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Monday, 12 September 2011

Kadai Mutter Paneer (Cottage Cheese Side Dish)



(makes about 1-2 cups)
Ingredients -
Cottage Cheese / Paneer - 100 grams
Green Peas / Mutter - handful
Tomato - 1, finely chopped
Capsicum - 1, finely chopped
Cashew Nuts - 3-4
Green Chili - 2-3 finely chopped
Yogurt / Curd - 1 tablespoon
Coriander Powder - 2 teaspoons (Get coriander seeds, dry roast them & grind them into a fine powder)
Red Chili Powder - 3-4 teaspoons
Garam Masala Powder - 2 teaspoons
Dried Fenugreek Leaves / Kasoori Methi - 1 teaspoon
Coriander / Celery leaves - 1 tablespoon
Salt - as per taste (2-3 teaspoons)
Cooking Oil - 2 teaspoons

Method -
1. Marinating the Cottage Cheese / Paneer - Cut the paneer into cubes, and mix with 1 tablespoon yogurt/curd, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon red chili powder and let it rest for about 1-2 hours.
2. Boil the peas in microwave or on the stove, strain water & keep aside.
3. After 1-2 hours, heat 1 tsp oil on a pan. Add the green chili, half of the sliced onions, tomato & cashew nuts and stir till they start changing color.
4. Switch off the flame. Transfer the veggies to a blender, add 2 tsp garam masala, coriander powder / dhania powder, 1/2 tsp salt and blend until you get a smooth paste. (This forms the base your your gravy)
5. Again, heat 1 tsp oil, add the remaining cut onions & satué for 30 seconds & add the capsicum.
6. Add the gravy mixture from STEP 3 to the onion-capsicum and give it all a nice mix. Let it cook on medium-high flame for at least 5 minutes (or taste it regularly to ensure that you no longer get an un-cooked smell ☺). You can add around quarter - half a cup of water to it & let it boil.
Meanwhile - take half cup of warm water. Add the dried fenugreek leaves / kasoori methi & let it rest for 5 minutes.
7. Give the cottage cheese / paneer a good mix & transfer to the gravy cooking it on medium flame. It has to cook for around 2-3 minutes. Add the boiled peas, dried fenugreek / kasoori methi to it & let it boil.
Transfer to a bowl & serve with Roti (Tortilla) or Paratha or Rice or anything you like!

11 comments:

  1. I love paneer anytime and kids will make a grab for it the moment they see this.

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  2. @Radhika - Ya, there is something special about Paneer! :) Me & MY brother fight most of the times to get the paneer & give the gravy to the other! ;)

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  3. Makes me hungry,droolworthy dish..

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  4. Yummy and tempting clicks..delicious paneer recipe.

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  5. Paneer in any form is my weakness the curry looks truly tempting!
    USMasala

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  6. Whoa! Looks and sounds amazing! Will make this for sure!!

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  7. Hi Kavi, I've tried this recipe twice and I'd like to add something:
    Allow the tomatoes after step 2 to cool down considerably before adding them to the mixer otherwise it can get risky and messy and explode-y :P

    Also, in the end, if it tastes a little tangy, you can add a little bit of sugar. Tastes good. :)

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Thanks for the feedback! :-)

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