Earlier this week my son was visiting me. We have always had a tradition to go out to lunch and have Shahi Paneer. It is one of my son's favorite dishes. We used to go to a restaurant near my old house, but in the new house I hadn't yet found a spot. I figured we might try the local restaurant, but maybe he would like to help me make it. I'd never cooked it before, but both my son and I lvoe to cook. So I looked up recipes. I settled on one from Allrecipes.
So we went out to our local Indian grocery store that was just a half mile from the house. They had the red chili powder and ghee (which I used instead of vegetable oil), but sadly no paneer. So we made Shahi Mozzeralla instead. Now paneer doesn't melt and you can cook it in the sauce, but mozzerella does so you have to add it at the last minute. If we had had time we might have made paneer ourselves as it isn't that hard, but it was 11am already and we were making lunch.
It really made a good garden lunch. It used garlic, onion, tomatoes, and coriander from the garden. Mozzeralla tasted very good with the sauce, but it as a bit too rubbery. Maybe I'll make paneer before he comes next time. He promised to come again in a month.
And as every mother does I had to make dinner for him with one of his favorites. Ham. I paired it with applesauce that I made last fall. I dug the first of the new potatoes out of the garden in the afternoon to make scalloped potatoes. I usually don't have cream in the house, but since I bought it for the Shahi Paneer I figured I'd use it up. And I cut up some carrots for him. Sadly this is my plate and my son doesn't like green beans.