Yesterday I made paneer and left it under pressure for 24 hours. Today it had nice firm cheese! I was even little surprised how easy it was to do, and how proper the result was. At first it didn’t separate properly, although I used juice of two limes, same amount I used last time and then it was enough for one liter of milk. Unfortunately those were my last two limes. What to do? I could have walked to nearest store to buy more limes, but instead I decided to try adding some red vinegar. And it worked like a charm! And so excited I was about this successful experiment, that I bough 2 more liter of milk, and new set of paneer is already under weight while writing this..
I could have eaten the paneer as it was, but then I decided to make something out of it. After some consideration I came up with the idea of doing Palak Paneer, my old favorite Indian dish. Palak Paneer was the only Indian dish I knew before I came to India first time, at least, only one which name I could remember :). I never made it properly in Finland, because paneer is not available there. If I had known how easy it is to make, I would cooked so many paneer dishes there. Now I feel even little stupid that I never checked it out. And Palak Paneer is so easy to make as well, and tasty!
I went to a store to buy three bunches of spinach, as I figured that would been enough. But guy selling those told me, that I should buy 5 bunches, as they have a discount, 12 rupees total. I said “nono, I only need 3”. But he insisted that I buy 5, as it is a good discount. Again I tried to tell that I don’t need so much. He told me I can take some herbs as well, but five bunch I should take. I told him that I have curry leaves, coriander leaves and spring onions already, I don’t want anything more, as I have a trouble using the old ones. Now he looked me like i was a idiot, I think he rolled his eyes, went and got me 2 more bunches, added even half a bunch more, and gave it to me. What could I do, i bough the bunches. I guess I will be eating spinach tomorrow as well :). And this is not the first time they sell me excess vegs in this store. Last time I wanted to buy maybe half a kilo of bananas, but then cute salesgirl told me that I should buy 2 kilos of bananas, as they are in a discount. I have never learn how to say no to cute girls, so next 3-4 days I ate bananas as breakfast, lunch and dinner..