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Non-fried, healthy appetizers: Paneer Dumplings

December 22, 2008
Fed up of trying to control your appetite? Want to cook healthy, low-fat food that is both easy to prepare and wholesome to taste?

Shakuntala Saraf is a celebrated Indian chef who has hosted a cookery show on television abroad and published several cookbooks in Eastern Europe. Her latest is a collection of healthy non-fried vegetarian appetizers -- as part of a week-long series, we bring you a recipe from the newly-launched cookbook Simply Starters.

Paneer Dumplings

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serves: 8-10


  • 1 cup cottage cheese (paneer)
  • 1/4 cup mixed vegetables, finely chopped (carrots, green peas, french beans)
  • 1 tsp green chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp semolina

    For the sauce:

  • 1/2 cup soya sauce
  • 1 green chilli, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ginger paste
  • 1/4 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp spring onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • salt
    Mix all these ingredients and make a sauce.


  • Take the cottage cheese. Add sugar, salt, green chilli, vegetables and semolina.
  • Divide the mixture into 15 equal portions. Roll each portion into a ball. Using your hands, flatten each ball slightly.
  • Take a pan and add a glass of water. Boil the water.
  • In a large sieve, arrange the cottage cheese balls. Place the sieve on the boiling pan. Cover it with a lid.
  • Steam it for 5-7 minutes.


    Present the cottage cheese dumplings with a bowlful of sauce.

    Photograph: Simply Starters

    Excerpted from Simply Starters by Shakuntala Saraf, with permission from the author. The book is available at Crosswords outlets across the country and you can also call in to order it at +91 (0)22 4098 2222 or +91 (0)22 4098 2202; it is priced at Rs 400 per copy.

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