Happy Independence Day with Paneer Matar Tak-A-Tak


In honour of independence day, i would like to share a simple but yummy dish, which I make whenever I get fresh/soft homemade paneer.

Tak-a -Tak dishes are typical Delhi shaadi ka khaana(wedding party grub).These are usually made to order on a huge tawa (griddle), kind of like the ones used for dosa.Tak a Tak is the sound that the spatula makes everytime it stirs the tawa contents. The dude cooking this up would sometimes match the sound to simple,popular tunes to amuse the kids .

This is a quick and tasty dish, if you have paneer and frozen peas on hand. It is usually very rich as it is cooked with a happy amount of oil, but tastes almost as good with very little oil too.
250 gms Paneer, cubed into small pieces
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
1 onion, chopped fine
1 tomato, chopped fine
1 tsp tawa fry masala or pav bhaji masala
salt to taste
2 tsp oil
Heat oil in a non stick wok, fry the onions for a couple of minutes, and then add the tomatoes. Fry some more till tomatoes turn mushy. Add the masala, paneer and peas. Sprinkle salt, and mix well, taking care not to mash the paneer. Taste and adjust seasonings. Eat with garam rotis.



Off this goes to dear Pooja's event.

Happy independence Day, folks

31 comments:

  1. Sounds delicious. Love the click

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  2. How simple & yummy and I love the name :)

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  3. Very nice picture and a lovely recipe

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  4. wow very nice pics. Thats an amazing idea. Recipe is good too.

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  5. lovely dish! i love the pictures as well.

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  6. Happy I day!! Gorgeous colors, love it:)

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  7. And to you. The idea of using up that big pack of Pav Bhaji masala I've got really appeals...

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  8. I don't eat paneer, Delhi belle, but you did make my mouth water with this lovely-looking dish. Maybe I should try it with tofu.

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  9. WOW... This is a very nice recipe. Looks so good. Nice pictures. YUM!

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  10. Looks very delicious. Looks like a must try recipe.

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  11. I can't see the pix. I thought tak-a-tak had something to do with how quickly it could be made!!

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  12. looks lovely! happy I day to you too girl!:)

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  13. sounds ineresting and delicious.. happy independence day

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  14. Happy Independence day! Lovely pics.
    I've eaten tawa mushrooms or subzi, never tak a tak. I can hear that tak tak noise in my head now that you explained it like that! Cool!

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  15. Hello Delhi belle, As some folks say it ..never knew there was so much 'matter' to 'tak-a-tak' even after 5 years in dilli-gurgaon!! :-) 3 cheers to South-Ex, Dilli Haat, Lajpat Nagar and Sector 14 Gurgaon, for some of the yummiest tava and chaat foods...
    Thanks for bringing back memories!

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  16. Never knew the origins of that name.
    Used to think it menat "phat-a-phat"!

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  17. Sounds very nice loved the color combo..

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  18. You are a God-send. I have some frozen peas and paneer left in my fridge but couldnt have thought of this myself, even when I have eaten Matar Paneer a 1000 times at my mums place. I havent got the tawa fry masala or pav bhaji masala, so I am gonna try my own combo of masalas - Hope it doesnt turn out to be a disaster.

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  19. looks great.. lovely entry...

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  20. Hummmmm what a tak-a-tak entry, look chak-a-chak ;-)

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  21. Yummy dish and a lovely click.
    your dish indeed looks Taka-Tak!

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  22. this i think is the perfect dish to impress!!comes from a guy who has been livin alone 5 years and the best he can "cook" is flavoured rice...you made my day!!:D

    Scribblers Inc.

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  23. Lovely looking dish Rashmi!I don't like paneer but love matar ... hubby loves both ... shall give this a try. :-)

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  24. waaah waah mast hai ... :) abhi banane wali hun.. mast laga...

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  25. UPDATE: Just tried this and was fantastic !!! I didnt have the Masala so I added Haldi, lal Mirchi and some Garam Masala and it worked a treat.

    Fresh Green Chillies is also something I recommend adding, which gives it a nice spicyness

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  26. Sharad,
    Thanks for trying it..delighted to know that you enjoyed it. Green chillies is a nice idea, will try that next time.

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  27. lookss ossummm n yuummmyyy.........

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  28. Love your blog...can't wait to get cooking

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