Friday, April 20, 2012

Mutter Paneer/Paneer Mutter Masala/Paneer Peas Curry

This is a super delicious dish.  It tastes so good with roti/chapathi or any Indian bread.  You must try this recipe!

Preparation Time - 10 mins
Cook Time - 30 mins
Serves - 2 (with a second curry)

Measurements & Ingredients:
  • Onion - 2 small, cut into pieces
  • Tomato - 2 small, cut into pieces
  • ginger - 1" piece
  • Paneer - cut into 20-25 medium sized cubes(approximately 5 oz)
  • Fresh or frozen green peas - 2 small cups
  • Oil - 3 tbspns
  • non spicy red chili powder - 2 tspns
  • Coriander seeds powder(Dhaniya powder) - 1.5 tspn
  • Cumin Powder(Jeera Powder) - 1 tspn
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tspn
  • garam masala (store bought)- 1/4 tspn
  • Dried Fenugreek leaves(Kasoori Methi) - a pinch
  • salt to taste

 Fry onion in a pan with 1 tspn of oil, on low medium heat.  Once the onion start to turn pink, add the chopped tomatoes and fry.  

When the moisture starts to evaporate, add less than 1/4 cup of water and cook it until the raw smell
goes and the water evaporates.  Let it cool.  Blend this with ginger in a mixer/blender into a smooth paste by adding water if required.

In a pan heat oil and add this paste and fry for a min.  Add red chili powder, coriander-cumin powder, salt and mix it well and fry for another min.  I used non spicy(byadige) red chili powder and that is how I got the red colour.  If you use  
spicy red chili powder, the
colour may not be as red as
the other one.

Add about 1/2 - 3/4 cup of water or until you get a desired gravy consistency.  Add peas and paneer cubes(the paneer cubes are not fried, they are raw) and mix.  Cook it uncovered for 10 mins on  
low medium heat with
occasional stirring. 

You can add water if you feel it is getting too thick.  Finally add the garam masala and kasoori methi(crush kasoori methi inbetween your palms to make a powder) and mix and cook for another 3 mins. 

The mouth-watering dish is ready to serve!

A 'Must'...

kasoori methi is a 'must' ingredient in this recipe.  There is a huge difference in the taste if you don't add this 'pinch' of kasoori methi to the dish.  Don't skip it!!

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