All these food shows on TV show some version of crusts being used on different ingredients. What has been stopping people to use different things to make the crust – other than Bread crumbs.
To be fair this was not the first thought that came to me :P. I was out of bread crumbs and was too lazy to make fresh one. So I googled “Crust without breadcrumbs”; all the results were telling me was “How to make breadcrumbs”. So I thought lets atleast read a recipe and then decide how to tweak it.
First thought for the base came to me was salted peanuts. Second thought was blanched almonds. Third was rolled oats – coarsely chopped. And I promise the final one was Wheat/oat bran. So I used the bran for this recipe because there was a box that was just lying around :P. I have been using this bran in chapatis and parathas but since husband didnt really like it, I use it only for mine.
Let us get to making this gorgeous paneer. 🙂
You shall need: [ serves 1]
75 gms paneer [2 chunks/slices of the size that you like]
4 tbsp oat bran
3 tbsp chopped fresh herbs [ I used corriander, Basil and mint]
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp red chilly flakes
1/4 tsp lemon juice
1/4 cup milk
Shallow non stick pan
Two small plates/shallow bowls
- Mix the bran, herbs, lemon juice, flakes and salt in one plate.
- Pour the milk in another plate.
- Cut the paneer in the slab of the size that you like.
- Dip the paneer in milk, on both side.
- Move it to the bran herb mix.
- Cover it generously and press some mix on it lightly ,as well.
- Heat the pan on a medium low heat until it is nice and hot.
- Add few drops of oil. Once it is hot enough, lower the paneer in the pan and let it stand there for a few min. Do not move it to check.
- Once you can see brown edges, add a few drops of oil on the uncooked side and flip it gently.
- Press it gently to make sure the crust cooks well on the other side as well.
- Transfer on serving dish and serve with a lemon.
I ate it with a methi roti and added a tsp of cheese spread on it, turning the paneer and roti into a burrito-ish.
- Next time I will like to add a few nuts to the bran as well.
- In case you do not have fresh herbs, go ahead and use the dried ones- but fresh ones are more preferred. 🙂
- Adding more oil is not necessary, trust me. Your pan needs to be good, though.
- Adding a few drops of milk on the crust [while adding the crust on top of the paneer] will make sure it sticks well.