June 15, 2007

Mutter Paneer

This is one of those dishes that I had eaten many times, but had never attempted to recreate. I set out 2 days ago to recreate the Cilantro Peas on Arundathi's foodblog. I didn't have the time to go back and check the recipe, but I cleaned a whole lot of coriander leaves and told myself I will just make it from memory.

I usually make a peas curry with ground coriander and coconut milk. I will put the recipe up sometime. I wanted this to be a variation. Then I remembered that I had fresh paneer at home. So the experimental side of me took over. The end result was a lipsmacking dish that I simply had to share with all of you.


200g fresh Paneer, cubed

1/2 cup Peas, cooked

1 tbsp Oil

1 tsp Cumin Seeds

1/4 tsp Asafoetida

100 ml Tomato Puree

1 tsp Chilli Powder

1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder

1/2 tsp Coriander Powder

1/2 tsp Cumin Powder

1 tsp Kasuri Methi

To be ground to a Paste:

1 Onion

2 pods Garlic

1/2 cup Coriander Leaves

Salt to Taste

Heat oil in a kadhai and add the cumin and asafoetida. When the cumin seeds crackle, add the onion coriander paste and fry for a couple of minutes. Add the chilli, turmeric, cumin and coriander powders and fry for a minute. Add the tomato puree and the kasuri methi and bring the mixture to a boil. Add salt, paneer and peas. Garnish with coriander leaves if you like. And eat this with rotis.

The addition of coriander leaves to the masala gave the dish a unique flavour and we thoroughly enjoyed it.


Arundathi said...

thanks raaga - that looks truly lipsmacking. i have paneer and peas, gonna do this tonight. thanks!

Raaga said...

Anytime Arundathi, do try it and let me know how it turns out.

Arundathi said...

I made it and am eating it right now - its wonderful! your photo looks better than the ones i attempted to take to send to you!! maybe was just too tired and couldnt wait to start digging in! But didnt make the rotis, had it with rice instead and it was as delicious!!

Suganya said...

I like coriander leaves in my gravy.. A subtle but fresh flavour.

Raaga said...

It would taste great with rice. Just that, when it was cooking, I got on to a long call with my mom... by the time I returned, the gravy was gone!