The Weight Issue

Written by Meena Agarwal on March 9th, 2007 | 33 Comments


Paneer Pockets
Paneer Pockets

There comes a time in every one’s life when getting into shape takes the top most priority, and eating healthy seems the only thing you can thing of. For Hubby Dear and me, okay, just me, not surprisingly, these times always seem to prefix a big event – the annual vacation, that special dinner party, family coming for a visit, or the slowly creeping summer! This time, same as years past, my will to get into shape (read: lose some weight!!) is strenghtened by the fact that our 2nd wedding anniversary is coming really close.With just over 6 weeks to stick to my plan, things may not be too easy, considering that I haven’t made that plan as yet!As I walked through the fresh produce aisle during our weekly grocery trip a few days ago, taking in all the wonderful shapes and colours of some not-so-crazy-about vegetables, I caught Hubby Dear wincing as I picked up a perky looking cauliflower.

HD: What’s that for?

Me: Ummn, we need to start eating healthy. I need to lose some weight to fit into that new dress I want to buy for our anniversary.

HD: What new dress? Wait, our anniversary is coming? Do I need to buy you a gift?

Me: Of course you do! It’s our anniversary!

HD: Yes sweety, but I just got you that wonderful thing for Valentine’s remember? I thought it would cover both occasions.

Me: Pity, but yea, you still have to buy me a gift.

HD: Okay, but can we atleast not start eating cauliflower? You know you don’t like it either! Besides, I’ll only eat cauliflower if it’s in the form of Gobi Manchurian.

Me: Yes, but I saw some really fun recipes on many blogs that I’d like to try out. And besides, we need to get more veggies into our diet.

HD: But we already do! Look at the tons of tomatoes you just picked up! Now come on, could we just have Paneer Pockets for dinner tonight?

Me: Do you know how much butter goes into that dough? You might as well eat a whole slab of butter! No, I’m making us a healthier dinner.

HD: Okay, but then if we get into this healthy eating binge you’re dreaming of, then you do realize that we have to cut down on munchies, right? That means our Friday night ritual of movies and finger-food is gonna change. Which also means that World Cup party you’re planning to host can’t have those little treats you’ve planned. And that means you won’t be able to blog about them. I’m sure they’ll taste great, but your readers will just have to do without them. Well, I guess they can surely look forward to your boiled cauliflower recipe!

Me: Wait, I won’t be able to blog about them?

An hour later, I couldn’t help but notice the mile long smile on Hubby Dear’s face as he bit into his Panner Pocket. We were nestled on our couch in front of the big screen TV watching our favourite movie. The cauliflower, if you’re wondering, is happily sitting in my fridge waiting to be turned into a lip-smacking snack in coming days.

And the weight thingie? Eh! Who says I’m out of shape? Round is a shape!!

PANEER POCKETS
Prep time: 25 min | Cooking time: 15-20 min | Makes: 8 medium sized treats 

1 can
1 cup
1 cup
1 small
1 tsp
1 tsp
1/2 tsp
1/4 tsp
1/2 tsp
1 tbsp
Pillsbury cresents
paneer, crumbled
spinach, chopped
onion, finely chopped
cumin seeds
coriander seeds
chilli powder
turmeric powder
garam masala
light cooking oil
salt, to taste
flour, as neeed

SAUTE cumin and coriander seeds in hot oil till they start to sizzle. Fry onions till tender and slightly browned. Add chopped spinach and fry until spinach wilts.

ADD salt, chilli powder, turmeric and garam masala and fry for a few seconds. Stir in paneer and cook for a few minutes till done and blended well. Garnish with coriander leaves and set aside to cool.

PREHEAT oven to 375 degrees. Separate cresent triangles as directed. For each triangle, adding a little flour if needed, roll out dough to expand in size, while keeping the same triangular shape.

FILL each triangle with a spoonful of cooled panner filling and wrap the three corners of the dough.

BAKE for 20-25 minutes till lightly browned and done.


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