This is a lightly tossed paneer hot salad that goes well with wine, and drinks and is easy and quick to rustle up (you can add/subtract the salad ingredients, being a weekend, my fridge is kinda empty, stocking up left for the Sunday :-)! )
By now it must be evident that I am a paneer (cottage cheese) lover. It’s a versatile ingredient, if it can be called that, easy to add into other dishes or on its own.
Paneer – low fat (cottage cheese): 200-250 gm, cubed
Onion: 1 medium sized, finely sliced
Cucumber: halved, finely sliced
Garlic: 1 clove, finely diced
Tomato: 1 medium, sliced into eights, length-wise (for garnish)
Green olives: 4, quartered, length-wise
Jalapenos (pickled): 4, crushed
Salt: to taste
Red chilli powder: a pinch
Red wine Vinegar: 1/4 tsp
Olive oil to saute: 1/4 tsp
Optional: 1/4 tsp chat masala
Put a saucepan (i use the anodized ones, you can use a non-stick, if you so want) on heat, add diced garlic, roast dry, add finely sliced onions, saute for about a minute; add the cucumber slices, let saute further, toss in the paneer, add olive oil, saute for about a couple of minutes till paneer starts acquiring a slightly brownish tinge, turn down flame; add the olives and jalapeno, saute for a further minute, add salt, red chilli powder, red wine vinegar and if using, the chat masala, lightly toss pan contents, allow to cook for a further min on low heat.
Turn out on full plate or bowl, use sliced tomatoes to ring salad, serve hot. Good with wine (that’s what I served it with)