I made this dish as an accident. I started with some other recipe which I failed completely but did some adjustments to make this. I neer expected it to be good, but I was totally surprised. It was so good with the coconut flavour. Usually coconut rice is so heavy and this paneer coconut rice also falls under the same category. I usually eat 200 gm of paneer with out feeling full, but this, I couldn’t finish half of it. And the remaining half, I served it to hubb. This experiment happened on Ganesh Chaturti. I always have wanted to make kozhukattai with paneer and this recipe started out to be made into kozhukattai, but unfortunately, I couldn’t make the mixture hold shape. And I was not sure about what to do. Then I added some ghee to the pan and did the tempering and added the paneer coconut mixture along with it. I tried frying it for a long time and it came out like rice. It had an amazing ghee and coconut flavour and was so good when I served it along with coconut chutney. So even when a recipe fails, do not lose heart. There are so many ways to make it right and who knows you may end up with a brilliant invention.
Paneer – 200 gm
Coconut – 1/4 cup
Ghee – 2 tbs
Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves – 2 sprigs
Green Chillies – 3-4
Salt -to taste
Coriander Leaves for Garnish
Grind together paneer and coconut until it is a smooth paste. Do not add water.
In a pan heat ghee and add the mustard seeds.
When they crackle add in curry leaves and green chillies and fry for a minute on low flame.
Now add the prepared paste and saute on low flame continuously until the grains separate and resembles rice. Add one or two tsp of ghee if needed.
Garnish with coriander leaves and serve it with a chutney of your choice.
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