are totally dedicated to my children who enjoyed thoroughly while shaping the crescents all by themselves. We all had a great time in the kitchen while baking these crescents. I’m so glad that I chose to bake this when they were at home. This recipe is from Archana’s space whose blog I’m supposed to hop to for this week’s Blog Hop. Though I wanted to try out her Thumbs Up cake, my boys chose this one after I showed them both the recipes and asked them to choose one. It was instant love for them with these crescents and according to them they have had enough of cakes.
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When the topic steered towards the topping, Arun was quite clear about the flavor that he wanted. It should be aromatic and also tangy at the same time. So I went for Kasuri methi, which always makes quite a pair with paneer and the spices were all to my imagination. I made the rolls quite small as it would help my children in handling it with ease but if you want a bigger size just make big balls and the rolled out ones a bigger size so that you would end up with bigger crescents. They did not shape into a crescent either as they liked the cigar like shape, but do try and go by the name.

Paneer Crescents

You’ll need:

All Purpose Flour 2 cups
Warm Milk 1/2 cup
Paneer / Cottage Cheese 100 gms
Active Dry Yeast 2 tsp
Sugar 1/2 tbsp
Salt 1/4 tsp
Melted Butter 2 tbsp

 

Spices that I used for Topping :

Coriander leaves 1 tbsp
Mint Leaves 1 tbsp
Kasuri methi 1/2 tbsp
Garam Masala 1/2 tsp
Amchoor Powder 1/2 tsp
Chaat Masala 1/4 tsp
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Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 200 Deg C. Prepare a baking try by greasing it and keep it aside. Chop the coriander and mint leaves finely and mix it together with the spices mentioned in the list and keep it ready.

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 Method:

Proofing the yeast: To the warm  milk add the dry yeast and sugar and give it a nice mix. Let it rest for 10-15 mins. It will turn frothy.

Mash the paneer with your hands. I used home made paneer. Mix together flour and salt. Add the mashed paneer to the flour and mix. Pour the yeast mix to the flour and knead into a soft dough. Use more milk/water if necessary.
Wrap the dough in a moist cloth and let it rest for 2 hours or till it doubles in volume.
Divide the dough into 3 or 4 big balls and roll each one out as shown in S.No.4 or as you would for a roti and cut into 8 triangles.
Start rolling each triangle from the outer to the inner tip softly with your fingers and shape them into crescents. I left it as it is as my children preferred it that way.
Place them on a greased baking tray and cover again with a moist cloth. Let it rest for 30 mins.

To Proceed:

Brush the top with melted butter and drizzle the remaining over the crescents. Sprinkle the mixed spices on top and bake for 20 mins or until it turns golden yellow.

 

Verdict:

I served it with Tomato Sauce and we all loved it to bits. It was so buttery and along with the spices every morsel was heaven. The outer layer a bit crisp because of the butter and the insides being soft and spongy, it was delicious.

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Notes:
Feel free to play with the spices used for topping.
If using dry yeast always activate it before using.
You can also use egg wash for the topping instead of brushing with butter.
The baking timings vary from oven to oven.
You can also blend the paneer instead of mashing it with hands for a smooth and even texture.
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This is my submission for the Blog Hop Wednesdays and do take a moment to check out yummylicious entries of the Blog Hoppers and if you want to join the hopping gang all you have to do is drop in a mail to me.
and this is also off to Celebrate Sweets

42 comments:

  1. wow...these look soooo adorable..flipped for them in the first go.super!!

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  2. fabulous!!!! looking so tempting ki grab it. 'pic are super

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  3. perfectly done...nice presentation..yummm

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  4. Wow! I'm very impressive with your very precise instructions in making these cheese treats.

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  5. No words left to decribe it!!!!!Simply yummy.Wonderful presentation

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  6. radhika, i am bookmarking this ! it looks WOW

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  7. Radhika..my blog link does not seem to work on the bloghoppers list. Pls do the needful

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  8. Super good....they look just awesome...must've tasted heavenly

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  9. Looks beautiful and absolutely irresistible..

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  10. Cant stop drooling over.. Nice clicks !

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  11. Radhika these are looking super delicious. Thanks I am truly humbled.

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  12. Lovely snack idea,looks too good,perfect party starter or evening snack!

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  13. Wow..,looks so yummy n perfectly done...thanx for the pictorials...loved it ..

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  14. Awesome clicks! great snack for the kids!

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  15. Vooowwww!!! they looks sooo good....wants to taste it immediately..
    wonderful..clicks

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  16. lovely presentation n the explainations..loved it,It would have tasted real crunch!!

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  17. perfect party snack and they turned out so well.

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  18. wow, those look amazing and so tempting. What a great color Radhika :)

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  19. Lovely reipe radhika. Bookmarked already and it was such gr8 fun to be part of the blog Hopping.

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  20. looks delicious and lovely presentation ..... happy to follow u ..........

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  21. Send some over Rads. Lovely paneer rolls.

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  22. hey do check my first event http://yummyfoodintummy.blogspot.com/2011/08/life-is-green-my-first-foodie-event.html

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  23. superb clicks...nice recipe for snacks..:)

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  24. Superb!!! Perfectly made rolls with my fav filling!!!! Yummmm!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  25. wow too good Rads!!! amazing so so good n addictive..snack..

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  26. Ohh!! These crescents look absolutely crispy and delicious. I've bookmarked this. Sure to give a try!! A good selection by ur kids indeed :)

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  27. oh my, looks super great and I crave so much now.. :)

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  28. Truly irresistable....Grogeous pics. Lovely pick for the event.

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  29. This is absolutely amazing! And whether I get to partner with you or not (for the Blog Hop event) I AM MAKING THIS right away! Thank you soo much!
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    Kavi |Edible Entertainment
    www.myedibles.blogspot.com

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  30. BOOKMARKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!love th clicks Radhika...........super

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  31. Hey Radhi!
    Please suggest a good oven model naa!!
    What is your opinion on a convection model?
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    Kavi
    Edible Entertainment

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  32. Hi I tried this recipe today but didn't like the taste that much. Mainly because I could not get the taste of spices after baking nd salt was also less. Can I add the spices while kneading the dough. Will it make any difference while baking. Do let me know what all I can add to make it more tangy as this was my first try on crescents !!

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  33. @Mona Jain Mona Jain: Sure you can add the spices while kneading the dough itself. For a more tangier version just increase the quantity of chat masala & amchur powder. You can also spread tomato sauce after rolling, cut it out and proceed.

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  34. Lovely crescents Wud like to grab all of them into my mouth

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  35. They look gorgeous and easy to make too. Gonna try them soon. :)

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