July 19, 2008

Hara Bhara Paneer

Depending on what time of the day we go shopping for vegetables, we come back with varying amounts of fresh coriander. If we’re the last customers of the day, I think “Uncle”, as S and I call him, would give us as much coriander as the other vegetables we’ve just bought from him. While it looks pretty and I’m super excited with my freebie, I have no clue how to use up these greens. Most folks at work tell me to make chutney out of this. But there’s a limit to how much chutney we can consume. I once made it and spiced up this colour coordinated salad. The next time I made the chutney, I put on my experimenter’s hat and ended up with this dish.

1 cup Paneer Cubes
1 cup Coriander Leaves
2 pods Garlic
1" piece Ginger
2 Green Chillies
Salt to taste
1 tsp Oil + Oil for shallow frying
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
¼ tsp Asafoetida

Prepare the chutney by grinding the coriander leaves with the garlic, ginger, green chillies and salt together.

Heat a skillet. Toast/shallow fry the paneer cubes on this using a few drops of oil. Keep aside.

Heat the teaspoon of oil and add the cumin seeds and the asafoetida. When the cumin crackles, add the chutney and fry for 3-4 minutes. Add the paneer cubes and mix well. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Serve as a side with rotis or between slices of bread as a toasted sandwich. It tastes great whichever way you eat it.


Rajitha said...

yum!! this sure looks great..adn if u do not know what to do with all that cilantro...add it to ur tastes really good...i also add mint leaves to my slad a change for sure :)

Sig said...

I grew up hating cilantro, so I never knew what to do with it... But now I love it and makes a green marinade for everything with it... Very similar to yours, but I also add coconut milk or yogurt to it as well... Love your chutney idea, I will try it with chicken... :) I love saying that!

Divya Kudua said...

I also have the same confusion when there are bunches of coriander leaves lying in the fridge..this is a real yummy dish to finish off those..!!love anything with paneer..shall surely try it out!!

Unknown said...

fantastic entry... looks yummy and mouth watering...

delhibelle said...

Coriander leaves for free is a distant memory for me..sigh!
The paneer looks really succulnt and delicious.

Unknown said...

This one looks good Raaga..Love the aroma of cilantro..Will try this..

Shreya said...

Cilantro and paneer.. great combo!:-)

Anonymous said...

I love this dish! Everytime I go to my Indian deli, I always get this with lots of rice. It is so satisfying and comforting! Thanks for the recipe, now I can make it myself!