“I just love to see you in my plate.”
I love paneer, its high protein and a very versatile ingredient. You can make croquettes, a bake, tandoori tikka which is a hot favourite, a cheesy sandwich filling , a spicy wrap and of course a delicious curry, to name a few.
Whenever I fall short of cashewnuts I add almonds as a substitute, it’s equally delicious. Of course, the process takes a little longer as you have to blanch the almonds first and then grind it to a paste – but it’s fine. With regard to tomato purée , nothing like fresh tomatoes ( blanching in hot water and grinding to a purée) but if you have a tetra pack of tomato purée, go ahead and use it. Well, I use it quite often and always see that’s there’s one in the fridge. I only use Kashmiri chilli powder- the end product is rich in colour and less spicy, so even if you had a little extra, it’s fine. With regard to sugar, I add powdered jaggery as I try to avoid refined sugar as much as I can. I use a mix of ghee and oil for any dish, particularly when I’m cooking vegetarian food.
At home, we have paneer at least once a week, and I alternate the dishes I make with it. The brand is either Milky mist or Hatsun paneer. Check the date always. The fresher, the better.
This dish is a favourite of mine and it’s medium spice. You can just make a Pulao or have it with some rotis.
Sharing the recipe with all of you,
- Paneer -250 gms
- Almonds- 10-12
- Onions -2 medium (sliced thick)
- Capsicum -1 medium (sliced thick)
- Tomato puree -3/4 cup
- Kashmiri chilli powder -2 tsp
- Turmeric -1/2 tsp
- Ginger -garlic paste -1 tbsp
- Cream/ yogurt- 1/2 cup
- Garam masala- 1 1/2 tsp
- Coriander powder -1 1/2 tsp
- Cummin powder -1/4 tsp
- Cardamom seeds of 2
- Sugar/ jaggery- 1 tsp
- Milk – 1/2cup
- Water -1/2 cup
- Kasturi Methi -2 tbsp crushed
- Coriander leaves to garnish
- Ghee/ oil
- Soak paneer in hot water and keep aside.
- Soak almonds in water and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Remove the skin and grind the almonds to a fine paste with a little water.
- In a little ghee, fry the sliced onion till brown.
- Add the capsicum sliced and fry lightly.
- Add ginger garlic paste and fry well.
- Add all the spice powders, tomato purée and water and cook covered on a low flame for 5-10 minutes.
- Add sugar/ powdered jaggery.
- Add the almond paste and cook well.
- While on a low flame, add the milk ( should be fresh), cream or yoghurt and stir well. Let it cook for a couple of minutes. Test seasoning and if you want a little more gravy, add milk or water or a combination of both.
- Finally, add in the paneer cubes (keep aside 2-3 cubes to garnish at the end) and crushed Kasturi Methi.
- Let the curry boil for 3-4 minutes on a low flame.
- Garnish with a few roasted almonds and coriander leaves and grated paneer.
- Paneer should be fresh, cut into cubes and immersed in hot water.
- You can add chopped ginger and garlic ( 1 tbsp each ) in the place of ginger garlic paste.
- Milk should be boiled and cooled to room temperature when you add it to the masala.
- In case you don’t have cream, you can whisk 1/2 a cup of yoghurt and add it to the gravy.
- You can do the same recipe with mixed vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, peas, carrots, mushroom etc.
- For added flavour, roast the crushed Kasturi Methi leaves on a tawa, crush and add it to the masala.
- The almonds to garnish the dish has to be dry roasted. (microwave the blanched almonds for 2-3 minutes).
- This dish serves 4-6.
Till my next post,