Raise your hand if you love croissants. Now wave them around if you're intrigued with the idea of Paneer Croissants! There comes a time in everyone's life when getting into shape takes the topmost priority, and eating healthy seems like the only thing you can think of. For Hubby Dear and me, okay, maybe 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 strengthened 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 seem too easy, especially 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 - all the while dreaming of these Paneer Croissants, 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 at least 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 Croissants 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 one of his Paneer Croissants. 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 - like this Gobi Manchurian, in the next few days.
And the weight thingie? Eh! Who says I'm out of shape? Round is a shape!!
- 1 tablespoon light cooking oil
- 1 medium-sized onion finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
- ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder
- ¼ teaspoon garam masala
- 1 teaspoon coriander powder
- salt to taste
- 2 cups crumbled paneer
- 2 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
- 1 can pre-made crescent rolls
For the Filling:
- Heat oil in non-stick pan, and fry onions and garlic till tender and slightly browned.
- Add in spices and salt, and fry for a few seconds before mixing in the crumbled paneer. Cook the paneer for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally so that it blends well with the spices.
- Take off the heat and mix in fresh cilantro. Let it cool to room temperature.
For the Croissants:
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Separate the crescent triangles as directed in the package. For each triangle, gently roll out the dough to expand sightly in size, while keeping the same triangular shape.
- Fill each triangle with a big spoonful or two of the cooled paneer filling and roll out the croissants as directed in the package - taking care to not let the filling spill out.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes till lightly browned and done.
This post was originally published in March 2007 and has been recently updated.
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