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Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Cottage Cheese (Paneer) Crescents & A Funeral

I read about these delicious Crescents in Radhika's blog Tickling Palates. So beautiful were they that I decided to make them immediately! (By the way, the picture above is from Radhika's blog!)

Ingredients -
for the crescents --
All purpose flour - 200 grams ( 2 cups)
Milk - 50-60 ml
Cottage Cheese / Paneer - 100 grams
Yeast - 2 teaspoons
Sugar - 2 teaspoons
Salt - to taste (1/2 - 3/4 tablespoon)
Melted Butter - 2 tablespoon
for the garnish / flavor --
You  can experiment with the flavors. Use any spices you want. I used the Chaat Powder for a few & for a few, I used Oregano & Chili Flakes. You can also add coriander / parsley leaves or mint leaves too.

1.  PROOFING THE YEAST - Add the sugar to warm milk and mix well. Add the dry yeast and mix well. Let it rest for 10-15 minutes. It becomes nice & frothy!
2. Mash or grate the cottage cheese / paneer.
3. To the flour, add salt, melted butter (2 tbsp) and the mashed paneer / cottage cheese. In this step, I also added some Red Chili Powder & some Chaat powder to blend the flavors with the flour.
4.Pour the yeast-milk mixture to the flour and knead well. Add more milk / water if necessary. Make sure you make a soft dough. Give a lot of pressure. You could even throw the dough from above to make it soft! :-P Wrap the dough with a moist cloth & let it rest for about 1-2 hours. until the dough rises & doubles in volume!
5. Divide the dough into balls. Depending on the size of your crescents, you could make small or big balls! ;-) Roll it out into a disk shaped tortilla (roti/chapati).
6. According to the recipe, you roll it out now. But I melted some butter, added my spices and applied it on the disk shaped tortilla / roti. And then, I cut it into 8 triangles (Horizontal, then vertical and then a cut across each quarter of the circle.)
7. Start rolling each triangle from the outer to the inner tip like shown in the picture.
8. Place them on a greased baking tray and drizzle the rest of your butter-spices mixture all over the crescents. Now, all you gotta do is bake at 200 Degree C for about 20 minutes (or until they are baked & turn golden yellow)! :-D

ALAS!! A terrible thing happened! :-( As I was ready to keep the tray into my oven, the plug burst!!! I didn't know what to do for 10 minutes!
9. Take a pan (heat on medium - low flame) and place some crescents on them (depending on your pan size).
10. Take a bigger vessel & enclose the crescents. (preferably, one with a handle) This creates an oven-like situation. Let it cook (bake :-D) on low to medium flame for about 2-3 minutes.
11. Take out the vessel & turn the crescents to the other side, close them & cook again for 2-3 minutes. Repeat the same for the sides too.
12. Serve hot with ketchup! ☺ ☻
As you can see, my crescents don't exactly look the same as Radhika's. But taste-wise, they were heavenly! If you do have an oven please bake in that! But this alternative is acceptable too!

If you are doubtful about making them, once again, take a look at how beautiful they look - :-D

And if you are wondering what the title was all about, I am holding a FUNERAL for my wonderful Philips OVEN who is no more! :'( If you wish to express your sympathy, you could send cakes as a token of your appreciation for my oven's long-standing services! :-D


  1. So So So sad kavi. Lovely step wise and it has to burst at the last time. terrible indeed. Stove top has turned out nice but you could have also deep fried it if you had wanted it to be crisp.

  2. @Radhika - I started making these at 830 pm. It was almost 10:30 pm when my Oven bombed. I couldn't have deep fried at 10.30 pm!!! :D

  3. hy kavi,
    first time your space..
    nice presentation with inviting cliks..
    very sad u had a terrible experience..
    love your kadai mutter paneer dish more..awesome

    Am your happy follower now..:)
    do stop by mine sometime..
    Tasty Appetite

  4. @ Jay - thanks so much! :) The best pic is of course Radhika's! :D
    @ ANU - thank you!

  5. Nice step wise clicks...great yummy and crisp recipe!!

  6. Looks really good! I don't have an oven either! This will be fun to make! :D

  7. What is cooking without a few fun ad not so fun adventures :) But the end result looks pretty awesome :) cheers, priya

  8. well tried dear....Nice step by step instructions...

  9. so sad Kavi! But your stove version looks real good too!

  10. Hi kavi,
    I tried this today....for my son's party at school 2mrw (its his last working day in Jr Kg)
    And it s just yummy.....well I too had my microwave going off inbetween the baking process...I ran to my neighbour for help n her microwave also went bang...(.height of bad luck)finally I used my cooker n finally had my delicious crescent....have mailed u the image n I hope something will be left until 2mrw....its already a hit...
    Thanks to u n Radhika for thus delicious snack


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