Bengali Style Chanar Dalna | Homemade Cottage Cheese Curry


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Chanar Dalna is one of my favourites since childhood. I have learned this recipe from my mom. She used to prepare this dish every alternate Saturdays which usually used to be no Onion- no Garlic days. She is undoubtedly a brilliant cook and this recipe is one of her forte. It is an authentic Bengali dish and you will get the flavours of Bengal in this recipe.

Many people get confused with Chana (Chhena) and Paneer. Both are prepared by curdling the milk by adding lemon juice, vinegar or sour yogurt. Both are fresh cottage cheese. But the texture of Chana (Chhena) and Paneer is completely different. Chana (Chhena) is much softer and moister than Paneer. After preparing Chana (Chenna), if you put it in a muslin cloth and squeeze out the water by putting some weight on it for few hours, then the excess water would gradually get released out of it and it will become Paneer.
Bengali Style Chanar Dalna, Homemade Cottage Cheese Curry, Indian recipe, Vegetarian, Chanar jhol, Borar jhol, Indian Cottage cheese,homemade paneer recipe, Rumki's Golden Spoon

Most of the Indian sweets like Rasgulla, Rasmalai etc. are prepared with Chana (Chhena). Chanar Dalna is a savoury dish with this ingredient.

In this recipe, I have used lemon juice to curdle the milk. You can also use vinegar. For flavouring, I have used whole spices like Cumin seeds, Bay leaf, Cinnamon, Cardamom and Cloves. In this recipe, adding Potatoes is a must. Many people add Peas in this dish as well, but I have skipped it to stick to the traditional recipe.

I have added a little all-purpose flour in Chana (Chhena) and made flat rounds of it. Then I have fried them. In this step, you need to be very careful because the Chanar Boras (Cottage Cheese Nuggets) are very delicate and if you handle it roughly then it may break. The gravy of Chanar Dalna is very thin and light. After frying the Cottage Cheese Nuggets, the Oil gets induced with a very good aroma. You must cook the curry in that Oil to get the original flavour.

It is not only a light dish but also a very yummy and delicious dish. It is an ideal dish for no onion-no garlic days. Cottage cheese is very rich in Protein and strengthens our teeth and bones. It helps to control sugar level for diabetic patients. Chhena is healthy for heart patients too. This dish will be a healthy and tasty addition to your regular menu.

Bengali Style Chanar Dalna, Homemade Cottage Cheese Curry, Indian recipe, Vegetarian, Chanar jhol, Borar jhol, Indian Cottage cheese,homemade paneer recipe, Rumki's Golden Spoon



Ingredients:

For Chanar Bora (Cottage Cheese Nuggets)
  • 1 litre Milk
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon Sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • Mustard oil to deep fry


For Dalna (Gravy)
  • 2 medium Potatoes, medium diced
  • 1 large Tomato, deseeded and diced
  • 2 Green chillies
  • ½ tsp Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 Cinnamon stick, broken into pieces
  • 2 whole Cardamoms
  • 3 whole Cloves
  • ½ tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 ½ tsp Cumin powder (Jeera)
  • 1 ½ tsp Coriander powder (Dhania)
  • ¾ tsp Garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • Mustard oil for cooking
  • 1 ½ cup of Water




Instructions:
  1. Take 1 litre Milk in a heavy bottom pan.
  2. Put the flame in medium high and let the milk boil.

    Tip: While boiling the milk, put the flame in medium and stir occasionally. Otherwise the milk will stick to the bottom of the pan and a burnt smell will get into the milk.

  3. Put the flame in lowest.
  4. On the other side cut the Lemon into two pieces.
  5. Squeeze out the lemon juice in a bowl.
  6. Make sure no pulps and seeds are there in the juice.
  7. Add the lemon juice slowly into the milk (Step 3).
  8. Stir it slowly and let the milk curdle.
  9. Stir for 2 minutes in lowest flame.
  10. While the water gets separated from the curdled milk, switch off the flame.
  11. Strain the water of the curdled milk with the help of a Muslin cloth.
  12. Then tie the cottage cheese tightly.
  13. Press the Chhena and squeeze out the extra water. You don’t need to hang it or put weight on it while preparing Chanar Dalna.
  14. Transfer the Cottage cheese on a plate.
  15. Add all-purpose Flour, Sugar, Salt and mix it with the help of your hand.
  16. Make small flat rounds with the help of your palm.
  17. Keep them on a plate.
  18. Add Oil into a pan to deep fry the Chanar bora (Cottage cheese nuggets).
  19. Once the Oil is hot, add the nuggets into oil.
  20. Fry the nuggets in medium flame.
  21. Once the bottom side become brown, flip the nuggets and fry the other side.
  22. Spread kitchen tissue on a plate.
  23. When both the sides become brown, take them out on kitchen tissue.
  24. Keep the required amount of oil in pan for cooking and transfer the excess oil in a bowl.
  25. Add Cumin seeds, Cinnamon stick, Cardamoms, Bay leaves and Cloves and let them crackle.
  26. Add Potatoes and sauté them with whole spices.
  27. Cover the pan and cook it in medium flame for 2-3 minutes.
  28. Add Turmeric powder, green Chillies and cook them for another couple of minutes.
  29. Cover the pan and cook it in medium low flame.
  30. Add Tomatoes and give a nice mix.
  31. Cover the pan and cook it in medium low flame until the vegetables get tender.
  32. Add Salt and give a nice mix.
  33. Cook it for 30 seconds in lowest flame.
  34. Add Coriander powder and Cumin powder into the pan and mix it well.
  35. Cover the pan and let it cook for another minute in low flame.
  36. Add water and mix it properly.
  37. Cook it in high flame until the gravy starts boiling.
  38. Add Garam masala and Sugar and mix it.
  39. Transfer the Chanar bora (Cottage Cheese Nuggets) into the boiling gravy.
  40. Cover the pan and cook it in lowest flame for 5 minutes. `


Serving Instruction
Transfer the Chanar Dalna into a serving bowl. Serve hot or warm with steamed Basmati rice, Jeera rice or Ghee rice and enjoy your meal.

Bengali Style Chanar Dalna, Homemade Cottage Cheese Curry, Indian recipe, Vegetarian, Chanar jhol, Borar jhol, Indian Cottage cheese,homemade paneer recipe, Rumki's Golden Spoon

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