Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Mutter Paneer -- Indian Cheese Curry


Mutter Paneer is a classic vegetarian dish from northern India. Mutter refers to peas and paneer is a farmer's cheese. These ingredients are combined in a tomato-based sauce and seasoned with garam masala.
Serve with basmati rice and any Indian-type bread such as naan, paratha, poori or roti.
  • Paneer cheese (about 250 grams)
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 tsps. garam masala
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • oil, for frying
  • cilantro, chopped (to garnish) 
  • Cut the paneer cheese into bite-sized cubes.
  • Chop up the onions and tomatoes and mince the garlic cloves finely. Reserve.
  • Heat a deep-walled frying pan and add a bit of cooking oil to it, brown the paneer taking care to turn the cubes over frequently.
  • Reserve the paneer once they are nicely browned. 
  • Add the chopped onions to the pan once the paneer has been removed.
  • Cook the onions until golden then add the garlic and spices.
  • Cook for a few more minutes then add the tomatoes and 1/2 a cup of water.
  • Simmer for 5 minutes, return the paneer to the pan and also the peas, cover the pan, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Reduce the liquid in the pan until it is a desired thickness (if too watery simmer a bit longer and check frequently).
Bon appétit!

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