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Paneer Pepper Masala

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Hello everyone and a big thanks for still following me. My last post, SELRES_be1d1d0d-bb5f-40be-8ddb-031cfb02c5ceCarrot CakeSELRES_be1d1d0d-bb5f-40be-8ddb-031cfb02c5ce, is more than one year old now and so is my younger daughter. Life has been so busy that food blogging has taken a back seat for now. My girls make me so crazy but I wouldn’t want it any other way. The happiness kids bring to your life is above anything else and makes it all worth it. I do hope to get back to blogging, just don’t know when that will happen though.

I wasn’t planning on writing this post, which explain why I only have this lousy picture of the dish. I had made this Paneer curry at my elder daughter’s 5th birthday party and when I shared a video of it on my social media, I was flooded with recipe requests and finally decide to take out some time to pen it down. So thank you everyone who pushed me to share the recipe, this post is specially for you all.

Paneer Pepper Masala (Yeah I made up that name) is loosely inspired from the famous Paneer Tikka Masala recipe and is a much quicker version but an absolutely delicious one.  Without wasting any more time, lets head on to the recipe.

Ingredients:

Onion – 2 medium, chopped

Tomatoes – 3 medium, chopped

Garlic – 4 cloves, chopped

Ginger – 1/2 inch stick, chopped

Oil – 4 tbsp., divided

Garam Masala Powder – 1 tsp

Coriander Powder – 1 tsp

Red Chilly Powder – 1/2 tsp

Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp

Cumin Powder – 1/2 tsp

Salt – as per taste

Kasuri Methi Powder – 1 tsp

Heavy Cream – 1/4 cup

Paneer or Indian Cottage Cheese – 500 Gms, cut into cubes

Onion – 1 medium, Halved and layers removed

Green and red pepper – 1 each, cut into cubes

Cilantro Leaves for garnish

Method:

  1. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan and add in the chopped ginger and garlic and sauté it for a few minutes. Add in the chopped 2 onions and cook for 7 – 8 minutes till they are nicely cooked.
  2. Now add in the chopped tomatoes and let the whole thing cook for another 5 minutes till the tomatoes are soft and mushy and start leaving oil. Turn off the gas and take it out on a plate to cool down. Finally blend this onion tomato paste in a blender and make a smooth paste and keep aside. You can strain this masala too if you like and have time.
  3. Now in the same pan, add 1 tbsp. oil and add in the cubed layers of onion and sauté it on medium high flame. We are looking to give the onions a nice crisp. Now add in the cubed green and red peppers and do the same. Once, all three are nicely charred, take them off the flame and set aside.
  4. Add the last 1 tsp of oil in the same pan, and sauté the cubed paneer cubes for a few minutes. You can skip this step and just use the paneer as is in the curry.
  5. Now its time to assemble and bring together the final dish. In the same pan, add the onion tomato masala paste we had prepared earlier, and let it cook for a few minutes. Add in all the spices – salt, turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and chilly powder. Mix everything well and cook for another minute or so.
  6. Add in the sautéed onion, peppers cubes and paneer to this gravy. Cover and cook everything for 2 -3 minutes on medium flame.
  7. Finally do a taste test to make sure all the spices are as per your preference. You can also add 1 tsp sugar to balance out the spices if you like.
  8. As a last step add the kasuri methi powder and heavy cream. Let it simmer for 2 minutes and turn off the gas.
  9. Garnish with chopped cilantro leaves and serve with your choice of Naan or Rice.
  10. You can also use extra firm tofu instead of paneer. Just make sure to keep it pressed down under a heavy object for at least 30 minutes before cooking. 

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So that’s how I made this paneer dish. Do let me know if you give this a try.

Thanks again for sticking by and reading my blog. I really appreciate that.

Till we chat again, Love..Ritu. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Khandvi Recipe..Made in microwave

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Most of my friends call me a Fraud Punjabi 😛 and rightly so. For starters I don’t really know the language, can’t really eat and talk as much as they do and have a genuine preference for non Punjabi cuisine. Not taking away the fact that Punjabi food and people both are pretty great, I was just probably born in the wrong house. 😉

I absolutely love Guajarati food as you can judge from my previous posts. Just in case you missed it, here are some of my favorites – Cabbage Muthia, Kutchi Dabeli and Aam Ka Chunda.

For today’s post I am making some delicious Khandvi. Its a famous Guajarati appetizer made with chickpea flour and yogurt. It has very mild flavor and is really light and healthy. A little tricky to make but once you get it right, you cant stop making it. Thanks to Shital’s Kitchen for a fabulous recipe. This one is made in a microwave and is so much easier than the traditional stove top method. I am so glad I finally got it right and would surely be making it again soon for my next get together.

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Here is my adaption of her recipe

Ingredients:

Besan or Chickpea flour – 1 cup

Yogurt – 1 cup

Water – 1.5 cups

Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp

Asafoetida or Hing – a pinch

Salt to taste

Oil – 1 tbsp.

Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp

Sesame Seeds – 1 tsp

Green chilies – 2, slit

Curry Leaves – 5 or 6

Grated Coconut – 1 tbsp

Chopped Cilantro – for garnish

Procedure:

  1. In a microwave safe bowl, mix together the besan, yogurt, water, salt, turmeric powder and hing and make a smooth paste.
  2. Microwave this uncovered at 100% power for 2 minutes. My microwave power is 1100 watts.
  3. Take out the bowl and give it a good stir and microwave it again uncovered for 2 more minutes.
  4. Stir it again and repeat it for another 2 minutes. We have microwaved for a total of 6 minutes now. You can either use a hand whisk to smooth it out or use a hand blender.
  5. While that is happening, wipe clean a kitchen counter and lightly grease it with oil. You can also use the back of a plate or aluminum foils for the same.
  6. After microwaving the mixture, mix everything well to get a smooth paste. Now take a little bit of the mixture and spread it out on your greased surface or plate and let it cool for a few minutes. Check to see if you can roll it like a cylinder. If yes, the mixture is ready. If not, microwave it for another minute and repeat the test.
  7. Once your mixture is ready, spread it quickly on the greased surface making sure its not very thick and is smooth and even. This step needs to be done quickly to avoid getting the besan mixture cold.
  8. If you would like to make stuffed Khandvi, you can sprinkle some coconut or chopped cilantro while its cooling down.
  9. After 5 minutes, cut one inch strips and roll it like a cylinder. Keep aside on a platter.
  10. To make tempering, heat the oil and add mustard seeds. Once they crackle, add in the green chilies and curry leaves. Mix in the sesame seeds and let it all cook for a minute.
  11. Turn off the gas and pour this tempering over the rolled Khandvi.
  12. Finally, garnish with some chopped cilantro and grated coconut. Serve with your favorite chutney or enjoy as it is.

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The best thing is that Khandvi can also be pre-made and served at room temperature which makes this a perfect make ahead appetizer.

Do give this a try and let me know if you like it.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope to see you again soon.

Love,

Ritu. 🙂