I have a feeling my life is going to change from here completely. Its probably going to affect PreeOccupied too, hopefully in a good way.
I am looking at the world with different eyes now. Often find myself at absolutely new places, peeping through hitherto unexplored nooks. Sometimes I also experience a thrill so new, had I not been in this situation, I would have thought I was going delirious.
I am shrugging off the shadows of doubt and looking up directly at the Sun. The sunlight touching my face to light it up. Its glow reflecting on my face.
I have been touched by life and I am thankful for this new beginning…
…called Chaanaar Payesh.
Ingredients for Chaanaar Payesh are:
1+1 liter milk
3-4 tablespoons finely granulated sugar
Handful of pistachios, coarsely chopped
Quarter teaspoon green cardamom powder
Few strands of saffron
2 tablespoons white vinegar
The milk starts changing color and becomes a shade darker than its original milky white.
In another pan, boil one liter milk, as it rises to the surface of your saucepan, slowly add the white vinegar. Turn the heat off. The milk curdles and separates, leaving a lemon yellow color whey. This is your Chaanaa or paneer.
Strain the paneer in a muslin / cheesecloth. Hang curdled cheese for about 20 minutes.
In the pistachio-cardamom-flavored milk, add the Chaanaa (hung curdled cheese) and keep stirring. You can now crank the heat up to medium-high.
Let the chaanaa cook in the milk for about 5-7 minutes. Add the sugar and mix well. Give it a quick taste and see if the sugar is rightly balanced. Adjust accordingly.
Remove from heat and transfer in a dessert bowl. Garnish with strands of saffron and some chopped pistachio. Serve chilled.